Airline pilots fight for safety, for themselves and their passengers

Why is this not reported widely? Are the pilots not sufficiently
expert for “our free press”? If Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates know more about it then the pilots do, let those two fly airliners (after getting duly jabbed, of course).

Airline Pilots Fight For Safety, For Themselves & Their Passengers

Updated | 30 Dec 2021
The Daily Examiner

In the midst of the holiday season as Christmas travel takes place all around the world, much of that travel is taking place on planes even in these strange times. Most of these planes are now being flown by fully covid-vaccinated pilots, as airlines around the world have rushed to impose vaccination mandates on their workforce. However, with emerging caution around the risk of serious adverse reactions, such as heart inflammation and strokes, groups of pilots around the world are fighting back against these vaccine mandates. Passenger safety is paramount and many airlines are still ignoring the worrying signs.

Airline Mandates

Air New Zealand has required that all its air crew have their first shot by November 14th and their 2nd shot by Boxing Day. It has also offered its unvaccinated or undisclosed employees Leave Without Pay agreements, which require those who are unvaccinated to first use up their paid leave then go on unpaid leave. Refusal to sign the agreements meant termination of employment. The NZ Government is the majority shareholder in Air New Zealand, with almost 52% of its shares.

Meanwhile in the US, President Biden’s vaccination mandate for all federal contractors has been quashed by successive Courts. Even before the Court decisions were announced, notably Delta Airlines bucked the trend and refused to require mandatory vaccination for its workforce, stating only that monthly healthcare insurance premiums for unvaccinated employees would rise by US$200.

Since the Court decisions, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines have also backed down from mandating employees, with Boeing being the most recent airline-related company to also suspend mandates. This leaves United Airlines as the only major US carrier left that has an employee vaccination mandate. It was also the first major US carrier to impose a vaccine requirement. A US federal court has upheld United’s mandate, which requires employees to either vaccinate or take unpaid leave, including those who are exempted for medical or religious reasons. United has stated it will offer exempted employees non-customer facing roles and those that refuse will be placed on leave.

Elsewhere, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has dropped its masking requirement on intra-Scandinavian flights.

Adverse Reactions & Aviation Authorities

As adverse reaction reports mount up in the US Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and other adverse reactions databases for covid-19 vaccines worldwide, including from within the professional pilots community, concerns have grown among pilots for their safety and especially the safety of their passengers during flight. Commercial pilots are one of the most closely scrutinised groups of people for their health. In NZ, pilots are required to undergo detailed annual medical examinations until the age of 45, then every 6 months afterwards.

The Daily Examiner is aware of at least 3 Air NZ pilots who have suffered severe reactions to the Pfizer vaccine, including pericarditis within 48 hours of the jab. At least one has had their heart condition confirmed as being caused by the jab, and received ACC cover for it.

At present, the NZ CAA already “asks pilots not to fly for 24 hours following the vaccine and to only return [to] flying once free of side effects.” This was contained in an e-mail received from the CAA in July in response to a request for its position on NZ pilots taking covid vaccines. To date, we are aware that only approximately 300 medical exemptions have been issued nationwide for covid vaccines. As we understand is the case with Air NZ, those pilots who were to get medical exemptions would still be faced with job loss or indefinite leave without pay as any medical condition to receive such an exemption would preclude them from holding an aviation medical. Air NZ also does not consider a severe reaction to the Pfizer vaccine to be a valid reason to exempt an employee from its company mandate and continue in their role.

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is also extremely strict with its requirements for pilots. Specifically, title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations §61.53 states that “no person who holds a medical certificate issued under part 67 of this chapter may act as pilot in command, or in any other capacity as a required pilot flight crewmember, while that person… [is] receiving treatment for a medical condition that results in the person being unable to meet the requirements for the medical certificate necessary for the pilot operation.”

In interpreting this provision, the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners (AME) states, in reference to the issuance of medical certificates in the instance of use of pharmaceuticals as therapeutic medications for “Do Not Issue – Do Not Fly” orders, to include classes of medications or medications which:

“FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved less than 12 months ago. The FAA generally requires at least one-year of post-marketing experience with a new drug before consideration for aeromedical certification purposes. This observation period allows time for uncommon, but aeromedically significant, adverse effects to manifest themselves….”

This portion of the regulations was highlighted in a letter issued to the FAA by a group of attorneys, medical doctors and other experts on 15th December 2021, noting the serious adverse reactions to covid vaccines being experienced by pilots (including death) and asking for specific health checks on all vaccinated pilots.

The letter asks that all vaccinated pilots be medically flagged and:

“having said pilots undergo thorough medical re-examinations to include D-Dimer tests (to check for blood clotting problems), Troponin tests (to check for Troponin in the blood, which is a protein that is released when the heart muscle has been damaged), post-vaccination ECG analysis (also known as EKG, which checks the electrical signals which determine cardiac health), and cardiac MRI and PULS Test (to determine heart health).

According to the letter’s authors, inclusion of the cardiac MRI as a screening test for pilots is critical and referenced a recent study showed that using only ECG results and symptoms to screen patients resulted in a 7.4-fold under-diagnosing of actual myocarditis. The PULS Test is also important as an abstract published in the medical journal Circulation, entitled “Observational Findings of PULS Cardiac Test Findings for Inflammatory Markers in Patients Receiving mRNA Vaccines”, found that “the mRNA vacs [vaccines] numerically increase … the markers IL-16, Fas, and HGF, all markers previously described by others for denoting inflammation on the endothelium and T cell infiltration of cardiac muscle”.

The letter’s authors also reference an affidavit filed in a US court earlier this year, where doctors including the cardiologist retained by the FAA and a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army who is a flight surgeon, Aerospace Medicine Specialist, and an Aviation Officer Course & Mishap Training Specialist with a Master’s Degree in Public Health, concluded that

  • “the risk of “post-vaccination myocarditis was not trivial”
  • “that the “aviation population is comprised of individuals with demographics that the CDC and FDA established (on June 25, 2021) was at greatest risk for developing post-vaccination induced myocarditis”
  • “that the “unpredictable and potential serious complications thereof present an … unacceptable level of aeromedical risk,”
  • that “risk-stratification, screening and diagnostic testing is necessary for continued safety of
    flight,” and
  • that “immunizations with COVID vaccinations should be immediately suspended until
    further aviation specific studies can be conducted.”

It is worth noting that coincidental to the issuance of this letter to the FAA, NZ’s Ministry of Health issued an urgent letter to all primary healthcare providers and vaccinators. The letter admitted that incidences of vaccine-associated myocarditis and pericarditis have been under-reported in NZ and that the actual incidence, particularly for boosters, is not known. Instructions were also issued to include warnings on those serious side effects specifically, to those receiving the covid vaccines.

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