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Business Aviation Helps People and Communities in Crisis
Not all flights conducted by business aircraft are solely for business reasons. According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, business airplanes conducted more than 15,000 flights in one recent year in support of missions for humanitarian purposes.
Business aircraft are able to conduct these types of missions because they are flexible, nimble machines – with the ability to operate on short notice into outlying airports with smaller runways (and sometimes even unpaved airstrips), or even onto roads – they are uniquely suited to providing a first response to natural disasters and other emergencies.
During a crisis, when other means of transporting food, supplies, medical specialists and other assistance into devastated or remote areas are unavailable, business aircraft are literally lifesavers.
Across the general aviation community, a number of organizations coordinate the use of business airplanes and other assets for humanitarian purposes. View a list of humanitarian groups.
NBAA offers the Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership in recognition of the spirit of service demonstrated by humanitarian leaders within the business aviation community. Albert L. Ueltschi, the award’s namesake, has been widely recognized for his lifetime of dedication to philanthropic causes. Learn more.