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Angel Flight hero credits active winglets
Bob Briggs has flown dozens of seriously ill patients to and from hospitals around the US in his CitationJet, at no charge. The Tennessee Pilot of the Year 2021 says he'd be grounded without his Active Winglets.
Bob Briggs is one of Angel Flight's angels, a volunteer pilot flying medical missions for free.

Tamarack Aerospace Group has applauded Bob Briggs for winning the Tennessee Pilot of the Year for the second consecutive time. This is a highly unusual achievement according to Briggs, who is based at Memphis, Tennessee and is a former Flying Tigers and FedEx captain, a pilot in both the Army and Navy reserves and the current Guinness record holder for having 109 type ratings. He has flown dozens of flights over the last two years, transporting seriously ill patients at no charge to and from hospitals around the US, with most flights being to and from MD Anderson's cancer facilities in Houston.

The Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic award for service 2021 was presented to Briggs by Mercy Medical Angels and Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic president and CEO rear admiral James 'Gib' Goodwin (retired).

Mercy Medical Angels chief operating officer Stephanie Bollmann says: “Bob has been steadfast in his commitment to be of service to each patient he has flown, something he gets no pay to do, but he does it with a smile and kindness. We know how stressful life can be for those who find themselves in need of the assistance you provide. We are humbled by your generosity, both your volunteering and the donation of resources you provide, and hope your service will be an inspiration for fellow pilots to join the Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic mission to deliver hope daily for those in need.”

It would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars if Briggs were to charge for his mercy services; he also is registered with other compassion flight services. He credits Tamarack Active Winglets for making it possible for him to provide so many flights and so many safe and smooth rides.

“This aircraft wouldn't go straight to altitude without the active winglets," Briggs says. "They provide a smoother ride for patients and save money by going farther on fuel. I can provide more stable and safe rides with lower approach speeds, and I am able to legally take off in high/hot conditions. I'd be grounded without the active winglets. I'm so honoured to be able to help in this way.”

Tamarack president Jacob Klinginsmith adds: “Tamarack Aerospace Group is so very proud to be able to provide the Active Winglet technology that enhances the capabilities of Bob, and others, to serve. Congratulations to Bob for winning the Tennessee Pilot of the Year, and thank you to Bob, his assistant Julia, Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic and all medical charity services for volunteering your talents and resources for these important compassion services.”

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