– Among the after-effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was a flood of Congressional bills to provide relief to the communities and people devastated by the storms. Cost estimates range up to $300 billion, and legislators showed passing concern about where the money would come from and the effect such funding would have on other government programs.
In an unusual tribute for an unprecedented rescue mission, HAI has chosen to bestow the 2005 Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service to all the companies, organizations and individuals who took part in the monumental rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Mike Dwyer, helicopter maintenance director for transport services at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the Arkansas Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year Award.
Established by the FAA and presented by the facility manager for the Little Rock Flight Standards Office, the award is an annual competition for the best of the best when it comes to aviation maintenance in the state of Arkansas.
When Addie Fanguy finally managed to catch a ride to New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) with some National Guard friends two days after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the Gulf Coast last August, he didn’t know what to expect, but he didn’t have high hopes.
The Helicopter Association International expects to have its international online database of disaster-relief rotorcraft ready for rollout next month.
The Million Air FBO at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans reopened the historic 1930s-era art deco Moffett hangar, following repairs of damage sustained during Hurricane Katrina. Compared with the rest of the airport, the hangar suffered little damage due to its unusual design. The hangar roof is made of concrete panels, a few of which fell in during the storm and had to be replicated.
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