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P L A N E S E N S E

®

I N F O R M AT I O N A L Q U A R T E R LY

TRAVELING TURTLES

NH FOOD BANK

Together, PlaneSense

®

pilots and an anonymous donor

provided charitable airlift support to help transport 50 Kemps

Ridley sea turtles from Norwood, MA to Galveston, TX.

In the recent months, over 500 of these turtles have become

stranded on Massachusetts beaches, where the air and

water temperatures are far too cold for them to survive. The

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),

along with a number of environmentalist groups, have

sought out assistance from the general aviation community

to help return these endangered creatures to regions where

they can sustain and thrive. The PlaneSense

®

program was

pleased to have answered the call for help and to have been

part of this great cause.

PlaneSense, Inc. employees and

their families filled a Pilatus PC-12

aircraft with over 800 lbs of food

for the NH Food Bank. The

food was flown to the Manchester

Boston Regional Airport on

Wednesday, December 17

th

, where

NH Governor Maggie Hassan and

Manchester, NH, Mayor Ted

Gatsas personally greeted the

aircraft full of food.

NH Food Bank executives and

members of its advisory board were

also on hand at Signature Aviation

to gather the food for distribution.

Governor Hassan, Mayor Gatsas, and

PlaneSense, Inc. President and CEO

George Antoniadis (who piloted the

plane) helped to load the NH Food

Bank vehicle with the non-perishables.

“PlaneSense has always been a strong

supporter of our local and state charities,

and we chose to assist the NH Food

Bank this year because it reaches so

many families in need,” Antoniadis said.

“I am pleased to be joined today by my

friends, the Governor of NH, Maggie

Hassan, and the Mayor of

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Sarah VanSleet, Sonia Virgue

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Manchester, Ted Gatsas. I’m very

proud of my PlaneSense team for our

contribution today.”

According to Mel Gosselin, the

Executive Director of the NH Food

Bank, the food will be brought back to

the Manchester, NH facility and sorted

into categories. It will then be placed

into the NH Food Bank’s online ordering

system, which is accessed by a network

of 400 agencies across NH, and later

dispersed accordingly to help feed

over 130,000 NH residents who are

food insecure.

Governor Hassan congratulated

Antoniadis and the entire PlaneSense

®

family for its contribution, thanking

Antoniadis for his leadership and

example, noting that such a large

amount of food was collected that

the excess had to be driven by

car and delivered.

“I’m told between seven and eight

hundred pounds of food [was

collected], which is almost seven

to eight hundred meals for children

and families around the State of

New Hampshire,” Hassan said.

“At the holidays we like to remind

each other what we can do when

we come together to make life

better for our friends and neighbors.”

Mayor Gatsas reflected on last year’s

event, in which PlaneSense Inc.

employees collected gifts for the Toys

for Tots organization. The toys were

also flown to Manchester, NH, and then

delivered to Marines for distribution.

“Last year was a great success and we

took lots of toys off the plane, this year

the plane was filled with non-perishable

food for the NH Food Bank,” Gatsas said.

“Thank you so much for coming to

Manchester for the past two years and

giving back to the residents in our community.

I am looking forward to next year!”