Aug. 31, 2017
Ground conditions in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are frustrating for those in the business aviation community ready to offer their support to victims around Houston, TX, with operators still waiting for floodwaters to recede from airports and roadways before they’re able to deliver much-needed supplies to the area.
Richard Sante is the founder of Miami, FL-based aviation humanitarian organization Airlift Flyers Aviation Corp. In a recent message shared by the South Florida Business Aviation Association, he encouraged pilots to donate their time and aircraft, but also to remain as flexible as possible in scheduling relief flights.
“I believe that general aviation aircraft can be tools to alleviate human suffering,” Sante wrote. “I have had, and may continue to get, requests from donors of disaster-relief supplies seeking to connect with aircraft owners across the country, willing to donate airlift missions to GA airports in Texas.”
According to Sante, two Houston-area airports – North Houston Regional Airport (CXO) in Conroe, and Stinson Municipal Airport (SSF) near San Antonio – are well-suited to receive and stage humanitarian cargo. CXO has even dedicated a hangar for Harvey relief efforts. Although these airports may be open, relief operations have been stifled by flooding on many nearby highways and access roads.
“The situation on the ground continues to evolve,” Sante noted. “The need for relief supplies is urgent, and time is of the essence, but access remains a concern. We need to get started with planning now, and be ready to move as soon as we can.”
A list of most-needed supplies also remains in flux, but personal hygiene items, baby formula and diapers, bedding and non-perishable dry foods are expected to be in high demand.
Learn more about Airlift Flyers Aviation Corp.