Getting started

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Getting started

Postby SJBHumaneSocietyFL on Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:19 pm

this is my first post....i am with a humane society in port st joe, fl and need to get a dog to Running Springs CA 92382. can the pilots fly this far? any advise on the next step? we have a local small airport nearby: apalachicola bay airport. could also transport to panama city. are their restrictions on how soon after they are spayed that they can fly?

please help! Melody
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Re: Getting started

Postby deeogee1 on Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:53 am

Hi Melody,
This is a long trip that requires multiple pilots & overnight fosters. Please do keep in mind that pilots are only able to fly a certain distance, normally around 250 nautical miles (roughly 300 static or ground miles) and they are also very controlled by weather. This is why all pilots are in charge of each flight they agree to make, they are the only ones who know when they can make the flight. We often see two pilots working together which doubles the distance but beyond that things do become complicated.

Should you decide to try coordinating this, your next step is:

On the Board Index Page, where you found this forum, you will also see a forum titled:

Ride Board: Animals Needing Transport. Click on that forum an open it.
2. On upper left of page you will see NEW TOPIC, click on that because your request is new.
3. Have sending and receiving zip codes on hand along with all the pertinent information about the animals and contacts
4. Fill in the subject line, zip codes, answer ALL the pre-launched questions in the form
5. Scroll down and click on Submit, your request is now posted.

You can log in and check your request every day on the board buy clicking on an opening your post and looking for any replies from pilots. You will also receive an automated email if anyone at all replies to any of your posts. You can read that email and follow the instructions their, clicking on the link they provide for you to take you directly to the message.

PLEASE EVERYONE, take a minute and read the FAQ section that is listed on the top of every single page of the working forum boards. You will see a plane icon with the word Pilots and a Lifesaver Ring with the word Rescue. The biggest percent of all your questions can be answered there. Also important information at the top of each section of the forum . For example, there is an article on the top of the Ride Board Forum about parvo, dogs overheating, etc. Take a few minutes and learn what is here for you. We do our best to cover a lot of it and it's all to support you.

As far as restrictions on how soon after they are spayed that they can fly, you would need to consult with your vet on this. PNP does not have restictions~~but a health certificate is required for each pet transported.

Hope this helps you get started.

Joanne
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Re: Getting started

Postby dennismckim on Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:38 pm

deeogee1 wrote:Hi Melody,
...pilots are only able to fly a certain distance, normally around 250 nautical miles (roughly 300 static or ground miles) ...


Excellent comprehensive reply, but do note that it is nautical miles versus statute miles, not static. One nautical mile = 1 minute of arc of latitude (1852 meters), or ~= 1.15 statute miles, so 250 nm ~= 288 sm.
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Re: Getting started

Postby deeogee1 on Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:54 pm

Thank you for that info, Dennis. I stand corrected. :oops:
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