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When a disaster strikes, send for a H.E.R.O.

Following a disaster in the United States, humanitarian groups across the general aviation community coordinate the use of business airplanes for humanitarian purposes.  People and companies in business aviation often volunteer their aircraft to support emergency responses.  Aviation personnel, such as pilots, flight attendants, technicians and ground support personnel, are needed to support relief efforts, according to the National Business Aviation Association.

The NBAA has established and maintains the Humanitarian Emergency Response Operator (HERO) Database, which is a list of people in the business aviation community who participate in disaster response mobilization.  In the aftermath of a major crisis, information from the database is immediately provided to organizations that are coordinating relief efforts. 

Smaller business aircraft can often reach locations impacted by natural disasters that airliners and automobiles may be unable to reach.  Business aircraft are also uniquely suited to providing a first response to natural disasters and emergencies, because they can operate on short notices into outlying airports with small runways, unpaved airstrips, or even onto roads. 

For more information regarding HERO operations and to fill out an Aviation Volunteer Registration Form, visit: