Members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Japan have been flying supplies into areas most affected by the March 11th earthquake and the tsunami that followed, and to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Flights began as soon as permission was granted by the government of Japan on March 18th, one week after the earthquake took place. One particularly brave pilot and medical doctor, Dr. Shioyasu, flew into Fukushima Airport with a full load of medical supplies on March 20th despite considerable damage to the airport and a makeshift control tower which had no view of the runway, not to mention a nearby nuclear power plant at risk of a melt-down. Many other members of the organization eagerly await permission from the government to make more trips into the affected areas and help those who need assistance. We commend the noble efforts of these pilots and wish them the best of luck as they continue to provide their support.
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