MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology and its alumni, including many from the College of Aeronautics, are playing key roles in providing supplies to the storm-damaged Bahamas.
With community donations coordinated by members of the Melbourne City Council and others, supplies have been loaded into Florida Tech’s Piper Chieftain airplane for one flight on Thursday and two on Friday.
Isaac Silver, senior associate dean at the College of Aeronautics, and commercial pilot Miguel Estremera, a 1998 Florida Tech aviation management graduate, have co-piloted the flights to the devastated island.
Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay said the university’s alumni are an amazing asset and credited them for taking time off to help in times of need.
“Human beings must take care of each other, and this is a way we can make a difference,” he said.
The university and its alumni assisted with supplies and flights after Hurricane Irma in 2017 and Hurricane Michael last year.
For information on what supplies are needed and where they may be dropped off, visit https://www.reliefforthebahamas.com/.