Covid-19 impact on helicopter MRO services

posted on 2nd March 2021 by Eddie Saunders
Covid-19 impact on helicopter MRO services

Personnel training was also impacted by the global pandemic. With in-person trainings deemed unsafe, many trainings were adapted for online platforms. “Continuation of technical personnel training is incredibly important, especially when facing extreme situations,” said Helisota CEO Gintaras Juknevicius. “The service that needed the greatest adaptation to the current situation was maintenance personnel training. Due to travel restrictions, training organisations had to quickly reorient and deliver services remotely. Thus, after EASA approved the possible online execution of certain trainings, courses were transferred to the virtual space.”

Trainings, such as Refresh training, General Familiarisation training, are theoretical and do not require a practical exercises, therefore a certificate of completion of the course is issued after finishing the theoretical online training and passing the examination. However, trainings that require a practical portion must be postponed to a time when it will be safe to conduct live training.

Covid-19 pushed helicopter MRO and training organisations to look for modern solutions. Changes, implemented during the time of crisis, provide not only safety but also flexibility and convenience for both MRO companies and their clients that will remain great selling points for the years to come.