Tribute to Air Scouting Pioneer: Dr. Stephen Blizzard

 

  • MEMBER OF THE FIRST AIR SCOUT TROOP IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
  • FOUNDER OF THE 16TH PORT OF SPAIN AIR SCOUTS IN 1973
  • HEADQUARTERS COMMISSIONER FOR AIR SCOUTS (1973-1975)
  • PIONEER OF AIR SCOUTING IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Dr. Stephen Blizzard is a pioneer and global authority on Aviation Medicine who holds the distinction of having presented the first paper in this field in the Commonwealth Caribbean.

He was a past student of Queen’s Royal College and member of the Air Scout Troop. At the age of 20, Blizzard left Trinidad and Tobago on a veterinary scholarship to study at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies.

From Scotland, he moved to Canada in 1958 where he enrolled in medical school at the University of Western Ontario. At the same time, he joined the University Reserve Training Plan, which eventually led him to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). In 1968, after obtaining his wings as a licensed commercial pilot, he moved to the RCAF Institute of Aviation Medicine.

His next move brought him back to Trinidad where he became a pioneering practitioner of aviation medicine and extended his love of flying to others, in his role as chairman and instructor at a flying club.

After six years, he retuned to Canada in 1975 to resume his career at the Department of Civil Aviation Medicine. There, he was appointed Senior Consultant and Acting Director and served on the Aviation Medical Review Board for 12 years.

It was during this period when he presented the first paper in aviation medicine in the Commonwealth Caribbean. The paper titled “the Aerial Transportation of Patients” drew on his experience as an Aviation Medical Examiner in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.

As a global authority on the subject, Dr. Blizzard has written several scientific papers and presented numerous lectures in Aviation Medicine throughout the world. He has also authored several Government publications in Canada including Patient Care in Flight.

His combination of expertise as a flying surgeon has taken him to the boundaries of space training in Star City near Moscow where cosmonauts train and to Baikonur in Kazakhstan from where Russian cosmonauts and US astronauts rocket into space.

 

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