The Flying Doctor Service

Dr Dave Bladwin

The Bulls Flying Doctor Service is a world unique by providing an aviation medical service to pilots at their remote airstrips located in rural New Zealand.

Over the last 10 years I have been developing my flying which includes obtaining the commercial pilot license with multi IFR ratings, buying my first aircraft, doing commercial courier flying work and obtaining my Diploma of Aviation Medicine through Otago University. This was a very interesting and enjoyable course through Dr Rob Griffiths.


The idea of doing pilot medicals at remote South Island air strips began from the hunting interests my son and I share in south Westland. We spent a lot of time with the Saxtons' at Haast during the roaring season and with this I soon started to do the local pilots medicals. It soon dawned on me that if I was able to fly down to these remote airstrips and do the pilots medicals on the spot, there are a number of advantages for both the pilots and myself.

The advantages to the pilots include cost-savings in travel/time off, convenience and the comfort of doing a medical in familiar surroundings. The Advantages to me are simple: following the dream of combining my medical profession with flying in the most beautiful parts of the World.

Marc and I are very proud of our new facility at Palmerston North Airport which is a purpose built avmed centre with hangar space and offices. It's a dream come true for us both and is the ideal place to examine pilots who can either drive ( boring !! ) or fly in ( yayyyy ) for their medicals


The Flying Doctor Staff..


Anna BaldwinThe Flying DoctorAlice
Nikki Baldwin
Executive Manager
Anna Baldwin
Deputy Admino
Logistics Wiz
Dr Daves black cat