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RIP Con-Pilot

Old 7th Apr 2016, 17:09
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A gentleman and a scholar...he will be missed.

Deep fried turkey and brussel sprouts will never be the same again.

RIP my friend
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 17:38
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What else to say other than RIP...

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Old 7th Apr 2016, 17:55
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He was great when I got my biz jet job. Lots of good advice. A wonderful character who enjoyed life and didn't seem to take himself too seriously. I'll miss him. Condolences to his friends and family.
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 18:20
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Whilst it would be fair to say we would never actually be in agreement with each other, he did make many serious and humerous contributions in equal measure to threads which made enjoyable reading.....his aversion to sprouts in particular....

R.I.P and condolences to his family as would only to be expected.
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 18:21
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Oh bollocks.

It was a pleasure to correspond with him. I'm so glad that he made that visit to Ireland and I know that the memories kept him amused for a very long time afterwards.

I'll raise a glass of peaty malt to you later Alec. You always played the ball and never the player.
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 18:47
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all these heart-felt posts here in no time flat serve incidentally to mark the true and in some sense profound importance and value of this virtual community. Along with appreciative memories of Con-Pilot, those of 411A and Duke Elegant and Keef and Davaar and other worthies of their ilk let us .. .we who are left. . remember always a quiet little testimony of allegiance , thanks and goodwill.

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Old 7th Apr 2016, 19:00
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I just posted a link to this thread on con-pilot's Facebook Page so that his loved ones would know there's a number of folks here that share their loss.

As I recall, you don't have to be a member to view. Is that correct Rob?
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 19:10
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Another of the best, lost to us.
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 19:21
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Is it possible to access Con's posts earlier than December 2014?

This December 2014 one comes up as his first post which cannot of course be right -

How many yanks on here have actually been to Cuba - out of curiosity?
I have, in fact I've been to Havana a lot more that I've been to Guantanamo Bay.

Interestingly enough, Chuks wrote "Socialism or Death", the first time I landed in Havana there were two very large billboard signs at the mid-point of the runway, one had pictures of what one could only assume to be brave Cuban Soldiers ready to fight off the horde of imperialist Yankee invaders, saying 'Socialism or Death'. The other sign had pictures of what could only assume to be brave Cuban men, women and children professing that they would "Die for their Leader", as they fought hordes of imperialist Yankee invaders with shovels and pitchforks.

Behind these two billboard was a major military base, had lots of soldiers, tanks and other types of solider type stuff. I could only presume that the tanks and APC that were lining the runway when we landed came from this base. Along with the guys manning the machine gun tower where we parked at, who bravely kept the big machine gun pointed at us the entire time we were there.

All in all, not a very cordial welcome.

Until I bravely decided to get off the aircraft and walk over to where some Cuban officers were standing smoking cigars and cigarettes. They were looking at me as I walked up to them, checking me out to make sure I was not carrying a bazooka or a nuclear bomb. I nodded to them, pulled out a package of cigarettes from my pocket and pantomimed me smoking my cigarette. One of the older officers, I soon learned that he was a Colonel, looked at me, smiled and said in perfect English that I was welcome to smoke with them. I had just met my first friend in Cuba.

He ended up meeting me every time I landed there and we were able to have lunch on a few occasions when there was time. The last time I landed in Havana in 1998 the military base was gone, the billboards had advertisements of Cuban cigars and rum. Behind the signs instead of the army base, were stands that sold everything from T-shirts, cigars, rum and other assorted tourist things.

I had many interesting conversations about US/Cuban relations, Fidel and other assorted issues faced by the average Cuban citizens. The workers’ paradise it is not, at least according to those I talked to.

This is a step in the right direction for the average Cuban. Never the less, Cuba needs us a lot more than we need them. The Castro brothers need to keep that in mind.

As long as they are in power that is, which if we resume real open relations, I suspect will not be that long.
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 20:03
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RIP, Alec

He was, unfortunately for me only by correspondence and phone calls, a dear friend and great pilot. We spoke occasionally on all things corporate aviation and he gave me very sound advise on operating in and out of Aspen, CO.

Alec was born in the UK of USAF father and mother and dearly loved Blighty, if not always in agreement with the politics. He was a civilian pilot who flew a good deal of corporate for several oilman in Oklahoma in addition to 7,000 hours flying for the US Justice Marshall's Service before going back to corporate aviation flying mostly Falcons of all types.

As a child he suffered from polio which came back later in life to force his retirement. He was 68, passed April 6th.

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Old 7th Apr 2016, 20:33
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I also have followed Con and his thoughts and will miss them greatly.

Another good contributor gone.

A bad time at the moment, looking at JB stickies.
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 20:49
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Such a shame.

I didn't share his political views, but I would have loved to have shared a malt with him and swap stories.

RIP and best wishes to his family at this difficult time.

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Old 7th Apr 2016, 20:54
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Alec's wife responded to my message...

12:54pm Apr 7
Hello, Carol. You are so kind to do this and I appreciate you posting on PPRuNe, he so enjoyed being on there and the friends he made. He was a kind and gentle giant at six foot five, but he was also quite the character when he wanted to be.

Yes, please, share.
Alec Caudell
7230 Pheasant Cove
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73162

His service is Wednesday April 13 at 2:00 at Buchanan Funeral Service on Council Road in Okc, if any one is in the vicinity.

Thank you, again. Maybe I can get on PPRuNe and see what's going on in the near future. I'm very grateful to all of you.
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Old 7th Apr 2016, 21:09
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I don't know why, I never really realize behind the posts there are people, and people are not immortal.
Con pilot was polite, knowledgable, and even though I have been many times stupid here on JB, he always found a way to discuss nicely about our different viewpoint. And for this reason, he and made me in some ways a better person on this forum.
My thoughts for him.
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 00:03
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I almost feel like I'm intruding amongst old friends, but... after nearly nine years here on PPRuNe, although I don't post much, Con-Pilot's contributions were informative, considered, well written and frequently amusing. I feel richer inside for having read his many postings. As some folk have previously said, right up there along with 411A's.

Thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge. RIP sir. Condolences to family.
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 02:39
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Very sad to stumble across this on my less frequent visits to PPRuNe these days.

He and I used to probably irritate the hell out of one another over the years and rarely agreed but he was a formidable debater and I remember well, him being very kind when I had problem going on at home with some useful advice.

I shall miss his contributions and JB will miss his absence sorely.

Rest in Peace Con.
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 04:16
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That's far too young.
Mr Caudell sounds like he was quite a guy - with a very interesting life.
RIP Con.
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 04:42
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Many kind words here for a gentleman and fellow aviator. As I struggled to find appropriate words, I realized the proper way, if only recognized by me is to go do the medical tests that are past due since turning 50 last November. No one looks foward to a colonosophy (sp?) or a battery of blood tests along with whatever else is due, but I'm realizing their importance. Perhaps their isn't a greater tribute to Con than to improve the collective health of PPRuNe? I urge those in a similar position to pick up the phone and make an appointment to be checked.
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 07:09
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Very sad. He will be missed. RIP.
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Old 8th Apr 2016, 10:00
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Finding Con's posts is probably better done with Goo Goo. Last night I searched - PPRuNe.org/jetblast/pronounced bib

That was all I could remember from my deranged ramblings and goo found it from Feb 2009. Con had more than a little of that nutty humour hidden away.

There has to be a way to make that search find just his posts.
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