Aviation’s COVID-19 Paradigm Shift

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are the foundations on which commercial flying is built. Airbus A320 captain Jeremy Feldman explains their use and details how the on-going coronavirus pandemic has, in some cases, necessitated their change

Standard operating procedures are an integral part of commercial aviation operations
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Forming an essential part of a commercial pilot’s working day are standard operating procedures (SOPs). Everything from the walkaround inspection, cockpit set-up and briefings, to take-off, landings and even non-normal situations are governed and regulated using SOPs. They inform almost all aspects of the day-to-day operation, from the seemingly obvious, how to read a checklist, to the more complex management of a multiple hydraulics failure at high altitude

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