Aviation Industry Hurricane Relief Efforts
There’s no better time to see what an industry is made of than when disaster strikes, and in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, business aviation has been quick to aid recovery and cleanup efforts. These nonprofits need your contributions and help to continue providing services:
• AeroBridge coordinates and dispatches aircraft to ferry supplies, evacuees, medicine, and other aid. It employs volunteer pilots and aircraft owners but its most critical immediate need is for funding.
• Air Charity Network’s member organizations coordinate volunteer pilot flights in the U.S. According to its website, more than 94 percent of donated funds are used to support program services.
• Operation Airdrop has been in operation only since Hurricane Harvey but already includes more than 200 pilots who have flown 400 flights and delivered 250,000 pounds of relief supplies to the Texas Gulf Coast. Until it is officially a nonprofit, donations are being directed to a GoFundMe page with 100 percent of the funds being used to keep planes flying.
• Patient AirLift Services’ Sky Hope Disaster Relief Program is giving airlift support to victims of Harvey and Irma.
• Pilots N Paws’ website’s discussion board is where volunteer pilots and aircraft owners can schedule animal rescue flights and overnight foster care or shelter.