Like freeways, highways and streets, Torrance Airport is a public transportation facility serving the entire South Bay area. Furthermore, Torrance Airport is a valuable local "on-ramp" to an extensive general aviation transportation system that includes 95% of all aircraft and 75% of all takeoffs and landings in the nation--connecting Torrance to similar airports throughout the hemisphere. Business-related flights make up 2/3 of the 31 million hours flown nationally by these general aviation aircraft every year. Many of these flights begin or end at our airport. They support many South Bay businesses and provide valuable emergency services to our community.
After conducting a successful large-scale disaster drill, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) concluded that general aviation pilots, aircraft, and airports (such as Torrance Airport) are key resources in event of a national or regional disaster emergency. A May 2013 report by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)identified the critical role of airports in disaster recovery, including:
General Aviation airports, pilots and airplanes played crucial roles in immediate relief and recovery from local disasters in:
The Torrance Airport Association is leading the efforts to include our airport resources in the local, regional, and state disaster response and recovery planning activities and to organize our local pilots and aircraft to support those activities. In a serious regional emergency, TAA's Disaster Airlift Response Team (DART) is ready to respond.