April 16, 2020
As mentioned on March 26, CABA leadership has been working with the Governor's Office to obtain clarification about permissible flight operations, particularly at flight schools, under the governor's Public Health Order 20-24 (Stay At Home).
We have received confirmation from Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that services provided by flight schools are considered critical and are permitted to continue.
Flight schools are permitted to provide specifically the FAA-required flight proficiency and currency operations, namely takeoff/landing and night currency, as well as routine proficiency flights are permissible. Elective flight instruction, which includes primary instruction of student pilots, and training for advanced ratings are not permitted.
We did send out an Advisory to membership regarding the updated status so hopefully that helps reduce the confusion.
We've also received an excellent response from pilots willing to donate their time and expenses to fly in the event CABA is asked to mount an airlift for medical supplies and equipment. We have not yet been asked to do so but will keep you informed of any developments.
Chris Swathwood was interviewed by Fox News Denver yesterday at RMMA. We hope you caught it on tv. Below is a photo of the interview.