N801BH Gone West... (Ben Haas)

Discussion in 'Gone West' started by Ted, May 9, 2017.

  1. Zeldman

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    My latest event has me thinking a lot about preparing for that final day. Also has me thinking I have a lot left I want to do in what time I have left.
     
  2. steingar

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  3. Zeldman

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    Well, me too, but I didn't want everyone else to feel bad...:lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Me too, just not here.
     
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    I hope when they tell me where I'm going to spend eternity, it sounds like this: "Welcome to Oshkosh."
     
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    That's my plan,, so far it's working.
     
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  7. Ted

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    Does that mean the rest of us will be rid of you when we die? :D
     
  8. Norman

    Norman En-Route Gone West

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    Zeldman,

    Most positive statement in the thread. Gitter done while you have the time. My plan is to cook my way into oblivion while enjoying the foods I love. Danged if I'm going to be intimated by cholesterol.
     
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    Tom's out! Welcome back Tom. Stick around now, I enjoy your posts and don't even reply to Glenn.
     
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    He was a good person, and very knowledgeable too.
     
  11. timwinters

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    I was just informed...

    Norm passed away a couple of days ago.

    Bummer...big time bummer. Norm and I go back at least 15 years. We had our differences but I always liked the old fart.

    Rest In Peace, Norm. :(
     
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    Very sad. Tailwinds Norm.
     
  13. SixPapaCharlie

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    Rock your wings!
     
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    OMG, that is sad, and a surprise. RIP Norman, you'll be missed buddy.
     
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    R.I.P, Norman.
     
  16. Bill

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    I’ve never met Norm, but enjoyed his posts here. Cone of confusion no more, Godspeed and tailwinds, friend!
     
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    Probably should get his own thread?
    Some might miss buried in here.


    Sad
     
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    what the......anyone know what happened?
     
  20. timwinters

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    A few years back:

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    Norm chain smoked Winstons and had a horrible diet. I think he was pushing 80. Lasted longer than many of us who knew him thought he would.

    He was one of the good guys.
     
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    I agree. enjoyed his posts. sad to hear this.
     
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    @Ted DuPuis , we need to have the mods put up a the black ribbon. :-(
     
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    I was just thinking that.
     
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    Oh man, that is horrible news...:(
     
  26. timwinters

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    BTW...Norm was very hard of hearing and refused to wear hearing aids so one of his main pleasures were these online pilots' forums (he was also a train geek).

    He was found dead at his computer.

    :(

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  27. mscard88

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    I started a thread for Norman guys. Let's honor him there?
     
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    Do it. Dietary cholesterol isn’t the Big Bad Wolf it was formerly believed to be. All things in moderation, young man.
     
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    Genetics probably plays the biggest role in longevity, but you can control some things... R.I.P. Norman. He obviously had good genes.
     
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    I liked the fundamentals of his philosophy. Live life doing the things that bring you happiness.

    He will be missed!
     
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    I wish I could quote this in his proper thread, but living a full life, happy to its fullest extent, then keeling over, is the way to go, and those are good genes. Being lucid and happy to the end is priceless.
     
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  32. Ted

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    As @mscard88 suggested, let's honor Norm in the thread made for him specifically.

    @Bill Jennings made a good point regarding the black ribbon. I'll talk to the other MC members about this.
     
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    Ted The pilot formerly known as Twin Engine Ted

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    We've gone ahead and marked Ben and Norm as "Gone West". You'll see a ribbon on any of their posts that says it, or in their profile as well if you go there.
     
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    Ted The pilot formerly known as Twin Engine Ted

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    Over the weekend I was flying dogs from Texas to Idaho. Ben was a big fan of what Cloud Nine did, and then looking at the 530 I realized I was flying past KJAC. I then checked and saw I'd be flying past 2WY3, Ben's airport:

    http://airnav.com/airport/2WY3

    It's still on the sectional and in the Garmin Pilot database (although not in the 530W database - probably because it's a private own, private use airport with no instrument approaches).

    I flew within around 20 nm of the airport. From FL180 it wasn't clear where exactly the airport was, but I saw the general area. Although 2WY3 is still a registered airport apparently (I doubt anyone would have deregisterd it, and might not even know to do so), whatever level of maintenance Ben did on the runway is probably now gone, and as I understood it was always basically just ~3,000 ft of dirt anyway (at 7,800 MSL).

    I thought of Ben flying past there, and thought that some others might appreciate the photo.

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    I remember discussing with him that his airport was near Pinedale, WY (PNA), where I have been numerous times in the past.
     
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    As a somewhat-gearhead, I always wanted to meet Ben and regretted not getting to do so.
     
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    Thanks for the post and the pic Ted!

    :yeahthat:

    Ben was the first to respond when I made my first post on PoA. He was quick to welcome newcomers to the zoo.
    Seemed I just barely got to know what sort of unique and interesting plane he was flying...and suddenly he was gone.
     
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    I don't know if any of you are around - but I just saw these comments. I'm the "gentleman" (don't get called that a lot) that has this airplane. and.....Haven't flown it yet! I get to put in a grueling 5-6 hrs a week on it. The V-8 was removed (ooops) - but totally overhauled, and re-installed. (took a while to understand everything he had done to it...thank God for the video he posted). Sure doesn't sound like the other airplanes out there!!! :) Looks like Ben had some hard landings, so little damage repaired on the firewall, new stainless headers, new wig-wag lights on the wings, wiring removed, the 40 round guages have been removed, his radios, GPS, Transponder, removed, new faux-"glass panel" (it's the Flightbox Pro and Engine Monitoring from Falken Avionics) installed. Same paint scheme. I'm going to keep his tail number on it. It's been hangered ever since I loaded it on a trailer and hauled it back to KDWH. It's in the final stages of testing and configuring, so hopefully it's just a couple of months away from doing what it was built to do!
     
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    Thanks, Steve. Welcome to PoA!