Lets pretend 8 dogs per week can be taken from Chattanooga to Central Florida and permanent safety every week. Lets guess the leg length is 450 miles. One pilot flying a Saratoga once a quarter can thus be responsible for savng 32 animals and probably end up putting 25 hours on the plane to do it. Or two pilots could split the transport and each could meet every month at a central point and because of their combined effort could each end up contributing to the saving of almost 100 pups.
If pilots find this a nice way to substitute flying for hamburgers once in a while, let's discuss it. If a positive response emerges I think the next step is to bring some of the involved rescues into the equation.
Jon wrote:If you get me wound up I might never stop with the ideas.
So Dave, how would you suggest we start maximizing our impact on the lives we save, while retaining the informal manner we have always had in doing transports?
Jon wrote:If you have a 300 NM round trip limit, then you will be part of a relay. ... So your challenge as a pilot wanting to get started is to find rescues with starting points in or around where your live, and see where they typically send animals.
Then if you see a pattern, select one of the routes or typical transports and see if there are pilots that fly similar airplanes as yours located such that they can participate.
Although that 300 NM end point may not be the final destination, it should be treated as the end of that first transport and a second one should be set up to piggy back on that one to move the animals to the final destination.
I think it is critical for pilots when involved in relays to pair up with like planes and skill sets.
Jon wrote:Your last question about how to get to know each other is the key.
You could start with the pilot map and find every pilot 150 NM away, or more likely every pilot 300 NM away.
... PilotsnPaws was specifically set up as a bulletin board ... The people really running PNP are people like yourself and all the other participants.
... [T]he biggest problems people who want to get started have is getting started.
...[I]f that pilot proves reliable he will have more transports than he can handle from his "regulars".
... Dave, if you can see a way to reach out pilot to pilot why not try a "prototype". We had a west coast pilot suggest a PNP pilots club or a chapter. Maybe that is how to start. We are headed in the right direction. We just need to get more pilots on board actively.
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