Gordon Volunteer Pilot
"Almost every one of my Hope Air flights is memorable,” says Gordon Roberts. That each flight has instilled a memory in Gordon is no small feat – since joining the Volunteer Pilot Program almost ten years ago, Gordon has flown 92 flights with Hope Air clients.
Gordon is based in Pickering and flies Hope Air patients to Ottawa and Toronto from communities like Gore Bay and Kapuskasing in his Cessna T182T. Sharing his love for the skies is a rewarding part of being a volunteer pilot. “I’ve had people where it’s their first time in a small plane and they say, ‘that was wonderful, I really enjoyed that.’”
Gordon got his start in aviation after attending an event for people interested in flying. “It was a bit of a fluke that I started taking flying lessons. I went to an open house about what it takes to be a pilot. The rest is history.”
"Hope Air gives me an excuse to fly, but I also like to give back to the community."
He heard about Hope Air’s volunteer pilot program from Billy Lowe at the Buttonville airport and decided to look into the opportunity. Gordon is retired, so his schedule is flexible and putting his aircraft to work for good made perfect sense. “Hope Air gives me an excuse to fly, but I also like to give back to the community. My dad was a driver for the Canadian Cancer Society,” he says.
As flight number 100 as a volunteer pilot comes into view, Gordon is grateful for the experiences he’s had with Hope Air patients. “The people are so nice. I’ve flown some of them numerous times,” he says.