Escaping Hurricane Irma
Exercising the utmost precautions, pilots from Fort Pierce, Florida escaped to Tuskegee to avoid the potential consequences of staying in the path of a hurricane.
On Thursday, September 7, 2017 about 30 planes arrived from Fort Pierce, which is near Fort Lauderdale as the massive category 5 Hurricane Irma roared towards South Florida. Irma had already devastated the Caribbean islands, Turks and Caicos as well as parts of the Bahamas.
The pilots are affiliated with Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology, which trains pilots from all over the world.
Thomas Day, FBO manager at Golden Eagle Aviation said “Most of these guys are foreign nationals who have never been to any other states other than Florida and so now they are getting a taste of real Southern hospitality down here in Tuskegee.”
Golden Eagle Aviation provided a variety of services to the guests, including tie-down space for the airplanes, assistance with rental cars and help finding hotel rooms. Since there were no rooms available in Tuskegee or nearby cities, many of the pilots booked rooms in Birmingham.
Watch the video embedded here for a taste of what the evacuees experienced at Moton Field.