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Valère Croes (86), Sabena's president of the Board April 1997 - April 2001.

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Sad news for the international test pilot community. Former chief test pilot for Dassault, Jean-Marie Saget, passes away aged 91. He had 20,000 hours on 150 types of aircraft.

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Al Worden, American astronaut and USAF Colonel, died on 18 March 2020 at age 88.

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Al Worden was one of the least remembered pioneering-time astronauts, having flown in space only once as Command Module Pilot of Apollo 15 in 1971 together with David Scott and Jim Irvin.

Blue skies forever Al Worden.


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Captain Kabati of Kenya Airways, died due to COVID-19 after flying from New York JFK to Nairobi.
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RIP Eric Denis, only 52 years old, corona victim.

“...Eric Denis was also part of the European Hockey Federation (EHF) Umpire Development Program and the ARBH International unit. But it’s undoubtedly in the clouds that Eric Denis' true career unfolded. He was a high-flying pilot, captain on the Royal Falcon and on the Belgian Army Airbus, pilot of the famous Seaking helicopter and commander of the Melsbroek military base. He was an instructor and pilot, both in the army and in the civilian sector, with TUI, Netjets, and until recently with Norwegian Airlines, where he was ‘base captain’ of their operation in Barcelona"...

https://www.en24.news/n24i/2020/04/eric ... -died.html

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Passenger wrote: 09 Apr 2020, 12:31 RIP Eric Denis, only 52 years old, corona victim.

“...Eric Denis was also part of the European Hockey Federation (EHF) Umpire Development Program and the ARBH International unit. But it’s undoubtedly in the clouds that Eric Denis' true career unfolded. He was a high-flying pilot, captain on the Royal Falcon and on the Belgian Army Airbus, pilot of the famous Seaking helicopter and commander of the Melsbroek military base. He was an instructor and pilot, both in the army and in the civilian sector, with TUI, Netjets, and until recently with Norwegian Airlines, where he was ‘base captain’ of their operation in Barcelona"...

https://www.en24.news/n24i/2020/04/eric ... -died.html
I saw many messages of sympathy in the 15th Wing Facebook Group, well appreciated it seems. He'll be missed.
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Pierre Robin passed away on August 5, 2020. His name will be forever associated with a series of planes that have survived the decades since the creation at the end of 1957 of the company Center Est Aéronautique (CEA) which would later become the Avions Robin.

The DR-400 still equips a good number of aeroclubs across France.

For 30 years, supported by his wife Thérèse, and until the company was taken over by Apex International in 1988, the Avions Pierre Robin company permanently established the silhouette of the DR (Delmontez-Robin), with the dihedral that characterises their wings.

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Brien Wygle’s adventurous life was packed full of bold action and heroism. Fresh out of high school, he flew for the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II, then flew for the Israelis in their 1948 war of independence.

He joined Boeing as a test pilot, flew the first 737 flight in 1967 and co-piloted the first 747 jumbo jet flight in 1969.

He raced hydroplanes in the 1950s. He taught Howard Hughes how to fly jets. He scuba dived with his four daughters. Surrounded by his daughters, Wygle died Tuesday in Bellevue at 96, after contracting pneumonia last month.

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RwandAir commercial director Gobena (Gena) Mikael dies in Kigali, Rwanda

For those who have followed Ethiopian Airlines for the past 20 years

He was with Girma Wake and Tewolde GebreMariam Tesfay (the current CEO of the airline), one of the architects of the extraordinary development of Ethiopian Airlines, in the 2000s, by overtaking in turn, Air Algeria, Tunisair, Royal Air Maroc, Egytpair, Kenya Airways and South African Airways and thus ahead of the largest African company and surely one of the best managed, despite a strong state presence (certainly ET benefits from some tax advantages). The Ethiopian state has nevertheless announced , an opening of the capital, of the airline.

To date, Ethiopian is the only African company to have more than 100 aircraft (114 aircraft (pax version) for only 8 million pax and 12 cargo aircraft).

KLM has 116 aircraft, for 35m of pax, in 2019

Brussels Airlines has 52 aircraft for 10M pax, in 2019

The room for improvement for African Aviation is huge (seen from Europe, we don't realize it)

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