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    I would like for everyone to pause and remember Neil Burlson for the great person he was. Neil passed away today in a cub accident near Willow. He was one of the most generous people I ever knew,and there are very few people in the aviation industry that did not know and like him. He was one of the best natural cub drivers I have ever known and I will miss him very much.

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    We will certainly salute Neil's passing at our next QB meeting here in Palm Beach.

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    Blue skies and forever tailwinds to our fellow friend of aviation.

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    A sad and terrible thing, just goes to show you, that drinking and operating any vehicle whether with wheels, props or ruddersshould be avoided at all times.
    I give thanks to the vetrans, as they have aided in my priviledge to hunt and fish the great State of AK. and alow me to sleep safely at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trapper_Rich View Post
    A sad and terrible thing, just goes to show you, that drinking and operating any vehicle whether with wheels, props or ruddersshould be avoided at all times.
    What makes you think that was the case?

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    Had beer in hand and empties within cockpit. Sorry to say.
    I give thanks to the vetrans, as they have aided in my priviledge to hunt and fish the great State of AK. and alow me to sleep safely at night.

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    Wow. Is he Jeane Edwards son? I did not know him but knew her from work and the name rings a bell.

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    Years ago I knew Neil quite well. Had more than a few beers with him.. He was teaching floats and tailwheel out of Big Lake. He had more than a few shirt-backs on the wall.

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    I'd flown a few Spam Cans, some time before.
    But my knowledge, like money, had flown out the door.

    One day I got word, about a real plane up in Big Lake.
    So I jumped in the truck, not a moment to wait.

    I pulled up to the hanger and there sitting in the slush and the mud.
    Was a genuine bush plane, a blood red Super Cub.

    Her tundra tires were big, the 30 inch kind.
    And her bore prop said proudly, “I’ll pull you out of any bind.”

    Her innards weren’t to fancy, just plywood and metal.
    And her seats were all lumpy, from the sleeping bags stuffed in their middle.

    She sported big droop tips, and scratched plexi-glass.
    And the smells of old moose blood and fish guts, told of her past.

    A fellar named Neil, said he would teach me to fly her.
    And teach me he did, since Neil ain’t no liar.

    So a few days later, after giving all the gravel a beatin.
    Neil called me back over, for an early morning meetin.

    He made me do three points, then stingers and more.
    Then while taxing back, he jumped out the door.

    “Just give me three good ones” he screamed though grease smudged glass.
    “And if you bend up my plane, I’ll be kicking your ass!”

    So I trimmed her for solo, and put down half flaps.
    Then pushed the throttle forward, as the runway flew past.

    Three hundred feet later, I gave the stick a quick yank.
    She bounced off the gravel and then started to bank.

    It was then that I noticed, it was then that I shuttered.
    I had been so excited, that my feet weren’t on the rudders.

    Off towards the trees, she flew with a roar.
    I pulled back to max angle, feet still planted on the floor.

    Once over the spruce tops, I kicked the rudder to center.
    Then got my stuff together, so a left hand pattern, I could enter.

    Around for three good ones, with Neil waiting below.
    Then I decided to show him a stinger, just for a show.

    Of course I bounced the tail wheel and almost bent the prop.
    I could see Neil sweating next to the runway, hoping I would stop.

    So I set her down, with a couple of small bounces,
    Then off to the hanger, to drink several frosty 12 ounces….

    They cut off my shirt, leaving me snockered and bare.
    I still remember that morning, whenever I take to the air.
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    Trapper Rich do you know for a fact alcohol was involved in this crash? I have a hard time believing that alcohol caused this crash. Neil was a great pilot and this was no mior mistake made by poor judgement. The plane flew right into the trees with no change in power setting like a major heart attack would do.

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    Check with NTSB, the tox report should be back by now but they may not let it out until full report is complete. IMHO NTSB is going to be the only source of completely accurate data on this. As with most mishaps a buddy heard this and someone saw that, then the story gets warped through the grapevine. I'm not saying what is posted here is not correct but the forms do offer an opportunity for the truth to get a little distorted.

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    http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?e...15X05646&key=1

    preliminary report. Pretty good witness, Apparently not mechanical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim in anchorage View Post
    http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?e...15X05646&key=1

    preliminary report. Pretty good witness, Apparently not mechanical.
    Truly a sad thing and we will likely always wonder exactly what happened.

    Probably something as simple as getting distracted and not seeing the tree.

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    They list him as a solo private pilot, but years ago when I knew him, he was a commercial pilot and CFI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    They list him as a solo private pilot, but years ago when I knew him, he was a commercial pilot and CFI.
    I heard he had some run ins with the FAA. Will leave it at that, don't know the facts.

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    It was in the newspaper at the time.
    Or at least FAA and the newspapers version.
    Big grain of salt needed there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    It was in the newspaper at the time.
    Or at least FAA and the newspapers version.
    Big grain of salt needed there.
    I heard it was BS myself. A jumpy tourist looking to complain.

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