News Release

GIAA Remembers Local Aviator and Freedom Air Owner Joaquin L. Flores

Monday, May 21, 2018

"The island lost a pioneer of aviation, a real trailblazer in a challenging industry, and great contributor to regional travel," GIAA Executive Manager Charles "Chuck" H. Ada II stated, in regard to the passing of Mr. Joaquin L. Flores. Mr. Flores was the owner of Freedom Air, a commuter airline operation serving Guam and the CNMI since 1974. "Everyone who travelled on Freedom Air remembers the S360, 30-seat aircraft, the friendly staff and pilots, and the experience of seeing the islands from the plane windows, it made you excited to fly. The adventure flight is something Joaquin Flores provided to islanders, some of which would never have had experienced, if not for his commuter operations between the Mariana islands. "He was truly inspirational, and a visionary in the development of regional travel. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues, and thank them for the service Mr. Flores provided to the people of Guam and to our Airport. We offer the following poem in memory of his service, his passion, and dedication to one of the very few local aviators to date," Chuck Ada concluded

Impressions of a Pilot

Flight is freedom in its purest form,
To dance with the clouds, which follow a storm;
To roll and glide, to wheel and spin, To feel the joy that swells within;
To leave the earth with its troubles and fly, And know the warmth of a clear spring sky;
Then back to earth at the end of a day, Released from the tensions which melted away.
Should my end come while I am in flight, Whether brightest day or darkest night;
Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain, Secure in the knowledge that I’d do it again;
For each of us is created to die, And within me I know,
I was born to fly.
 
— Gary Claud Stokor