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GA Pilots Sought for Fly-In to Deliver Supplies to Alabama Tornado Victims

May 5, 2011 —Aerobridge is planning a GA fly-in to bring supplies to areas of Alabama affected by recent tornadoes. Under the direction of FEMA, Aerobridge is seeking pilots willing to collect supplies from their local area and fly to one of two designated Alabama airports closest to the hardest hit areas. Pilots are asked to land at Tuscaloosa (KTCL) or Jasper (KJFX) on Saturday, May 7, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., when volunteers will be on hand to receive the supplies. Aerobridge sees this as an opportunity to demonstrate the value of GA and municipal airports as a lifeline to their communities. See a list of needed supplies

Statement to pilots from Aerobridge:

As we have all seen the destruction caused by the violent tornadoes in Alabama late last week, many have asked how they can help. As a general aviation pilot you can support those affected by the tornadoes in a unique way. While FEMA and the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs) have done an excellent job so far, there are still requests for aid from organizations that are distributing straight to the affected people.

erobridge has been asked to organize a GA fly-in to support the people affected by this disaster. This gives us, as GA pilots, a chance to show that small airplanes should be considered part of the solution and not part of the problem. It also demonstrates the value of municipal airports as a lifeline to their communities.
 
Two airports (KTCL and KJFX) in the areas hardest hit are being used as staging areas to distribute supplies. Pilots are asked to fly in to either of these airports and bring whatever supplies they are able to collect that are on the list.  Volunteers will be on site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at both airports. As an example of how to collect supplies: One pilot has told Aerobridge that he is organizing a neighborhood response by inviting people to clean out their kitchens and closets of old pots, pans, and children’s clothes and drop them at his home so he can fly them in on Saturday.

Aerobridge reminds all pilots to operate their aircraft within operating limitations and carefully consider weight and balance and fuel requirements when loading their aircraft with supplies.

For more information please contact Eric Whyte of Aerobridge at 414-241-4469.

Below is a list of the aid organizations coordinating the distribution of supplies in each city and the types of food and supplies requested.

Tuscaloosa - Bama Air FBO
In support of Pastor James Stockdale, Latin American Ministry
www.latinamericanministry.org
www.nuevasion.org
 
Supplies Needed:
Maseca (this is what tortillas are made from)
Beans (pinto)
Rice
Pots and pans, cooking utensils, silverware, and portable camp cook stoves (propane-operated - propane will be purchased in Alabama)
Clean and gently used clothing including shoes for men, women, and children
Personal hygiene items
Baby formula, diapers, baby wipes
Rain gear
 
Jasper (KJFX) - Sanders Air
In support of Pastor Kenneth G. Key, CEO of Missions Unlimited Inc.
P.O. Box 929
Jasper, AL 35502
E-mail:  wheelchairs@mupet.org
 
Supplies Needed:
Personal hygiene items for males and females
Baby items: diapers, wipes, and formula
Food: non-perishable food items
Paper goods
Basic first aid supplies

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