2021 02 23 CalDART Annual Meeting: CalDART’s Annual Meeting featured: Randy Rapp (Deputy Chief, Tactical Air Operations, CAL FIRE) presented Fire Traffic Areas; Board elections were held, Ron Lovick (CalDART Gov’t/NGO Liaison Officer and San Diego CalDART Executive Officer) presented Operation Medical Shield activities and lessons learned, Josh Swigart (San Diego CalDART Co-Chair) Flight Operations in the Yurok Crescent City PPE Airlift, Paul Marshall (CalDART President) on 2021 Plans. Watch meeting and presentations here.
2021 01 12 Yurok Indian Klamath River Airlift: CalDART flew donated PPE and medical gowns from Direct Relief in Santa Barbara to the Yurok Indian Tribe on the Klamath River near the Crescent City Airport. See the newspaper article here, and listen to the radio station story here.
2020 09 23 Oregon Firefighter Airlift: CalDART put together a 1-day airlift of 23 planes flying 4873 lbs of KN-95 masks, steel trundle beds, hand sanitizer, and a variety of other items to fire fighters and impacted communities near Eugene Oregon in the midst of historically severe wildfires. Direct Relief of Santa Barbara supplied the operation, and Reach Out World Wide managed the distribution in Oregon. See the 2 minute video here.
2020 05 18 CalDART flies donated face masks from Palo Alto CA to Walla Walla WA: Pilot Brian Dear and his son Sebastian fly a load of donated face shields to a community in need as requested by their city’s emergency management center. Read the story here.
2020 04 30 CalDART flies Ventilators from San Diego to Sacramento to assist with emergency deployments: Read the story here.