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su'00"se00i*t"is re-ClMC phyi 00ro000ae00 meets with THIPA s clan network Picture a Grumman Goose One day, a Goose-load of pas- sengers was patiently waiting for their pilot on the tarmac at the Long Beach Airport for a trip to Catalina. That pilot was Kilgour who eventually showed up and took a seat in the passenger compart- ment rather than the pilot's seat. Instead of wearing his uniform, he was dressed in regular civilian clothing and therefore most of the passengers assumed he was one of them. After a few minutes of sitting there, Kilgour finally turned to the other passengers and asked "Doesn't anyone know how to fly this thing?" Caught off guard by the ques- tion, the other passengers re- mained silent. "Well, then I'm going to give it a try," said Kilgour. He then proceeded to climb into the pilot's seat, start the engines and fly the astonished passengers all the way to Avalon. A similar story, told by former ramp agent and Avalonian Brian Dawes, involved pilot Fred Austin. As his passengers waited aboard the Goose out at Pebbly Beach for the flight to Long Beach, Austin had the ramp agents push him out to his waiting plane in a wheel- chair. Once at the side of the plane, Austin climbed out of the wheel- chair, crawled up the ladder into the plane, crawled through the passenger compartment in view of all the passengers and then lifted himself into the pilot seat. He then fired the Goose up and took everyone to Long Beach. I think the most harrowing sto- ry I've heard was just told to me recently by a long-time visitor to Catalina. I have not verified the story, but knowing what I know about the person who told it to me--and knowing what I know about those crazy seaplane days-- NEED A HOME LOAN? SINGING WATERS CHRISTIANCENTER SERVING AVALON, REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATALINA AVE loaded with passengers flying to- ward Avalon Bay.. This particu- lar Goose is missing the float that goes under the plane's right wing, having lost it on take-off. With- out it, the plane is unbalanced and more difficult for even a seasoned pilot to control. Since the main job of the float is to keep the plane's wing out of the water, the plane is in danger of possibly cartwheeling on landing if the pilot misjudges the weight imbalance and dips the wing in the water at high speed. So what does the pilot do? He asks one of his passengers, a young man, to climb out of the passenger compartment and onto the wing to help balance the plane out for the crucial water landing. Yes, you read that right. The young man does as he is instructed and climbs out onto the wing, leaning out as far from the fuselage as he dares into the 150 mile-per-hour wind to distribute the plane's weight more evenly. The pilot tries to ease the plane into the water as gently as pos- sible, but the blast from the spray of the water (imagine that) knocks the man off the plane and into the sea. The plane safely lands without cartwheeling and the dazed young man is rescued by a boat that hap- pens upon the scene. Well, that just about does it for this week. If I hear any other similar stories I'll be sure to pass them on to you. In the meantime, thank you for flying Mysterious Island Airlines. Talks held regarding expanded insurance coverage in Avalon BY JUDY HIBBS CIMC is working hard to get authorization for services such as physical therapy, lab tests, CT Scans, radiology and emergency room visits for Avalon residents whose employers have Torrance Memorial Hospital IPA (THIPA) physician network available through their health plan. THIPA is a division of Torrance Memorial Medical Center. At present several physicians at CIMC DRE: 00698852 NMLS: 249784 CONTACT: BRYAN TAYLOR SPECIALIZING IN: Conventional, FHA and Government Loans Refinance, Rate Reduction and Cash Out Loans 2nd Home Financing, Investment Properties and Harp II Mortgages and Reverse Mortgages DIRECT: 562.756.5559 FAX: 562.920.7465 EMAIL: '' "SERVICE IS MY COMMITMENT" Advantage One Home Loans CIMC officials met recently to negotiate coverage eligibility for Avalon residents insured with Torrance Hospital IPA (THIPA). Seen here are standing (left to right) John Lovrich, CFO of CIMC, Dr. Lisa Humphries, Chief Medical Officer for THIPA, Steve Linesch, CEO of THIPA and Lisa Moss, AMDC Board member. Seated (left) is Craig Leach, President / CEO of Torrance Memorial Medical Center with CIMC CEO John Friel. are part of the THIPA physician Conseryancy network but hospital services such have health plans that offer THIPA as occupational therapy, speech therapy, lab and other outpatient services have generally not been approved. This has made it difficult for Avalon residents to get health- care services without the time and expense of traveling to the mainland. A tentative agreement was reached at a meeting in early June between THIPA and CIMC's rep- resentatives to allow the hospi- tal to provide services to local residents with health plans, that offer THIPA. Curtently' the City of Avalon, Edison, Santa Catalina Island Company and the as one of their physician network options. THIPA will expand its health- care network to include Catalina Island Medical Center effective on or about September 1, 2014. "This is great news for Avalon IM " residents and C C, commented CEO John Friel. "Our patients will be able to stay on the Island for needed ser- vices ordered by their local physi- cians avoiding the added stress and expense of travel. For,more information about Catalina Island Medical Center providers and services please call (310) 510-0700. lisDDmlL OIINHIWL- IHDgSflHIL GENERATOR SALES & INSTALLATION Repairs / New Coast / Remodel / Tenant Improvement AVALON 310-510-9238 OFFICE 310-828-5007 Espresso Bar Strawberries Iced Coffee Drinks 20 Flavors of Salt Water Taffy 220 Selections of Guava Cheese Danish Jalapeno Cheddar Croissant. Raspberry Chocolate Muffin Biroche, Ginger Green Tea Muffin. Lemon Cranberry Muffin Cherry Turnover THECATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, July 18, 201419