Pilots assist recovery effort

The Cayman Airline Pilots Association donated a custom-built Disaster Response trailer to the Cayman Islands Red Cross as part of its contribution to the Hurricane Ivan recovery effort.

Red Cross Trailer

From left, Olson Anderson, Jeffery Miller, Jondo Obi, Newton Solomon, Chris Bergstrom and Peter Schmid.
Photo: Submitted

Red Cross will use the trailer to promote disaster preparedness, first aid training and HIV/AIDS awareness, said a press release.

It will also function as a mobile command post when responding to any emergencies in the Cayman Islands.

The trailer is fitted out with communications equipment consisting of UHF radios, telephones and a satellite telephone and carries comprehensive first aid supplies.

The unit is air-conditioned and self-contained carrying its own generator.

The new trailer replaces a previous unit that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan.

On hand for the handover were: President Capt. Peter Schmid, Director Capt. Kris Bergstrom, Secretary First Officer Newton Solomon, Treasurer First Officer Jeff Miller and past Cayman Airways Pilot and Director Capt. Olson Anderson as well as Jondo Obi, Director of the Cayman Islands Red Cross.

The Cayman Airline Pilots Association (CAPA) was founded in 1989 for the purpose of enhancing and promoting the piloting profession in the Cayman Islands.

It serves to raise awareness among its membership of industry developments and aviation safety issues.

CAPA’s membership, although less than 30 strong, is active in many charitable community projects such as donations to needy individuals, sponsoring a little league team, and promoting the benefits of a healthy and drug-free lifestyle among young people.