Oct. 3, 2017

With recovery efforts expected to last months, or longer, following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, business aviation provides relief workers with the ability to get supplies and resources to those in need –faster than would be possible by other means of transportation.

“With an airplane you can do a lot of things you can’t do with a vehicle,” Robert Johnson, CEO of TeamSupport, said during a relief mission post Hurricane Harvey.

“No. 1, we’re faster, in fact the last couple of days we’ve had [situations] where someone’s asked us to bring medicine or other supplies down and we could bring them from Dallas or other airports in a matter of hours, as opposed to many more hours driving them,” he added.

“We’re very grateful for this kind of connection, that these pilots are making possible, hour by hour here,” said Bill Ury, national ambassador, Salvation Army. “It’s an amazing feat that they’re doing.”

The NBAA Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (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. Learn more about NBAA’s HERO Database.