July 1, 2013
Photography by Chris Rose
Pilot Skip Gibbs regularly uses his Bonanza A36 to bring medical volunteers and supplies to remote areas of Mexico. Just before sunset, Gibbs was flying to the historic city of El Fuerte in the state of Sinaloa where LIGA International Flying Doctors of Mercy has been doing good works since 1934. The organization has a medical clinic in El Fuerte and brings medical technicians and surgeons there to treat ailments ranging from clubfeet to cataracts. Volunteer pilots like Gibbs bring the specialists to El Fuerte and beyond, and Gibbs’ Continental IO-550-powered A36 is an ideal airplane for the job because of its speed, range, payload, and ability to fly to and from unimproved airstrips.
Subject: Beechcraft Bonanza A36Where: Sinaloa, MexicoPhotographer: Chris Rose
Public Benefit Flying,
AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.
New legislation in both houses of Congress would allow thousands of pilots to fly without a third class medical and offer new protections for GA pilots.
Two bills that would increase aviation fuel taxes and tap some proceeds for nonaviation purposes could place New Mexico in conflict with federal grant guarantees.
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