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,
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
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