Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus evacuated its 60 Cessna, Piper and Diamond airplanes to the Auburn University Regional Airport in advance of hurricane Andrew.
Originally, the plan was to keep the planes on-site in a hurricane-rated hangar, but that changed when officials found out Hurricane Matthew was set to make a direct hit, Roddey said.
The school then went to Plan B and sent the fleet to Auburn University in Alabama. Like ERAU, Auburn school has its own airport and was able to host the planes.
Operations to move the fleet began at 10 p.m. Wednesday as certified flight instructors embarked toward Alabama. By 7 a.m. Thursday, all planes were in the air and out of harm’s way by, Roddey said.
“They were very gracious for letting us move our fleet there and we are very grateful to them,” Roddey said of Auburn’s hospitality.