Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rest in Peace, Tyler Orsow

http://www.chuckandtyler.com/Welcome.html

Yesterday, as I left work, I saw that my sister had posted on Facebook...RIP Tyler.  You read something like that and your blood runs cold.  What happened?!  He was so young.  So full of life.  I drove home from work crying.  Tyler was my sister's friend but I had hung out with him a few times and chatted with him on Facebook from time to time.  To hear that his young life was cut short -- it hurt my heart...for his mom and his girlfriend...for all of his family and friends, real-life and in cyberland.

Tyler had his pilot's license by the time he was 16.  He had a trick plane and loved to test its limits.  Last month, at the age of 24, he was excited to apply to fly private planes in Afghanistan.  It's great money, mostly because it's dangerous.  But he was excited to see the world.  I talked to him briefly before he left.  He ended up getting a job flying to Dubai.  How ironic.  It seemed safer, and he'd still get to travel and see the world.

So how does he get that far around the world...and die in a freak accident?  The plane didn't even make it off the runway.  The government had held the plane for a couple of days.  Now there are guesses that someone tampered with the plane.  What a waste of four lives.  It is just so surreal that he was posting photos and videos from Dubai on Saturday.  Then on Sunday -- his 25th birthday -- he was gone.  On his Facebook pages, the messages quickly turned from "Happy Birthday!" to "RIP."  It still makes me tear up.

My sister said that Tyler had some trouble while flying a stunt plane once.  The one thing that he said kept going through his mind as his plane was plummeting back to the earth was that he was so sad his mother was going to have to deal with his death.  He somehow got the plane running and he lived to see another day.  He was a thrill-seeker and definitely died doing what he loved.  But it's sad to know that as he realized what was happening in Dubai, his last thoughts were probably again directed at his mom, knowing this time his luck may have run out.

Tyler was an amazing kid.  He had an infectious smile and zest for life.  He should have a movie made about him.  Every few days, I'd see him "check-in" on Facebook at some new location.  Most of us think getting in the car to drive the 20 miles to San Francisco is exotic.  Tyler could jump in his plane and fly to Vegas for dinner if he wanted. 

There is a Facebook page set up in his honor:  Check it out here. 

http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/four-americans-killed-in-al-ain-plane-crash


Four Americans killed in Al Ain plane crash

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2011



ABU DHABI // Friends and relatives of four Americans who died in a plane crash in Al Ain spoke yesterday of their grief and loss.

The accident happened just after 8pm on Sunday when a McKinnon G21G turbo-prop seaplane veered to the left shortly after takeoff from Al Ain International Airport and crashed on the taxiway before catching fire, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said. All four on board died.
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Friends remember Al Ain air crash victims
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The private plane was heading for Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on the first leg of a week-long trip to the US. It is owned by Triple S Aviation, a Texas-based company with a consultancy in Dubai.

The four who died were Landon Studer, the owner and general manager of Triple S Aviation; Joshua Hucklebridge, his high-school friend and the company’s international project manager; Tyler Orsow, a California-based pilot; and Charles Kimes, a pilot from Nevada who owned an aircraft acquisition company.
“It’s really just sad. I’m shocked,” said Josh Prewitt, a business partner and friend of Mr Studer and Mr Hucklebridge.

Mr Prewitt said the two men worked in aircraft sales, but their real passion was flying. “Landon was such a young guy, a kid. But he died doing what he loved doing. He loved flying,” Mr Prewitt said.

Mr Studer, who started Triple S in 2006, was an accomplished pilot who served in the US air force and worked for the US State Department as an aviation-specialised skills officer.

“My father taught me how to fly in a bright blue 1968 Beech Debonair before I could drive, and I have fond memories of arguments between my brothers and I over who would get to fly the Citation legs on our family trips,” Mr Studer wrote in a 2010 newsletter to the members of his Commemorative Air Force squadron.

Mr Studer lived in Texas with his wife, Dora, and a toddler son, Landon Gabriel.

Landon Studer’s younger brother, Claysn Studer, who works for Triple S in Texas, posted a message on Facebook that said: “Today I lost two people that meant the world to me, my brother and my friend.
“I will always remember the great times we had on all the corners of the globe. I’m going miss you guys out there.”

Rod Winter, an American Airlines pilot and a friend of Mr Kimes, added this tribute on the social networking website: “We all lost an amazing human and friend in Chuck Kimes, an American Airlines 777 captain doing what he loved, flying.

“Chuck had described this trip as an adventure not available to most others. He will be missed and my heart and sympathies go out to Andrea and his family and all our friends as this hurts.

“We are all better off having known this incredible guy.”


Jeanne Gonzales, Tyler Orsow’s cousin who lives in South Lake Tahoe, in California, added this message: “Tyler was the sweetest person in the world and loved flying planes. His heart was gold. Smartest guy and gentle.”

A US Embassy spokesperson said US and Emirati authorities would be working together to determine the cause of the crash. The small plane was destroyed by the impact and fire, the GCAA said. Investigators and fire vehicles remained on the scene yesterday.

Last week Mr Kimes posted details of the planned trip, which was expected to include stops in Morocco, Brazil and Costa Rica before landing in Texas around March 6.

The US Embassy released a statement of condolence yesterday.

“On behalf of the government and people of the United States, the US Mission to the United Arab Emirates extends its deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the crash in Al Ain on February 27. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of those who perished in last night’s tragic event,” the statement read.


jthomas@thenational.ae

* Additional reporting by Essam al Ghalib

Some of Tyler's posts from Facebook, both talking about his new job and the final posts from Dubai.  

Should be hanging out with defected Libyan Air Force pilots tomorrow night in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Then off to Malta the next day. Ill be off the grid for a while, thanks for all the bday wishes.  Saturday at 2:11pm via iPhone

Went snow skiing in Dubai today, kinda crazy.Saturday at 7:24am via iPhone


    • Ashlee Jefferson Miller Zeke said after going to that mall and seeing the Aquarium, the one here in NC sucks. Hope you have fun there... He sure did!
      Saturday at 8:29am ·

Still no word on access to the plane, I wonder how long I will be stuck here? I guess I'll go skiing in the desert today...Saturday at 2:43am via iPhone ·


    • Justin Phillipson I am driving to Florida next few days. Who gets to see their new office first? You or I?
      Saturday at 9:29am

Aside from the Police not letting us get to the airplane for unknown and possibly stupid reasons, today was a good day in Dubai. We'll try again tomorrow, I have been here two days and haven't been able to see the airplane yet... frustrating.  February 25 at 8:32am ·

    • Autumn Dente I think it's time to come home... :-)
      February 25 at 10:59am ·

    • Patrick Henderson Bait and switch is one of those fun new games that Arabs love to play. Kinda like hide the WMD.
      February 25 at 2:51pm ·

    • Trevor Meeks New? Nope... same shit, different Arabs...
      Sunday at 1:25am ·

Leaving London heading to Dubai. Looks like we are going to skip Tripoli fuel stop, the airport was overtaken yesterday... Let the middle east adventure begin...February 23 at 11:04am via iPhone


    • Steve Wharton Good Luck!!!!
      February 23 at 11:17am ·

    • Tyler Orsow Steve u have skype?
      February 23 at 11:22am ·

    • Steve Wharton Yes, Sjwharton1
      February 23 at 11:26am ·

    • Eric Ostrom Jealous! sounds like an epic quest! Blue skies!
      February 23 at 11:38am ·

    • Kati Nicole You better be taking a shit load of pictures!!
      February 23 at 11:45am ·

    • Chad Curzon You are the luckiest SOB I know! Would love to be doing that... I am in the Sac area now. we need to catch up sometime when you are back.Be safe!
      February 23 at 1:09pm ·

    • Daniel Paulas Yeah I'm at Oakland colesium DMV... I don't know what's worse, the middle east or here. Have fun and take some good pictures.
      February 23 at 1:22pm ·

    • Ashlee Jefferson Miller Have fun and be safe!
      February 23 at 3:03pm

    • Robert Berwick En shallah!
      February 23 at 10:34pm ·
Leaving LAX heading to London. Just got upgraded to First class, things are looking good!!  February 20 at 6:07pm via iPhone


    • Kathi Jo Zehr Reed Just Remember not to Drink the whole way there. I did that once....BIG MISTAKE...it was 6am London time when we landed....That was some Serious Jet Lag.....LOL
      February 20 at 6:15pm ·

    • Tyler Orsow Too late...
      February 20 at 6:44pm ·

    • Daniel Paulas ‎777 first class is nice...
      February 20 at 7:24pm ·

    • Jessy Panzer You Rock Tyler!! Have a great trip!! Be safe!
      February 20 at 8:06pm ·

    • Virginia Eck First class is the best!!!
      February 21 at 11:24am ·

Well, starting the 25th birthday world tour this morning.  February 20 at 7:06am via iPhone ·


    • Brad Myers nice
      February 20 at 8:52am ·

    • Jake Carter Pretty awesome dude! Have fun!
      February 20 at 9:18am ·

    • Virginia Eck Have a great birthday Tyler! Oh and it's on a Friday!! Yea!!! love ya'
      February 20 at 10:59am ·

    • Martin Spragg Happy Birthday Tyler! JM's birthday is Monday! You guys are getting old!
      February 20 at 11:20am ·

Life lesson learned: Only bad things happen fast.  February 7 at 6:59pm via iPhone


Just filled out a job application for flying cargo/personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq. This would be awesome if it works out.  January 20 at 8:37pm via iPhone ·


    • Lori Myers Making like a million bucks huh.
      January 20 at 8:38pm ·

    • Tyler Orsow The guy says, "We don't pay you well for nothing, you're gonna get shot at..." But, I figure the amount of flights versus the amount of flights that get shot down, its still a pretty good gig.
      January 20 at 9:13pm · 

    • Lori Myers That's crazy :-/
      January 20 at 9:19pm ·

    • Brent Beck In an An-12?
      January 20 at 9:23pm ·

    • Tyler Orsow Shorts 330's and 360's
      January 20 at 9:34pm ·

    • Brent Beck Sweet. It is so fun flying over there, but I also had NVG's and 5 other crew members to make it work.
      January 20 at 9:56pm ·

    • Tyler Orsow i would like to talk more about flying over there one of these days. It seems like it would be pretty cool.
      January 20 at 10:04pm ·

    • Robert J Pettineo If you want a second opinion, let me know
      January 20 at 11:41pm ·

    • Tyler Orsow Absolutely, Robert. Did you guys have any experience with the Shorts or King Air operators over there?
      January 21 at 4:21am ·

    • Leanne Aschwanden Yikes!
      January 21 at 10:01am ·


Good memories about Tyler:


Eric Behne
The night Tyler's truck went for a swim. Janal and I called him because we were supposed to meet up, and then he told us that his truck had rolled into the river! We didn't believe it until we showed up and sure enough there it was, completely covered 4ft of water above the cab. Tyler still managed to have a sense of humor about the situation, as he always did.


    • Steve Wharton HAHAHA!!! He only showed me this picture once and said "If this pic ever gets out... I'll kill someone!"
      16 hours ago ·

    • Kati Nicole I remember that!! HA HA HA! He had to show the coast guard his diving certificates to dive down and get his own truck. Gotta love Tyler.
      16 hours ago ·

    • Eric Behne I'm so glad that I have the only existing evidence, I know Tyler would laugh I he could see it now!
      16 hours ago ·

    • Angelina Hlavaty hahahah i remember when he called and told me about this
      11 hours ago ·

    • Virginia Eck Oh yea, I remember THAT night!!!!! You kids!!!!
      about an hour ago ·

    • Lori Myers I remember when he tried to pay for his bar tab with his medical card. lol!! He has GREAT insurance!!
      12 minutes ago ·

 And some pics.  Of Tyler's trip to Dubai.  Of Tyler and his plane.  Of my sister, Kati and Tyler.







 Rest in Peace, Tyler.  You truly knew how to live.  

 Made with love by Heather!

24 comments:

  1. Interesting:

    Christe Ayla commented on Kopavi Rice's post in Tyler Orsow and Charles Kimes... Forever Flying.

    wait the government was holding their plane?
    Christe Ayla 11:25am Mar 1

    wait the government was holding their plane?
    Comment History

    Lori Myers
    Lori Myers 10:58am Mar 1
    Tyler had mentioned something on his FB page about the government holding their plane. Do you think they caused this?
    Original Post

    Kopavi Rice
    Kopavi Rice 10:44am Mar 1

    Someone commented on an article...
    "ISMAEEL MARIKAR

    Mar 1, 2011 13:11

    It would be interesting to know more details of this crash and the people on
    board who are all dead., particularly at a time when the region is in turmoil.
    I think the UAE should be very watchful of Americans and their allies the Jews.
    It was only recently that Mossad carried out an assassination of a Hamas Leader in Dubai. this may have been an attempt to create, a problem in a stable area. More so with protests in neighbouring Oman."

    WHAT IS HE TRYING TO INSINUATE??
    Here's where I saw it
    http://www.facebook.com/l/71d24feXbrpwLEVyMkhxLw-jKWA/arabnews.com/middleeast/article291311.ece
    Four Americans die in UAE plane crash - Arab News
    arabnews.com

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  2. http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article291311.ece

    Four Americans die in UAE plane crash

    By K.T. ABDURABB | ARAB NEWS

    Published: Mar 1, 2011 00:51 Updated: Mar 1, 2011 00:51

    ABU DHABI: A Grumman 21T aircraft, en route to Riyadh from Al-Ain, crashed shortly after takeoff killing four US nationals on Sunday night.

    The twin-engine plane — apparently a vintage aircraft that had been modified — went down moments after taking off at Al-Ain International Airport about 100 km east of Abu Dhabi. A statement by the UAE's Civil Aviation Authority said it crashed the taxiway before catching fire.

    “Shortly after liftoff, the aircraft veered to the left and crashed on Taxiway Kilo,” the statement said.

    Investigators were examining the wreckage to determine a possible cause for the fiery Sunday evening crash. The identities of those killed — the only people on board — were not immediately disclosed.

    A US Embassy spokesperson confirmed the deaths on Monday and said that authorities would be working together to determine the cause of the crash.

    The Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National reported the plane was owned by Triple S Aviation, a Texas-based aircraft service company with a branch office in Dubai.

    The company's website says it offers business aircraft, helicopters, and special use aircraft to the Middle East and South Asian markets.

    The eight-seater aircraft was destroyed by the impact and subsequent fire, the GCAA statement added.


    --


    ISMAEEL MARIKAR

    Mar 1, 2011 13:11

    It would be interesting to know more details of this crash and the people on
    board who are all dead., particularly at a time when the region is in turmoil.
    I think the UAE should be very watchful of Americans and their allies the Jews.
    It was only recently that Mossad carried out an assassination of a Hamas Leader in Dubai. this may have been an attempt to create, a problem in a stable area. More so with protests in neighbouring Oman.

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  3. Russ Spicoli Piggott
    Tyler, You will be missed!!
    I first met Tyler several years ago while practicing aerobatics at New Jerusalem. The 170 buzzed us (in true Tyler fashion) pulled back around, landed, then taxied up with plenty of flair. Out jumped Tyler with a huge smile on his face, Porter followed just as happy as him. I knew I had just made a new friend. Tyler could always provide a great flying story, a good joke, bad joke and extremely inappropriate jokes too : ) and was always a pleasure to be around. I'm sure that most would agree that the good times spent at the Delta with Tyler can never be replicated...that will always be yours, Tyler.
    During my Bachelor Party weekend, Tyler and Porter again showed up, this time at my parent's house for a pre-party barbecue. He had driven down to Lafayette just for the night and I was stoked that he had made the effort. We put the fighter pilot beer bong helmet on and went to town on the 30 pack of Silver Bullets. Does anything go just swimmingly when Tyler is around? Probably not. Porter crapped on my parents $15,000 Persian Rug, then went in the backyard and got sprayed by a skunk. It wasn't a big deal though, Tyler washed Porter and cleaned up the rug as best he could, smoothing out the situation and making friends with my mom while they worked to clean things up. The next day my mom said to me, "Tyler was such a nice and helpful young man, and poor Porter sure did smell bad."
    We will miss you Tyler and the smiles and laughter you brought to many.
    Godspeed and Tailwinds forever.

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  4. Kopavi Rice
    The one thing that I remember most about Tyler, besides his kind heart, was how much he LOVED to fly. I never knew much about planes, but if anyone could convince you how awesome they are, it would have been him. This news of his passing on his 25th birthday really hit all of us hard...but he probably wouldn't have wanted to go any other way. Taking off, anticipating his next adventure in the sky. Rest in peace Tyler...I know you feel all the love your friends are sending you. My prayers and deepest sympathy are with his family and loved ones.

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  5. Cory Lovell
    Tyler, I've been trying to come up with words over the last 24 hours. There's one thing I realized, you're like a "First Brother" to me; We were together the "FIRST" time you flew the Sukhoi, went out in San Francisco, met Steve-O, learned what a "Cougar" is, got the nickname Puppy, did donuts in a limousine, lost my keys in the river -you hot-wired my car to get back to the Delta, created "Wild on Ski Beach, tried to shoot an ILS into Coos Bay with 100ft visibility - then waited for Dan an hour East at a "club" drinking waters so we can fly home, and the list goes on as it always always will. We will one day meet again, and until then; Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

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  6. Melissa Reyes
    One day talking about Irish music, this song came up. Tyler told me that it was one of the only Flogging Molly songs he knew... It's very fitting. You are missed.
    Flogging Molly - IF I EVER LEAVE THIS WORLD ALIVE - With lyrics!

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  7. Donna Dal Porto
    Flying West

    R.I.P "T" 2/27/86 - 2/27/11
    You will be deeply missed~~

    I hope there's a place, way up in the sky
    Where pilots can go when they have to die.
    A place where a guy could buy a cold beer
    For a friend and a comrade whose memory is dear.
    A place where no doctor or lawyer could tread,
    Nor a management-type would e'ler be caught dead!
    Just a quaint little place, kind of dark, full of smoke,
    Where they like to sing loud, and love a good joke.
    The kind of a place that a lady could go
    And feel safe and secure by the men she would know.

    There must be a place where old pilots go,
    When their wings become heavy, when their airspeed gets low,
    Where the whiskey is old, and the women are young,
    And songs about flying and dying are sung.
    Where you'd see all the fellows who'd 'flown west' before,
    And they'd call out your name, as you came through the door,
    Who would buy you a drink, if your thirst should be bad,
    And relate to the others, "He was quite a good lad!"

    And there, through the mist, you'd spot an old guy
    You had not seen in years, though he'd taught you to fly.
    He'd nod his old head, and grin ear to ear
    And say, "Welcome, my Son, I'm proud that you're here!
    For this is the place where true flyers come
    When the battles are over, and the wars have been won.
    They've come here at last, to be safe and alone,
    >From the government clerk, and the management clone;
    Politicians and lawyers, the Feds, and the noise,
    Where all hours are happy, and these good ol' boys
    Can relax with a cool one, and a well deserved rest!
    This is Heaven, my Son. You've passed your last test!"

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  8. Tyler Orsow....
    by J.t. Ulyatt on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 3:03am

    It's shocking when you loose friends. Especially when they are so young. It's tough when some of there spirit resides within you. I will never understand why God decides to take some, but not others. RIP Tyler Orsow! You were a great friend to many! I am sorry your life was cut short. You will forever be on my wing. I will always remember our times. It's hard not to be sad :( but rather just celebrate your life. Your old friend.

    JT

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  9. https://www.uniondemocrat.com/2002022894133/News/Local-News/Bret-Harte-student-16-hits-the-heights

    Bret Harte student, 16, hits the heights
    February 28, 2002 01:00 am

    By SUNNY LOCKWOOD

    While most kids look forward to getting a drivers license when they turn 16, Tyler Orsow celebrated his 16th birthday flying solo in four different airplanes.

    The Bret Harte High School sophomore with braces on his teeth began his birthday Wednesday taking off and landing a Super Cub with floats on the Spencer Ranch pond.

    A couple of hours later at Calaveras County Airport, he took off and landed his Sky Raider, a plane he spent two-and-a-half years building. During the day he also took off and landed a PA-12 Super Cruiser and a Piper J-5.

    His mother, Terry Campbell, owner of NorCal Aviation, invited 85 friends and family members to Tylers birthday celebration at the airport. People came from as far away as Sonoma to watch the young man pilot the various planes. After the runway excitement, all gathered for a birthday barbecue at one of the hangars.

    Hes the airport kid for Angels Camp, said family friend Ron Price, who drove from Sonoma to watch Tyler make his solo runs.

    Tylers 17-foot-long, 431-pound Sky Raider was the hit of the party. Its 28-foot wingspan and 60 horsepower motor gives it an easy cruising speed of about 75, he said.

    I saw it fly at an air show in 1999 and it performed so nicely I decided I wanted to fly it, he said.

    Tyler made an agreement with Bud Field, an adult who shares Tylers love of flying. Field would help fund the Sky Raider kit purchase at $23,000 and Tyler would build the plane.

    Hes wanted to build that plane since he was 12, Field said, watching Tyler show off his Sky Raider to his birthday celebration crowd. We went to an air show and the guys who manufacture the kit had a display there. Tyler saw it fly and fell in love with it.

    Tyler said hes paid back much of the cost of his plane from money he earns washing planes at the airport.

    Calaveras County Airport Manager Kathy Zancanella watched Tyler take off and land repeatedly.

    When you turn 16, you can solo and get your solo permit. That allows you to fly by yourself, she said. He can get his license when hes 17.

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  10. Brian Barr
    One of the best weekends of my life. Such an amazing weekend that involved all of the following:
    - Watching Corey almost capsize the boat, thank god Tyler was there to save all of our drunk asses from drowning
    - Sea-doos from the Nintendo 64 game "Wave-Race"
    - Tricking the girls into thinking they were drinking Goose when it was Smirnoff (another brilliant ploy from Tyler)
    - Hanging out with the neighbor and her horse that was on meth? Standard for the delta I guess?
    - The genesis of Naked Ninjas - one of the funnier moments of my life, thank you Tyler and Steve-O

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  11. JM Spragg
    The first time I met Tyler was about 11 years ago at Sonoma Skypark. My dad had just got back into flying after a 20 year break and I was getting into flying myself. Tyler and I definitely had some wild times. I recall an incident where we decide to go 4 wheeling in his new CJ7. We headed out toward Scaggs island in search of an area worthy of the new Jeep. We decide to cross through an irrigation ditch in to this big open muddy field. I got out and checked the depth of the ditch with a nearby stick. From the measurment we figured we would be fine and easily get through, boy were we wrong. We got through about half way until the back bumper got stuck. We were pretty screwed. The whole back of th jeep was under water but never leaked a drop. To our luck the farmer who's land we were about to cross into came out with his shotgun. Tyler quickly defused the situation by being so polite and apologetic for what we had done. We eventually got pulled out of the ditch. I don't think we ever tried that again. Tyler you were one of my closest friends, we could go a whole year without seeing each other and when we did it felt like I had seen you the day before. I will always miss you, you were part of so many great times in my life. I love you brother, rest peacefully

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  12. Eric Presten
    A poem I wrote a few years back that seems to fit in with the name of this page.

    BIRDS OF A FEATHER

    Oh please do not mourn me, as I am not really gone.
    The heavens have called me and I’m just moving on.

    The time that I came from, where I first learned to fly,
    was a place full of limits that blinded my eyes.

    Many thanks to the people who gave me a start,
    who showed me the way to make flying an art.

    The memories I have made here will always be grand,
    but I’ll no longer be tied by the limits of man.

    I may fly with the best men where “Lindy” has gone.
    I may fly with the birds while your time marches on.

    But when all your time passes, and you’ve flown your last ride,
    look out off your wing tip, I’ll be there by your side.

    Two great losses in the same day. They will both be missed.

    Eric Presten.

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  13. Ronda Rufsvold
    Tyler,

    I remember the day you turned 16 and came to high school so excited that you could fly solo. You promised to take me on a flight. It took a couple years but you were true to your word. You took me in 4 different planes, all over the bay area, to Napa, and even upside down! You were such a great friend to me through high school. I'm so glad we reconnected as adults. You will be missed. I can imagine you soaring over us - showing your wide grinning smile. Flying on.....

    Your old buddy, Ronda

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  14. I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you for posting this as I had no idea who the others were. My brother was Joshua Hucklebridge. We are so sad, too.

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  15. Christi, I am so sorry! I cannot even imagine what you are going through. Please tell us about your brother!

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  17. Melvyn Hiscock:

    I hope there's a place, way up in the sky,
    Where pilots can go, when they have to die-
    A place where a guy can go and buy a cold beer
    For a friend and comrade, whose memory is dear;
    A place where no doctor or lawyer can tread,
    Nor management type would ere be caught dead;
    Just a quaint little place, kinda dark and full of smoke,
    Where they like to sing loud, and love a good joke;
    The kind of place where a lady could go
    And feel safe and protected, by the men she would know.

    There must be a place where old pilots go,
    When their paining is finished, and their airspeed gets low,
    Where the whiskey is old, and the women are young,
    And the songs about flying and dying are sung,
    Where you'd see all the fellows who'd flown west before.
    And they'd call out your name, as you came through the door;
    Who would buy you a drink if your thirst should be bad,
    And relate to the others, "He was quite a good lad!"

    And then through the mist, you'd spot an old guy
    You had not seen for years, though he taught you how to fly.
    He'd nod his old head, and grin ear to ear,
    And say, "Welcome, my son, I'm pleased that you're here.
    "For this is the place where true flyers come,
    "When the journey is over, and the war has been won
    "They've come here to at last to be safe and alone
    From the government clerk and the management clone,
    "Politicians and lawyers, the Feds and the noise
    Where the hours are happy, and these good ol'boys
    "Can relax with a cool one, and a well-deserved rest;
    "This is Heaven, my son -- you've passed your last test!"

    Author: Capt. Michael J. Larkin

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  18. Pat Carriker:

    My dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
    but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
    I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
    Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

    Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
    Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
    That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
    God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

    "It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
    As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
    I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
    There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

    God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
    And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
    And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
    God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

    When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
    because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
    But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
    Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

    I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
    But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
    But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
    I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

    There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
    but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
    It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
    that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

    If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
    then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
    And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
    knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

    So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
    just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
    When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
    I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

    And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
    remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

    *Author - Ruth Ann Mahaffey*

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  19. Terry Campbell:

    It is with great sadness and broken hearts that Mike and I are planning Tyler’s memorial service and remembrance party. We have been overwhelmed with all the kind words and stories everyone is sharing about Tyler. It has helped us get through the seemingly endless nights.

    Tyler touched so many people’s lives and so many have fond memories to share. I was truly blessed to have such an incredible son and to have had the close relationship we shared. I know that life will never be the same without him. I have no way to express our grief and sadness and have been unable to answer all the messages and e-mails people have sent but I do want everyone to know how much they mean to us.

    We are going to have a family service for Tyler and Chuck on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Angels Memorial Chapel, There will be a blowout party (as Tyler and Chuck would have wanted) at 1:00 pm at the Angels Gun Club, 2403 Gun Club Rd, Angels Camp, CA. Please join us at the Gun Club to share memories and love Sunday the 13th. For those of you flying in there will be a shuttle from Calaveras Airport.
    It is with great sadness and broken hearts that Mike and I are planning Tyler’s memorial service and remembrance party. We have been overwhelmed with all the kind words and stories everyone is sharing about Tyler. It has helped us get through the seemingly endless nights.

    Tyler touched so many people’s lives and so many have fond memories to share. I was truly blessed to have such an incredible son and to have had the close relationship we shared. I know that life will never be the same without him. I have no way to express our grief and sadness and have been unable to answer all the messages and e-mails people have sent but I do want everyone to know how much they mean to us.

    We are going to have a family service for Tyler and Chuck on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Angels Memorial Chapel, There will be a blowout party (as Tyler and Chuck would have wanted) at 1:00 pm at the Angels Gun Club, 2403 Gun Club Rd, Angels Camp, CA. Please join us at the Gun Club to share memories and love Sunday the 13th. For those of you flying in there will be a shuttle from Calaveras Airport.

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  20. Casey Long
    Impressions of a Pilot

    Flight is freedom in its purest form,
    To dance with the clouds which follow a storm;

    To roll and glide, to wheel and spin,
    To feel the joy that swells within;

    To leave the earth with its troubles and fly,
    And know the warmth of a clear spring sky;

    Then back to earth at the end of a day,
    Released from the tensions which melted away.

    Should my end come while I am in flight,
    Whether brightest day or darkest night;

    Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain,
    Secure in the knowledge that I'd do it again;

    For each of us is created to die,
    And within me I know,
    I was born to fly.

    — Gary Claud Stokor

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  21. Matty Sill 9:01pm Mar 2

    "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned upward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." De Vinci

    There is so much truth to this quote and its a freedom that no one can really understand until you experience it for your self.. and tyler sure did experience the fullest of flying in every aspect.. I didnt know tyler too well i got a few chances to meet him at the delta strip because we shared some of the same friends out there. He was a great guy extremely knowledgeable about flying.. and would always make you laugh being around him.. I did my check ride with his mom terry at CPU and i remember in my checkride i mentioned i had met tyler through my friend danny and during the oral part of the check ride we went off on about a half hour talk about the delta house and the great stories terry told me about them. I remember when i finished my check ride we were on our way back to CPU and terry said mind if i fly for a second i said no problem.. and terry was flying over her house because tyler was building a hangar out there and she wanted to make sure he was working on it.. They are extremely amazing family my prayers will be with them and i know tyler will be truly missed.. ill be sure to do a fly by for you man every time i come into CPU!!

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  22. http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/pilots-honoured-by-friends

    Pilots honoured by friends

    Jen Thomas

    Last Updated: Mar 3, 2011

    ABU DHABI // "It is surreal … Our family is praying for the families of the other three lost in this horrible accident," wrote Joana Studer, the sister-in-law of Landon Studer, one of the victims of the Al Ain plane crash, on a blog post dedicated to remembering some of the pilots.

    The men who died in thecrash of the vintage seaplane on Sunday night, all aviators on a trip that would have taken them to Saudi Arabia, Africa and South America, have been identified as Mr Studer, Joshua Hucklebridge, Chuck Kimes and Tyler Orsow.

    Mr Orsow, 25, and Mr Kimes, 61, were seaplane enthusiasts from the western US who were active in the aviation community. Mr Orsow's mother, Terry Campbell, and Mr Kimes helped to organise the largest annual gathering of seaplanes on the American west coast.

    "Both of them were really great people," said Walter Windus, the chairman of the board of directors at the Seaplane Pilots Association.

    Mr Windus had known Mr Kimes and Mr Orsow for more than a decade.

    "They were the most devoted pilots to the seaplane fraternity, and everyone is really hurting right now," he said

    The two were in the UAE to pick up the rare McKinnon G21G turboprop plane, which was owned by Triple S Aviation, based in Texas. Mr Studer, 28, was the owner and general manager of Triple S and Mr Hucklebridge, 28, was the international projects manager.

    Christi Vitela, Mr Hucklebridge's sister, said her brother will "be missed by many".

    "He was a unique and charismatic person. We grew up in Mexico to missionary parents, so we were no strangers to flying," Mrs Vitela said. "He loved it and was doing what he was passionate about: traveling and meeting people."

    The trip was to end in Texas next week. Mr Orsow wrote on his Facebook page on February 25 that he was frustrated because officials would not allow the men access to the aircraft. He said did not know the reason.

    Emirati and American authorities are continuing to work on the investigation, officials said yesterday. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

    jthomas@thenational.ae

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  23. William Meiggs

    This was penned by Joe Simmons and it just keeps coming round as fitting for Tyler and Chuck's transition through the speed of light.

    We were born in a burst of fire,
    picked our lives upon the run,
    all our lifetimes reaching higher until we fell back to the Sun,
    As sailors crawling back to the ocean,
    back to wreck and restless Sea,
    we need shelter in explosions in our lives to keep us free.
    We spin spirals of creation,
    making worlds to call our own,
    then pause in hesitation,
    drifting back to our first home.

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  24. Matty Sill 10:19pm Mar 3

    Pilots Poem

    Someday we will know, where the pilots go
    When their work on earth is through.
    Where the air is clean, and the engines gleam,
    And the skies are always blue.

    They have flown alone, with the engine's moan,
    As they sweat the great beyond,
    And they take delight, at the awesome sight
    of the world spread far and yon.

    Yet not alone, for above the moan,
    when the earth is out of sight,
    As they make their stand, He takes their hand,
    and guides them through the night.

    How near to God are these men of sod,
    Who step near death's last door?
    Oh, these men are real, not made of steel,
    But He knows who goes before.

    And how they live, and love and are beloved,
    But their love is most for air.
    And with death about, they will still fly out,
    And leave their troubles there.

    He knows these things, of men with wings,
    And He knows they are surely true.
    And He will give a hand, to such a man
    'Cause He's a pilot too.

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