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Safe to Fly: How Commercial Aviation is Adapting to COVID-19 is a Course

Safe to Fly: How Commercial Aviation is Adapting to COVID-19

Started Nov 16, 2020


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4+ hrs/week



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Certificate (free)


On March 8 2020, over 2 million passengers passed through US airports. One month later, there were less than 100,000. Almost overnight, jets were parked and busy terminals were emptied of people. Yet despite the unprecedented change in the industry, airline employees are still checking passengers in, fueling aircraft, performing maintenance, and landing airplanes safely. How have airlines and airports responded to the COVID-19 pandemic? In this course, you will learn how the aviation industry has adapted operations to meet the needs of passengers while maintaining the high standards for health and safety that the traveling public expects.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the impact of COVID-19 on the airline industry.
  • Explain how airlines and airports ensure passenger safety during the pandemic.
  • Discuss the role of cabin crews, flight crews, and ground crews in maintaining public safety.
  • Locate resources from governments, airlines, and non-governmental organizations that support and enable health and safety while traveling during the pandemic.

Target Audience: This class is for those interested in aviation, public health, crisis response, and risk management. It is also of interest to the general traveling public.

Course is offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Course Instructors

Brendan Gelb

Brendan Gelb


Brendan is a First Officer with PSA Airlines since 2019. He is an Assistant Professor of Aviation Maintenance with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and served in the United States Air Force as a Tactical Aircraft Maintainer since 2008. Read More.

As an experienced Maintainer, Brendan has a history of working in the Aviation & Aerospace industry. He is skilled in Aircraft Systems, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Airworthiness, Safety Management Systems, and ISO Standards. Brendan is an engineering professional with a Master of Science (MS) focused on Aeronautical Safety and Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Kelly George

Kelly George


Dr. Kelly George serves as an Accreditation liaison and a faculty member in the Social Sciences and Economics Program in the Department of Arts and Sciences at ERAU. Read More.

She currently teaches Economics and Statistics courses for ERAU. She has over twenty-five years of teaching experience. Dr. George started teaching as a favor to a colleague. When the U.S. Navy invaded her family life and required her to move to China Lake California, she discovered ERAU and was able to continue to teach.

Mark Scharf

Mark Scharf


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration: Management of Engineering and Technology, Northcentral University
  • M.A.S. - Master of Aeronautical Science in Aeronautical Science: Aviation Aerospace Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University
  • M.Ed. - Master of Education in International Relations, NW Oklahoma State University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy

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