May 2, 2012
By Jim Moore
Thierry Pouille has handed over the keys to his Beechcraft Baron E55 twin so that it may continue a mission of bringing critical supplies to people in need.
Pouille, president of Air Journey, has crisscrossed the world, building the general aviation tour business to the point where the family airplane was getting left behind. The capable twin, decked out with a King KFC 200 Flight Director/Autopilot and color radar, among other extras, had served many missions well, including a September 2011 relief flight with Bahamas Habitat. Pouille said flights in the Baron were becoming increasingly infrequent.
Air Journey President Thierry Pouille.
“I realized the N63JL was just sitting on the tarmac under the elements being put to no good use,” Pouille said in a news release. “I knew from my experience last September that Bahamas Habitat was the perfect new home for her, bringing food and supplies to needy people.”
Bahamas Habitat is a nonprofit Christian aviation mission organization, supporting housing and disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean.
“We intend to continue to utilize this aircraft to serve the needs of the people of the Bahamas and Haiti,” said Bahamas Habitat Treasurer and Chief Pilot Steve Merritt. “We want to thank Thierry Pouille and Air Journey for enabling the continuing service to the people of the Bahamas and Haiti.”
Bahamas Habitat President John Armstrong said the aircraft will add significantly to the organization’s capability.
“We are sincerely grateful to Mr. Pouille and look forward to his continued involvement in the work of the ministry and what God has in store,” Armstrong said.
Pouille, a pilot for 38 years, is a generous supporter of many causes, including his membership in the AOPA President’s Council.
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
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