Don’t really know the details yet, beyond what was in the newspaper report, but as with all aircraft related accidents there will be a full investigation. It was a real shock and great loss to his family, friends and the Waikato aviation community.
Vale Captain John, OLFLYA, you’ll be missed.
Below: John in command of a Cessna Crusader twin between Matamata & Hamilton. I took this from the co-pilot seat on a flight where, closely supervised, he let me have a short turn at the controls. The only time, so far at least, I’ve flown an aircraft that wasn’t a computer simulation.
Not sure how long this will be on-line, Stuff Media’s (CHRISTINE CORNEGE / FAIRFAX MEDIA NZ) video of the Funeral
Filmed by: John Reynolds Directed by: Craig Grant Riders: Shaun O' Connor & Kashi Leuchs Music: "Capture the Flag" by Broken Social Scene "Forced to Love" by Broken Social Scene "The Same to You" by Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves