Wednesday, August 11, 2010

More important than mechanical minutae

Terry was a good man, and a good pilot, and never hassled me about my progress on my plane out of anything other than friendly humor.

Wild Bill was a good man, good pilot, sharp mind and keen business sense combined with a love of aviation and pride in his planes (He never minded me taking a break to ogle his beauties, and would proudly point out the little oddities and engineering marvels not obvious at the first glance.)

Aaron Malone I only met a few times, but I remember him as loud and fun-loving.

It's a small world, and when we're talking airplanes, we don't often cover family, or profession, or other topics - I never realized until he was gone that Aaron was the brother-in-law of one of my friends... or that his wife iswas Terry's daughter.

If you have the time, inclination, and attention to spare, please say a small prayer for her and her family.

I know not a day goes by you don't hear of multiple car wrecks in the rush hour report, but there's the psychological buffer that you don't expect to know the person involved. Three crashes in three weeks, and hunting season has just started... be careful out there.