The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : International Last Updated: May 7, 2015 - 7:57:38 AM


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

Enter your Email Address


Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

International
Latest Headlines
Quotable Caribbean: Dr. Devi Shetty, Usain Bolt, Freundel Stuart, and more...
World Health Assembly closes with approval of new resolutions
One Caribbean Television celebrates Caribbean-American Heritage Month
African countries to stand up to mega-trading blocs
Insulza ensures on departure that OAS “Much stronger than it was when I arrived”
Rahming among those paying tribute to outgoing OAS Secretary General
BCPORA Presents Gift to Bahamas Consul General Zonicle
Bahamas Honorary Consul Fountain attends Inauguration Ceremony
Caribbean Fisheries Ministers Ink Regional Spiny Lobster Declaration
Bahamas Spelling Champion competes in Scripps National Spelling Bee next week
A Requiem for a Mako Shark
Bahamas Consul General Treco attends Israel Celebration‏
First journal of Human Communication Studies in the English-speaking Caribbean launched
Bahamas Native Robert L. Parks Honored with Historymiami’s 2015 Legal Legend Award
Health ministers to tackle increasing burden on services
Michael Misick and defendants on the Privy Council Appeal dismissal
High-level meeting of Caribbean Fisheries Ministers to be held in Grenada
Talking about a revolution, UWI sees change in the future of the Caribbean
Health City Performs Caribbean’s First Ever LVAD Heart Surgery
Haiti to welcome Carifesta in August 2015
Consul General Rolle visits Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
Headed to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Pastor Dave Burrows to Address Global Congress In Jerusalem
Caribbean Needs ‘New Development Vision’, Mia Mottley Tells EU-CARIFORUM
The Caribbean needs radical thinking and bold actions
Trinidad and Tobago’s Sacha Cosmetics is Caribbean Exporter of the Year
Speakers announced for 1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Conference
Prince William and Kate welcome royal baby girl
OAS Presents Report on Evaluation of Drug Policies in the Countries of the Hemisphere
Support pledged for young Caribbean entrepreneurs at Commonwealth meeting
Bethel represents The Bahamas at CEPA session at UN
First Caribbean fashion show to be held during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam
CWC Obtains Audio Rights for Barclays Premier league football in the Caribbean
PAHO/WHO office for Bahamas and TCI joins region in announcing elimination of Rubella
Caribbean youth priorities take centre stage at Ministerial meeting in Antigua and Barbuda
Quotable Caribbean: P.J. Patterson, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, Warren Solomon, and more...
His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming calls on the Paraguay Ambassador
CARICOM Caucus hosts reception for CBC
1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Conference and Exhibition - June 18 – 20, 2015
Foul play ruled out in Johnny Kemp death