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#1 Etouffee

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 10:18

As reported on several news stations now an ERA EC120 came in contact with a flair boom on an oil rig yesterday about 8:05am local time in the VE/VR area of the GOM. I have seen reports saying both people on board are reported killed and some reports are listing them as missing.

With some other info put together from other sources the Pilot was a regular on this board as well as a few other boards. That is not confirmed but there is a "handle" being listed by some and that person was a regular here. Keep both of these people and thier familys in your prayers please.

As a side note: There are several threads about this on JH and I for one am glad that the people who reside here show so much more class.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 12:46

here's a news report

http://www.kplctv.co...6...56&nav=0nqx
spinning wings are better than fixed.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 13:41

FAA Prelim report.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 14:10

here's a news report

http://www.kplctv.co...6...56&nav=0nqx



Names released.

http://www.kplctv.co...y.asp?S=6081206

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 14:32

my condolences to his family and the family of his passenger.

he will be missed greatly :(
spinning wings are better than fixed.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 14:52

Our condolences to the family.
He was always a steading voice that will be missed
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 15:32

a very smart man, i respected his words & his knowledge-----------too bad i never told him :mellow:

my prayers are with his family & all his friends

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 15:41

Fling was always willing to lend his insight on a subject. His attitude and intelligence were something to aspire to.
He will be missed.

Godspeed.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 16:13

:(

My condolences to his family... and the rest of us too... all aviators are family in my book.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 16:42

very sorry to hear about that.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 17:37

John was a true friend to us all. His wisdom will be missed. I never got the chance to meet him in my short time with Era, but I feel like I knew him well and could call him my friend.

God Speed John

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 18:18

JOHN LANCASTER 1960 - 2007 REST IN PEACE

From one of his earlier posts here on VR:

<<<Thing is, I know a lot more car drivers, as a matter of fact, every adult I know drives a car. Stands to reason that it's likely I personally know people who have died in cars. Hell, I've watched people die in their cars right in front of me. I know a lot fewer helicopter pilots (by an order of hundreds, I'd guess), yet I know (as in personally met) two people who have died in helicopters. Which is safer? Well, at 1,000' AGL, I'll choose the helicopter any day!>>>

Sadly, we can't always fly up at 1000' AGL where it's safe. I never met John but he was always a good source of information here on VR and earned my respect.

His perpetual flight continues, now unconcerned with such earthly things as low rotor speed, torque limits, and settling with power...............

Blue Skies and Fair Breezes Swing!

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 18:20

My condolences to both families. I can't imagine what they're going through right now.
In space, no one can hear you scream... but if you put a helicopter up there, some jerk would complain about the noise.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 18:42

He was definitely a good guy... a true loss to our helo family. May our thoughts and prayers be with him.
No rationalization, No hesitation, No compromise... JUST FLY THE MISSION!!!

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 19:38

I reminded of a line Gomer Pylot said in one of the threads:

"We all get old eventually, if we're lucky. The alternative isn't so good, but some of us do take that path."
-Gomer Pylot

Though I didn't know him it was a real blessing to have him here on the board helping everyone he could with the knowledge he had, especally all of use noobies. You will be missed Fling, both here on the board and to those who truly knew you. Gentle winds to you, where ever that may be.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 20:18

John was a true friend to us all and perhaps the best employee I've ever had. I could always count on John to give 110% to any task and he always came back asking for more. I laughed the first time he scouted an urban landing site in his car and marked the location on his hand-held GPS. But, that is the attention to detail that was his trademark. After flying with me in a 2-place glider he started adding a fixed-wing rating in our Citrabia. He said he really liked the "grass roots flying" and I'm sure one day he would have been back in a glider.

John, you will ge greatly missed by all of us.

Soar high.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 20:31

Very sad to hear about John. He was very active on this forum with his advice and stories. He was never shy about sharing his knowledge and he will be missed by us all.

My heart goes out to his family and friends. Any of us who have stayed in this industry long enough have gone through this. I hope the support for his family is there. To those who are close to John please take care of his family and friends and let them know what he contributed to this world.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 20:34

JohnL, I always looked forward to your comments/replies....you'll be missed.

- Ruben
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 20:45

My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of John Lancaster. John you will surely be missed. I was his first student pilot from start to finish and let me say this, John was an EXCELLENT pilot who followed procedures and paid attention to details. There was a time when I struggled hitting the mark with my 180 autos and John went out of his way to come up with a slightly different method to train me. It only took a couple flights and I could hit the mark almost every time. :) It proves his dedication to the industry, his dedication to his students and his students success. John was a great person and a great friend.

My thoughts and prayers are with you John and your family. John, you have the controls..

Edited by Dan 300CBI, 15 February 2007 - 08:28.


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Posted 13 February 2007 - 21:33

Godspeed to you John. Thanks for everything that you have given us over the years.
Andrew "Gunner" Edgerton




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