General Aviation Caucus Recognizes Haiti Relief Efforts
Applauding the assistance provided by general aviators in the aftermath of Haiti's devastating earthquake, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and Sen. Mike Johanns (R - NE) today introduced a resolution formally recognizing the contributions of general aviators to relief efforts which included transportation for medical staff and relief personnel.
"With Haiti's transportation network in ruins, general aviators from across the country selflessly volunteered their time, money and most importantly their planes, to help ship over one million pounds of cargo and supplies to the people of Haiti," Begich said. "This resolution is a meaningful way to recognize their contributions and encourage their continued generosity."
"I applaud the aviation community and specifically our pilots who assisted our friends and neighbors in Haiti through thousands of relief flights," Johanns said. "Their acts of humanitarianism and goodwill are worthy of our praise and support, and I am pleased to recognize their efforts."
General aviation pilots made over 4,500 flights in the 30 days following the earthquake. General aviation proved vital during rescue efforts by serving areas inaccessible to larger aircraft.
Founded in September of last year, the Senate General Aviation Caucus works with pilots, aircraft owners, the aviation industry, and relevant government agencies to promote a safe and vibrant environment for general aviation. Alaska has an estimated six times as many pilots and 16 times as many aircraft per capita as the rest of the country. There are over 220,000 GA aircraft and 650,000 certified pilots in the U.S.