Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2020 issue
As the country anticipated the re-opening of most activities following the early COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, AOPA has worked hard to maintain the viability of its Rochester, New York fly-in, September 11-12, 2020, but decided mid-June to cancel it. Earlier this year, AOPA was forced to cancel its fly-ins in San Marcos, Texas, and Casper, Wyoming. AOPA is working with local officials and organizers for all its 2020 fly-ins on potential future dates for those events.
“This decision was not taken lightly, and it was made in close coordination with all event partners, including Monroe County executives, local and state health departments, and airport/ATC management,” said AOPA President Mark Baker.
“A number of factors went into this decision: the continuing constraints that COVID-19 is expected to have on large-scale events in New York State, and staffing issues related to the health crisis and resulting slowdowns,” Baker added. “The serious challenges and potential restrictions ahead of us just won’t allow us to create the type of member and exhibitor experience that would meet our high standards.”
Those who registered for the event will receive a full refund. Registrants do not need to take any action to initiate refunds; AOPA will process credit card refunds. Please expect delays for refunds by check.
For pilots looking to return to the skies in these uncertain times and as states modify social distancing restrictions, AOPA and its Air Safety Institute have created aviation resources. The COVID-19 Flight Operations Guide is designed to help flight schools, flying clubs, FBOs, and other aircraft operators; the Return-to-Flight Proficiency Plan, created in partnership with Hartzell Propeller Inc., helps to ensure that pilots safely return to the air after a period of inactivity.