Trustee Flies Plane to Remote Airstrip to Deliver Relief for Haitians

1/25/2010 | Facebook|Twitter|Email

When Dale Thuillez '72 saw an e-mail call for private pilots to help deliver goods to isolated areas of Haiti, he answered. For three days last week Thulliez made a roundtrip each day to Jacmel, where he landed at a small airport that lacked any traffic control.

Calling the scene chaotic, Thuillez unloaded supplies, then zipped back four hours to Ft. Lauderdale, where he reloaded supplies to prepare for the next trip.

His Pilatus PC-12 can carry large loads, has the fuel capacity to make the trip without stopping, and is sized right for managing less-than-perfect airstrips.

On one return trip he and his co-pilot brought with them a Haitian citizen who went to his brother's home in Boston.

With no traffic control at the Jacmel airport, pilots had to communicate with each other, Thuillez told the Albany Times Union, noting that the airspace near Port-au-Prince was equally chaotic due to the overwhelming volumes of traffic.

Thuillez is special counsel at the Albany firm Thuillez, Ford, Gold, Butler & Young, where he is a member of the firm's litigation department and provides services in insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, commercial litigation and personal injury litigation. He taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at Albany Law from 1980 to 2001.