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Health information for pilots
The COVID-19 pandemic means that we all need to think about what we are doing, how we do it, and how we can keep ourselves and others safe and stop the spread.
Here is some information that addresses some of the key questions we’re being asked.
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Restrictions in most states and territories are easing.
Before flying interstate consider:
- whether there are any state restrictions or border closures in place
- what restrictions might exist at any aerodromes you are flying into
- what measures you need to put in place for hygiene and social distancing.
Review and follow Australian Government advice and restrictions on social distancing and travel.
The Department of Health has a number of useful resources and is the authority in this matter. This includes:
- how to apply social distancing at schools, in the workplace, at home and in public
- procedures for using personal protective equipment
Pilots are also reminded to be aware of the impact of their flying training with many people working from home and consider ways in which they could lessen the impact. This includes considering operating times, breaking up flight routes, and avoiding unnecessary flying over populated areas.
The International Air Transport Association has also provided targeted guidance for flight training operations, including best practice recommendations.
Some states and territories have mandated the use of face masks in certain circumstances.
Pilots should follow the guidance of health authorities and any local requirements for managing COVID-19 risks including any exemptions for specific activities.
Pilots should ensure that use of any personal protective equipment does not interfere with the safe operation of an aircraft.
Communication for flight crew requires clear enunciation, both with other crew and with air traffic control over the radio. Vision should not be impaired by the use of PPE and the use of emergency equipment such as oxygen masks should also be considered.
ICAO has published some additional guidance for crew.
COVID-19 is dealt with no differently to other types of common, minor, self limited conditions such as seasonal influenza. Find out more about when you need to notify us and impacts on medical certification.
We have put in place various exemptions for a number of CASA authorisations and permissions including for medical certification. Find out more about these exemptions.