Loss of a colleague in Brisbane accident

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Loss of a colleague in Brisbane accident

Postby FerrariFlyer » Tue Aug 30 2022, 09:02

Terribly sad details from yesterday of an experienced and respected colleague losing his life west of Brisbane.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-30/ ... /101384942
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Re: Loss of a colleague in Brisbane accident

Postby Gunga Din » Tue Aug 30 2022, 10:56

Very sad. But why was he in a plank?
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Re: Loss of a colleague in Brisbane accident

Postby Twistgrip » Tue Aug 30 2022, 12:07

Gunga Din wrote:Very sad. But why was he in a plank?


One can only presume he was dual rated. It’s quite common.
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Re: Loss of a colleague in Brisbane accident

Postby Gunga Din » Tue Aug 30 2022, 21:27

Yeah, so am I, but that wasn't the question. I was wondering why a man with a squillion helicopter hours and ready to retire, would get into an aged old plank in rotten weather.
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Re: Loss of a colleague in Brisbane accident

Postby HELO1 » Wed Aug 31 2022, 02:59

A very sad loss, such a great character.

He flew fixed wing quite often, and on speaking to him one day he actually seemed to enjoy it more than the helicopters.
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Re: Loss of a colleague in Brisbane accident

Postby Heli-Ops » Wed Aug 31 2022, 07:26

Knew Garry in the old days when he was running Sea World Aviation.

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Re: Loss of a colleague in Brisbane accident

Postby Eastwoodblade » Wed Aug 31 2022, 08:05

I can't believe this, Rest in Peace to all. Fond memories getting picked up in Gary's 130 (I called it Migaloo) from film location. He always had time for me when I was asking a million questions on gas turbines as I was still in pistons then.
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Re: Loss of a colleague in Brisbane accident

Postby Chopper Guy » Wed Aug 31 2022, 09:41

I'll admit, I never thought I'd read Gary's name in one of these news articles :cry:

He was a genuinely nice guy. I'd like to call him a true Aussie larikan, but in doing so, I want everybody who reads this post to realise that it's his funny personality that I'm referring to and not his approach to flying.

My genuine condolences to Gary's family as well as the families of Tom & Noah Strachan
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Re: Loss of a colleague in Brisbane accident

Postby joeblack » Sat Sep 10 2022, 06:07

Learned to fly in the hangar next door to Gary over the past 12months. Seemed like a great bloke, was at the hangar on the day he went missing. Rest in peace bloke. Thoughts are with his family & colleagues.

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