April 28, 2020
By Jennifer Non
Many pilots have been grounded and are unsure of how to navigate the latest requirements on general aviation flying while under mandatory stay-at-home orders in several states and territories. To help alleviate some of the burdensome research pilots might be forced to do to understand if they can continue flying in their state, AOPA has published a state-by-state guide on COVID-19 directives. To access the guide, users will need to log in or create a free aopa.org account.
The online guide includes links to relevant executive orders issued by each governor, along with any supplemental guidance issued by the state department of transportation or aviation, answers to commonly asked questions, contact information for relevant government offices, and helpful reminders about checking notams and calling airport managers to confirm availability of services.
“AOPA continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on GA in all 50 states and U.S. territories, and this database of information should make it easier for pilots to decide whether they can fly or not,” said Mike Ginter, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy. “We will continue updating the state-by-state resources as new guidance becomes available, and since this is a rapidly changing situation, we also urge pilots to proactively call their local airport managers and check notams before flying.”