GA after the Storm

October 31, 2012 by Bruce Landsberg

There’s just no trying to reason with hurricane season, according to Jimmy Buffett. It was all about Sandy and will be for some time. The coming, the passing, the going, the aftermath, the political effects, the economic effects—you name it—it was all reported at least a few hundred times.

One thing that you won’t hear much about is how quickly GA recovered and how it will help in the recovery. There will be hundreds, if not thousands, of humanitarian flights that will touch thousands of people. That story needs to be told, and we’ll work to tell it where appropriate. Now is the time to tell your friends about how GA is helping.

The GA system will be largely back to normal now, moving people and goods, expanding commerce, and doing all the things it does every day in this country. Having been subject to a few airline SNAFUs in the past, I know they will take days to unsnarl. Our system is simpler with huge flexibility, and that’s a tremendous strength in critical times.

I had the pleasure of missing the storm on a trip down the East Coast. The only concession to Sandy was to depart half a day early on a business trip. It may have made a slight difference that we were headed south. The flight was into overcast skies and some light turbulence, but nothing ominous. Flying the western edges and out the southern side of the storm gave perspective to the monster that could only be appreciated from the air. We went about our business quietly and efficiently. That’s as it should be after the “storm of the century.”  Of course, the century is still a bit young, so wait a few years.

The recovery efforts that general aviation brings are only possible with a strong GA industry. Consider donating to the AOPA Foundation as we work to keep GA healthy and a vital part of our community.

If you have a good GA Sandy story to tell on how GA worked, let us know.


Bruce Landsberg
Senior Safety Advisor, Air Safety Institute

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  • Mike Woods

    How do we organize a “GA Airlift” to get needed supplies into the areas hit by Sandy?

    Of course, a few people and companies will naturally jump in and help, but — it would be amazing to have an organized effort that help individuals get involved and be able to put General Aviation right into the front lines of making a real difference in people’s lives.

    Maybe something similar to what Bahamas Habitat is doing?

  • Bruce Landsberg

    Marianne Stevenson is one organization that coordinates these activities.

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