Haiti Crisis: Business Aviation Responds

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Media Coverage of Business Aviation Relief Efforts

In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, NBAA spoke with dozens of news outlets about the role of business aviation in helping people affected by the crisis. The following are among the print, broadcast and online dispatches detailing efforts by the industry to help the earthquake victims.

The Cincinnati Enquirer
Burned infant from Haiti at Shriners

March 9, 2010

Officials from Corporate Aviation Responding in Emergencies worked with Cincinnati’s Shriners Hospitals for Children to bring a two-month-old infant from Haiti for severe burn treatment. Read the full story .

USA Today
Some employees are doing good works instead of working on their unpaid furlough days
By Judy Keen, USA TODAY

March 2, 2010

"Rich Pickett, chief information officer at San Diego State University, is a pilot who used furlough and vacation days to fly earthquake relief supplies to Haiti," this story reports. "He plans to use two March furlough days the same way. The trips kept him so busy he didn't fret about furloughs, he says: 'It was the best vacation ever.'". Read the full article.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
McMutrie sisters on another mission to Haiti orphanage

February 16, 2010

Corporate Air, LLC, a Fixed-Base Operator (FBO), aircraft management and charter company with operations at Allegheny County Airport, is taking part in Haiti relief efforts. The company recently provided an eight-seat airplane to transport supplies, including tents, cots, medical tools, blankets, diapers and some non-perishable food items, to two orphanages in the earthquake-ravaged country. See the full article and a video on the story.

Ridgefield [CT] Press
Ridgefield pilot flies relief missions to Haiti

February 15, 2010

A Beechcraft Baron traveled 6,000 miles to transport medical supplies and a surgeon to Haiti for earthquake relief. The plane used small airports in the area surrounding Haiti's capital, Port Au Prince. "Small planes can make a difference in getting those supplies to surrounding areas beyond the capital," the story reports. Read the entire article.

The New York Times
Volunteers Fly Supplies in to Hard-To-Reach Areas

February 4, 2010

This article reports on business aviation flights conducted to transport medical teams and supplies into Haiti in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake there. As the story points out, many flights were coordinated through the efforts of the volunteer group Corporate Aircraft Responding in Emergencies (CARE), which was formed with NBAA’s support. Read the full article.

The Roanoke [VA] Times
Plane with supplies from Roanoke lands in Haiti

February 2, 2010

Food and medical supplies bought by a Roanoke-based company, The Vitality Depot, were delivered on a nine-seat plane to Pignon, Haiti as part of the larger earthquake-relief effort. Read the full story.

KPTM CH42 Fox
Creighton Doctors Fly to Haiti to Help with Earthquake Injuries

January 25, 2010

Flexjet donated an aircraft to fly doctors and nurses from the Creighton Medical Center to Haiti. The medical team left from Eppley Airfield with half a ton of food and medical supplies. Read the full story.

AviationNews.net
Business Aviation Assists In Haitian Crisis

January 27, 2010

"In response to the crisis in Haiti, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) reported that it has received hundreds of offers of flight support and other assistance from individuals and companies in business aviation," this story reports. Read the full story.

WVIT CH30 NBC
A Connecticut Air Charter Service has Found a Way to Get Help into Haiti

January 21, 2010

Tradewind Aviation, based in Oxford CT, has been landing on a small and short paved road when flying into Haiti from the Dominican Republic. The charter company has also used a jet aircraft to bring doctors from New Jersey into Haiti. See the video.

The Wellington News
Doctors land in Wellington: Corporate plane carries medical team to Haiti

January 21, 2010

Sometimes it's not always a game of numbers and dollars that measure the reaches of compassion. The human spirit will always bring its best effort against whatever Mother Nature dishes out. It’s a point being proved by a medical staff that has volunteered its time and expertise to relief efforts in the earthquake ravaged Haiti. Read more.

KRDO-TV CH 13 ABC-TV
Local Car Dealer Donates Resources To Help Haiti

January 21, 2010

A local businessman who is also a pilot is using his company's Beechcraft King Air 350 "to fly doctors and medical supplies into Haiti," this story reports. 'It's great to make a donation and be able to hand goods or services to somebody instead of just cutting out a check,'" he says. Read the full story.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Area pilot flies surgeons, supplies to Haiti

January 21, 2010

A local insurance company owner is providing his airplane to deliver medical supplies and surgeons to Hospital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti, this story reports. "I'm glad we went (to the hospital), because it gave us a sense of why we did this," the businessman says. Read the full story

Mankato [MN] Free-Press
Downs Foods pilot flying workers to Haiti

January 21, 2010

Downs Foods, a poultry processing plant with offices in Mankato, MN, has donated the company's airplane to transport medical specialists into Haiti in the aftermath of a Jan. 12 earthquake. "I'm just glad to help out any way I could," the company's chief pilot says. Read the story.

The Joplin Globe
Pittsburg company, other groups organize Haiti relief efforts

January 21, 2010

Names and Numbers, a local telephone directory company, donated the use of its business jet to transport 600 pounds of supplies to Haiti as part of the overall relief effort, this story reports. Read the full story

The Huntsville [AL] Times
Local businessman donates use of plane to take medical supplies, water treatment systems to Haiti

January 21, 2010

This story reports that in response to “an e-mail plea sent out by the National Business Aviation Association,” a local businessman donated his Pilatus PC-12 to deliver “equipment to provide 100,000 gallons of clean water a day and a satellite imaging system that will allow local doctors to treat earthquake victims from afar.” Read the full story.

The Oregonian
Portland truck dealer donates corporate jet to fly Oregon doctors to Haiti

January 20, 2010

TEC Equipment, Inc., a local truck dealer, reports that "employees pledged and raised money for the cost of [a] round trip flight," this story reports." The contribution from our employees has been overwhelming," the company's CEO says. Read the full story.

January 19, 2010

This story reports that “Synthes, a global medical device manufacturer...that operates a jet aircraft...has used the aircraft to fly doctors and medical volunteers to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Haiti.” Read the full story.

WZZM-TV (ABC CH13), Grand Rapids, MI
Amway jet brings missionaries from the Dakota's back from Haiti

January 18, 2010

NBAA Member Company Amway provides its business jet in support of a flight to rescue ten Americans from Haiti’s earthquake zone. The company also sent 10,000 personal hygiene kits, and its employees donated more than $270,000. Read the full story.

The Wichita Business Journal
Dillons Partners With Red Cross on Haiti Relief

January 18, 2010

This story reports that "The National Business Aviation Association launched a special page on its Web site to help coordinate the use of corporate aircraft in the relief effort for Haiti, and notes that "Local aircraft companies taking part [in relief efforts] include Cessna Aircraft Co. and Bombardier Learjet." Read the full story.