EASA has produced a number of formal documents to help airlines, airports and the wider stakeholder community. You can find the most relevant ones for the commercial air ops community at the links below:
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Safety Directive (SD)
Two Safety Directives 2020-03 & 2020-04 issued on June 25, 2020 mandate operators to fully clean and disinfect aircraft at least once every 24 hours, or more frequently if deemed necessary on the basis of the operator’s risk assessment. Aircraft used for long-haul flights need to be disinfected before each flight to, from or within Europe. The Safety Directives apply to both European and non-European carriers.
- Safety Directives to prevent the spread of COVID-19 - Operational Measures to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus `SARS-CoV-2` Infection can be found in SD 2020-03 (for EASA Member States) and SD 2020-04 (for Third Country Operators).
- Use of recirculation fans - Extra information added to SD 2020-02.
Safety Information Bulletins (SIB)
On 5 August 2020 a new SIB was issued to address Pitot Static issues of aircraft after storage during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The full list of COVID-19 related SIBs are below:
- Revision 5 of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic - Operational recommendations in SIB 2020-02R5.
- NOTAM format on COVID-19 Measures - SIB 2020-20 with recommendations from the European Aviation Crisis Coordination Cell (EACCC), in coordination with EASA for the use of specific NOTAM Format templates for COVID-19 publications.
- Preparation of aerodromes - SIB 2020-07 - Revision 1- now updated on 17 July with more detailed information to help aerodromes and airports prepare for the resumption of operations.
- Provision of Ground Handling Services at Aerodromes - SIB 2020-13.
- Pitot static issues of aircraft after storage - SIB 2020-14.
Guidelines and reports
The EASA Guidance on Management of Crew Members and the EASA Guidance on Aircraft Cleaning and Disinfection have been updated to be fully aligned with the EASA-ECDC Aviation Health Safety Protocol and publications from ECDC, ICAO and other stakeholders.
- Cabin Crew training and checking.
- Destorage of Aircraft.
- Disinfection of passenger aircraft.
- Handling exemptions for flight crew recent experience.
- Helicopter operational guidance (EASA Website) and article on rotorcraft community.
- Installation of passenger isolation devices - support to certification.
- Management of crew members.
- Oversight of organisations.
- Return to service of aircraft from storage.
- Safety issues related to COVID-19 - Also found in the safety issues section of the website.
- Safety Management Systems (SMS) - There is more information about the safety issues and potential mitigations related to management systems under the safety issues section.
- Transport of cargo in passenger compartments - Now at Issue 5.
- Virtual classrooms.
Exemptions and deferred regulations
- Deferment of regulations on peer support programmes - You can find lots of information on wellbeing and peer support in the Staff Wellbeing and Protection part of the website.
- Temporary exemptions on flight time limitations - Article 71(1) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 (the Basic Regulation).