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New nonprofit group to offer business aircraft support during emergencies

Whenever there’s a disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina or the earthquake in Haiti, business jet owners come forward to help fly people and supplies to help.

Now, business aviation professionals, including Janet Bressler, with AOPA Insurance in Wichita, have founded Sky Hope Network as a way to help with emergency support. They will use their contacts and resources to locate flights for people in need, the group’s founders said.

The Georgetown, Texas-based nonprofit will coordinate relief flights using business aircraft during small- and large-scale disasters, coordinate flight requests in urgent or emergency situations, and offer emergency assistance for people in the business aircraft community.

The group is asking the business aviation community to donate flights, funds and time.