Flight schools respond to Covid alarm

COVID-19 has created added challenges for flight schools of all sizes. A majority of flight schools are open to serve their customers. In accordance with the CDC, schools are deploying a wide array of safeguards to help combat the virus.
While some flight schools have closed permanently and others are still unsure if or when they will reopen, many never stopped operating and never closed their doors to the public because of the pandemic. Flight schools had been determined to be critical infrastructure by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) which was formed on November 16, 2018, permitting them to remain in operation throughout this pandemic.
Presently, many schools choose to follow Covid-prompted protocol, including:
  • Face masks required or encouraged on premises for employees and public,
  • Temperature checks for employees and public,
  • Daily enhanced cleaning of both office and public spaces
  • Enhanced cleaning of aircraft and simulators after each use.
During flight, face masks are not required at many flight schools. The interior size of flight training aircraft make the six-foot rule for social distancing impossible to follow.

Initial impact

In June 2020, FSANA sent out a survey to flight training providers asking about the effects of COVID-19 on their training business. Here are the results.

USCIS extends flexibilities to certain applicants filing Form I-765 for OPT

As the 2022 academic school year progresses, we hope you are adjusting well to changes in your school environment, whether it’s online, in-person, or a hybrid model. Given the impacts of COVID-19 on the international student life cycle this year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released these flexibility updates concerning international students applying to participate in optional practical training (OPT) who have been impacted by COVID-related processing delays.

USCIS announced flexibilities for certain international students affected by delayed receipt notices for Forms I-765, "Application for Employment Authorization." These flexibilities include a 14-month OPT period and options for refiling after an application has been rejected. Read the USCIS web alert.
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