Pilot for Nonprofit Has Had Quite a View
By Ben Wilgus
Robert Tucknott is the organizer of the Northern California chapter of Angel Flight West, a nonprofit medical rescue group that arranges free flights for seriously ill people who cannot afford commercial airplane flights. On Sept. 20, Tucknott and other members of nonprofit aviation organization participated in the 13th annual Livermore Airport Open House, which showcased experimental and homebuilt aircraft, military planes, and aerobatic aircraft. Tucknott says he got involved with Angel Flight West after attending a meeting of the Northern California Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association in San Jose. He says he was motivated by an opportunity to help others, but at that time Angel Flight West only had a Santa Monica office. Tucknott subsequently created a Northern California branch of Angel Flight West by recruiting pilots. His chapter now has 340 pilots, while 25 pilots at Livermore Municipal Airport volunteer for Angel Flight as well. Tucknott says that last year he flew 57 missions in his single-engine Cessna Skylane. Food, fuel, and other expenses are paid for by Angel Flight volunteers.
October 17, 2008