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Jan
10
2022

Best of 2021 - Best of People Remembered

Posted 169 days ago ago by Admin

Best of 2021 - Best of People Remembered

Brian Lacks

Pilot and former Marine One Crew Chief Brian Lacks started the MD530 construction helicopter program at Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)  that modernized the fleet of one of the largest electricity producers in the country.
 
"Brian Lacks was a professional in all aspects of the word," said Randy Rowles, chair of the Helicopter Association International Board of Directors and president of Helicopter Institute who also writes Rotorcraft Pro's Checkride column. "In both his personal and professional lives, he exemplified exceptionalism while maintaining kindness and attentiveness to all around him. He was a great pilot, husband, father, and friend!"

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Harold Summers

Harold “Hal” Summers was the Helicopter Association International (HAI) director of flight operations for nearly 18 years, and a fixture in the rotorcraft industry since the 1960s.
 
“Hal was an icon in the industry, a subject-matter expert on everything involving helicopter maintenance, and he felt it was an honor and obligation to share his wisdom and experience with the rest of us," said James Viola, president and CEO of HAI. "We are a better industry because of his passionate contributions, and he will be profoundly missed.”

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Harry Robertson

As the inventor of the "Robbie Tank" self-sealing fuel tank, S. Harry Robertson III saved more than 10,000 U.S. service members from post-crash fires. Named a Living Legend of Aviation, he was inducted into the international, national, U.S. Army, and Arizona aviation halls of fame for his achievements.
 
"The words pioneer and legend can sometimes be overused today, but not so in this case," said Timothy B. Holt, dean of the College of Aviation at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Prescott (Arizona) campus. "Harry Robertson was a true legend and greatly impacted the lives of aviators for generations yet to come."

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Shawn Coyle

Shawn Coyle turned his lifelong aviation interest into work as a test pilot, engineer, educator, consultant, inventor, and author.

Coyle cofounded Aeroserve Technologies Ltd. in 1997. He was inducted into NASA's Space Technology Hall of Fame for successful commercialization of the Airtab Vortex Generator, originally designed to reduce aerodynamic drag during transport of space shuttles on Boeing 747s and now widely used throughout the world, particularly in the trucking business.

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