Rotor Radio: Pandemic Pilot Training: It Can Be Done, Safely!

When the world locked down in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to stem the spread of Covid-19, concern rippled through the helicopter industry that pilot training would be limited or even impossible. 

Navigating the resulting maze of mandated travel restrictions at all levels of government, Oregon-based Hillsboro Aero Academy, like many flight schools, initially shut down but shortly resumed operation as an essential business. Now it is regularly feeding new pilots into an aviation sector that was short on trained flyers before the pandemic began. 

Hillsboro Heli Academy has successfully trained hundreds of pilots during the pandemic with no viral transmissions among students or between students and instructors. HAA Photo

Jared Friend, general manager of the helicopter school at Hillsboro Aero Academy, joined Rotor Radio to discuss the challenges the novel coronavirus has presented pilot trainees and instructors and what the future of pilot training may look like on the other side of Covid. 

Students are required to wear masks at all times on campus and in the cockpit, one of the many precautions in place to prevent transmission. HAA Photo

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