It is important to be selective about asking pilots for transport. Here are some guidelines that hopefully will help you answer "should I ask a pilot or not?"
IN YOUR SUBJECT LINE, PLEASE LIST THE CITY, STATE AND ZIP CODE OF THE LOCATION OF THE ANIMAL AND THE DESTINATION. BY DOING THIS, IT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE PILOTS TO SCROLL DOWN THE RIDE BOARD AND FIND AN AREA THEY CAN HELP WITH. THE ZIP CODE WILL ALSO HELP WHEN LOOKING FOR AN APPROPRIATE AIRPORT.
1. Is the animal capable of tolerating ground transport? If so please save a pilot for an animal who will have a difficult time traveling and being transported from vehicle to vehicle.
2. Is the animal a special needs case? This would include medical, senior age, amputee, etc. Please list the weight, size and breed of each animal you are asking to be transported. This is important for pilots to know.
3. Consider the flight time allowed to accomodate each pilots type of plane. A good rule of thumb is approximately a 3 hour flight. This equates to approximately 400 miles. Anything beyond that would have to be coordinated with a second pilot and plane. This is not impossible but can be difficult due to varying weather conditions in different areas.
4. Please allow at least a two day lead time for the requested day of flight. Planes need to be maintained and the weather is always a determining factor. Have a back up plan ready for any delays. It is also recommended that you do not feed the animal being transported the morning of the flight. Water is fine, feeding take place on the receiving end.
5. Communication and promptness is paramount. It is important for rescues to be waiting for the pilot on each end of the transport and please name the sending and receiving rescues in your message request.
6. Please have the necessary paperwork that is accompanying the animal and a collar and leash supplied. A rabies certificate and a health certificate are recommended. http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export ... ates.shtml
7. IMPORTANT! Once your animal has been transported, either by ground or by air, please sign in and edit your request. If for any reason you are not able to do this, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will be happy to edit the original request for you and move the topic over to the "Done, Transport Completed" forum. In order to edit simply sign in, open your message and on the top right hand side you will see options for edit, delete, quote. Make your changes and then click submit. Keeping us up to date is paramount so that pilots and others do not waste valuable time responding to a need that has already been met."
8. Ultimately, it is always the pilot and rescue agents choice to make the flight. This should be a rewarding endeavor for all parties involved in giving a second chance to an animal in need. All intellectual property, copyrights, and trademarks property of their respective owners.
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