Direct hurricane hits on Florida FBOs are rare, but all of them prepare.
For U.S. Gulf Coast residents history repeated itself at the end of August when Hurricane Isaac struck, seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore and nearly drowned New Orleans. The storm caused the temporary closure of several area airports and forced others to declare “ATC-zero” status due to tower shutdowns or other lapses in contact with ATC.
The first NBAA business aviation regional forum in 2012 was held in New Orleans on Thursday, marking “a triumphant return to the Crescent City” six years after Hurricane Katrina forced the association to move its annual convention from the flood-damaged region. “NBAA is pleased with the results of the New Orleans forum,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
AERObridge is an organization easy to understand. Formerly known as Corporate Aviation Responding in Emergencies (C.A.R.E.), AERObridge has been endorsed by NBAA to coordinate assets, such as business aircraft, during catastrophes when traditional institutions require help. That means the organization is good at funneling help to the center of one global mess after another for NGOs and local governments.
Aug. 29, 2005, is a date few residents of the Gulf Coast will ever forget, as Hurricane Katrina, the costliest disaster in the history of the U.S., rolled ashore. The storm devastated a swath of coastline across several states, and among the hardest-hit communities were the cities of Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss. Visitors in many coastal areas there today can still see blank concrete slabs where buildings once stood.
Sky Hope Network has been formed by five industry professionals to offer business aviation support in emergencies. Founder Robin Eissler, vice president of Jet Quest, was involved in the Corporate Aviation Responding to Emergencies (Care) relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the earthquake in Haiti early this year.
Soon after the magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, killing more than 200,000 people and displacing more than a million more, relief began arriving by air. Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport–the main gateway to
the island nation’s ruined capital, Port-au-Prince–re-opened two days later as
humanitarian flights began streaming in.
Odyssey Aviation broke ground in May for its new FBO at New Orleans Lakefront Airport. The facility, which is expected to open by year-end, will include hangars big enough to house GV-size aircraft, overflow parking for jets and cars, a conference room with LCD projector system, a flight-planning room with WSI weather access and a pilot lounge.
On February 11, Lakefront Airport officials celebrated the 75th anniversary
Three days before the start of this year’s Republican National Convention (RNC) in Saint Paul, one of the Minnesota Twin Cities’ biggest fly-ins of transient business aircraft, Key Air opened the doors to its brand-new FBO on 25 acres on the northwest corner of Anoka County Airport.
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