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  1. MARTIN - Robert Michael "Bob" Age 93, passed away February 6, 2015. He was the last of 16 children born in Western New York to his parents, Edward Adam Martin and Catherine McMahon. Bob served as a Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during WWII, flying a P47 fighter named "Buffalo Bum" with the 368th Fighter Group in France and later Germany. He married Greta Putvin of Sloan in 1948 and built a new home there, where they raised their three sons-Michael, Thomas, and Kurt. Eventually the family migrated south to Georgia, with Bob leaving Sloan in 2003. He was a Buffalo firefighter for over 30 years, serving primarily with Ladder 14 on Bailey Ave. Bob Martin was the chief pilot for Frontier Skydivers parachute club for many years, and he also enjoyed rifle and pistol shooting at the Blasdell Rod & Gun club. Among this area's attractions, he really appreciated the German restaurants and taverns. His survivors include his children and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in Buffalo and WNY. There will be no memorial or funeral, only cremation through McDonald & Sons Funeral Home of Cumming, GA. Condolences may be expressed at Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886-9899.
  2. This should outrage everyone. Let's let him know what we think of him.
  3. The greatest generation. Here is a pic of Bob Martin.
  4. A life well lived. Blue skies Bob.
  5. When I take my 20 year old reserve to a rigger for an inspection and repack I expect an objective knowledgeable assessment of it's airworthiness and either an extension of its legality to jump for an additional 180 days or a reason why it is no longer airworthy. What I don't expect is an emotional opinion of how old gear should be replaced. Just because it's old. This rigger, Don Meyer seems to share my opinion. I especially like this part. FAA Certificated Senior or Master Parachute Riggers refusing to inspect and repack your parachute due to age are ignorant and lacking in foresight and doing you a disservice, take your parachute to another Parachute Rigger.
  6. Yes Jerry. You are right. Here is the FAA letter.
  7. Thanks for sharing your opinion. This is the FAA's opinion which is binding.
  8. Hi Pete, Good to hear from you. I used to fly the Cessna 180 N2213C for your Dad at Gift of Wings. Made a few jumps there too. It was a beautiful DZ. Rode my motorcycle past it several years ago and when I saw it was for sale Lynn let me take a look around. Driveway was impassible but the runway looked flyable if someone mowed it. Corn planted everywhere accept the runway The hangar was still there and in good shape. Here's a pic of Bill McDougal. Didnt know he was a pilot. Lots of old Frontier Pics on my FB page there. Take care Tom
  9. Here's a picture of the original Golden Knights STRAC sport parachute team. Bob McDonnell seated lower right.
  10. One more of the pioneers is gone. Bob McDonnell D-10 and one of the original Golden Knights died this week. Blue skies Bob. His obituary: Robert J. "Bob" McDonnell, of Hardwood Ct., Glenwood, died Wednesday December 4, 2013 at his home at the age of 76. He was born April 4, 1937 in Buffalo a son of the late James and Gladys (nee Brown) McDonnell. He served in the U.S. Army from June 21, 1960 through October 30, 1963 and was a member of the Army Golden Knights. He received a Master's Degree in English Education from Buffalo State University and was an English teacher at Maryvale Central School in Cheektowaga for 32 years preceding his retirement in 1995. He was a member of the U.S. Parachute Association (license # D-10); the Parachutists over 60; was a judge for ParaSki Nationals and also skydiving competitions. He enjoyed reading, skiing and had run marathons. He is survived by his wife: Kathy (nee Brady) McDonnell whom he married July 13, 1971 in Amherst; four daughters: K'Lynn McDonnell (Jerry Nichols) of Mayville, Michelle (Michael) Flattery of Boston, NY, Melanie (Kevin) Rolf of Collins and Colleen (Eric) Jantzi of Orchard Park; two brothers: James (Dee) McDonnell of Lockport and Jack McDonnell of California; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Patrick & Roy McDonnell and two sisters: Marilynn McDonnell and Arlene Wiltberger.
  11. There is a Zephyrhills Airport Authority meeting on December 17th. 5:30 PM. Robert H Johnson council chambers of the Municipal building.
  12. The issue is not about the fence being a hardship to Skydive City. The issue is that No fence is needed or required at all. Ask any tenant at the airport. Stop the madness.
  13. Jake Schwan AKA Late Jake died Oct 4 2012 in Oak Park Co. He was 89. Jake was a member of The Greatest Generation. A Marine who served in the Pacific during World War II. He started jumping late in life at 51 though his nickname came from his skill as a late diver, not his late start in skydiving. He was also an accomplished stone mason and poet. A life well lived
  14. Chris, Thanks for all you have done to promote jump plane safety. I have lost several friends in jump plane accidents over the years and I know it's not easy to change the culture without ruffling some feathers. Your efforts are appreciated.