Embry Riddle Flight Department Devastated By Tornado
School Looking For Replacement Aircraft To Lease
Photos: Steven Abreau, Aero-News Network
December 28, 2006 — While most EAA members were celebrating the Christmas holiday on Monday, the staff at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., was dealing with the aftermath of a tornado that ripped through the campus that day. More than 50 ERAU aircraft were destroyed or damaged by the tornado, while nine campus buildings were also hit. The damage caused university officials to delay the start of classes for one week following the holiday recess, with the spring semester now starting on Jan. 16.
EAA immediately offered assistance to Embry Riddle in the aftermath of the storm, and the university has asked EAA for possible assistance from its members. The university is now looking to leaseback, or rent by the flight hour, several late-model Cessna 172s (180 Horsepower G 1000 or conventional equipped aircraft) to replace those lost in the Dec. 25 tornado. The leases/or hourly rentals would last up to four months. The aircraft will be maintained to Embry Riddle exacting maintenance standards and returned to the owner/operator with either a fresh 100-hour or annual inspection.
If you can assist, please send an e-mail to Frank Ayers, Chairman of the Flight Department or Jack Haun, Director of Maintenance to discuss lease/rental terms. Please provide the N-number of the aircraft and a general description.