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Announcing the IPAK Airline Pilot Work Loss Project: Major Donor Offers to Match Up to $75K - You Can Help This Take Off
We will be analyzing flight logs of pilots from across the US to examine trends the effects of COVID-19, quarantine and COVID-19 vaccine adverse effects.
Today I am announcing that I am partnering with a major leader in the fight against workplace mandates in the airline industry. My partner, who has requested to remain anonymous for the time being, is an airline industry expert. Together, we collect and analyze data from US airline pilot flight logs to measure the impact of COVID-19, COVID-19 testing, and COVID-19 vaccination on work loss in the US airline industry.
The project has been granted up to $75K in matching funds by a major anonymous donor.
In 2021, airlines began to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for pilots and some for all airline employees.
In 2020, the airline industry started to ground pilots who tested positive for COVID-19. In 2021, airline companies tried to enforce a workplace mandate for pilots and for all airline employees. The pushback from airline employees was impressive, and it brought the airline industry to a standstill. The mandates were never in full effect, some pilots were grounded and penalized for standing up for choice.
In the final quarter of 2021, a Pilot Survey conducted by FlightGlobal and the aviation recruitment agency Goose carried out a survey of 1,743 professional pilots about their work status and their career revealed that only 62% of pilots are “employed and currently flying”.
The also survey found that 20% of pilots in North America are not “fully vaccinated”, while 43% reported that they felt that “double vaccinations” should not be compulsory for all pilots.
By February, 33% of pilots across the industry were “grounded”, allegedly “due to COVID-19”. Forty percent (40%) reported they were uncertain if they have a future in aviation (simplyflying.com).
The FlightGlobal/Goose survey primarily attributed work loss to “COVID-19”, but did not parse out COVID-19 illness, positive test results without symptoms, and adverse effects of the vaccines. While the survey report did not state what percentage of pilots were unable to work due to the adverse effects of vaccines on their health, it did include a free-form comment from one participant:
“The aviation industry received tax breaks and government subsidies to survive. Pilots and other workers should not suffer pay cuts because we are the ones who suffered and are being coerced to get vaccinated or lose our jobs. What if you’re allergic to the vaccine? No one cares. Captain, previously flying in Asia-Pacific.”
One of the authors of the report, Mark Charman was also quoted:
“There has been one fundamental argument in favour of making double vaccinations mandatory and that is that they reduce the risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Less serious illnesses mean less pressure on hospitals as well as fewer deaths. However, if the lockdowns were anything to go by, anything that has tried to be enforced has received considerable resistance from some parts of the population.
Many believe it is their human right to choose whether to administer a vaccination into their body, ‘my body, my choice’.
There are many reasons for and against the vaccination and the pilot community is not alone in having mixed feelings. This is a global issue, and the debate continues.”
No study has been conducted that has quantified the percentage of work loss attributed by the pilots to COVID-19, quarantine from testing, and COVID-19 vaccine adverse effects. By analyzing flight logs and collecting pilot self-reported causes for lost days, we will be able to tease apart the percent liability of COVID-19, COVID-19 testing, and COVID-19 vaccine adverse reactions.
To help this project take off, click on the image below or this link. We’re requesting small monthly donations to support this and related studies.
While IPAK is a not-for-profit organization, it is not a 501(c)(3). Your donation will remain anonymous but is not tax-deductible.