This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Bombardier’s fifth Global 7500 flight-test vehicle, FTV5, has found a new mission: transporting face shields for medical facilities. The Canadian manufacturer recently donated 2,800 face shields to HCA Healthcare East Florida Division for distribution throughout the medical care provider’s 15 affiliates across East Florida.
Bombardier loaded FTV5 up with the face shields earlier this month and transported them to Sheltair Aviation at Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International, where the HCA team was there to greet the team.
“We were honored that Bombardier reached out to us to make such a generous donation to help continue to supply our frontline workers during this pandemic,” said Fred Wilson, CEO of HCA Healthcare East Florida Division Supply Chain Services. “We are proud to partner with organizations that share in our commitment to corporate social responsibility and want to make a difference fighting Covid-19 in our communities.”
“These types of missions really highlight how pivotal aviation is in the transportation of life-saving humanitarian aid,” added Bombardier Aviation president David Coleal. “The Global 7500 aircraft is particularly well-suited to this type of assignment: with its long-range and ability to land and take-off from challenging airports, it can go anywhere.”
Bombardier worked with Molded Precision Components, a fabricator of auto parts and medical components, to secure the face shields.