This is a good idea, but…
Angel Flight America (AFA) has appealed to State Governors to utilize our nation's Interstate Highway System as emergency air fields for future disaster relief efforts. This is a very good idea, but not the first time anyone has thought of it:
In 1956, President Eisenhower signed legislation establishing the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. The Interstate system was originally designed so that one mile in every five must be straight, usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.AFA Chief Operating Officer Ken Rusnak says they’ve been given the cold shoulder by most everyone at the state and Federal levels:
”When we contacted those in charge during Katrina with this idea, we were summarily dismissed and our ability to deliver aid was severely hindered because airports were flooded and aircraft were unable to land,” Rusnak said.AFA is the largest charitable air transportation organization in the world and the primary coordinator of the nation's general aviation response to Hurricane Katrina. In fact, as today’s scathing report rips the Bush White House a new one over their poor handling of the disaster, it appears AFA was one of the few organizations who were doing things right. But as we all know, they had to fight with FEMA over every inch of progress, a sad state of affairs indeed.
I do not own a plane these days, and do not have the quality time to devote to AFA, or I’d be an AFA pilot tomorrow. But tonight’s Powerball jackpot is $300 million, so maybe just maybe I’ll hold the right quick pick and can order my Pilatus PC-12 early Thursday AM.