Flingwing206 - Memorial Thread
Posted 14 February 2007 - 20:33
R.I.P. my virtual friend.
Posted 14 February 2007 - 22:30
it has taken me 2 days to snap back to reality and face the fact that he has passed. he will truely be missed. John was one of the main driving forces(as well as many others here) behind me making the decision to persue another career as a helo pilot. although i didn't know him face to face, i feel like i have lost a life long friend. he was ALWAYS there with information and suggestions, and expressed those ideas with such enthusiasm and a willingness to help. my family and i extend our sincere sympathies and condolences to johns family, friends and co-workers.
Posted 14 February 2007 - 22:48
My deepest condolences to the family.
Posted 14 February 2007 - 23:13
he taught many of us many things everytime he posted his comments, you learned something everytime you read his posts no matter how minor.
To Lisa, John's Wife, his love for you was a dedicated love, he has your equine web site in his bio for all the world to see, he would have not put it there if he was not a person that was as dedicated to you and everything he did to the fullest extent of his devotion to everything he loved and enjoyed.
His manner and conduct is a testament to his devotion to the things he loved.
Godspeed to you John, the wisdom of your posts shall live on.
fly safe everyone, find a place to put a memorial to John where ever you may be.
Edited by 67november, 15 February 2007 - 09:04.
Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:16
We'll miss ya man
Posted 15 February 2007 - 15:44
Posted 15 February 2007 - 15:46
Gentle winds and blue skies to you John.
Posted 15 February 2007 - 17:54
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Posted 15 February 2007 - 21:49
Posted 16 February 2007 - 02:31
Based on what I saw in a Powerpoint set of photos that Fling had posted, he truly loved what he did. As a far-away observer, I take some comfort in that.
Blue skies, Fling.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 09:48
I first met John at HAI when we were both taking our CFI and CFII together. We found immediately that we had a lot in common, we had both given up good stable careers (he a ski instructor and me in Sales and Marketing) to pursue our love of flying. Since that date we were good friends. I quickly found John to be a very knowledgeable person, who took that knowledge of helicopters and applied it to well thought out points of view on all aspects of flying and teaching.
In CFI class we competed - he stood out for his excellent technical knowledge and drew on his experience as a ski instructor to convey what he knew to pupils. I drew on my flair from Sales to produce a less factual but equally enjoyable lesson. At the time we joked about competing for the 'top slot'. We both took our CFI rides with the same examiner on subsequent days, and then worked together on the CFII, passing those at the same time too. By the time CFI had finish we were firm friends working together.
We would have both loved to teach at HAI, but fate dealt us another card and I ended up teaching in New Jersey, he in Minnesota. We kept in contact often, sharing experiences with teaching and helping each other with solving the best way to convey something. We both shared the same conviction that flying was great, but we would never compromise our safety or standards to get in the air. I know John had refused to fly aircraft before if he didn't think he - or his pupils were safe. We both still loved to teach, and we both kept teaching for over 2 years (unusual in itself I guess). He was my encouragement to write my book and I looked forward to our telephone conversations. We also kept in contact via another internet group.
Fate struck again when we both applied to work at ERA at the same time. By some twist, John recieved an interview while my application got caught up with the old Chief Pilot and never made it to the pile until I had already accepted a job with PHI.
We both started in the GOM last summer, and from our phone calls we both loved it. Sure, it was turbine time, but neither of us were really time builders - we wanted the slow and steady route- perhaps to something else, perhaps not. I know John perhaps wanted to end up with a news crew in Colorado. The last time I spoke to John he was very happy. I know he loved his wife very much and was more than satisfied with his work, the training he got there and the aircraft he flew. He was looking forward to keeping a schedule and a job that would allow more time with his wife and family.
John was not just a kind man, a good friend, a great instructor and a perfect Role model. John Lancaster was kind, caring, attentive, knowledgeable and a man of complete integrity. Able to admit if he was wrong, change his opinion if persuaded and produce his own well thought out prose at the drop of a hat, John has helped many a student via this website and in his own work accomplish their dreams whilst completing his.
I was devestated to learn of John death as I drove to work yesterday. Missing John will be an understatement, as has happened to me before, you never learn to appreciate how much someone has affected your life, and let them know it until it is too late. There is a little comfort in knowing that John now rests in a better place. I wish he was still with us, as I know do you all. My coldolances to Lisa and his family. John will continue to be remembered at least in my heart.
God Bless you John
Damien Lloyd Payne
Posted 16 February 2007 - 13:58
Looks like John not only made friends here, but on every aviation board he frequented. There is a similiar thread on Pilots of America, http://www.pilotsofa...ead.php?t=12188. Someone even posted a picture...
I don't know what to say other than I feel for his family. I wish you all the best in moving forward.
Like most here, I never met John other than through his posts. How exactly is it one can be so touched by someone they have never met? Just another testament to John's character, I'm sure!!!
Posted 16 February 2007 - 15:14
"Flying the helicopter is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
Posted 16 February 2007 - 16:15
Blue Skies John and Godspeed.
Posted 17 February 2007 - 03:57
I will post memorial service information on the site as soon as it becomes available.
Johns Family asks that donations are made to AngelFlight.Org in lieu of flowers. Further information is at JOHNLANCASTERMEMORIAL.COM
Please spread word about this site - His friends and family will be visiting it to see your messages and contact you.
Posted 18 February 2007 - 04:31
I am new to VR, as I'm a fixed winger... But John Lancaster has been a good friend for over 20 years. He and I worked together as ski instructors for Vail Resorts. As I had gotten my SEL/MEL COMM before he left Vail, we talked of flying and his interest in it, all the time!
Many of you may not know what he did, prior to attending flight training, but he was a top pro in the ski industry. He was a supervisor of training for a group of about 300 ski instrs, a trainer and Examiner for the Professional Ski Instructors of America, Rocky Mtn Division, and a key member of the Education Committee of that same org.
He was as highly regarded in that career as he obviously (having read your generous comments about him here) was in this industry. Many of his friends are on another ski related site, <www.epicski.com>. The terrible news of his unfortunate passing is still just getting out among his peers.
The following is a post I made on that site.
Such a shock!
I received this news last night. It shook me a bit, as John and I have been in pretty close contact since my arrival in Houston. We shared many stories about flying our respective aircraft, and the other things pilots tend to BS about.
In one of his recent letters to me, he expressed his interest in getting back into to ski teaching, part time. Since he was on a 14/14 schedule, and living in Denver during his off time, he was excited to exercise his passion for skiing once again!
We discussed the changes that we had seen over our years together in Vail, the way the industry had changed, and he told how wonderful it felt to go skiing, if only on a small hill in the Mid-West, after his broken ankle a few years ago. It had been his only on-snow experience during the several years he was doing his flight training.
He wrote in glowing terms about his wife, Lisa, and the Vet business she is developing in Denver. I hadn't seen her in a very long time. My heart goes out to her, and I share her sadness.
I will miss him, knowing we will never make another turn together, knowing we will never share another flying story, and the ski and aviation industries are both poorer for his loss.
As we signed off every letter,
Thank you for letting me share a memory of John with you all. I will check on the memorial thread I see has been started.
Safe flying to you all!
ATP, MEL, CFII/MEI
135 Cptn, King Air
(former) Staff Trainer, Vail/ Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School
Posted 18 February 2007 - 20:26
I like to pop in and read what is going on in the RW world from the VR forum standpoint. Its been a while since since I checked in. What a time to come back.
I never knew FlingWing but I remember his Avatar . I also remember his contributions to the VR forums were many and respected.
As a fellow RW pilot and VR forum reader, I feel a sense of duty to convey my condelences to John and his family.
Never Give Up!
Posted 18 February 2007 - 21:58
Thank you all for caring enough to share you thoughts.
--dan simons, john's brother in law.
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