Outdoor activity (walking, hiking, running) is allowed as long as social distance is observed.
Solo flying either for fun or practice does not seem to be 'essential', and is also not a direct 'outdoor activity', however, is needed to maintain proficiency, keep currency, and as long as it is solo, still observes social distance.
It seems though that with the current ruling (which may not be detailed enough on the flying aspect) does not allow for flying, even solo, at all.
Can AOPA get this clarified or discuss this with states/cities enforcing this?
Here is a link to the order: https://covid19.ca.gov/img/Executive-Order-N-33-20.pdf
In that order under, on the first page, under item #1, second paragraph, is a link to the federal critical infrastructure sectors: https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19
When you go into the "Transportation Sector", you will find the seven key sub-sectors, or modes. Here is Aviation:
"The Transportation Systems Sector consists of seven key sub-sectors, or modes:
- Aviation includes aircraft, air traffic control systems, and about 19,700 airports, heliports, and landing strips. Approximately 500 provide commercial aviation services at civil and joint-use military airports, heliports, and sea plane bases. 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."
Also, travel to and from the airport is not subject to FAA jurisdiction. AOPA is not currently aware of any guidance or order from the FAA (or any federal agency) that allows an individual to ignore state or local orders and indisputably be relied upon by an individual as an authority to travel to the airport to conduct these operations.
Don't assume that just because the airport, or a business at the airport, is open that the state or local orders permit travel to the airport. Whether this type of travel is permitted depends entirely on the specific state and local (county, city, etc.) orders that apply to the situation.
Many states and local governments are issuing official "interpretative guidance" of orders that are issued. For example, here in Maryland, the Office of Legal Counsel is issuing interpretive guidance of the Maryland Governor's Orders. Every state and local government is different. You may want to check with the office that is responsible for the order, as many provide a point of contact for further clarification.
Since you have the AOPA Legal Services Plan, call 800-872-2672 and select #4 to connect directly with AOPA Pilot Protection Services and they will get you in touch with an AOPA panel Attorney in your area in the state of Virginia for your specific questions.
..., am I permitted to fly the aircraft from Louisiana to Missouri before month's end ?
Yes, you are permitted to fly. There are no flight restrictions from the FAA yet. The other question is whether you're allowed to drive from your residence to the airport, and that's a question for the local state/municipal authorities where you are in Louisiana. You should probably also find out if there will be any significant restrictions on the ground in Missouri when you arrive there.