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General Aviation to the Rescue for Navajo Nation

Virginia-based international aviation nonprofit Air Serv International is continuing its operations to deliver critically needed humanitarian relief to the Navajo Nation, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The operations began the week of July 6 and are primarily funded by a grant from the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Foundation, which was awarded in June 2020.

“This grant from the ISTAT Foundation directly enables us to do what Air Serv was designed for, which is to bring aid where it’s most needed,” says Air Serv President Stu Willcuts.

The Navajo Nation, which encompasses portions of Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, has been hit very hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this year, about 50 members of the Backcountry Santa Pilots also delivered essential items to the Navajo Nation to help provide some relief.

“We are taking food and PPE and toilet paper,” said Michael Warlde, who is a member of the organization Backcountry Santa Pilots. “It feels really wonderful to be able to support a community that is in need,” Wardle said. “General aviation is an incredible tool to be able to help people.”