The coronavirus pandemic has changed our society and our economy on an unprecedented scale. Commercial aviation in particular was, and still is, severely affected by declining passenger numbers. At the same time, the pandemic has resulted in high demand for the air medical transport of seriously ill Covid-19 patients, both domestically and on international and especially intercontinental missions. It was an immense challenge for air ambulance providers to quickly adapt their capacities, procedures and equipment to the new requirements.
At ITIC Connected in 2020, which was attended by providers of air medical transportation, travel insurers and assistance companies, among others, several participants stated that an international Covid-19 transportation standard recognised by governmental organisations would help to create more trust and transparency for payers regarding the means of air transport and procedures used.
Formation of an industry working group
EUROCAE has taken the decision to launch a new Working Group – WG-123 Infectious passenger handling in air ambulance operations – in mid-February 2022. WG-123 is tasked to develop guidelines for aeromedical passenger handling and transport in respect to Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. The kick-off meeting of the WG will be held on 10 February 2022.
Companies and experts who have experience with such transports are welcome to participate in the development of this standard.
If your organisation is interested in joining WG-123, please contact Sebastian Reschenhofer (Sebastian.firstname.lastname@example.org). EUROCAE is a membership-based organisation and requires membership to participate in all activities.