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Vero Beach, FL 1987-89

Old 30th Mar 2015, 16:48
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Angry Vero is not Vero anymore

I was in Vero Beach with Pro-Flite to get my PPL, March 1982. Yes, I remember Liz, the FAA examinator who had survived a horrible crash with a twin engine when a student feathered the wrong propeller. My instructor at the time was Evelyn Krucke, née Schmidt. She must be 65 now. Her boyfriend Bill (Vandyck?) was a pilot too but he did not work at Vero, as far as I remember.

I went back in 1994 with my wife and kids to discover little had changed. Then back last week to discover Vero is not Vero anymore. Pro-flite is gone, FLightSafety is everywhere! LA Dodgers have left. There's a new, gigantic control tower next to Pro-Flite Drive (the name survives!) No Tomahawks anymore, they use Cherokees for initial training. I felt rather old and miscast there. CJ Cannon's however is alive and kicking and serves better food (at competitive prices) than ever!

If anyone knows what has happened to Evelyn, Liz or Pro-Flite in general, please let me know! Thanks!
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Old 31st Mar 2015, 07:17
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Here's your good old N2442P, Morten!

I used to train on this little aircraft in March 1982. I don't know what happened to it, when it changed owners or if it was scrapped. The FAA aircraft register does not give us a clue and the number seems to belong to another airplane since several decades...
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Old 10th Apr 2015, 01:51
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initial was done by Robert W Pritchard Jr,.
Worked with a Bob Pritchard out of North Carolina on 4-eng transports.
Same guy perhaps, we were both at Evergreen for a while.

I hung out in Vero Beach for a few weeks in 1981 while plowing the area for CFI jobs.
A fellow Norwegain named Steady Eddie was driving a fuel truck waiting for a flying gig. Called himself a Certified Fuel Instructor. (CFI)
Slept on coaches and partied with the Instructors and students before I landed a CFI job in nearby Lake Wales.
Never went to school in Vero Beach, but sure have some seniority at the Driftwood Inn and other local hangouts. My dead brain cells don't remember no details however.
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Old 27th Apr 2015, 08:53
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Any one remember Dick Boso, Chief flight instructor at FSI in the 80's?Heard he died of cancer in USA last year. Hard *ss, but interested individual. RIP
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Old 11th Sep 2015, 15:44
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I was at Pro-Flite from March 1979 til September of that year.
Liz Ruth,the lady who always wore the same dresses only in different colors,took my IFR check and David Shilland my Multi-engine on N7737Y.
Frank Servaty was one of my instructors.
I just learned that Bill Stevenson died some 10 years ago..
any more news or maybe pictures from 1979?
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Old 11th Jan 2017, 06:20
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Vero Beach Airport Services/Jet Center/Sun Aviation 1987-1991

Hello I worked at Vero Beach Airport Services FBO in 1987, Bud Holman was my boss and my co-workers were Big John Morrison Lineman Supervisor, Mike Cioffi, Matt, unsure of last name he was from Colorado, Orlando unsure of last name, Scotty Prime think he lives in South Carolina maybe North and works for American Airlines I think. Dennis Trophy worked at National Car Rental and also Myrtle Holman, Bud's mother. Chautauqua Airlines had commuter jet that flew to Orlando several times a day, pilot Captain Todd Scher and Bill Mank, Todd remained there and co pilot changed a few times until they ended the flight to Orlando. We later moved into a temporary building next to Sun Aviation while Vero Beach Jet Center was being built. I have fond memories of the Jet Center, co-workers and the pilots as well as customers. Some frequent company flyers were International Paper, Xerox, Davis Enterprises, Asplundh, Krystal Hamburgers, Reader's Digest, of course the Vero Beach Dodgers for spring training at Dodger Stadium. Favorite hangouts, Marvin Gardens, Lennie's, Patio restaurant, Waldo's, Duke Snider's, Fatboys BBQ, Captain Hirams, and so many I shut can't remember!!! My love of planes will never end!!!
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Old 12th Jan 2017, 06:43
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Trained at Pro-Flite in 1986 CPL/IR/ME. Loved the place. Had a great time... Norweigen instructor Christian B, i think became a prison guard or something, Mike Astrom, i heard had passed away sadly. Wong was great chap, i think in Singapore Airlines now. Darryl W also with a carrier in the far east. Reconnected with Alistair S, the Helo instructor recently. Marcel i believe is in Fiji. There were a couple of Greek instructors to John P and Tassos the 135 Pilot. There was an American flight instructor there too... Paul A? Believe he went to American Airlines.

There was a great group of people there from Bill at the top to Pat in the canteen. I want there last year to see what the story is, and as mentioned above, the place isn't recognisable now, Pro-Flite gone although CJ's was still there. Wonder what happened to Kim the barmaid. Nice blue eyes!!!

2 Norwegians that stand out... Beau L, think his dad may have been a DC-10 driver with SAS and Tron S. who used to do all his training in the 206. Not cheap!!!

31 years ago and i remember it like it was yesterday.
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Old 13th Feb 2017, 16:58
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I was at Pro Flite at the same time as "Steady Eddie", Ove Blørstad, Strike, Harry, Patrick Parker, Wong ++ in the 1980's.
Did some checkrides with Liz and Bush Narigan. Time sure flies, I miss those days.
Does any one know where I can get a "Wing Ding" (Bill Stephenson's PA28 door stop design?)

Last edited by DigValley; 13th Mar 2017 at 18:46. Reason: Update; Visting Norway Flew Norwegian Air. Steady Eddie flies for them
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Old 27th Sep 2020, 01:52
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Well it’s official now “Wild Bill” is alive and well as of 09/26/2020 as I just spoke to him this Saturday morning. He did say his bride, Susie Stephenson, passed away though. He sounded very well and was going strong at 80. I will show him these threads soon. Y’all take care.
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