As part of its response to an unprecedented hurricane season, Sheltair Aviation’s JFK FBO facility is supporting efforts by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to airlift much needed recovery equipment and supplies to the battered island of Puerto Rico. 


“Internally we are calling this `Operation Helping Hands’ as we expand our emergency response program to ensure we can assist the efforts of front line rescue and restoration efforts being launched by the Governor, government agencies and charitable groups,” stated Sheltair's Chairman, CEO and founder Jerry Holland.

Embracing Governor Cuomo’s observation that “We are all family,” in responding to the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Maria, Sheltair coordinated with JetBlue and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to facilitate an emergency response flight departing from the General Aviation Terminal managed by Sheltair. Sheltair provided pro bono manpower and equipment to assist with passenger handling and much of the support baggage needed by the emergency response team when they arrive in Puerto Rico.

Among the items Governor Cuomo made available through the airlift is some 34,000 bottles of water, 9,600 Ready to Eat Meals, 3,000 canned goods, hundreds of flashlights, blankets and generators. The Governor departed the Sheltair facility with a team of rescue experts on a flight donated by JetBlue.

Robert McAdams, Sheltair’s General Manager at JFK stated, “In the wake of a hurricane season that is testing all of us as never before our company has a very simple response: whatever is needed.  I am proud of the men and women at our JFK facility that responded literally overnight to the Governor’s request for ground support and we are ready to do it again as often as necessary.”

About Sheltair

Sheltair operates 17 premier FBOs and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. The company has also been playing a role in Florida assisting the general aviation community in providing recovery support to hard hit parts of that state.



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