Broadus M. (Bo) Bowman, EAA 398367
Affiliated Organization: Angel
Flight of Georgia - volunteer pilot and Director of the South Carolina
Branch of Angel Flight of GA
Type/model aircraft operated in mission
or public benefit flying? Where is most of your flying activity?
I own and fly a 1976 Piper Cherokee Archer (PA28-181). My missions to date
have been in the states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and
Tennessee, with most of these in Georgia and South Carolina.
When did you become involved in mission
or public benefit flying and why?
I volunteered as an Angel Flight pilot in February of 2008 and have been
flying one to two missions per month ever since. I have loved airplanes
and flying most of my life and I thought this was a wonderful way to use
what I love to do to give back and help others. I was immediately so
enamored with the program that I also volunteered to help spread the word
about Angel Flight by giving presentations to local clubs and groups. This
eventually led to my becoming the part-time director of our first
satellite office in South Carolina, in January 2009.
What is the most memorable flight you
have ever had and why?
Every one of my mission flights have been unique and special because
of the people I have been helping, their specific needs, and their
destinations, so it is difficult to pick on as most memorable. Forced to
pick, I would say my first mission is probably the most exciting and
memorable simply because it was my first mission, my first opportunity to
provide transportation to a person in need of it. On this mission I
transported a burn patient from Greer, South Carolina, to Augusta,
Georgia, for treatment. My third mission, also to Augusta, was especially
memorable because of the moving letter of appreciation that was left in my
airplane for me from my patient's wife.
What would you like EAA members to know
about the type of flying you do?
I would like fellow EAA members to know that we are just ordinary,
everyday pilots using ordinary, everyday airplanes to help persons in need
of transportation - for medical treatments or for other compassionate
reasons that present a real financial hardship to them.
Why is the Fly for Life program
important to EAA AirVenture 2009 attendees?
Fly for Life gives those of us serving in these organizations a way to
show EAA AirVenture attendees just what we do and why we do it. It is also
a great opportunity for us to spread awareness of our programs and to
recruit for participation and support. This includes awareness of our
programs should people ever need our services, or should they want to join