CASA thanked for helping in a disaster
CASA recently received a note of thanks for the special work undertaken by CASA staff in the wake of the September 2009 tsunami that affected Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.
After a late-night phone call advising him of the disaster, Scott Duffy from the International Operations office immediately started working on the necessary approvals for an aircraft to support the Australian Defence Force in relief efforts.
Although this was an urgent request for humanitarian relief, CASA still had to go through all the proper processes and approvals to allow aircraft to fly in and out of this region.
Scott said, ‘With some late nights and weekend work, we were able to finalise all the documents. It is a good feeling to know the aircraft provided such great assistance during this tragedy. Of course, I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of my colleague Allison Ingham.’
Captain Bill Hamilton, from Jetstream Aviation Services, writes of his gratitude to Allison and Scott for their work during a difficult time:
This is just a brief note of thanks for the cooperation of Allison Ingham and Scott Duffy and the International Operations office, in recent days, without which the operations of Lynden Air Cargo, in support of the Australian Government/ADF tsunami relief efforts, would not have gone so smoothly.
Nobody much likes being woken up in the middle of the night, much less at the weekend, but Scott has taken it all in good spirit.
I note from the time stamps on some of Allison’s emails that she is often still in the office well after published hours, even on a Friday, getting information to us in a very timely fashion.
Please pass on my sincere thanks for their assistance in what was a constantly changing situation, dictated by the uncertainties that are inevitable in any humanitarian relief effort, responding to a natural disaster.