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FlightSafety International - A Message From Brad Thress, CEO

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

The recent increase in reported cases of the COVID-19 virus indicates it may be with us for some time. I wanted to update you on our online training programs, and on how we are working to ensure your health and safety while at our facilities, both now and in the future.

We continue to enhance and expand our instructor-led LiveLearning and self-paced Online Ground School programs. This enables pilots to complete the ground school portion of their recurrent training online, and then follow-up with the associated simulator sessions at a learning center within 90 days. Technicians are also able to take a wide variety of courses without having to travel to a learning center.

These new offerings, along with our other non-aircraft specific eLearning courses, have proven to be highly effective and popular, so we plan to continue them even after COVID-19 ends. I am extremely proud of our Regulatory Affairs team who received approval for these courses extremely quickly. This gave many of our customers the opportunity to complete a substantial portion of their training remotely. More than 2,300 pilots and maintenance technicians have completed a LiveLearning or Online Ground School class to date.

In order to further enhance the safe and healthy environment of our learning centers, we have augmented the robust cleaning practices already taking place prior to each training session. The interiors of our flight simulators and other high-touch surfaces now undergo long-lasting biocide and viricide treatments with ClearCabin powered by PreventX, which will be refreshed every 90 days. These treatments use microscopic spears rather than chemicals to eliminate the virus. Microbial testing by an outside firm is underway to confirm the efficacy of the treatments when combined with our other protocols. We are confident the results will show that our approach is highly effective.

Continuously self-cleaning door handle wraps are being installed at all our facilities. These new generation nanospectic wraps use light activated crystals to oxidize and destroy pathogens without the use of harsh chemicals.

We are also evaluating an ionization system to treat the fresh air supply at our facilities. Studies show this can be effective against COVID-19 and other viruses. It will be installed if testing confirms the efficacy of the system when combined with our other protocols, and if it will not result in dust collection on simulator display surfaces.

The waiver we obtained that removes the requirement to wear a headset and oxygen mask during simulator training remains in effect. We continue to work closely with the regulatory authorities to ensure this continues until it is safe to revert to the normal use.

I also wanted to remind you of our current requirements for entering a FlightSafety facility.

  • Fever free (temperature under 99.5° F [37.5° C]) for more than 72 hours without the use of medication

  • Asymptomatic of a respiratory infection (cough, shortness of breath, severe sore throat, muscle aches) unless the infection is from a known cause such as Asthma, COPD or chronic sinusitis

  • Have not been in close contact (within 6 feet) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, unless the conditions of the exposure are reviewed and your entrance is approved by the learning center manager

While in the facility, everyone must:

  • Exercise social distance practices to the extent possible

  • Depart the facility if feeling unwell

  • Utilize hand sanitation best practices

  • Wear a face covering except when doing so poses a health risk, or while eating or drinking

To ensure the most current protocols are in place at our facilities, we continuously monitor the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and update our policies as necessary.

Your support and understanding during this challenging period are most appreciated. As always, please contact me or your learning center manager if you have any questions or concerns.


Brad Thress

President & CEO

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