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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
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
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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Manchester, Ted Gatsas. I’m very
proud of my PlaneSense team for our
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
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!”