There is an untapped source of manpower and equipment that has never been organized and used. There are over 632,649 pilots and 376,985 General Aviation (private) airplanes in the US and D.C.
Some States can brag they have an aviation unit at the State level, such as an "Air Operations Branch", but nothing beneath it to control. To my knowledge, it has never been tried before to organize General Aviation pilots to support disaster situations.
I am in the embryonic stage of organizing over 45,000+ General Aviation Pilots and over 37,260 General Aviation planes in California. I have written the Organization Plan on how to accomplish it; written flyers for handouts; written a letter to be released by newspapers (60 or more in California); about to make a web page for General Aviation Pilots interest; and asked AOPA to support the effort, but as yet have not received their answer.
The concept of operations is quite simple: When FEMA directs National Guard C-17s to fly medical teams and their equipment, and later food and water into the larger airports (Lindberg, Brown Field, NAS North Island, MCAS Miramar, McClelland-Palomar, and Camp Pendleton), General Aviation Pilots will fly into these airports, load cargo, and fly it to the smaller airports in support of those communities. A 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault will disrupt all ground and rail transportation - reference Dr. Lucy Jones, seismologist, USGS, Pasadena. But the airports may sustain some damage but will still be operational. So if you can't go by ground, go by air!
Help of $100,000 and 6 months later, there will be a California P. E. R. T. - Pilots Emergency Response Teams organization as a nonprofit public benefit Corporation. There will be no need for a $200,000 to $500,000 ACRP study to determine viability; it will already be done!
Kenneth R. Price
Colonel USMCR (Ret)
4236 Olivos Court
Fallbrook, CA 92028
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