One of the major snags in Haiti earthquake relief has been getting supplies where they’re needed.
Macon pilots Len Register and David Reise are planning to leave this afternoon in Reise’s Cessna 206. The small plane will help them shuttle supplies to remote villages by landing on small roads and private airstrips. Hundreds of thousands of people are living in outlying areas after fleeing the earthquake devastation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Register and Reise, who is a chiropractor, have been friends for about 25 years and decided to get behind relief efforts shortly after the Jan. 12 earthquake rocked the tiny nation.
“This is just the first of many trips,” Reise said. “Our real fear is people are going to forget about Haiti.”
Working with the Bahamas Methodist Habitat, they plan to deliver a load of medical supplies, pain medicine and inflatable splints before returning Monday or Tuesday.
In subsequent trips, they will be delivering food through the Methodist organization that’s recruiting pilots and humanitarians, Reise said.
“Every pilot I talk to can’t wait to get back down there,” he said.
He expects fuel costs to hit $1,100 to $1,300 each day.
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