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Z-Hills 70s Where Are They Now?

 


RogerRamjet  (D License)

Jun 2, 2006, 2:32 PM
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Ok, let's step into the way back machine and see if anyone can help me find these guys.

1) Louie Howell, pilot and jumper who worked at the Z-Hills commercial center around 74/75/76. Great guy, terrific pilot and jumper as well. I remember him learning to fly the Cessna 196 (a 195 with a 450hp engine instead of the standard 250hp). Jeff Searles who owned the center at the time said to him: "Take it out to the back runway and do some taxiing up and down the runway to get a feel for it. Take off is just a fast taxi."

2) Steve Fugleburg, maybe the fastest diver I've been in the air with along with Tony Patterson and Roger Nelson. Steve was 10th on Jim Hooper's Ten High Bunch ten man team while I was 4th and Jim Hooper was 9th. One day Jim has a team meeting and says "I'm switching positions with Roger because he is fast." This was great for my ego until we started practice and Steve burned me into the star for the next 3 months or so until I learned (from watching him) how to be really fast.

If anyone knows of the whereabouts of either of these guys, I'd love to know about it!


HimHim  (D 5218)

Jun 5, 2006, 1:35 PM
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Lou (and Ruth) Howell are living on Key Largo. Lou is finishing up a career as a pilot for Eagle Air - formerly American Eagle. I think he has about a year and a half left before mandatory retirement. They are avid SCUBA divers and "fisher-persons", and have a great little house on a canal, with a boat tied up in back, about a 15 minute run to Molasses Reef. Lou is working his way up the ladder as a boat captain with a dive operation, probably as his "retirement carreer."


RogerRamjet  (D License)

Jun 5, 2006, 2:54 PM
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Lou (and Ruth) Howell are living on Key Largo. Lou is finishing up a career as a pilot for Eagle Air - formerly American Eagle. I think he has about a year and a half left before mandatory retirement. They are avid SCUBA divers and "fisher-persons", and have a great little house on a canal, with a boat tied up in back, about a 15 minute run to Molasses Reef. Lou is working his way up the ladder as a boat captain with a dive operation, probably as his "retirement carreer."

Thanks for that Mark! Do you happen to have a number, email address, or snail mail address for them?

Have you and I jumped together? I don't place the name, but I'm better with faces (at least how they looked 25 years ago Wink ).


SkydiveJack  (D 6486)

Jun 5, 2006, 8:16 PM
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ice to hear about LouNow? [In reply to] Can't Post

Nice to hear about Lou and his current situation. He had a C-150 that I rented from him and did my first solo flight in many years ago at Z-hills. I shifted from skydiving as my living and am now flying for a living. I just got my PIC type rating in the Gulfstream GIV today! Please PM me if you have a contact e-mail address.

Thanks,

Jack Gregory


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Jun 5, 2006, 9:29 PM
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Jack congratulations on the new rating. Thats huge.Cool


davidlayne  (D 3102)

Jun 6, 2006, 1:37 AM
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Bob Harman?



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