GaryV Gone West

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  1. JohnAJohnson

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    Ah ----t. That's absolutely heartbreaking. He had posted late last year that he had moved to AZ, presumably upon his wife's retirement. That just hits me hard. Work all your life and don't get to enjoy the leisure of retired life. Rest in peace Gary. Between his and @GRG55 both very untimely passing, the carpe diem anxiety hits me hard. I'm really happy I did my bucket list trip early this year. This life waits for no one. I gotta get that damn RV yesterday.

    My sincere condolences to the surviving spouse and extended family (it does not appear they had children?). Gone entirely too soon. This place will be a lesser place without him. A nickel..
     
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    Ugh. Since I fly Cardinals I seriously want to know what went wrong...
     
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    Horrible. RIP Gary, and condolences to the Van Dyke family.
     
  6. Albany Tom

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    This is sad. Someone mentioned high heat, high DA, but the number was <5k, and he was by himself. Clearly a sharp guy, this doesn't make sense to me.
     
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    Very sorry to hear, condolences to family & friends.
     
  8. Pilots Of America Management

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    The Management Council grieves the loss of @GaryV and his untimely passing. We will certainly miss him! Blue skies and tailwinds, Gary! :(
     
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    SMH, so sad. Godspeed and tailwinds, Gary.
     
  10. RyanB

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    RIP Gary
     
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    that sucks.
     
  13. eman1200

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    sad news indeed.
     
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    CAVU, Gary.
     
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    Rest easy, Gary. :(
     
  18. Shepherd

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    Godspeed.
     
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    Sincerest condolences to GaryV's family. RIP GaryV. :(
     
  20. bflynn

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    Crap.

    He was just back from Reno, wasn't he? His last post on 9/6 said

     
  21. somorris

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    Rest In Peace, Gary.
     
  22. Huckster79

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    CAVU….
     
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    I left work today because this one hurts too much.

    Maybe a fitting photo for Gary, as we say goodbye is one of the last ones I took of him... Godspeed Gary.

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    Huge condolences. This is the first crash I can recall of an active POA member.
     
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    That’s what I had thought earlier. I’m sure there have been many over the years that we haven’t heard about, but this is the first fatal accident that I can think of in my 11yrs on POA.
     
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    YOU’RE the one who took that incredible photo in the Kathryn’s report link? I was wondering how anybody got such a close up from the front of him in flight, I’m thinking a telephoto lens, formation kind of in front and a bit to the right and looking back out your left seat window? Or did you have a camera on the tip of your wing? The tail of your plane?
     
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    Gary had taken at least one class in formation flying and was incredibly easy to work with. These head-on shots are basically both planes slipping (skidding) with opposite inputs. And yes, 70-200 lens.
     
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    The one time I saw Jack Fleetwood taking pictures he had the biggest lens I'd ever seen. I'd have to admit to just the least bit of envy spotting that sucker. I think he could have taken nice close ups of the Moon with that thing.
     
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  29. mnewb1

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    Condolences to his family
     
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    So sorry to hear this. RIP, Gary and condolences to his family.
     
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    Condolences to those Gary leaves behind. We'd been really looking forward to meeting him on Thursday :(
     
  32. Everskyward

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    Blue Skies... :(
     
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    Great picture as a tribute…

    I have no doubt this has to be really hard for ya.
     
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    It is hard. Feeling for his family today. I can't imagine how hard it is for them, especially his wife of over 40 years.
     
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    Tough loss. Cuts deep knowing a member of our PoA community has passed
     
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    Side ?: is there any change made (avatar, etc) to indicate when a member goes west?
     
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    Sad RIP sir
     
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