Haiti Air Ambulance is partnering with Air Methods to bring helicopter EMS service to the poverty-stricken nation on a full-time basis for the first time. Beginning next month, two Air Methods Bell 407s–a primary and a dedicated back-up–will be based at a secure industrial park near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and will be gearing up to fly two missions a day or about 700 hours per year.
Both houses of Congress last month passed a bill recognizing the entire general aviation community, including business aviation, for Haiti relief efforts following the devastating January 12 earthquake that struck the island nation. According to NBAA, business aircraft have made more than 715 flights to Haiti since the earthquake, carrying 3,800 passengers and more than 1.4 million pounds of relief supplies.
More than two months after the Haiti earthquake, business aviation’s mercy flights continue but on a much smaller scale. In the first 60 days after the temblor, donated business aircraft made more than 700 flights into and around the region, transporting approximately 3,700 passengers and delivering 1.35 million pounds of supplies, according to the industry disaster response charity Corporate Aviation Responding in Emergencies (Care).
In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, civilian aid agencies and governments have mobilized airlift efforts to fly aid into the disaster area. Led by the U.S. under Operation Unified Response, the aid effort is focused on Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint L’Ouverture Airport.
Jet Support Services (JSSI) management and technical services representatives volunteered their time to help deliver supplies to earthquake-damaged Haiti. JSSI purchased 20,000 pounds of critical supplies and helped volunteers in the Corporate Aircraft Responding in Emergencies (Care) network to load and prepare donation flights out of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida.
Business aviation has been at the vanguard of the humanitarian response to the 7.0 earthquake that reduced Haitian capital Port-au-Prince to a shambles, killing or injuring hundreds of thousands of people and displacing more than a million others.
Nearly 100 general aviation aircraft on humanitarian missions have flown from the U.S. to Haitian capital Port-au-Prince in the first five days since the city’s Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport reopened to humanitarian flights two days after last Tuesday’s magnitude-7.0 earthquake, according to flight-tracking provider FlightAware. The Haiti Flight Operations Coordination Center, established by the U.S.
The business aviation community quickly swung into action yesterday to help earthquake victims in Haiti. A magnitude 7.0 earthquake centered just 10 miles from Port-au-Prince struck the country on Tuesday, killing tens of thousands of people and injuring countless more.