Fri, Jan 02, 2004
By Ralph McCormick, Publisher/Editor Fly-Low Magazine
Aeronautical Commission has presented Dr. Guy Baldwin of Tulsa (OK)
with the Oklahoma Aviator of the Year award. The December event at
the Oklahoma City Wiley Post Airport was a celebration of the 100th
Anniversary of controlled powered flight. This was also the
fortieth anniversary of the Oklahoma Aeronautical Commission.
Governor Brad Henry recognized aviation heroes such as Wiley Post,
astronaut Tom Stafford, and Ray Siegfried for Nordam's
Lieutenant Governor Mary Fallin presented three proclamations to
contributors of aviation. The Aviator of the Year Award was
presented to Baldwin by Mike Huffman, Editor of The Oklahoma
Aviator in recognition of his past and continued contribution to
the enthusiasm, education, participation, the medical aspects of
aviation and the advancement of Oklahoma aviation.
"This award came as a pleasant surprise," states Baldwin. "The
fact that I was presented the award during the year we celebrate
the 100th Anniversary of powered flight, makes it even more
important. Flying and sharing flight is something I really enjoy,"
said Baldwin. Dr. Baldwin has been a family physician (Doctor of
Osteopathic Medicine) for thirty years. Twenty-five of those years,
he has been an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME), performing as many
as two-thousand aviation medicals each year. That makes him one of
the FAA's top AMEs. Several National publications have featured
Baldwin's activities in aerobatic flight on his medical
contributions. Baldwin has been performing aerobatics at air shows
for the past four years. He has performed at many air shows in the
central United States. His aerobatic airplane is an Extra 300.
The aerobatic group, IAC Chapter 10, in Tulsa was revived by
Baldwin four years ago. Its membership is near one hundred. Since
then, the organization has had many famous aviation legends and
World Champion Aerobatic performers visit Tulsa. Those legends
include Bob Hoover, Duane Cole, Clint McHenry, and Eleana
Klimovich, one of Russia's top aerobatic performers.
Baldwin flies under the banner of the Make a Wish Foundation
(MAW). "It's always is a pleasure for me to provide a dream of
flight for children with life-threatening illnesses," states
Baldwin. Taking children for their first flight and providing a log
book with either a log entry for that flight is a special treat to
Baldwin. He provides flights in either the Extra 300 or his North
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