COVID-19 presents many challenges to organizations that arrange humanitarian travel onboard business aircraft and the pilots who fly those missions, and its effects likely will be felt long after the pandemic finally eases. Nevertheless, the industry continues to adapt to provide services to those in need. “Aviation as a whole has been an important tool during crises over many, many decades,” said Gina Russo, executive director for the Corporate Angel Network. “Now during this pandemic, even folks who historically might not have been able to help have rallied to bring people to and from care.”
In this episode of NBAA Flight Plan, host Rob Finfrock speaks with:
Elizabeth Hancy, executive director, Angel Flight South Central
Bret Heinrich, president and CEO, Wings of Hope
Rol Murrow, chair and co-founder, Air Care Alliance
Throughout February, NBAA has marked Black History Month by recognizing the significant aviation contributions of African Americans and emphasizing the importance of ensuring our industry is open and welcoming to people from all backgrounds.
The FAA has been working with NBAA and others to address privacy concerns with the Privacy ICAO Address program (PIA), which recently was expanded beyond the contiguous U.S. to include overwater routes.
Flight data monitoring and data sharing are important tools to help identify potential safety risks before they become serious issues. That said, many operators are uncertain about how they work, what equipment is needed and what this information can offer their operations. NBAA has developed a new, comprehensive resource to answer those and other questions.