Caribbean FBOs Detail 2017 Hurricane-relief Efforts

Two FBOs in the Caribbean—Bohlke International Airways at St. Croix Henry E. Rohlsen Airport and Jet Aviation San Juan—outlined their roles in relief efforts following Hurricanes Irma and Maria at the Caribbean Aviation Meetup in Nassau, Bahamas, yesterday. Managers at each of the facilities called Irma, which skirted their respective islands, good practice for what was to come 10 days later—a direct hit from a category 5 Maria.

According to Bohlke president and chief pilot William “Billy” Bohlke, the company and partner AeroMD performed more than 100 medical evacuation missions throughout the Caribbean in two Cessna Citations (a II and a Bravo) and an IAI Astra in the 105 days following Irma. Maria wiped out Bohlke’s FBO and hangars, but spared an unoccupied facility across the…

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