DBVZ down (sad news about a PoA member) (Dwight B. Van Zanen)

Discussion in 'Gone West' started by poadeleted20, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. poadeleted20

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    It appears we have lost one of our colleagues.
    http://www.wbtv.com/story/17257437/plane-crashes-into-wooden-area-near

    Nothing further known.
     
  2. TangoWhiskey

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    Re: DBVZ down

    Ah, damn.
     
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    What a rotten thing to happen. He was a good guy, and I will really, really miss him.
     
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    Re: DBVZ down

    Last time he posted, his sig showed him living in my old stomping grounds, flying out of Crest Airpark (about two miles from where my sister lives; I've flown out of there too before) in Washington State. Here's a tribute in his local WA paper:

    http://www.maplevalleyreporter.com/news/144716725.html

    http://irmo.patch.com/articles/local-man-killed-in-plane-crash#photo-9436905

    EAA tribute: http://www.scttf.org/Club/members/DwightVanZanen.htm

    Sad news.

    We retire the user IDs with a special message/status, do we not?
     
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    Re: DBVZ down

    Crap. Very bad news.

    RIP, Dwight.
     
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    Re: DBVZ down

    Sigh.
     
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    Re: DBVZ down

    I don't know him, but am familiar with that airport. I used to train at a nearby airport, and landed at Jaars on occasion. It's definitely surrounded by trees, and is often used for training by missionary pilots, who land next to the 40'-wide runway.
     
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    Very sad to hear this. RIP
     
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    It's a sad fact that if you are in aviation, you will sooner or later end up knowing someone who died flying an airplane.

    For everyone reading this, you be extra careful and try and make "sooner or later" be "never", ok? Thanks.

    RIP.
     
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    Oh no. Thank you for posting this. It is new information to me that we retire user names and add nice signature lines. Sounds very thoughtful.
     
  11. poadeleted20

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    It is an even sadder fact that if you stay in aviation long enough, you'll run out of fingers and toes counting them. In any event, let's wait for the report and see if we can learn anything from what happened to prevent it from happening again. That's about the best we can get from things like this.
     
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    Re: DBVZ down

    We do, indeed, Troy, and need to get this taken care of. It is terrible to lose any flier; closer to home and more hurtful yet when it is someone with whom we have shared our passion through thoughtful conversation.
     
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    That sucks!:sad:
     
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    Kim, here's what the avatar looks like for someone who has passed:

    http://www.pilotsofamerica.com/forum/member.php?u=74
     
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    Is sad news. He will be missed.

    Gary
     
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    Didn't know him or much about him, but dammit, he was "one of us"... it's terrible.
    Blue skies, Dwight...:(
     
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    I also didn't know him, but the fatality count this year seems to be on track for a bad one. :(
     
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    It is as sad when all your old buddies aren't waking up in the morning anymore.
     
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    Sad news.
     
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    Godspeed fellow aviator....
     
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    Amen. He and I exchanged numerous PM's on another forum (some info, mostly yuks) and even though we never met in person I felt that we knew each other very well. He was a bright and funny guy. RIP

     
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    Fair skies and tail winds, Dwight
     
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    Oh C_ap.
     
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    I exchanged a lot of PMs with Dwight and especially appreciated his providing some clarifying OGC opinions on logging. Didn't know that he was a local fireman until now. He was a good one and will be missed.

    Bob Gardner
     
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    Oh fruk... Sigh... And very sad. There but for the grace of.....
     
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    D_mn. Yes, there but for the grace of... some higher power. :( :(
     
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    ******mit.

    This sucks.
     
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    Don't know him, but sad to hear about it :(
     
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    Quote from the link.

    "Van Zanen is survived by his wife and four children."

    Our hearts go out to them.

    We all earn our rewards, I'm sure he is enjoying his.

    Maple Valley is a much safer place thanks to him.
     
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    Sad news, not far from me at all.
     
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    Didn't know him but I hope his family is okay. Someone should do a missing man formation for him. Very unfortunate.
     
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    Sad to hear:( He had a BRS, makes me wonder about the timing between death and crash and which came first. An MI can be pretty instant, I've witnessed it.
     
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    Always sucks when Murphy has his way. RIP.
     
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    Sad to hear we lost another one.
     
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    May God bless him, as He surely will.