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SCAPA Meeting: Multi-airport DART Exercise October 26th, 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Join us on Tuesday October 8th for the monthly meeting of the South County Airport Pilots Association! We gather at 5:30 pm, serve dinner at 6:00 pm ($15 members, $20 non-members), hold a brief business meeting at 6:45 pm, and begin a speaker presentation at 7:00 pm. Guests are welcome!

This months topic:

Bay Area Catastrophic Earthquake Airlift DART Exercise October 26th, 2019

Come hear SCAPA member Paul Marshall update us on the upcoming Bay Area Catastrophic Earthquake Exercise October 26. The exercise is sponsored by CalDART, the California DART Network and is being jointly conducted by the five Bay Area DART Operators: SCAPA DART from San Martin Airport, WEACT from Watsonville Airport, San Mateo County DART from the Half Moon Bay and San Carlos Airports, North Bay DART from 5 airports in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties, and CAAPSO DART from Reid Hillview Airport. Torrance DART will also be participating, flying up from Southern California to provide mutual aid to Bay Area DART Operators.

This exercise will be the largest yet of the last 8 years of Bay Area DART exercises, and will utilize the Bay Area UASI (Urban Area Security Initiative) catastrophic earthquake scenario, where a magnitude 7.9 earthquake has occurred on the San Andreas Fault near the Golden Gate Bridge, surface transportation will be substantially impaired throughout the Bay Area, and a national emergency response is anticipated with support from our local and statewide network of DART Operators.

Paul will describe how GA efforts can augment the overall disaster response, what methods the DART Operators employ, and how safety is maintained in a potentially chaotic environment. He will describe how the concept of DART was inspired by the highly success Lifeline Airlift into the Watsonville Airport after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. That magnitude 6.9 earthquake isolated the communities of Santa Cruz and Watsonville - highway 17 was not fully reopened for 30 days. One half million pounds of food and supplies was airlifted in to the people in need.

Paul Marshall is the president of CalDART, a volunteer organization which is a wholly owned subsidiary of The California Pilots Association, and a long time SCAPA board member. Paul partnered with SCAPA member Rod Pharis in the development of the first DART at San Martin Airport starting in 2008, and brought the idea to CalPilots for statewide expansion, where he is stimulating its growth throughout the state. Paul is an associate member of the Santa Clara County Emergency Management Association and member of the California Emergency Services Association. He is retired from Sunrise Telecom, a company he cofounded in 1991 and worked in through 2011. He earned a BSME from UC Davis and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He transports California doctors, nurses, and staff to a free medical clinic in Mexico with LIGA, the Flying Doctors of Mercy. He has flown over 260 children as a part of the EAA Young Eagle program at EAA Chapter 62 at San Jose Reid Hillview Airport. He is a private pilot, instrument rated with over 2400 flight hours, over 600 formation hours.

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