Aug. 31, 2017
Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), an independent provider of business aviation maintenance programs, said it will take steps to encourage aircraft owners and operators to participate in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
JSSI is waiving flight-hour fees for customers that donate aircraft flight time to the relief effort, contributing $10,000, and matching every flight-hour credit with a dollar-for-dollar donation to the Red Cross. The organization said that aircraft owners and operators that want to provide relief flights can register their aircraft on NBAA’s Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) database.
“The hearts of the entire JSSI family go out to everyone impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said JSSI President and CEO Neil Book. “When people are in need, the business aviation community never fails to step up.
“Business aircraft are truly unique in their ability to reach locations impacted by natural disasters,” he added. ”We hope that by waiving these fees we can make it a little easier for our clients to utilize their business aircraft and provide a lifeline to the people and communities in crisis.”
NBAA’s HERO database is a list of people in the business aviation community who are part of disaster-response mobilization efforts. In the aftermath of major crises, basic information from the database is provided to organizations coordinating relief efforts. Business aviation has long served as a lifeline to people and communities in crisis, because business aircraft can reach locations affected by natural disasters when airliners cannot.