Flight Schools, Other Aviation Businesses Impacted By Shelter-in-Place Orders | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-

Airborne Unmanned-
Alt. Wednesdays

Airborne Flight Training-Alt. Wednesdays

Airborne Unlimited-

Airborne Special Programs!

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited--05.18.20


NEW! Airborne-Flight Training--05.06.20

Airborne Unlimited--05.22.20

Airborne's Annual April 1st Episode


Airborne Unlimited--05.18.20


NEW! Airborne-Flight Training--05.20.20

Airborne Unlimited--05.22.20

The 2020 Avionics Innovation Preview!

Tue, Apr 07, 2020

Flight Schools, Other Aviation Businesses Impacted By Shelter-in-Place Orders

NBAA: Many Have Simply Closed Their Doors For The Duration

Shelter-in-place, or “stay-at-home” orders – now issued by 30 states and a growing number of localities – directly impact 75% of all Americans, restricting activities to essential needs only, such as grocery shopping and seeking medical attention. These orders also are having a direct negative impact on flight schools and other small aviation businesses.

After several San Francisco Bay-area counties enacted shelter-in-place orders in mid-March, many flight schools simply closed their doors until the orders are lifted. As more localities and states enact stay-at-home orders, more flight schools face difficult business decisions.

Flight school closures directly impact flight instructors, many of whom are paid by the hour and only for actual instruction time. Simply put, a closed flight school means no pay for flight instructors.

Stay-at-home orders also impact fuel sales, with March sales at most FBOs only a fraction of typical sales for the month as a result of an overall drop in general aviation flying. One independent FBO owner reported March fuel sales were down 95%.

Most shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders do not directly address general aviation operations. Some pilots continue to fly, contending that if they are flying alone, they are maintaining social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical authorities.

However, most general aviation flights would not be considered “essential,” unless a pilot is transporting medical supplies or conducting other necessary activities. Some state and regional groups are seeking clarification that maintaining currency for the purposes of future relief flights, including transporting medical equipment or personnel, is “essential” and compliant with the stay-at-home orders.

Some localities and states recently extended shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders through April 30, in accordance with updated federal guidance to maintain social isolation until May 1, and most other localities are likely to follow, further extending the challenges for flight schools and other small aviation businesses.

The recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides financial assistance to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Business owners and managers should review NBAA’s Key Provisions for General Aviation Businesses in CARES Act to determine their eligibility and learn more about the process.

(Source: NBAA news release)

FMI: www.nbaa.org


More News

UND Announces Plans For A Phased Restart Of Flight Training

Still; Aviation Students Are Urged Not To Return To Campus Until They Are Invited As the University of North Dakota launches its 2020 Summer Sessions, UND Interim President Joshua >[...]

Today (Sunday) Could Be A Big Day For Virgin Orbit

Yup... This Week Is Definitely Looking To Be 'Space Week' Not all the excitement in space news is related to Wednesday's scheduled launch of the SpaceX/NASA Demo-2 manned mission. >[...]

Blue Angels Perform For Truman Carrier Strike Group Out Over The Atlantic

USS Harry S. Truman Gets A Special Show... In The Middle of NOWHERE The crew of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group observed the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the B>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.24.20)

“For me, seeing the Blue Angels was very nostalgic. I remember watching the Blue Angels as a kid, and seeing them today brought back great memories. I appreciate that they ar>[...]

FAA Proposes $67,050 Civil Penalty Against Wings Over L.A. of Van Nuys, Calif.

'For Allegedly Violating Drug And Alcohol Testing Regulations...' The FAA has proposed a $67,050 civil penalty against Wing Over L.A., of Van Nuys, Calif., for allegedly violating >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2020 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC