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Rolling out of bed, heading out of the house, and participating in anything resembling a normal routine is a bit more challenging in this post-COVID-19 world. Certainly, it’s not quite as automatic as it used to be. There are issues to address. There might even be PPE (personal protection equipment) requirements in your area.

Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. That old adage seems more apt than ever right now.

In aviation it is not just the hobbyists and the weekend warriors who are affected. Even those of us who are involved in general aviation professionally have to jump through a few extra hoops to get airborne these days.

That includes flight training.

While flight training may be considered an essential activity at the upper levels of government, your local or state administrators might view things a bit differently. That can be especially vexing for a pilot who can’t get onto the field where his or her aircraft is hangared. It is also no picnic for the flight student who was making real progress, only to be removed from the cockpit and lose access to their flight school for several weeks.

Thankfully, risk mitigation is familiar territory to those who do flight training on a regular basis.

Several states are opening up again, in stages. Here in Florida where flight training is a major industry, flight schools are beginning to get back to business.

Just recently, one of the stalwarts of flight training opened its doors to clients as the lock-down eased up in the Sunshine State.

The fleet of Cubs at Brown’s Seaplane Base.

Brown’s Seaplane Base has been an institution for more than half a century. Many thousands of hopeful seaplane applicants have passed through its doors over the years. That includes international travelers, pilots from all over the U.S., local folks, and more than a few celebrities and notable figures.

I earned my seaplane rating at Brown’s a dozen years ago. While I more commonly fly aircraft with wheels under the belly, I never have any more fun or adventure than I do when I fly with floats down below.

That being the case,

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