Coyote Air and Coldfoot Air Covid-19 Mitigation Health and Safety Plan (Updated February 10, 2021)
This is an ever-changing situation and thus this is an ever-changing document. What is compiled is best practices given current CDC, FAA and State of Alaska mandates and guidelines. As those change so to shall the practices of Coyote Air/ Coldfoot Air and may not be immediately reflected in this document.
With Vaccines becoming more available, anyone who can get vaccinated should be vaccinated before traveling into the backcountry.
All flight that Coyote Air/ Coldfoot Air conducts are considered close contact, and do not qualify as short hops or shuttles. Therefore all passengers must meet all of the requirements for unrestricted travel and association.
Coyote Air will place updates on our website and/or Facebook page about current State of Alaska Health Mandates in the timeliest manner possible. Passengers should also do their best to be informed about State of Alaska Health Mandates.
State of Alaska, https://covid19.alaska.gov/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Specific on duty Responsibilities for Pilots:
Pilots will, whenever possible, wear cloth facemask when passengers are present in the airplane.
Pilots will, whenever possible, ensure the aircraft is disinfected prior to each new passenger flight using 70% alcohol in a spray bottle. This will include seats, doors and handles, seatbelts and other frequently touched areas.
Pilots will keep hand sanitizer in the airplane and use as necessary.
Pilots will screen all passengers for Covid -19 symptoms before boarding. Passengers exhibiting symptoms consistent with Covid -19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft for outbound flights from Coldfoot.
Pilots will screen passengers for known exposure in the past 2 weeks to Covid-19 positive exposure or exposure to persons exhibiting symptoms consistent with Covid-19. Each exposure situation will be evaluated per State of Alaska or CDC guidelines and be dealt with accordingly.
Pilots will hand out Single user ear plugs and barf bags to each passenger. If unused or reusable, passengers should hold on to these for the return flight.
Each plane will be equipped with PPE and disposable equipment to safely handle full barf bags.
In the event that a passenger that is in the field has symptoms that are consistent with Covid-19. The following are the resources available. Each situation will be unique and will require a unique approach. Coyote Air will coordinate with the group in the backcountry to find the best solution given the situation and resources available.
Alaska State Troopers 907-451-5100
North Slope Search and Rescue 907-852-2822
Coyote Air/ Coldfoot Air 907-687-3993
Emergency Evacuation Insurance may be available and is worth looking into for all persons going into the backcountry.
Coyote Air cannot pick up a sick passenger that is suspected of having Covid-19. This is beyond our technical capabilities and hence will require an emergency evacuation. Therefore it is imperative that passengers going into the field have taken every possible precaution against Covid-19.
Passenger Responsibilities and Requirements:
It is imperative that all passengers act responsibly in helping us to maintain a safe operation in the backcountry. This starts long before your planned trip.
We ask that all passengers arrive in Coldfoot in good health. If passengers have any symptoms that are consistent with Covid-19 this needs to be disclosed to the pilot immediately.
For those people who live in Alaska or have previously quarentined you will need to have a Covid test within 72 hours of flying into the Backcountry.
For people traveling from out of the State of Alaska all the mandates apply. First you will need to test prior to coming to Alaska. Then maintain minimum contact and retest 7-14 days later. At that point and only then can we fly you out into the backcountry.
Please bring you test results with you to attach to the health decleration.
Each passenger should, as much as is practical, practice social distancing 2 weeks prior to a backcountry trip to reduce their exposure to Covid-19. This is especially important as extraction from the backcountry is extremely difficult under normal circumstance and will now constitute an emergency evacuation of the entire group.
Each passenger will disclose to the pilot immediately if they have had a known exposure in the last two weeks with someone that has tested positive for Covid-19 or has symptoms consistent with Covid-19.
Each passenger should arrive in Coldfoot with personal hand sanitizer and cloth face masks which will be utilized in the airplane during flights.
Passengers should follow the CDC and State of Alaska guidelines and Mandates pertaining to Covid-19.
When you arrive in Coldfoot you will be required to fill out a health declaration and sign it. If you are ill or do not meet the requirements for passengers listed above we will not be able to fly you out into the field.
The following are general guidelines for Coyote Air and Coldfoot Air crewmembers, but also may be helpful to passengers:
• Crewmembers should monitor themselves for fever (feeling feverish or a measured temperature of
100.4 F [38 C] or higher), cough, or shortness of breath.
Crewmembers should take their temperature twice a day during duty periods, and any time
they feel sick.
• Crewmembers should stay home and not report to work if they meet any of the following conditions:
Develop fever, cough, or shortness of breath, even if mild;
Test positive for SARS-CoV-2, even if no symptoms are present; or
Are exposed, as defined below, to a sick person with fever, cough or shortness of breath, even
if the person has not been tested for SARS-CoV-2.
• Exposures of concern include:
A sick household member or intimate partner;
Taking care of a sick person without using personal protective equipment (PPE); or
Being within 6 feet (2 meters) of a sick person (including co-workers and passengers) for a
prolonged period of time (i.e., 10 minutes or longer).
• Crewmembers who are symptomatic or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, should not return to work until cleared to do so by following current CDC guidelines.
• If a crewmember develops symptoms during a flight, the crewmember should stop working as soon as
practicable and put on a surgical mask or a cloth face covering
To protect their health and the health of others, including co-workers and passengers, crewmembers should:
• Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) from others to the extent possible.
• Wash their hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, particularly after assisting sick travelers or touching body fluids or surfaces likely to be contaminated with body fluids; after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose; after using the restroom; before eating; and before preparing or serving food or beverages; and after removing any PPE, including gloves.
• Avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• As much as practical, wear a cloth face covering while around other people, especially in situations where they cannot maintain the recommended physical distance from other.
• Avoid contact with people having cough, fever or shortness of breath or otherwise suspected of having COVID-19.