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Old 26th Jan 2010, 21:21   #1 (permalink)
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Travolta flies jetload of relief supplies to Haiti

It says 6 tons of food and medical supplies. I thought a Boeing 707 (Travolta's plane) can carry much more than that.



Travolta flies jetload of relief supplies to Haiti (AP) - Yahoo! Movies

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - John Travolta has flown a jetliner carrying relief supplies into the Haitian capital, along with doctors and ministers from the Church of Scientology.
The 55-year-old actor piloted his own Boeing 707 from Florida with six tons of ready-to-eat military rations and medical supplies for survivors of Haiti's devastating Jan. 12 earthquake late Monday.
His wife, Kelly Preston, was also aboard.
"We have the ability to actually help make a difference in the situation in Haiti and I just can't see not using this plane to help," Travolta said.
Travolta compared the mission to aid efforts following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. "We were there right away, with this airplane, because you know we have the ability and the means to do this so I think you have responsibility on some level to do that."
Aid groups have been desperate to fly their own planes into the over-stressed airport. U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said Tuesday that at least 800 planes with relief items are on a waiting list for the airport, which can handle only about 130 flights a day due to a lack of space to park planes as they unload.
The aid group Doctors Without Borders has complained that the flight scheduling priorities of U.S. military controllers running the airport delayed the arrival of field hospitals, resulting in some deaths.
More than 150,000 people have already been buried since the magnitude-7 quake, which destroyed entire Port-au-Prince neighborhoods and landmarks and crumbled nearby towns.
Hundreds of thousands of people are living in the streets, with scores of injured wanting for proper medical care.
Travolta and Preston returned to Florida as soon as their supplies and passengers were unloaded.
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Old 26th Jan 2010, 22:11   #2 (permalink)
 
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I wonder how much of the food was for the "missionaries". 411A, could you help out here? 1500 miles RT, fueled both ways, say 50 pax, I think he had room for lots more. Not to mention the ground handling requirements for this aircraft in Haiti (no APU) and I'm thinking this is mostly for publicity.

He shoulda just figured out the fuel burn/maint expense and made a cash donation in the equivalent.

Shame on me for thinking this is just a photo-op. Does he have a movie coming out soon?
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Old 26th Jan 2010, 22:22   #3 (permalink)
 
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JT's son died in the region, in the Grand Bahamas. He did what he did for free, didn't hang around, and one movement is much like another. (Yes, a cargo aircraft could have landed a bit more).


In short - Good on him!
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Old 26th Jan 2010, 22:27   #4 (permalink)
 
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Good for John Travolta, good for the doctors. Less said about scientology the better though.

I wonder if Travolta is instrument rated with ATPL and sufficient experience on type to be P1 on his plane? Nonetheless, whatever the case, good on him and the plane.
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Old 26th Jan 2010, 22:29   #5 (permalink)
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John Travolta’s Boeing 707 at Flightstory.net - Aviation Blog
John Travolta is a ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License) licensed pilot with a life long passion for aviation. Since earning his wings in 1974, he has logged close to an astounding 5,000 flying hours. Literally every cent of his first paychecks went to flying lessons. He achieved qualification as a captain in the Gulfstream II, Learjet 24, Hawker 1A, Citation 1 and 2, Tebuan and Vampire Jet. He has qualified as first officer in the Boeing 707. Travolta keeps his skill up-to-date through continual refresher courses, training at American Airlines, Pan Am, SimuFlite and others.
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Old 26th Jan 2010, 23:31   #7 (permalink)
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TV report says 30 tons of Meals Ready to Eat.
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Old 26th Jan 2010, 23:43   #8 (permalink)
 
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Some differences between Travolta and the that come on here to badmouth him, is that he actually pays to donate his time, supplies and assets, whereas they're green eyed whom could and should know and do better!

Revel in your self serving superiority.
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Old 26th Jan 2010, 23:53   #9 (permalink)
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Not sure what to make of your post checkboard. Must be late there in UK.

Just saw footage of John declaring that he had done this in New Orleans as well. His vast resources could certainly make a difference. Prostlitizing (sp?) isn't going to feed anyone. A donation done without publicity would have been the thing.

22,000 BTW. Who cares?
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Old 27th Jan 2010, 00:16   #10 (permalink)
 
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Well the sarcasm made me smile.

Not sure what the time in the Uk has to do with anything tho????
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Old 27th Jan 2010, 00:17   #11 (permalink)
 
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His vast resources could certainly make a difference. Prostlitizing [sic] (sp?) isn't going to feed anyone.
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pros·e·ly·tized, pros·e·ly·tiz·ing, pros·e·ly·tiz·es
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A donation done without publicity would have been the thing.
It was done without publicity - until you publicised it!

It seems that you are spending your time complaining about someone spending their time and cash trying to help. How many Holywood stars (or any rich people) are you planning to slate (if JT is your standard of "Bad Guy Not Spending Enough")
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411A, could you help out here?
20,000 pounds, easy, in his -138B.
Take a few seats out...much more, I would think.
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Nice guy. Great job.

The only part of this story that makes me jealous is the fact that the man owns a real beauty and can afford to operate her.
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Old 27th Jan 2010, 01:06   #14 (permalink)
 
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Meanwhile -

Sarah Palin landed in Tahiti today to help with the rescue effort.
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Sharp as a tack, that lady is.
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20,000 pounds, easy, in his -138B.
Take a few seats out...much more, I would think.
20K each way from south Florida, correct?
Plus fuel for 1-2 hour arrival holding which is the norm from monitoring PAP approach while skirting their airspace.

65K-75K total? (assuming a South FL recovery. Less if continuing on to a La Romana D.R. vacation.)
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I think 411 is saying 20,000 pounds payload in the bellys. JT's 707 has a VIP interior, not just the normal 6 across. It would be a pain to remove.

And I don't think he trains at American. They finally tossed their 707 sim several years ago.
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my tax dollars sent an aircraft carrier, amongst other things...
maybe BA only did their lift for publicity too, hmm...
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So he took up all that ramp space to hand bomb 20 K of freight from the belly


Maybe if he was more interested in helping the Haitians rather than showboating for the TV camera's he could have given his space to a dedicated freighter.....
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Er, sure there are many aircraft that could deliver more raw lbs but there's another aspect to any celebrity involvement - for whatever reason, seeing some movie star or sports celeb seems to open the wallets of the masses and results in massive amounts of cash heading the direction of same celebrity.

Last Friday a telethon to raise aid for Haiti raised $61 million and counting, which is a total greater than any other single nations aid, excepting the US government (which has pledged in excess of $130M to date, and contributed who knows what in manpower on the ground).

Sure Travolta may have a minor sub-plot related to the wacky religion he follows, but I guarantee his little jaunt in his "jet" will deliver 1000 times the aid he physically delivered through additional donations.

And no, I'm not a fan of his beliefs or anything related to that crazy mob, but the mess in Haiti is real and a horrifying number of people who survived the initial quake are going to die in the very near future if the world doesn't continue to pour aid and support that way.

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