NBAA is reminding members how to access related resources and assist with Hurricane Michael relief efforts in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.
The NBAA’s Air Traffic Services team at the FAA ATC System Command Center provides regular updates on the status of airspace restrictions and airport closures in areas impacted by Michael; however, operators should check all applicable Notams as airport conditions are changing rapidly and also call ahead to confirm the availability of services regardless of airport status.
Operators can register with the NBAA’s HERO (Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator) database. HERO collects information about aircraft and individuals that can be shared with relief organizations and government agencies in the wake of natural disasters, but does not commit registrants to accept mission requests. NBAA asks that those who registered with HERO before August 2018 do so again to ensure the database has the most updated information. HERO registrants who participate in relief efforts are asked to share mission details with NBAA via email to Dan Hubbard at email@example.com.
At least one exhibitor has already flown Hurricane Michael relief missions. Quest Aircraft reported that it diverted a Kodiak Series II turboprop to Tallahassee en route from its base at Sandpoint, Idaho, to Orlando to deliver bottled water, dog food, and blankets; transport Red Cross workers from Tallahassee to Panama City; and fly local and state officials on aerial damage surveys.