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Old 11-02-2019, 03:51 PM
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Struggling for words - DD was just a great guy, and someone who always made me feel good. Very experienced but amazingly humble. He's forgotten more about flying than I'll ever know. He taught me a lot, and I hope to pass on some of that wisdom. Godspeed, David.
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Old 11-02-2019, 06:34 PM
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I saw the title of this thread, but hoped it was not so.
My condolences to the family. I remember his struggles when his wife passed.

David & I communicated many times over the years. We shared knowledge on converting from A model to tail wheel along with catto prop discussions.

I was fortunate to finally meet him at the OshKosh social a few years ago.

Sad day.
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Old 11-02-2019, 07:06 PM
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David was 80 years old and had been posting on VansAirforce for a very long time. As a result many felt that they knew him even if they had never met him, myself included. He made 4514 posts and started hundreds of threads. In the early days he was an ardent advocate for the Eggenfellner H6 Subaru engine and installed one in an RV7A. But like so many others he eventually lost confidence in the engine and replaced it with a Lycoming. Here’s a thread he started in 2016 when he was 77 dealing with the issue of ageing. Quite compelling reading now.
http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...d.php?t=141684
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Old 11-02-2019, 07:43 PM
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I read that post having to admit the same thoughts have crossed my mind. I am 10 years behind, but it struck a cord. Ya never know. I watched a lady pilot at out airport walking across the tarmac. I commented to a guy nearby, she's a pistol . . he agreed. Two weeks ago she turned 90, CFII, and flies every nice day. That won't be me.

Rest in Peace, David.
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Old 11-03-2019, 12:57 PM
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Sad to hear the news. Iíve known David since early 2000s when we both built 7 at the same time. Great guy
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Old 11-03-2019, 01:58 PM
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I am stunned and saddened.

We corresponded quite a lot, especially about cooling strategies and PSDU features of the 'egg', as I was initially considering that option. He was always forthright, no hidden agendas, gave balanced views including pros and cons. We also talked a lot about flying the -8.

A real gem. He will be missed by all of us.
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Old 11-03-2019, 04:44 PM
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Default Great Guy!

I met Dave on several occasions as I lived in the St Louis area at the time. He actually came to my hangar with Frank Baldwin who did my airworthiness inspection on my RV8. Dave was building his RV8 at the time at the Troy MO air park. Both former TWA Captains and avid GA pilots. Very sad news!
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Old 11-03-2019, 04:59 PM
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Default Very sad

David was our friend and neighbor at the Troy Airpark. Our hearts are heavy with this loss of a friend. He will be missed. Heaven just received a special person and great aviator. Blue skies David!

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John and Gloria
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