California

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  • Where can I find this state’s “stay at home” or “shelter in place” order?
Order and related materials: https://covid19.ca.gov/
 
  • Does the state’s order provide any specific exemptions concerning aviation activities? Yes.  
If yes, relevant citations:  The State Public Health Officer has designated the following list of  “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” in the Transportation and Logistics Sector (see page 7):   https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf
 
  • Is there any interpretive guidance available concerning aviation activities? Yes.
Aviation is considered an essential business under the transportation sector of essential services.  Aviation includes aircraft, air traffic control systems, and airports, heliports, and landing strips.  In addition, the aviation mode includes commercial and recreational aircraft (manned and unmanned) and a wide variety of support services, such as aircraft repair stations, fueling facilities, navigation aids, and flight schools.
 
  • Who can I contact to request clarification or additional guidance? California Department of Public Health: (833) 544-2374
 
  • What other resources should I consult before deciding to fly? Check with local governments (counties, cities, etc.) for any additional restrictions.
Association of California Airports COVID-19 Update Portal: http://www.calairports.com/Covid19/ACA%20Covid%2019%20Update%20Portal.html
Additional recommendations:
 
  • Pilots are reminded to carefully check all NOTAMs before flight and be alert for ATC service reductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
  • Pilots should also contact the Airport Manager prior to departure/arrival to confirm availability of services. 
   
  • AOPA cannot provide legal advice or legal opinions on State restrictions.  Members are encouraged to contact the AOPA Pilot Information Center at (800) USA-AOPA for the names of AOPA Legal Services Plan Panel Attorneys licensed to practice in your state.   
 
  • AOPA recommends following all guidance provided by the CDC and state and local officials.   Stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 impacts to General Aviation at this AOPA web page

Posted by AOPA Announcements on Apr 27, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

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