FBO company Sheltair Aviation has launched a fuel discount program for pilots flying missions for nonprofit endangered wildlife rescue operation Turtles Fly Too. The program will be offered throughout Sheltair’s network, which includes 15 FBOs across Florida, Texas, Georgia and Colorado. As part of the partnership, Sheltair says it has also committed to sharing related educational information with its guests and online audience.
“Having the support and partnership of Sheltair will make a difference in our work of transporting these turtles and other endangered species to rehabilitation hospitals,” said Leslie Weinstein, Turtles Fly Too founder and president. “Aviation has always been at the core of our mission because transporting these vulnerable animals by aircraft rather than by ground shortens travel time and reduces stress, facilitating quicker recovery times.”
Turtles Fly Too’s stated mission is to “coordinate and facilitate the inclusion of general aviation in large-scale ‘first responder’ relocation efforts” for endangered species. A registered 501(c)(3), the organization was founded in 2014 and primarily focuses on endangered sea turtle rescue operations. Turtles Fly Too partners with agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).