AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2021 - 11

AOPA ACTION 
Aviation events in 2021
COVID-19 UPDATES |

Flying after the vaccine
Info for pilots and ATC from the FAA
PILOTS AND AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech
COVID-19 vaccine, but they may not fly or control air traffic for 48 hours after
each dose, the FAA said in a policy statement released in December. The FAA
Office of Aerospace Medicine said that it reviewed available data regarding
safety profiles associated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine that
the Food and Drug Administration approved under emergency use authorization. The vaccine is administered in two doses, 21 days apart.
" Holders of FAA-issued airman medical certificates or medical clearances
may receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine; however, a 48-hour
no-fly/no safety-related duty interval must be observed after each dose, " the
policy said.
However, the agency added that it would monitor " patient response to
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and may adjust this policy as necessary to ensure
aviation safety. " In addition, the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine will evaluate subsequent vaccines as the FDA grants emergency use authorization.
" We applaud the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine for carefully reviewing the data and quickly releasing a policy that allows pilots and air traffic
controllers to receive the vaccine and continue working and flying after a
brief period, " AOPA President Mark Baker said.

AOPA SURVEY ASSISTS FAA 				
WITH SFAR RELIEF PLANS
AOPA CONDUCTED AN ONLINE SURVEY asking pilots to weigh in on questions
concerning COVID-19 restrictions and give the FAA data to consider before
it decides whether to extend pandemic relief beyond Special Federal Aviation
Regulation (SFAR) 118-2, which took effect October 1, 2020-the third pandemic-relief measure of the year.
SFAR 118-2 was complex, but narrower in scope than both the original
SFAR 118 in April that initiated extensions of several medical, airman testing,
and currency provisions-and its first amendment (SFAR 118-1) published in
June, which afforded relief to a different group of pilots.
In December, as the pandemic underwent a resurgence surpassing the
FAA's expectations of just a few months earlier, AOPA sought to present
the FAA with fresh survey data estimating how many pilots made use of the
SFARs, what they found helpful, and what wasn't helpful-and give pilots
a chance to suggest ways any future SFAR amendment could be improved.
" The FAA needs relevant and reliable data to support its decision to
grant further regulatory relief. This survey will provide that hard data, " said
Christopher Cooper, AOPA senior director of regulatory affairs. " If more regulatory relief is going to be sought, we want to make a request that reflects
the needs and safety of the pilot community, " Cooper said.
aopa.org/covid19

* AOPA will be hosting events throughout the
year in the form of two AOPA Aviator Showcases and up to three AOPA Pilot Gathering Air
Tours. Dates and locations to come.
* DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase organizers
in DeLand, Florida, postponed the 2020 showcase and will host a one-day fly-in, drive-in at
DeLand Municipal Airport-Sidney H. Taylor Field
January 30; the 2021 Sport Aviation Showcase
is scheduled for November.
* The Northwest Aviation Conference, originally
scheduled as an in-person event in Puyallup,
Washington, in February, has been canceled.
Organizers are exploring options for offering a
virtual event.
* The National Business Aviation Association
will host two virtual events: the NBAA GO Flight
Operations Conference February 23 to 25 and
the NBAA GO Leadership Summit March 24 and
25. NBAA has yet to announce a new location
for its Maintenance Conference, scheduled for
May 11 through 13.
* Women in Aviation International will host a
virtual event March 11 and 12.
* The Helicopter Association International's
2021 HAI Heli-Expo is on track for March 22
through 25 in New Orleans.
* The Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo is on schedule for April 13 through 18 in Lakeland, Florida.
* The 2021 Great Alaska Aviation Gathering is
scheduled for May 1 and 2 in Anchorage.
* The Valdez Fly-In will be back in 2021, but
later than usual. The famous short-takeoff-andlanding competition will be on Memorial Day
weekend in 2021.
* The Aircraft Electronics Association's sixtyfourth annual AEA International Convention and
Trade Show planned for March 15 through 18 in
Dallas has been rescheduled to June 22 to 25.
* The Paris Air Show canceled its June 2021
event but plans to be back in 2023. The Paris
Air Show alternates years with the Farnborough
International Airshow in England.
* EAA AirVenture is still set for July 26 to August 1 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
* The Antique Airplane Association/Airpower
Museum Invitational Fly-in for Antique Airplane
Association members and guests will take place
on Labor Day in 2021.
* The Stihl National Championship Air Races
and Air Show is on track for September 15
through 19.
* The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
is on schedule for October 2 through 10 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
* The Sun 'n Fun Holiday Flying Festival and
Car Show was created in response to the
coronavirus pandemic canceling the Sun 'n Fun
Aerospace Expo earlier in 2020. The event was
such a success that organizers said they plan
to offer the festival again next year (see " Pilot
Briefing: Events, " p. 28).
If you don't see your favorite event here,
check the event's website or aopa.org.

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