Capt. Jessup Bahinting
PHOTO FROM FLYAVIATOUR.COM
CEBU CITY-On Wednesday, Capt. Jessup Bahinting
was asked if he
could lend one of his
planes to the city government to pick up four vials of antidote for snake bite on Camiguin Island.
Without hesitating, Bahinting, 60, chairman and CEO of Aviatour Air, told his Nigerian pilot to fly one of the company's Cessna planes and get the antidote.
We still do not know what happened to Secretary Jesse Robredo and a very good friend of mine (Bahinting)," Jakosalem said.
even asked about Aventurado's recovery after the zookeeper had been saved, Jakosalem said.
On Friday, he
sent a text message to Bahinting
that Aventurado was gaining strength and was taken off the ventilator.
Bahinting, a retired pastor who served with the Grace Communion International from 1984 to 1996, replied in a text message: "Praise the Lord."
Born in Siquijor and raised in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Bahinting
was first exposed to aviation through his
father, who worked at the Civil Aviation Administration
(now the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines).
In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer in March 2011, Bahinting
said Sabijana taught him "how to fly and fix machines and engines.
Besides being a pilot, Bahinting was also a mechanic.
But it was in Davao where he
formally trained as a pilot.
escorted the delivery of an aircraft repaired by Sabijana's company.
"I got my formal training there but I already learned a lot from my previous mentor [Sabijana] who not only taught me the technical skills but also taught me the values of diligence, hard work and humility," Bahinting
said in the Inquirer interview.
Bahinting established Aviatour in Lapu-Lapu City in 2002, offering charter tours to Korean honeymooners.
The business later developed into a full-blown aviation company that offered chartered services and aerial tours, maintenance services and aircraft sales.
It opened a flight school in 2006.
and his wife, Marge, managed the company.
Veniegas said Bahinting
was a stickler for safety.
Veniegas, who worked with Bahinting
and Jemar in promoting the company's aerial tour business and the flight school, said Bahinting
flew for VIPs, like government officials and businessmen.
In another interview with the Inquirer
in September 2010, Bahinting
said flight instructors at the Aviatour school were dwindling.
lamented that few Filipinos enrolled in flight schools because they thought the tuition was expensive.
Most of the Aviatour students come from countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
"There are no available scholarships for prospective students," Bahinting
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