South Carolina's Venture Aviation Showcased In Local Three-Part
A South Carolina charter company and SC's Greenville Downtown
Airport (KGMU) were recently shown in a 3-part story on organ
transplants which aired on Fox Carolina TV. Titled 'Life
Changing Mission', the series' purpose was to increase awareness of
organ and tissue donations that are made possible by indicating
'organ donor' on drivers licenses. The piece shows Venture Aviation
transporting the organs.
"Without general aviation, heart, kidney and liver organ
transplantation would not be possible," stated David Knoblauch,
President and Director of Operations for Venture Aviation, which is
located at the KGMU. "A heart can only last about 4 hours
outside a human body, so the total travel time is very limited,"
"Commercial airlines can't be used for organ transportation for
several reasons: because many hospitals and patients aren't
located close enough to commercial airports; an entire transplant
crew has to travel with the precious cargo; and with only four
hours available getting to the airport, through security, onto a
scheduled flight, arriving and getting to the hospital just isn't
achievable," he continued.
"Hospital helicopters can't fly these missions because they are too
slow and they can't hold the number of people and amount of
equipment that is needed," stated Knoblauch. "Venture
Aviation's crew is on call 24/7 and flies several hundred of these
important missions each year," said Knoblauch.
"Shows like this help highlight how critical general aviation is
for our community" said Joe Frasher, Airport Director of GMU.
"Venture Aviation is an asset to GMU and the many organ recipients
that it has helped."