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Scott Gloyna: Helping in the Crisis

Scott Gloyna's fascination with aviation started when he was a child. He grew up in the country in Texas and his closest neighbor was a crop duster pilot. Young Scott would ride his bicycle to the end of the neighbor's dirt runway and spend hours watching the plane take off, fly around and land.

Scott first heard about Angel Flight at a fly-in he attended at his local airport. After learning about Angel Flight's mission, he really wanted to give back. He had lost his father to a medical issue years before, and decided this would be great opportunity to use his skills as a pilot to help people in need of medical care. Shortly thereafter, the need for flying people to medical treatment hit close to home for Scott. His niece had a rare type of brain cancer and needed to go to St. Jude's for treatment. Her parents didn't have the money to bring her there, so Scott offered to fly her. He saw firsthand the importance of free flights for medical travel and signed up for Angel Flight. He has never looked back. An Air Force veteran, Scott also volunteers his time flying prospective cadets. "I occasionally take cadets on work trips so they can get a little exposure to flying before they go to pilot training." One of these cadets is Doug Guberman, who is a commissioned second lieutenant and is waiting to go into the Air Force. Doug currently works as a staff member for the Honors College at Texas Tech's Engineering Department, which has been creating 3D printed medical equipment during the pandemic. After making face shields, intubation chambers and more, Texas Tech needed to get these items to medical facilities in rural parts of Texas. Doug thought of Scott and his missions with Angel Flight. Scott jumped at the chance to help and made the first trip with medical supplies to Monaha