As its members meet in sunny Orlando, NBAA is marshaling efforts to use business aircraft to help with the relief efforts in the storm-tossed Northeast. NBAA hosts the Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) database where aircraft owners and operators can volunteer the use of their aircraft for humanitarian aid. Aid organizations use the list to find aircraft appropriate to the missions that might need to be flown. "At the moment, much like the rest of the country, we're waiting to see what the damage is and what efforts will be needed in the hours immediately following the storm's passage," Robin Eissler, president of the Sky Hope Network, told NBAA. "Our focus is specifically on life-saving flights and placing aviation assets where they are needed most."
Sky Hope has aircraft staged in New York and Wilmington, Del., ready to be used as required. Marianne Stevenson, of aviation relief organization AERObridge, said her group is ready to help when called. "At this point we're monitoring the situation and preparing to respond as needed to the relief effort following Sandy."