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Whilst I disagreed with alot of what he said, he certainly knew his stuff and could argue his own point of view, and for that I respected his posts. The world is too full of people today who don't have their own points of view or just spout trite platitudes at everyone. The world is always richer for having coloUrful characters and people who plow their own furrow.
Long time reader of this forum, seldom post, but wanted to chime in on this one.....
I won't forget 411A (now Bob to all of us) and his posts. Though he could be ornery as hell sometimes, he struck me as a bigger-than-life sort and definitly old school - something I rather like in an individual. His remarks always brought a reaction, often as not a smile of one sort or another I suspect.
Thanks for informing us InnKeeper. And a follow on thought for you - is there a way to let his survivors know of this thread ? Given the kind remarks herein (with only 1 exception) they might find some comfort in it, and perhaps learn a thing or two they didn't know about their husband, father, brother. When someone reminds me of my lost loved ones kindly it makes my day.
I can only repeat what has been the overwhelming reaction here, "old school" ? definitely, & all the better for it. Blunt & to the point, yes, and why not.
He didn't suffer fools gladly in these forums, and sometimes achieved the impossible by silencing those who should have long ago shut up, or perhaps not chimed in in the first place. For that I was always eternally grateful to see his presence. I sincerely hope his family can have these tributes brought to their attention, and that someone can indeed chronicle his life, although, unless he had already commited it to paper/computer memory, it will never be as colourful by not being told in his own forthright fashion.
The sort of guy you would want alongside you on a rough night, either in the cockpit or in some dodgy place downroute where you might need helped out. What finer compliment could you pay the guy.
411A..In another life on here, had some chats PM with 411A. Such a gentleman in the best sense. I recall when someone posted about the L bird, replies posted have said "I think 411A might be posting soon"
My opinion of this individual remains private, his passing makes it irrelevant, however he was one of us, warts and all and any irritation he may have generated or disagreement he engaged in is now laid forever into history where it will be referred to fondly as banter amongst professionals.
Rest in peace, you and many like you have earned the right, as we all hope we will have earned the right when the time to sign the sheet for the final time comes.
None of us know how long we have, life is not a rehearsal, embrace today, hope to enjoy tomorrow.
'Like' would be laying it on a bit thick to describe my feelings towards 411A. I doubt he was one for false platitudes anyway. But be in no doubt, Sir, you go with my respect for your vault of experience and my sadness that much of it will pass with you.
In light of his impact on these forums, not to mention the extra worries placed on his family by his employer, I'd be glad to stick a tenner into a fund if someone has the time to organise one.