Rotor Radio from Vertical Magazine

Pandemic Pilot Training - It Can Be Done, Safely!

October 20, 2020

When, in early 2020, 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 and other flight schools initially shut down but shortly resumed operation as an essential business, feeding new pilots into an aviation sector that was short on trained flyers before the pandemic began. 

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. 

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