Owners and pilots of business airplanes along with managers at community airports, Fixed Base Operators, and a small army of other aviation-industry professionals are mobilizing to gather, transport, and distribute essential supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims in the greater Houston area, and areas affected by the catastrophic storm, the company said.
These people are all a part of what is known as “business aviation” — the manufacture and use of mostly small airplanes for business transportation purposes. These airplanes are especially suited for disaster relief because of their flexibility: they often can reach locations adversely impacted by natural disasters, when airliners and many vehicles cannot; they often operate on short notice; and they are able to land in outlying airports with small runways, on unpaved airstrips, and, sometimes, even onto roads. Many of the professionals in this industry exceed at logistical coordination of the aircraft, making their expertise particularly applicable to multi-party collaboration on relief efforts.
Since Hurricane Harvey descended upon Texas as a Category 4 storm on Friday, Aug. 25, the NBAA´s members, the association´s regional representatives, and the organization´s Washington, DC-based staff have offered a resource for gathering information about available aircraft, volunteers and other assets for relief assistance, in the form of NBAA´s Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) database. The information in this database is updated in real time and provided for initiatives like those underway in Texas. Learn more about NBAA´s HERO database.
Over the past several years, NBAA members have volunteered their skills and resources to aid victims of other natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and Super Storm Sandy. To date, more than 60 aircraft and more than 50 business aviation professionals are enlisted in the database for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, with more becoming involved daily.
Some of the many supporters of the business aviation community´s Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts include, but are not limited to: Conroe North Houston Regional Airport; Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, La.; Houston Executive Airport; and Gary Greene/Better Homes and Gardens realtors branch office in the Clear Lake area (south of downtown Houston and north of Galveston) of Houston). Tremendous support is growing daily for this critical relief effort.