Sun Lakes Aero Club to hear from aero medical examiner

Gary Vacin

A former flight physician who experienced more than 5,000 flights, many as a first responder at aircraft accidents, will be guest speaker at the Sun Lakes Aero Club gathering Monday, Dec. 16, at the Sun Lakes Country Club Navajo Room.

The event begins with coffee and camaraderie at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Dr. Jeffrey Gaver will discuss many highs and lows of his career as an elite flight physician in Wisconsin. He has saved many lives and also watched as lives have faded away, despite the efforts of him and his team. Hear him as he relates the best and worst days of his career.

He is the author of a recently-published book, Epilogue: Aeromedical Flight Tales: Stories of Hoping, Coping, Inspiration, and Redemption, with Just a Touch of Humor. He has written three additional books about his career as a veterinarian.

Dr. Gaver is the second in a series of six persons to relate their aviation-related experiences at a Sun Lakes Aero Club gathering. January speaker will be Chris Andres, Chandler Municipal Airport manager, who will discuss the history and future of the airport. Bob Bishop, former airshow and test pilot who has built and flown a version of the world’s smallest jet aircraft, the Bede BD-5J, will speak on March 16. February and April speakers will be announced in future Splash issues. The public is invited to attend all gatherings.

More information on the Aero Club is available from Cannon Hill at 509-539-7857, Gary Vacin at 480-298-7017, or at the club’s website,