Hurricane Irma can’t stop SUN ’n FUN

As the thousands of visitors walked around the SUN ’n FUN grounds this year, it must have been hard for them to imagine the devastation that Hurricane Irma brought to the airport just eight months ago. The hurricane roared through Lakeland on Sept. 10, 2017, with sustained winds of 100 mph and gusts over 120 […]

Tavares rebuilding seaplane base after Hurricane Irma

The popular seaplane base and marina at Tavares, Florida, known as “America’s Seaplane City,” was heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma as it swept through the central part of the state Sept. 10-11, 2017. Salvage operations are underway, but it will months before the area returns to normal. “We prepared for the storm, but it came […]

Mission Aviation Fellowship to the rescue after Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria ripped apart homes and caused destruction across Dominica, Barbuda, and other Caribbean islands already reeling from the effects of Hurricane Irma. As families in the Caribbean struggle to recover, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has staff on the ground and in the air providing assistance. “MAF is working with Samaritan’s Purse to survey the needs […]

Wielding the power to heal by air and sea

Historically, adversity brings out the best and the worst in humans. That’s certainly been true throughout America’s history. Lately, we’ve had plenty of adversity on our plate, a sad reality that presents the opportunity for individuals to show grace and generosity — which they did. It started with a storm named Harvey that blasted into […]

A best guess does not equal a good plan

Hurricane Irma came to visit the other day. Unbidden and unwelcome, she stomped up from the south through 200 miles of the sandbar I call home, came right up to our door, knocked with great vigor, and moved on to north. As of this writing I have no electricity, no Internet connection, very spotty cell […]

Support from the sky: FBOs help in disaster relief

In the wake of several natural disasters throughout the U.S. — including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the wildfires throughout the western states — FBOs have become an integral part of the disaster relief efforts. “Their tireless efforts to stage and provide fuel and services for the military, medevac operations, the American Red Cross, firefighting […]