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FAA Issues 48-Hour "No-Fly" Window for Pilots Who Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

As COVID-19 vaccines are distributed throughout the United States, the aviation community has looked to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for guidance regarding what restrictions, if any, are to be placed on pilots who receive vaccinations. Fortunately, the FAA has issued guidance which identifies certain limitations for the holders of FAA airmen medical certificates or medical clearances who receive either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Specifically, the FAA, through the Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM) has stated that those individuals receiving either vaccine must be placed on a 48-hour "no fly/no safety-related duty" hold upon receiving each dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Importantly, the FAA has noted the AAM will continue to monitor patient responses to each vaccine dose and may adjust the FAA's policy as necessary to ensure aviation safety.

The AAM has not provided any comments on vaccines which may be developed by manufacturers other than Pfizer or Moderna. As additional vaccines are granted Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration, the AAM will evaluate each vaccine individually and provide additional guidance with respect to such vaccines, as necessary.

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Ethan Beswick Business Attorney Varnum Law Firm

Ethan Beswick is an associate attorney with a business and corporate service practice and additional experience in tax, real estate and aircraft matters. He provides general business and transactional work and has experience in mergers and acquisitions, business transactions, financing, contracts, and day-to-day business issues.

Ethan also works regularly with business tax, international tax, and other tax related issues, and assists clients with real estate sales and acquisitions, commercial leasing matters, and real estate financing transactions.

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Jeff’s practice focuses on business law, real estate, estate planning and aircraft transactions. He works with many companies and family businesses to handle their legal issues, including business transactions, financing, contracts, licensing matters and real estate transactions. Jeff advises clients on aviation matters, including the purchase, sale, fractional ownership, leasing and operation of aircraft. He is also experienced in commercial real estate development and financing, and in the ownership, management and transfer of family businesses, cottages, farms and vacation properties. ...