Dr. Guy Baldwin Killed In Aerobatic Plane Crash
Dr. Guy Baldwin (1946 - 2006)
October 5, 2006 — EAA is saddened to report the loss of Dr. Guy "Doc" Baldwin, EAA 117693, member of the EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council who died as a result of an airplane crash while performing at the annual Rotary Club Air Show in Tucumcari, New Mexico, Wednesday afternoon. He was 60. According to media reports, Baldwin, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was attempting to come out of a loop maneuver in his Extra 300 when the aircraft collided with the ground.
Dr. Jack Hastings, Chairman of the EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council, first heard the tragic news Wednesday evening while attending an aviation medical conference in Ottawa, Canada. "It's a tremendous tragedy," he said. "Guy was an avid flyer, a tremendous supporter of the medical council, and a tremendous advocate for pilot certification. He worked very hard on improving the process, helping pilots with the special issuance process, getting through the snags and delays of aeromedical certification.
"Keeping people in the air was his life's work."
Hastings noted that Baldwin's loss would have a significant impact on aviation medical certification in Oklahoma. "He did something like between two and three thousand exams a year in the Tulsa area--one of the few AMEs in the country that did as many exams every year." Hastings said. "He was my AME, too. I honestly don't know who's going to absorb that kind of workload. It's going to be tough."
A holder of multiple aircraft ratings including ATP, seaplane and helicopter, Baldwin logged over 4,000 hours in numerous aircraft during his 35 years of flying. He began performing at air shows in 2002, flying under the banner of the Make-A-Wish Foundations of Oklahoma. In 2003, Baldwin was voted Oklahoma Aviator of the Year. He was also a well known as an author, writing monthly columns for Oklahoma Aviator (Ask the Doctor) and General Aviation News (The Doctor is In), and was a periodic contributor to EAA's Sport Aviation.
Baldwin served on the EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council since 1993.
EAA's thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Felice, and their children, Hunter and Brittny.
The National Transportation Safety Board along with the FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.