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PALS Return to Flying Protocol


The Mission Coordination team will be conducting Enhanced Passenger and Pilot screening and will:


  • Exclude any passengers with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including but not limited to cough, sneezing, chest congestion, shortness of breath, fever, and loss of taste or smell


  • Exclude any passengers with known exposure to a COVID-19-infected person within the previous two week period, including anyone who has been notified of possible exposure through contact tracing


  • Confirm that passengers are able to enter and exit an aircraft without any assistance or physical contact other than their companion


  • Evaluate any passenger whose medical condition prevents them from complying with droplet transmission protections (e.g., inability to wear a surgical mask)


  • Secure revised medical releases with physicians’ approval to include a statement of necessity of travel considering all risks to pilots and passengers within 24/48 hours of the flight



  • Limit the number of passengers to the patient and a necessary companion if needed


  • Encourage flights in larger cabin aircraft whenever possible


  • Secure signed COVID-19 Release and Indemnity Forms for both pilots and passengers prior to every flight


  • Social distancing of 6 feet where the opportunities permit


  • Deny requests for anyone who is not willing to adhere to best practices


  • Provide access to information regarding risks, protecting oneself, disinfecting, etc.


  • Follow up with pilots and passengers to check health status 14 days after flight


Suggested Pilot Precautions:


Pre Flight

  • Check AOPA’s Restrictions by State
  • Disinfect all surfaces with alcohol wipes and allow time to dry prior to your pre-flight preparations
  • All occupants must wash hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer immediately before boarding
  • Wear protective gloves when handling passengers’ luggage or equipment; or wash hands thoroughly or apply hand sanitizer after such contact and before boarding
  • Wipe gloves with sanitizer or change gloves after every use
  • When pilots wear a mask while flying (recommended but not required), the microphone may fit through the side of the mask

In Flight

  • Maximize air flow through the cabin to the extent allowable with aircraft limitations and passenger comfort. Increase airflow through vents and fans if applicable
  • Require all passengers to wear protective masks or other acceptable face coverings (protective masks recommended for pilots but not required)
  • Avoid direct contact between passengers, such as shaking hands, hugging or other physical contact
  • Maintain as much physical distance as possible

Post Flight

  • During quick turn, wear a protective mask or face covering and avoid contact with ground personnel
  • Clean all surfaces with disinfectant wipes or solution, including headsets, seat belt buckles, arm rests, door handles, etc.
  • If possible, replace mic muffs for each passenger
  • Provide a thorough post-flight debrief to PALS



How to Protect Yourselves and Others

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Aircraft Disinfection and Cleaning Procedures

MedAire COVID-19 Advice and Answers to Your Questions



By : Joe Ferrazano /June 13, 2020 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

April 2013 – Newsletter


Has Spring Finally Sprung?

It seems that this winter has left some with a serious case of the winter blues.  Take advantage of the improving weather and increasing hours of daylight and sign up for a PALS mission today?  


Tower Closures 

ATC tower 2In early March the FAA announced that air traffic control towers at many smaller airports may be closed as a result of sequestration.  Recently that news was followed with a listing and timeline of ATC towers that would be furloughed.   

According to recent news reports, the FAA has since delayed all closures until at least June 15, 2013.  
While we wait to learn the fate of smaller, tower controlled airports, check out AOPA’s website for the latest updates and information about how to be prepared for tower closures in your area, like the article Tower’s closed. What now? 

PALS Updates and Reminders

  • REMINDER:  The phone number for the PALS office has changed!  The office number is now (631) 694-7257.
  • Fuel Reimbursemt  Courses: Both initial and recurrent courses, are now being offered via webinar by  Mid Island Air Services! 
  • Fuel Reimbursement Rate Change: Eligible pilots will now be reimbursed at a rate of $.40 per mile for single engine and $.50 per mile for multi-engine operations. Click here for more info.
  • Pilot Affirmation: Our Pilot Affirmation has been revised.  Please be sure you are using the most up to date version of the affirmation which is available on the Pilot page of our website.
  • Mission Paperwork: Don’t forget to submit all required mission documentation – consider this iPad app for ease in submitting signed documents! 
  • Pictures Pictures Pictures: photos and the use of social media help to raise awareness and bring new patients to PALS every day. And don’t forget our often unsung heroes – get photos of the FBO staff and line service crews that keep our missions running smoothly!  Photos can be emailed to info@palservices.org BOS-Signature 3

PALS Petition to the FAA for use of donated aircraft

The proposed exemption, if granted, would have permitted PALS, a not-for-profit volunteer pilot organization, to use a donated aircraft for transporting patients and staff to appointments or meetings by PALS staff members and volunteer pilots without having to meet the requirements of part 119 and part 135.
The FAA reviewed this request and found that “a grant of exemption would not be in the public interest and would not provide an equivalent level of safety as that provided by the current regulations.”
The denial went on to say, “The humanitarian efforts of many individuals in the aviation community are laudable, yet the need to maintain the highest level of safety for commercial operations remains. Accordingly, the FAA believes that the interests of safety are best served by requiring operations conducted for compensation or hire to be conducted under parts 121 or 135.5”
If you would like to see the full denial, please contact our office and request a copy to be emailed to you.  

Upcoming Events

Join members of the PALS team at a fly-in event this Spring – bring a fellow pilot and introduce them to the amazing things happening at PALS.
Tweed New Haven Regional Airport (HVN)
9:00 am – 11:00 am, East Haven, CT
Perkiomen Valley Airport (N10)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Collegeville, PA
Epic Blue, Danbury Municipal Airport (DXR)
11:30 am – 3:00 pm, Danbury, CT
Butter Valley Golf Port (7N8)
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Barto, PA
6.1.13, Doylestown Airport Open House
Doylestown Airport (DYL)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Doylestown, PA
6.15.13, Dutchess County Airport Open House
Dutchess County Airport (POU)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Poughkeepsie, NY
RSVPs are appreciated but not required
Contact, Pilot Coordinator, Jen Hotsko at 516-640-7200 to RSVP for one of these events or to discuss having PALS participate in or host a fly-in event near you!

Step Up From Single to Twin

PALS Command Pilot, Doug Fields had an article published in the March 2013 issue of Aviation Safety Magazine. In the article, Doug recounts his experiences transitioning to twin-flying, some early adventures and challenges, and a few tips to help others interested in making the switch. 

Read the article here

Fuel Reimbursement Courses

Fuel reimbursement training, both initial and recurrent, is now available via webinar through Mid Island Air Services. Registration is currently open for April’s Courses.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013; 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Tuesday, April 30, 2013; 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
To register for a fuel reimbursement course, contact Mid Island Air Services at 631-588-5400.

PALS Pilot Orientations 

PALS pilot orientations are currently scheduled through early May. All orientations are done via webinar. Sign up today and join the PALS Command Pilot ranks!
Thursday, April 18, 2013; 7:30 PM
Wednesday, May 8, 2013; 7:30 PM
To register for an orientation or to discuss alternate orientation times, contact Pilot Coordinator, Jen Hotsko.

Join us online!

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Tel: (631) 694-7257
Toll Free: (888) 818-1231
Fax: (631) 755-2184
Email: info@palservices.org
By : Joe Ferrazano /April 01, 2013 /Pilot eNews /0 Comment Read More

Volunteer pilots flying in Sandy relief volunteers

Web produced by Jennifer Matarese, Eyewitness News

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (WABC) — Airplane pilots are turning their planes into a shuttle service, picking up recovery workers from other states, and bringing them to Farmingdale, Long Island to help.

They are changing the lives of people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“We’re here we’re ready to go to work,” said Joe Kinnick, a volunteer worker.

The volunteers work full time jobs yet decided to spend this weekend volunteering on Long Island.


By : Joe Ferrazano /December 07, 2012 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

Eileen Minogue Joins the “Kilmeade & Friends” Radio Show to Talk PALS

Recently, Patient AirLift Services’ Executive Director joined Brian Kilmeade on the popular “Kilmeade & Friends” radio program on Fox News Radio. Eileen spread the word of the PALS mission and spoke about recent missions including the heartwarming story of baby Easton Fridel. (Read more about the mission here!)

Minogue explained that many people settle for getting treatment for their ailment at a hospital that is close to their home, even though it may not the best hospital they can go to.


By : Joe Ferrazano /November 30, 2012 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More

PALS Helps Unite Baby Easton Friedel With Family For Thanksgiving

PALS Helps Unite Baby Easton Friedel With Family For Thanksgiving

See Easton’s story here (Via WSYR New York)

(Via AuburnPub.com)

WEEDSPORT | A family is finally together again, after months of challenges and with challenges ahead.

Easton Friedel, who was born Aug. 23 with epidermolysis bullosa, a rare genetic skin disease, finally came home Friday to Weedsport after three months at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

“It has been a long three months,” said Mary Pine, Easton’s great aunt.

Easton’s condition causes his skin to be so fragile that it tears or detaches from his body if it is exposed to the slightest friction or heat. He will need intensive medical care for the rest of his life.


By : Joe Ferrazano /November 23, 2012 /Latest News /0 Comment Read More