- Questions regarding Western Michigan University overall: https://wmich.edu/covid-19/faq and https://wmich.edu/covid-19/healthandsafety
- Questions regarding residence life and dining: https://wmich.edu/housing/info/fall-faq
- Questions regarding the rec center: https://wmich.edu/rec/reopening
- View the complete College of Aviation safety plan here: https://wmich.edu/aviation/files/fif/FIF-2020-04.pdf
- View a flight specific safety plan here: https://wmich.edu/aviation/files/fif/FIF-2020-03.pdf
COLLEGE OF AVIATION COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are masks required?
Yes. Proper usage of PPE is critical to controlling the spread of COVID‐19. The following PPE practices are considered minimum for all students, faculty, staff, and guests of the CoA.
- Inside an office as sole occupant – wearing PPE is up to the occupant. If someone requests entry, then the occupant and visitor must wear cloth face coverings.
- Inside an office or work area with two or more occupants where six‐foot separation cannot be maintained – all persons must wear cloth face coverings and either wear gloves or frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
- Walking through college buildings – cloth face coverings are required and washing into and out of building with hand sanitizer is strongly recommended.
- Congregating outside of buildings when within six feet of another person – cloth face coverings are required.
- Riding the Shuttle to or from the CoA campus – cloth face coverings are required.
- Working/instructing in a TechOps laboratory – cloth face covering or face shield, safety glasses, and either wear gloves or frequently wash with hand sanitizer or soap and water are required. Maintaining social distancing as able is required.
- Working in a computer laboratory ‐ cloth face covering or face shield, safety glasses, and either wear gloves or frequently wash with hand sanitizer or soap and water are required. Maintaining social distancing as able is required.
- Working in fleet maintenance – cloth face covering, and other PPE as necessitated by task at hand and if working inside 6 feet from a co‐worker, a cloth face covering will be required
- Working/instruction in a simulation device or aircraft – unless safety of flight dictates otherwise, masks are required any time there are two or more individuals in the simulation device or aircraft.
- Cleaning simulator or aircraft – face covering and gloves are required.
What changes have been implemented to keep students safe?
For those that may be interested in our complete return plan, information is available in two Flight Information Files (FIFs). The general college wide safety plan is available in FIF 2020-04 and is available here. FIF 2020-03 is more specific to Flight Operations and is available here. You can also view the university safety plan here.
What is the process for entering the aviation campus?
Complete the health survey via GoWMU. If you responded “Yes” to any of the questions, you should not come to campus. Upon arrival, check in with the health screener, wearing your mask. The health screener will take your temperature and confirm that you have completed the health survey. You will be given a dated colored wrist band to demonstrate that you have been screened.
At the airport, are students temperature checked?
Yes, in addition to completing a daily health survey, each person at the College of Aviation (COA) is temperature checked with a no-contact thermal temperature gun. Once passed health screening, the individual is provided a color wristband that is dated. This will allow them to access all areas of the campus without conducting an additional health screening for that day.
Will flight training continue after the university moves to distance education after the Thanksgiving break?
Will tech ops labs continue after the university moves to distance education after the Thanksgiving break?
No. Tech Ops labs have been restructured in order to have completed the required number of hours before the Thanksgiving break.
Will all of my classes be online?
The goal of our Faculty Chair is to offer as many aviation courses as possible in-person. This is being reviewed daily, in consultation with the University, our faculty and College of Aviation leadership.
How do you clean the aircraft and labs?
Aircraft and simulators will receive a general cleaning by the flight crew after each training session. General cleaning will consist of:
Interior components cleaned with Isopropyl Alcohol solution. (IFD bezel buttons, FMS/Transponder/Keyboard/Audio Panel/Autopilot buttons, Engine Control Quadrant, Bolster Panel Switches, Flap Lever/Switch, Instrument Panel Switches/Knobs/Controls, Control Yoke/Sticks, Fuel Selector, Environmental Controls, Door Handle/ Armrest, Seatbelt Clasp Handle, Seat Lock Bar, and Cabin Step‐up Handle (Exterior on top of fuselage)). These items are considered high touch surfaces.
Aircraft and simulators will receive a deep cleaning overnight by trained cleaning crews in preparation for the next day’s schedule. In addition to the general wipe down between activities, deep cleaning will also include select areas cleaned with Virex II 256. (Door Handles, Shoulder/Lap Harness Seatbelts, Baggage Door, Oil Service Door, Oil Dip Stick, Oil Filler Cap, Fuel Door/Fuel Cap, Propeller, Fuel Caps, Baggage Area Storage Tray including Fuel Dipstick/GATS Fuel Test Jar/Cowl plugs).
Why was the aviation learning community moved to Ackley Hall?
Henry Hall has community bathrooms, which is a public health concern. Ackley Hall has suite style bathrooms. Two student rooms will share a co-ed bathroom.
Will flight students who are living in the residence halls and continuing flight training after the Thanksgiving break be able to stay in the residence halls?
When someone tests positive for COVID-19, what steps are taken?
We ask everyone to report to their supervisor or instructor if they have tested positive, if they are exhibiting symptoms or if they answer “YES” to any of the daily health survey questions. We then assess the situation and determine appropriate actions. The first would be to have the individual stay away from the COA. We then interview the individual to find out more about when the situation started whether it be contact with another person, symptoms or positive test. We also ask about what type of contacts they may have had with other COA individuals. There are too many variables to go into all possible actions taken but, in general, we ask the “person 0” (individual that is positive or showing symptoms) to be tested along with those that have had close contact with "person 0". Knowledge about any positive cases will be shared through appropriate communication channels.
Are person to person contacts notified?
Yes, see answer above.
Are students who used the same plane that day notified?
When we are aware that an aircraft has been used when a person was COVID-19 positive or activity showing symptoms, we will take that aircraft out of service for additional cleaning. Any individuals that may have subsequently used the aircraft will be notified of the potential exposure.
Is the plane sanitized again and/or taken out of service for a length of time?
Yes, in addition to the additional cleaning mentioned above, the high touch points of all our aircraft and flight training devices (simulators) are cleaned by the flight crews both prior to and after any training activity.
If a flight instructor becomes infected/exposed, are students given another instructor or do they not fly until instructor is cleared and healthy?
We try to have any student that is missing their instructor to be covered by a substitute instructor. Instructor availability and the number of instructors absent will affect our ability to have 100% coverage.