Lewis Turner FIRST COAST
First Coast Air Charter Flying Supplies to Bahamas
September 12, 2019
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  • A St. Augustine charter airline group already delivered close to 6,500 pounds of supplies to several towns across the Bahamas.

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — So many people, groups and companies around the First Coast are coming together to continue aid for Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas.

    A charter airline group based out of St. Augustine is doing a great deal right now, already delivering close to 6,500 pounds of supplies to several towns across the Bahamas.

    The company MySky Aviation has been flying into Northern Aluthra and Nassau. It operates together with Boomerang Air Charter and TRYP Air Charter, providing aircraft.

    “We fly to the Bahamas all the time,” said MySky Aviation President Elliot Mintzer. “We’ve been doing this for years and it’s now time for us to help them in their time of need. We’re using our aircraft and every resource we can to bring items over there and bring them some sense of normalcy.”

    He’s even gone so far on social media to say they’ve had so many donations of supplies they can’t actually take anymore. 

    Now, he says money is a big factor, as overhead for these flights is about $5,000 a piece. 

    But with the growing desire to help and rush aid to the Bahamas, he says there’s also issues beginning to present themselves, specifically for pilots trying to get in.

    He said so many individuals with their own planes are going down, with little or no control over the airspace right now, that it’s really clogging the system and making it dangerous for the bigger aircraft to get in.

    “For any general aviation pilot trying to help, we ask that you get involved with an organization that is currently participating in aid with the government,” he said. 

    He added there are special certifications and approvals needed right now. 

    “If they’re filling the airspace with general aviation aircraft, what that does is hampers the ability of the bigger aircraft to get in and deliver more supplies and evacuate more people. Just get the information before you go,” he added.

    If you’d like to donate to their efforts of flying supplies down you can click here for their Go Fund Me page.