HAI requests that a representative of a company’s senior management team accept responsibility for signing this pledge.
HAI recognizes the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting helicopter operations, particularly in tourism, charter and VIP travel. HAI members who have taken the COVID Clean pledge are making an extraordinary effort to protect their staff and passengers by cleaning and sanitizing their aircraft often.
As a passenger-carrying helicopter operator, we affirm that our highest priority is the safety of our customers, our crew, and the public. We are committed to ensuring our passengers are protected in every possible manner. Therefore, we pledge to:
- Disinfect our aircraft, according to manufacturer recommendations, between every flight.
- Conduct a deeper cleaning of our aircraft every night, according to manufacturer recommendations, or more often if necessary.
- Continuously clean or disinfect our waiting area, our counters, our restrooms, and any other publicly accessible area of our facility.
- Stay current of developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, incorporating new remediation initiatives into our daily procedures.
- Follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and or the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for wearing face masks when social distancing is not possible and face masks and gloves when cleaning, (see additional aircraft cleaning guidelines below).
- Aircraft cleaning and disinfection should be enhanced.
- Routine cleaning procedures will suffice if there is no passenger who developed or showed any of the COVID-19 symptoms. However, if there is a passenger who developed or showed any symptom during or immediately after the flight, more stringent cleaning procedures should be applied, including the following:
- Cleaners should wear full protection gear, including gowns, heavy duty gloves, face shield or goggles and medical mask.
- Cleaners must use a detergent to clean surfaces, followed by a disinfectant that contains at least 0.1% sodium hypochlorite. After leaving the surfaces with chlorine for 10 minutes, the surfaces should be rinsed with water.
- While the cleaning crew is sanitizing the aircraft, the aircraft’s ventilation systems must be kept running.
- Potentially contaminated items must be disposed of properly. These may include hand towels, masks, gloves and tissues.
- Avoid transporting anyone who is visibly ill during our check-in process. (Air ambulance operators excepted)
- Recommend the use of masks to our passengers, making these Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items available to those who need them.
- What Airline Customer Service Representatives and Gate Agents Need to Know about COVID-19
- What Aircraft Maintenance Workers Need to Know about COVID-19
- What Airport Custodial Staff Need to Know about COVID-19