General Aviation Industry Endured COVID-19's Storms And May Now See Clear Skies Ahead

General Aviation Industry Endured COVID-19's Storms And May Now See Clear Skies Ahead
August 6, 2020
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Credit: Texas Public Radio Airlines have been hit hard because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 6, 2020 at 8:40 PM CDT
By Jerry Clayton
Texas Public Radio

Joseph Longaro lives in the Austin area. He owns a single engine Cirrus SR22. It’s a fast, modern, glass cockpit, 4 seat airplane. "When [the COVID-19 outbreak] first happened," he recalled, "I was taking lessons for my instructor's license. [T]he flight schools really weren't taking people. And then flying someplace, was like, every place you go is closed."

Pilots like Longaro, on demand air charter pilots, cargo flights, corporate and business aviation, aircraft owners who fly for personal or business reasons, amid other categories all fall under the category "General Aviation." According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, General Aviation provides more than one percent of the GDP in the United States, accounting for 1.3 million jobs in professional services and manufacturing. And the COVID-19 pandemic touched every one of those jobs.

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