AERObridge has taken the hard-won lessons from Hurricane Katrina, the Haitian Earthquake, the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami and Hurricane Sandy and molded them into cohesive and far-reaching plans, strategies and policies to guide our future efforts.
First and foremost is our philosophy and practice to respond to extreme need with assets that are precisely matched to both the need itself as well as the conditions and facilities available at the destination.
During Haitian operations, for example, AERObridge dispatched a fleet of aircraft that ranged from Part 121 Transport category aircraft which operated into and out of Haiti's Toussaint l'Ouverture International airport to single engine aircraft that literally operated onto and off of local roads.
Each flight was loaded to the maximum capacity of the aircraft dispatched, and threrefore provided maximum benefit to those in need. In some cases, for example, excess fuel "tankered" in was offloaded at the destination and used to fuel emergency generators. The bottom line is that each donated asset was utilized to its full potential.
Despite the fact that relief missions in general are often spur-of-the-moment undertakings, AERObridge endeavours to make maximized use of available donated assets, combining that with precise flight planning and logistics arrangements to minimize mission time and get the participant's aircraft back to work as soon as possible.
To make that goal a reality, AERObridge has studied the data gathered during our past disaster response efforts, taken the lessons learned and through meetings, consultations and planning sessions with Federal, State and Local Authorities, Military Representatives, Private Sector Entities and numerous large and small NGOs has formulated plans for future disaster response efforts.
AERObridge has identified 7 geographic locations for major logistic staging areas:
• Seattle WA
• Sacramento CA
• Carlsbad CA
• Colorado Springs CO
• Hartford CT
• Bamberg SC
• Jacksonville FL
At each logistics base we need you to preregister for the following: Click here to register your aircraft or as a volunteer
• "Ready Fleet" of available aircraft to mobilize upon activation.
• FBO (Fixed Base Operator) with available hangar space.
• Medical Personnel/First Responders available to deploy immediately upon activation.
• Donors who would be able to purchase or deliver emergency goods to the airport.
• Media outlets who can quickly convey the news.
• Local groups available for local information, labor and expertise.
• Receiving Agencies/Groups for administering to the needs of possible evacuees.
We continue to reach out to aircraft owners and operators within all spectrums of General Aviation - from major airlines and flight departments flying transport-category aircraft to individual owners of small, but nonetheless capable, single engine aircraft - to expand the potential responding fleet as well as the overall capabilities of the fleet itself. This will allow AERObridge to dispatch large aircraft onto major runways in the disaster area as well as foreseeing the potential distribution efforts away from those facilities to outlying and remote areas.
In an effort to maximize our state of readiness, we are pre-staging critical donations and equipment at each of the staging areas. As communication into the disaster area is paramount to conducting an efficient response, we need satellite phones and solar chargers at the ready. We also need several pallets of Meals Ready to Eat to be on hand so that aircraft can be dispatched to deliver them, where needed, immediately. Please join us by making a monthly donation so that we can help immediately when disaster strikes!