Pm three big things: 1 aopa fly-in in Chino, ca



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9/18/14 4:00PM
Three big things:
1)  AOPA fly-in in Chino, CA
Right in the middle of all this relief work, there is the one-day AOPA fly-in.  Claudia and I will be there in the BIG tent, booth 20. We will be introducing the BBP eAPIS.  Provided at no charge to our current members, for the first time, you will be able to fill out one form, submit it, and receive conformation from both the US and Mexico that you are set. I have been testing it for the past week and it just about ready to come on line.  Want to hear more, stop by our booth.  And if you can help us out with the relief work we are working on in Baja, please stop by and indicate you can help with clothing items, cookware, blankets, money, and/or more.

2)  Mexico Customs:
Even though people are in critical need of many items, Mexico's Customs has not been instructed to relax customs rules.  At this point, used clothing, etc. cannot be brought in for donation as well as rice & beans (they are seed) and more.  And if you bring in new items, be prepared to show sales slips and pay a tax on the items.....  Go figure, kind of makes you think about not caring other than it is the people that need help.  Emergency procedures are in the process to allow all donations, we will alert the notice when this happens.

3)  Donations:  
We are still taking cash donations as well as are in the process of setting up drop off points for donations on relief items.  Right now we are thinking Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and....  If you could help coordinate these drop-off places, please send an email, with “ POSSIBLE DROP-OFF LOCATION”, so that we can follow up and alert media about the location.  (accessible areas on an airport work real well)

Don't forget, you can donate cash to the BBP Foundation, a 501c3 tax free corporation.  Call the office and it can be done by credit card or mail a check.



9/18/14
La Paz is open to GA, normal operations. Cabo San Lucas is open to singles and light twins only. Los Cabos is open to heavier aircraft however, must be coordinated through Mazatlan Center.
9/17/14
Really good news

Loreto just informed the BBP that their airport is open and they are accepting inbound and outbound flights.  La Paz, Los Cabos, and Cabo San Lucis are still closed.  It was indicated that they are only only issuing flight plans to other International airports as well as Guerrero Negro.  They indicate that they will not issue flight plans to any of the small strips.

They also indicated that the town has electricity however there is no water.  And the credit card machines at the airport do not work, bring cash. 

Hurricane Odile Alerts Three things....
Claudia and I will be in Chino this Saturday for the AOPA fly-in.  We are in booth 20.  We will be introducing our BBP eAPIS to the world.  Stop by and we will try to take time to talk about the BBP eAPIS, our Hurricane efforts, as well as other things we are doing

Mexico has shifted the airlift from Tijuana to Guadalajara.  We were told it is a weather   situation.

And, we have been told that there are about 10 GA jets on their back Cabo, that one US GA aircraft flying in closed airspace was forced to land in La Paz and is grounded, and that there are about three US GA aircraft in Loreto that landed and are grounded by the military.

Trust us on this one.  Do not fly into Baja.


9/17/14 1:00PM

And we continue to get calls and email from members (and non members) who wish to contribute service and/or money.  If you wish to help out in this massive mission, please contact us.  

Our Foundation is a tax deductible 501 (c) (3) corporation and is dedicated to, among other things, general aviation including search and rescue, evacuation, and disaster relief through the transport and distribution of food and supplies in the United States and countries in the western hemisphere to provide humanitarian services in time of need.  At this time it has a little over $5,000
We are looking for donations for this cause.  The BBP has contributed over $10,000 for relief efforts in the past.  The BBP does not have that kind of money now.  Your help in funding our efforts is critical. Please send an email to the BBP office if you can help out regarding our aircraft/relief needs. In talking with DHS, Mexico has started their airlift transporting US citizens from Cabo to Tijuana and then transporting them by bus to the border. It was indicated that there were several flights yesterday and they are expecting more today. They also went on to say that even though many are lacking documents, (passports) they are expediting the process to allow people to get back into the states just as soon as possible.

Our hats are off to both the Mexican and US governments for expediting this massive airlift.


And we continue to get calls and email from members (and non members) who wish to contribute service and/or money. If you wish to help out in this massive mission, please contact us.
Our Foundation is a tax deductible 501 (c) (3) corporation and is dedicated to, among other things, general aviation including search and rescue, evacuation, and disaster relief through the transport and distribution of food and supplies in the United States and countries in the western hemisphere to provide humanitarian services in time of need. At this time it has a little over $5,000

We are looking for donations for this cause. The BBP has contributed over $10,000 for relief efforts in the past. The BBP does not have that kind of money now. Your help in funding our efforts is critical. Please send an email to the BBP office if you can help out regarding our aircraft/relief needs.


If you can help out with money, our attorney indicates that you can use your credit card to contribute and we will move that deposit into the Foundation account. Call the office with your credit card and we will mail you a receipt.
Our hearts go out to the people of Baja and how they must be suffering. The BBP is stepping up to the plate and hopeful that all who enjoy the pleasure, people, and friendship that we gain in Mexico will also step up and donate to this critical cause. And we continue to get calls and email from members (and non members) who wish to contribute service and/or money.  If you wish to help out in this massive mission, please contact us.  

Our Foundation is a tax deductible 501 (c) (3) corporation and is dedicated to, among other things, general aviation including search and rescue, evacuation, and disaster relief through the transport and distribution of food and supplies in the United States and countries in the western hemisphere to provide humanitarian services in time of need.  At this time it has a little over $5,000


We are looking for donations for this cause.  The BBP has contributed over $10,000 for relief efforts in the past.  The BBP does not have that kind of money now.  Your help in funding our efforts is critical. Please send an email to the BBP office if you can help out regarding our aircraft/relief needs. 

If you can help out with money, our attorney indicates that you can use your credit card to contribute and we will move that deposit into the Foundation account.  Call the office with your credit card and we will mail you a recept.

Our hearts go out to the people of Baja and how they must be suffering.  The BBP is stepping up to the plate and hopeful that all who enjoy the pleasure, people, and friendship that we gain in Mexico will also step up and donate to this critical cause.  

 Hurricane Odile Alerts 9/16/14


All airspace and airports in mid to south Baja are closed.

Claudia is in continual contact with SENAM regarding the status of airports in Baja.  All airspace in the affected area of the hurricane as well as the following airports are closed to civilian traffic via a Presidential mandated International NOTAM through September 22.  This closure may be extended without notice.


 

-Los Cabos (San Jose del Cabo)           -Cabo San Lucas          -La Paz           -Loreto

Mexico’s Military has taken control of the above airports and only Mexican military aircraft will be allowed to land/depart from those airports.  Any aircraft violating the airspace or attempting to land at any of the above airports will be grounded at that airport until the national emergency is over.
This emergency is so extreme that the military has taken control of all phases of the situation and at this time, has not called in any of its resources including the Mexican Red Cross. Claudia and I are in the process of ramping up in anticipation of a call from the Mexican Red Cross.  At that time we will be asking for medical support, relief items, as well as aircraft/helicopters and pilots.
 

With the Cabo, LaPaz, and Guerrero Negro having airports, we anticipate that our needs will be in mid Baja where there is little transportation. We anticipate that we will be requested to obtain and deliver supplies as well as do search & rescue from the Mulege area.  Last year the BBP had to hire a loader, grader, and a dump truck to get the strip at Mulege usable.  I have to assume it will be the same this year.  Punta Chivato and Palo Verde should be open however, the roads to both will be impassable.


 

Once our help is requested, I plan to drive to Guaymas where I will take the ferry to Santa Rosalia.  There I will assess the damage and either drive (questionable) or hitch a ride in a military aircraft to Mulege where I will start the process of determining where a landing area should be set up.  At that point, I will put out a call for people to bring down relief items.


This will be another long and complicated mission however it is something that we just have to do.
We believe our needs will be for:
*Pilots w/aircraft to solicit relief goods and supplies and to bring these goods to either Loreto or the landing area at Mulege when called for
*Pilots w/helicopters to work the back areas
Regarding money, in the past I was able to get Mexico to pay for some fuel and landing fees however, that happened about three weeks into the operation.  At this point, all will have to pay their own expenses. 
 

That being said, anticipating another national emergency, we set up the Bush Pilot Foundation two years ago.  It is a tax deductible 501 (c) (3) corporation and is dedicated to, among other things, general aviation including search and rescue, evacuation, and disaster relief through the transport and distribution of food and supplies in the United States and countries in the western hemisphere to provide humanitarian services in time of need.  At this time it has a little over $5,000


We are looking for donations for this cause.  The BBP has contributed over $10,000 for relief efforts in the past.  The BBP does not have that kind of money now.  Your help in funding our efforts is critical. Please send an email to the BBP office if you can help out regarding our aircraft/relief needs. 
If you can help out with money, our attorney indicates that you can use your credit card to contribute and we will move that deposit into the Foundation account.
Our hearts go out to the people of Baja and how they must be suffering.  The BBP is stepping up to the plate and hopeful that all who enjoy the pleasure, people, and friendship that we gain in Mexico will also step up and donate to this critical cause.


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