Stepping Beyond Boundaries
Major Glenn Todhunter
Head of Flight Training - Aviation Training Team (Part 141/142) Royal Flying Doctor Service
Australia’s First and Only Disabled Military and RFDS Aviator
On September 22 1995, Major Glenn Todhunter found himself trapped in the wreckage of his aircraft after it had crashed heavily from 200ft during a training flight. He almost died.
After several days in intensive care on life support, his journey back to health required amputation of both his legs below the knee and two months in hospital. What follows over the next eight years is a landmark journey rebuilding his life learning to walk, drive and fly again.
In acknowledgement of his achievements, Glenn is the first non-doctor to be awarded lifetime honorary membership to the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine. He has featured on the ABC’s Australian Story, and was selected as one of four finalists for the 2006 Suncorp Queenslander of the Year. Glenn is now the Head of Flight Training for the Royal Flying Doctor Service South Eastern Section and enjoys being part of an iconic Australian organisation.
“The only limits to extraordinary results in life - are the limits we impose upon ourselves…”
Glenn Todhunter 2005
I have prepared a presentation that chronicles my unique aviation journey including details of my near fatal accident and subsequent rehabilitation. I plan to contextualise the aeromedical experience from a 'customer' perspective and the challenges since, up-to and including my work with the RFDS as an aeromedical provider.
I aim to conclude the presentation with a briefing on current plans for the RFDS South Eastern Section's brand new Multipurpose Aeromedical, & Aviation Training and Tourism facility being constructed at Dubbo Regional Airport.