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Going Direct: AOPA Guide to Flight Schools Reopening Is Missing Half The Picture

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The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), has created a guide to get aviation businesses up and running again. It’s problematic—fixable, but with issues. The e-publication, The COVID-19 Flight Operations Guide, is intended to help businesses conduct a thorough risk assessment and then do what’s necessary to prepare for reopening and the subsequent return to some semblance of business as usual. But it leaves out some of the most important steps.

We’re behind the sentiments a thousand percent. We are, in fact, as anxious as anyone for aviation to get back to it. It’s what we live for. And we’re in agreement that under certain circumstances, after a careful analysis, it can be done safely—with proper, serious and extensive precautions, exactly the kind that AOPA outlines in its guide.

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