Ed was the first person I met upon visiting Dansville (the RSC as it then was) for the first time, in the fall of 1968. He epitomized all the best things about soaring. He was always on the field, either instructing, nurturing students, running lines, or in the cockpit of a tow plane. When he wasn’t doing that he was flying his trusty Ka-6 in which he had made some truly remarkable flights. And I’ll never forget the day he gave me spin training (I mean SERIOUS spin training!) in a Piper Supercub (tow plane). Back then he liked to cut the engine back to idle and tell you to find a field and make an approach……all but landing in it. This was for “x-c practice”. It was very convincing!
And then there was his famous “Glider Pilots Ground School” I remember attending a couple of his classes. (I believe John and David still do that?). You might recall that Ed also was given to giving seminars on soaring in which he gave a great slide show, all this to promote soaring and the RSC. I remember that, early in the slide show, was an old photo of a very young Ed perched on the rudimentary seat of a primary glider with his feet on the rudder bar; a hole in the sole of his shoe was clearly visible!
And I believe that he was the initiator of “The Dope” which was archived. What has happened to “The Dope”? – that was something of a tradition. I have some old copies – including the one where he describes “the slow roll” during which one wing of a 1-26 departed………….
When did he finally quit flying his Ka-6? Age 92, 93?
One of those people who made a profound impression on me (enough to turn me into an instructor……). Sorely missed.
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