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Old 09-22-2011, 11:23 AM
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Been in aviation for 7 going on 8 yrs now and just got word that I have lost yet another friend to an airplane crash......thats 4. RIP my friend.....
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by SenecaII
Been in aviation for 7 going on 8 yrs now and just got word that I have lost yet another friend to an airplane crash......thats 4. RIP my friend.....
Wait until you hit 20, especially in the military.
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Originally Posted by SenecaII
Been in aviation for 7 going on 8 yrs now and just got word that I have lost yet another friend to an airplane crash......thats 4. RIP my friend.....
That is tough Seneca. Sorry to hear of the lost of your friend.
As Grumble indictated, we have all had those bad years - or series of years.
My worst year was 7 friends or acquaintances.
2 out of 3 former roommates from flight school were killed in mishaps.
Best of luck and fly safe. Learn what you can and apply it to your own flying and life.

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Originally Posted by Grumble
Wait until you hit 20, especially in the military.
Exactly what I was going to say. Its even worse when you talk to a guy on his way to his airplane and he doesn't come back from the flight.
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by USMCFLYR
As Grumble indictated, we have all had those bad years - or series of years.
My worst year was 7 friends or acquaintances.
2 out of 3 former roommates from flight school were killed in mishaps.
Best of luck and fly safe. Learn what you can and apply it to your own flying and life.

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Exactly what I was going to say. Its even worse when you talk to a guy on his way to his airplane and he doesn't come back from the flight.
Or worse again, both of the above scenarios - you talk to a crew of 9 who don't come back...and then fly the SAR only to see the burning wreckage.

I know far too many names engraved on bright white tombstones in Arlington...

It always sucks...you never get used to it. Grieve. Learn something from their accident if you can. Honor them by always doing your best.
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Personally, I've lost 2 friends, but countless "friends" every time I hear of an a/c going down w/fatalities.

And the fear grips me everytime I hear of an a/c going down!



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Dead buddy one-upmanship, classy...

To the OP: I'm sorry for your loss. GA and flight instruction is an unforgiving environment at times.

RIP
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Dead buddy one-upmanship, classy...

To the OP: I'm sorry for your loss. GA and flight instruction is an unforgiving environment at times.

RIP
Sharing of loss and the understanding that comes from it and knowing that you aren't alone in your feelings is a far cry from one-upmanship.

Maybe the fact that you view it as some sort of competition is the real problem here.

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Condolences. By no means trying to "one-upmanship" you. Losses are tough to deal with.

2 of my CFII's were involved in accidents, one for being stupid, one for flying a plane that had "owner maintenance" in the fuel system. They lived.

Lost the best CFII (Ex-AF, Vietnam Vet, Gold Seal CFII) I ever knew and two fellow pilots to scud running in Alaska. His remains are still on the mountain in the middle of the Gulf of Alaska. RIP John.

Interesting they're all CFIs.
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