Flight of HopeA big relief effort in Tampa is hoping to change the lives of some of the hurricane victims forever. The Flight of Hope took off from the Sheltair Aviation terminal at the Tampa International Airport Thursday, carrying supplies to Puerto Rico. (Spectrum Bay News 9 image)

Puerto Rico is still in crisis after Hurricane Maria hit nearly two months ago. 

  • Flight of Hope bringing supplies to Puerto Rico
  • 3.4 million residents still without power
  • Exclusive coverage of flight tonight @ 5 on Spectrum BN9

Half of the U.S. territory's 3.4 million residents remain without power and the post-hurricane struggles continue in many parts of the island. 

A big relief effort in Tampa is hoping to change the lives of some of the hurricane victims forever. 

The Flight of Hope took off from the Sheltair Aviation terminal at the Tampa International Airport Thursday. 

Staffing firm, K-Force chartered a plane to bring donations to Puerto Rico--22,000 pounds, including generators and medical supplies. 

They will be going on a one day trip to the northwest part of the island. 

Spectrum Bay News 9's Veronica Cintron will have exclusive coverage of the Flight of Hope tonight at 5 p.m.  

Nothing says autumn in Florida more than a celebration of aviation.

Sheltair Aviation’s Manager at Ocala, Kyle Van Atta, has announced that Sheltair, in cooperation with the Ocala International Airport Authority and participating airport tenants, is hosting the airport’s first annual Ocala Airport Fall Festival this Saturday, October 28th between 12 Noon and 7:00 p.m.  Families should enter Sheltair’s airport entrance at 1200 SW 60th Avenue, Ocala.

In addition to offering a community open house that will feature aircraft and airport support vehicles, funds will be raised on behalf of Racing for Cancer, which supports various cancer programs focused on early detection and prevention.

Mr. Van Atta stated, “Autumn allows us to pause and reflect on the strength of our community, the importance of family and the role that aviation plays in binding us all together. We thought it appropriate to use the change in season to create a community oriented program that celebrates who we are and, thanks to airport management and our colleagues in aviation, this promises to be an exciting day.”

Hay Rides and Charitable Help

Admission to the event is free and in addition to enjoying hay rides, children are encouraged to come in costumes that will allow them to celebrate Halloween on the eve of the holiday.

The family friendly attractions will include a photo opportunity where children can pose in the cockpit of a T-34 aircraft; static displays of helicopters from the Marion County Sherriff’s Department and the Florida Department of Forestry; officers from the Ocala Police Department Special Operations with their MRAP vehicle; an Ocala Airport Fire Rescue Fire Truck; and a host of general aviation aircraft.

Matt Grow, Ocala International Airport Manager, said, “We are especially honored to have at the airport breast cancer survivor, KT Budde-Jones flying her T-6 Texan during this festival. It underscores the strength of all cancer survivors while helping raise funds for `Racing for Cancer’ through a raffle, donated refreshments from Tailwind Café, and philanthropic support from companies like Sheltair and Ocala Aviation Services.”     

A racing legend says thanks

Ryan Hunter-Reay is the professional racing driver best known as a winner of both the 2014 Indianapolis 500 and the 2012 IndyCar Series Championship, but his heartfelt passion is raising dollars to beat cancer through his 501 (c)(3), charity, `Racing for Cancer, Inc..’ He noted, “This is an extraordinary effort by so many people that puts our community’s celebration of aviation to good use by helping this charity.  I am grateful for this effort and need to publicly thank Sheltair and the Ocala Airport management team for making this happen.”

Funds will be raised on festival day by offering a $3.00 wristband to play games at the event as well as through $1.00 raffle tickets with winners being offered prizes that include a 30-minute Discovery Flight by Ocala Aviation Services, and gift cards donated by local stores and restaurants. In addition, Sheltair will be donating a percentage of dollars raised through the sale of aviation fuel throughout their various facilities. Winners will be announced at the festival.

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About Sheltair

Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company in North America, operates award winning FBOs and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties throughout the states of Florida, Georgia and New York.  Sheltair services include fueling, VIP handling, general aviation and commercial ground handling, crew and passenger amenities, hangar and office leasing and turnkey design and build of aviation properties.  For more information about Sheltair FBOs and Executive Hangar Leasing and Development Opportunities, please visit or

About Racing for Cancer

Racing For Cancer is the non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded by 2012 IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay following his mother’s passing from cancer in 2009.  Since 2010, we have been working towards our goal of bringing motorsports fans, teams, drivers, and sponsors together to join in the fight to beat cancer. Through various fundraising programs we provide support to help individuals, families, and children who are battling cancer. We focus our efforts on early detection and prevention because nearly one-third of all cancer is preventable. In addition, we help in the fight against childhood cancer. As of 2017, Racing for Cancer, combined with its partners, have contributed over $4 million dollars to cancer-related initiatives. Learn more at


Sheltair: Kyle Van Atta, Sheltair General Manager, 352-682-3502, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,,, Twitter: @SHELTAIR



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