Business Aviation Ready to Assist in Harvey Relief Efforts

NVBAA Update

Business Aviation Ready to Assist in Harvey Relief Efforts
NBAA continues to track the path of what’s left of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused tremendous damage along the southern coast of the U.S. As with previous natural disasters, the business aviation community is poised to support relief efforts as the flood waters recede.

To help in this endeavor, NBAA offers the following resources to ensure safe operations and help coordinate member efforts.

NBAA’s Air Traffic Services at the FAA ATC System Command Center has been providing regular updates about the status of airspace restrictions and airport closures in areas affected by Harvey. Operators should ensure a full review of NOTAMS for airports in these areas as airport conditions are changing quickly. Also, operators call ahead to confirm needed services are available, regardless of airport status.

Developed in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the NBAA Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) Database collects information about aircraft and individual volunteers that can be shared with relief organizations in the wake of natural disasters. Registering does not commit you to provide aid and you always have the ability to pass on a mission request. If you registered with the NBAA HERO database before July 2017, please register again now to make sure NBAA has up-to-date information.

If you take part in relief effort, please share your story with NBAA. This information about conditions on the ground can be extremely helpful to relief organizations and to other aircraft operators starting their own relief flights. Email NBAA’s Dan Hubbard at

Thanks to those in our community who have already contributed to Harvey relief efforts and thanks in advance to others who will step up in the weeks and months ahead.
Doug Carr
NBAA Vice President, Regulatory & International Affairs