Gary Goldsberry

fara

AR-1 gyro manufacturer
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Tampa, FL
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AR-1
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Terrible news. My condolences and prayers for the family. May he rest in peace.
 

StanFoster

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Paxton, Il
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I am just sickened to hear this tragedy. My first Mentone was in 2002. I never will forget Gary pulling his Bensen out of his trailer, and Sue wiping it all down for him. The air show he put on with that thing was simply antigravitical. Prayers to Sue and all.
 

Mike484

AR-1 🇺🇸
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Houston, Texas
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RAF 2000 w/Horizontal stabilizer, KB3 w/tall tail
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Condolences to the Goldsberry family. Everyone stay safe.
 

Vance

Gyroplane CFI
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Nipomo,California
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Givens Predator
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It is hard to come to grips with.

Gary was one of the best pilots I know and taught me a lot.

It is a reminder that tomorrow is promised to no one.

He was in a very real sense responsible for the PRA acquiring the Mentone Airport where I am headed shortly.

Rest in peace my friend.
 

GyrOZprey

Aussie in Kansas.
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Whitewater KS
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As I pulled up outside the Mentone PRA office on Friday afternoon ...I was "greeted" with this terrible news ....Gary had made an emergency landing on a test flight in a helicopter a couple of hours ago and it caught fire ...Lifewatched out ..."It does not look good"!! ... My immediate thoughts for Sue and family ...deepest empathy ...having gone through the same experience ...4 years ago! There will be a sadness here at Mentone losing such a legend & icon of our organization - as there was 4 years ago! We have lost so many and the losses go on ... RIP Gary ....there is a HUGE hole here without you & Sue this year!
 

SportCopter

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What a shock, and one is never ready to hear such news. When I think of the PRA, I think of Gary Goldsberry! He has been such a cornerstone for the PRA, with major sacrifices of his time and energy. We thank you for that Gary and your family! I have always appreciated everything Gary has accomplished for all of us members of the PRA. It is amazing how much one man can make such a huge and positive light over an industry.

Gary was also a true professional businessman and an incredible Pilot and Instructor, who was always there for me and my company, and was a real pleasure to work with. Gary you will be truly missed, as you have been historic in our industry.

Thank you for touching each one of us. You are always in our prayers. Godspeed Gary Goldsberry!
 

WHUBBS

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smithville tn.
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Magni M-22 Voyager
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Several PRA members here in Tennessee are so very sad for the loss of our good friend and mentor of our sport, we pray for Mrs. Goldsberry and the family I first met Gary in 1998 the year I joined PRA and started flying a Gyroplane. I loved to just watch Gary fly his little machine each and every year. Our good friend is now flying with God and he won't ever let you fall again RIP good friend.
 

Col Murph'

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Sanford, MI, US
A few years back it was Gary who performed the first condition inspection on my newly acquired gyro. Always a man of few words, he worked quietly mentioning only enough facts to pique my interest and make me want to do the research. Many months later he flew my check ride. His comment after the first landing, "* - - -, you know how to fly this thing. We're done." A good mechanic, a good pilot, a good friend. We shared time together, and I am honored.
 

Kevin_Richey

Yamaha gyro...Oregon, USA
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In the obit, reading the rotorcraft portion of his life...then, the cat bomb!
Someone w/ a sense of humor there writing it!
 

gyroplanes

FAA DAR Gyropilot
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Lansing, Illinois (Chicago South Suburb)
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In the obit, reading the rotorcraft portion of his life...then, the cat bomb!
Someone w/ a sense of humor there writing it!

His passion was rotorcraft. He was an active member and Past President of the Popular Rotorcraft Association. He hated cats... AND CHICKENS
 
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