Tue, Jan 19, 2010
Bahamas Habitat Delivering Relief With Private Aircraft
Bahamas Habitat announced Monday their aviation relief
operation is "up and running" to Haiti. "Sunday was our third
day of airlift operations into the outlying airports around
Port-Au-Prince and we delivered a lot of medical supplies and
evacuated 27 more people today", reported John Armstrong, President
of Bahamas Habitat.
Steve Merritt, the Treasurer and Chief Pilot for Bahamas Habitat
answered the call last Thursday and launched to chart the course
and prepare the way for other volunteers in the organizations
recently donated Beechcraft Baron. He was joined by Cameron King
and Matt Hansen, Bahamas Habitat long term volunteer pilots serving
at their Eleuthera base camp.
On Friday January 15th their first two flight teams made it in
to Haiti from their staging base on Inagua, in the Southern
Bahamas, delivering medical supplies and evacuating people.
Saturday more planes joined the efforts and a significant amount of
medical supplies were moved in and more trapped missionaries moved
"We have had a rush of requests to help get people out and more
medical supplies in. Private pilots with aircraft have been
volunteering and making preparations to join the efforts from all
over the country and even Canada. We have medical and other
supplies in Nassau and Fort Lauderdale that need to be moved in and
the list of people needing to be evacuated continues to grow"
"We are focusing on getting to the airports of Cap Haitien and
Les Cayes that are north and west of Port-Au-Prince where the big
aircraft can not serve. People are moving out to these areas
seeking help and evacuation and the clinics and hospitals are over
run there without enough medical supplies," McIntyre explained.
So far the flight missions have involved everything from Cessna
182's, Bonanzas, Barons, Aztecs, to a Cessna 340's and a Caravan.
Bahamas Habitat says more volunteers that have twin engine aircraft
and high performance singles are needed to join in the mission.
The organization has indicated the following ways people can
- Aircraft owners can volunteer to make flight missions. If you
don't have a plane they suggest you help get the message to other
pilots that have suitable planes and then join in with them.
- Help spread the word to pilots to request supplies, funds and
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