The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : International Last Updated: Jun 20, 2014 - 5:05:44 PM


Bahamas Habitat completes 150th Haiti relief flight
By GeneralAviationNews.com
Feb 4, 2010 - 8:56:05 AM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Haiti_1.jpg

Bahamas Habitat’s aviation relief operation passed a milestone Feb. 2, completing its 150th relief mission to Haiti. Volunteer pilots and aircraft have delivered more than 125,000 pounds of medical supplies and food, as well as medical personnel and equipment to Haiti’s outlying airports using general aviation aircraft.

“This is an amazing accomplishment by everyone involved,” said John Armstrong, president. “When we first issued a call for help from the general aviation community, we had no idea of the magnitude of everyone’s generosity.

“We have had a rush of requests from other organizations to help get injured people out and more medical supplies in. Private pilots with aircraft have been volunteering and joining in the efforts from all over the country and even Canada,” he continued. “We have medical, food and other supplies in Nassau and Fort Lauderdale that need to be moved in and the list of medical personnel needing access to the areas we serve continues to grow.”

In the first weeks of the organization’s support efforts, a variety of aircraft — from King Airs, Pilatus PC-12s, Bonanzas, Cessna 180s and a Grumman Albatross — were used to make relief flights, he reported. “Our larger aircraft are moving critical equipment and medical personnel and our smaller aircraft are loading up with medical supplies, food and whatever else they can fit in,” he said. “This is a demonstration of the amazing capabilities of private aviation.”

While other relief efforts are focusing their efforts on supplying Port-au-Prince, Bahamas Habitat has been able to send its smaller aircraft to Port-du-Paix, Pignon, La Gonave, Les Cayes, Jacmel, Cap Haitien and other outlying towns and islands,” noted Abraham McIntyre, executive director of Bahamas Methodist Habitat and chief coordinator of the organization’s operations from “Command Central” in Nassau. “People are moving out to these areas seeking help and evacuation and the clinics and hospitals are overrun there without enough medical supplies. In many cases we are their primary lifeline. We are making a difference and the impact is growing.”

Armstrong stressed the growing need for volunteers who have piston or turbine twin-engine aircraft and high performance singles, as well as bush planes.

“These larger, more powerful aircraft can take more supplies with each flight; sometimes doubling or tripling the value of each mission, while the specialized short field aircraft can go places others can’t,” he said. “For example, most of the airfields we serve are over 3,000 feet of paved runway accessible to our volunteers. Then there is the example of the 150,000 people on the island of La Gonave offshore from Port-au-Prince. The normal supply is all but cut off because the small island’s docks are destroyed. Some of our smaller airplanes can get in and out of the island’s tiny 1,800-foot dirt strip.”

Aircraft owners and pilots can volunteer online at BahamasHabitat.org.


Article SOURCE


Bookmark and Share


© Copyright 2010 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

International
Latest Headlines
Barack Obama's Immigration Address Transcript
OAS Urges Giving Young Offenders a Path to Reintegration at Launch of Program in Jamaica
OAS and UNEP Sign Agreement on Environmental Rule of Law and Sustainable Development
OAS wants more Bahamian scholarship seekers
ALTA Urges Aviation Stakeholders to Embrace Innovation for Sustained Growth
OAS to Elect the Next Secretary General on March 18, 2015
Bahamas Participates in UN Meeting on ICT and E-Governments in SIDS
PAHO, OAS and IDB explore joint action on outbreak response in the Americas
More Private Sector Trust Needed in Caribbean
Trinidad & Tobago Government Foots $9.9m Arrears Bill for Warriors
Bahamians in Atlanta Remember Plane Crash Victims
LPM Blames Saint Lucian Government for Emboldening Vladimir Putin
Canadian-based Bahamian Junkanoo Group Uplift Through Music
Matt & Laurie Crouch of TBN on the passing of Dr. Myles & Pastor Ruth Munroe
OAS and the United States to Train Judges and Magistrates of the Southern Cone in Legal Cooperation Against Cyber Crime
Ambassador Donaldson's Remarks‏ in Japan
Canadian High Commission Encourages Bahamian Students to Study in Canada
Myles Munroe book of condolence opened in New York
BAAI (New York) Monthly Meeting on Nov. 15th at 4pm - Christmas Splash Dec 6th
Bahamian Performs in Doctoral Piano Recital in Maryland
Bahamians in Missouri Urged to "Avoid Problems" with Michael Brown Verdict
Paving the Way for Private Sector Growth in the Caribbean
"New Bahamian Immigration Policy Raises Serious Human Rights Concerns"
USA rejects petition to list Queen Conch as endangered species
Harlem elects "Sweet Justice"
Countries of the Americas plan for possible Ebola introduction
Mister Bahamas visits Ambassador Newry in Washington
Bahamians participate in National Student Leadership Forum in Washington
Bahamian Elected as Vice Chairperson of 69th Session of UN General Assembly
Chinese top political advisor meets Bahamas senate head
Bahamian Entrepreneur Participates in U.S. State Dept. Exchange to Promote Social Entrepreneurship
Consul General Randy E. Rolle Returns Home to Inspire Youth
Ambassador Newry signs book of condolences for H.E. Carlos Morales
Commonwealth launches Young Professionals Programme
Barbados Senator Boyce: Improve Standards to Generate Growth
OAS Permanent Council Holds Special Meeting to Debate “Diplomacy, Development and Governance”
Coke-Hamilton Sees Diversification In Agro-Processing, Cultural Industries
CIBC Firstcaribbean mourns the Passing of its Founding Executive Chairman, Michael Mansoor
Dominica Celebrates 36 years of Independence at the OAS
Turks and Caicos Islands Government on Passing of Dr. Myles Munroe