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Old 12-11-2012, 11:21 AM   #1  
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Brian Paul Quinn died Tuesday November 6, 2012, at the controls of a Cessna 208B, N793FE, with seized turbine and oil-splattered windshield just south of Wichita ICT, after a 518 foot ground roll, hitting a tree he no doubt could not possibly see.

Brian was born Feb. 3, 1960 in Livonia, Michigan, the son of Donald L. and Leigh Anne Stonestreet Quinn.

He married Gay Ann Holladay August 6, 1994. She survives of the home.
He is also survived by his father and step-mother, Donald Lee and Patricia Quinn of Overland Park, brother-in-law, Tony Holladay, niece, Noel Holladay, father-in-law, John E. Holladay, all of Lawrence, his Uncle Robert Quinn, his cousins Dennis Quinn, Pattie Quinn and Michael Quinn, all of Seattle, Washington. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Brian graduated Shawnee Mission Northwest High in 1978 and the University of Kansas in 1982. He enlisted and served in the US Army in the 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky from 1982 to 1984 and nine years in the Army Reserves. He had wanted to fly helicopters, but when the NVGs first came out, his eyeglasses were suddenly disqualifying. He received his Masters in Aviation Safety from CMSU.

He flew several years as a charter pilot and flight instructor. That’s how I met him. He was scouting for new students at an open house, while I had come to smell brand-new airplanes. He persuaded me to take a checkout in a Piper Tomahawk. I wasn’t sold on the airplane, but I was thoroughly sold on Brian. I persuaded him to get his tailwheel endorsement so he could provide recurrent AC 61-91H training in my PA-12. We went to airshows together, and he managed to get me about 8 tenths of an hour of dual in his company’s Seneca. We drove to, and camped at EAA Airventure ‘94 together.

Brian knew darned near everything about darned near everything, and if you brought up a subject, he could fill your head with more than you could possibly remember, and leave you wanting even more.

Brian always loved a challenge. Never big on computers, he did however like to play TRACON. He’s set thing up so that 200 flights would arrive LAX approach simultaneously, from all directions, and within 20 minutes he’d have the last of the flights in a congo line that stretched all the way to the grand canyon.

His favorite book: Fate is the Hunter.

He went on to fly for Central Air Southwest, eventually assuming the role of chief of flight training. One day, he wanted to reposition his pickup truck at JLN, so he drove, and I flew down there and brought him back in my PA-12. One November in the late 1990s, he survived a midair with flock of geese, four of which took out an engine cowling, a windshield, and the horizontal stabilizer spar. Southwest obtained a vanity call for Brian’s Aero-Commander: N23BQ.

Brian nevertheless aspired to go higher and faster, and that meant turbines. Brian went to work for Baron Aviation Services, who is contracted with Federal Express.
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