THE SOLIDARITY WINGS
The aeronautical family in support of caregivers
From the start of the crisis, Aviation Sans Frontières mobilized the aeronautical community to provide logistical support to hospitals and caregivers throughout France. The humanitarian association, whose field of action is usually sub-Saharan Africa, offered the possibility for healthcare personnel to reach the hospital establishments where they were mainly expected in the regions of Grand Est and Ile de France.
To increase the efficiency of the system and improve its responsiveness, an online platform coupled with a team of air operations managers has been set up to connect caregivers and private aircraft operators, manufacturers business aviation and flight schools.
In total, more than 420 caregivers were transported free of charge to 65 destinations, mainly in France (60), but also in Switzerland, Luxembourg and as far as Great Britain.
In parallel with the transport of caregivers, Aviation Sans Frontières has also succeeded in an unprecedented mobilization of air hostesses and airline stewards, stopped from flying due to the pandemic. After specific training, these air transport professionals came to support hospital staff from the Assistance Publique and Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP). They intervened in reinforcement, in terms of the care of patients and their families, in the city circuit.
In hospitals and EHPADs in Île de France, these aviation professionals now provide valuable assistance for reception, support or prevention missions. They also participate in the missions of the COVISAN system set up at the request of the government, to stop the spread of the epidemic after the deconfinement. To date, there are still nearly 100 volunteers in the field.
The results of the operations organized by Aviation Sans Frontières between April 7 and June 30, 2020.
• + 435 flight hours
• more than 300 stopovers (including set-ups)
• more than 420 passengers transported
• 26 different operators used
• 24 different aircraft types (from the Cirrus SR22 single-engine four-seater to the Dassault Falcon 8X business trijet)
• 65 airports used in France and abroad
More than 400 PNC and PS mobilized in health structures in Ile de France.
Gérard Feldzer, Aviation Sans Frontières president
Putting our logistics capabilities at the service of people in emergency situations