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William P. Shaver
[2012-09-15] Sadly it is reported
that Mr. William P. Shaver was killed when his Seabee N6072K (#252) crashed
into Weiss Lake, Cedar Bluff, Alabama, on 15 September 2012. Shaver was approaching
Weiss Lake for a landing, when he hit some power lines crossing the
lake. When the Seabee hit the power lines it was in the center
of the cockpit (actually just below the bow cleat), instantly killing
Mr. Shaver. The wings were pulled back and the Seabee fell into the
lake. the Seabee sank in 5 to 10 feet of water. Mr. Shaver was
visiting his friend Herb Sherwin, but was landing from a different
direction than he normally did.
He was a man of faith who was
devoted to his wife, Charlotte and children, Chris Shaver (Amie Beth)
and Erin Molina (Mike) and many dear friends. He was a patriot and a
pilot who had a passion for model trains and military history. His
favorite place to be was working, playing and being the captain at the
family lake house in Muscle Shoals, Ala. We remember and miss his
servant heart. He was happiest when he could serve those who needed
him which was quite often
He is survived by his wife and children; his sisters, Kathy Tanner
(John) and Amy Polio (Jim); and seven grandchildren.
From preliminary NTSB Report # ERA12LA562:
On September 15, 2012, about 0950
central daylight time, a Republic RC-3 amphibious airplane, N6072K,
collided with high tension power lines, during approach to Weiss Lake,
Cedar Bluff, Alabama. The certificated private pilot was fatally
injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan
was filed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14
Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, which departed from Guntersville
Municipal Airport (8A1), Guntersville, Alabama.
According to one of the pilot's
friends, the purpose of the flight was to visit a friend who lived on
Weiss Lake and also owned the same model of amphibious airplane
According to witnesses, on arrival in the local
area, the airplane was observed to turn in an easterly direction and
pass over his friend's house at approximately 400 feet above ground
level. The airplane then turned left until it had reversed direction
and then began to descend. Moments later the airplane struck a set of
unmarked high tension power lines located on the eastern edge of the
lake. The airplane then pitched nose up, its forward motion appeared
to stop, and it rolled to the right until it was inverted, then fell
onto the surface of the lake, and sank.
A post accident examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) inspector revealed no evidence of any preimpact
failure or malfunction of the airplane or engine.
According to FAA records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate
with ratings for airplane single-engine land and airplane
single-engine sea. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate
was issued on April 19, 2010. He reported 400 total hours of flight
experience on that date.
The recorded weather at Isbell Field Airport (4A9), Fort Payne,
Alabama, located 19 nautical miles northwest of the accident site at
0955, included: calm winds, visibility 10 miles, sky clear,
temperature 23 degrees C, dew point 15 degrees C, and an altimeter
setting of 30.21 inches of mercury.
[2012-08-11] Classic Workmanship
Award Winner, at Arlington
Fly-In 2012 (Arlington Municipal Airport (KAWO), Washington); was
Republic Seabee N447ZK (s/n
517)! The refurbishment and engine
conversion were made by Hill
Aircraft Services Ltd., Prince George, British Columbia,
during 2011/2012. She now looks better than new; with a new
IO-540 (330 HP) engine conversion and a new MT propeller. Seabee guru Randy Komko (Transition Aircraft) is
currently test flying the MT propeller on Transition's IO540-300HP / MT
Propeller conversion for an engine/prop STC that hopefully will
be available to Seabee owners in the near future.
N87521 down in
[2012-07-21] Snohomish, Washington,
USA. Just after take off from Harvey Field Airport (S43), about 10
a.m. the aircraft lost engine power and the 78 year old pilot made an emergency landing off airport. The Seabee came down in a
watery slough near the 9700 block of 111th Street SE just south of
airport and ended up partly submerged in a local river. The
pilot, John Harms, was rescued out of the wreck by local residents rushing to the
crash site. Mr. Harms was conscious and was taken to
hospital. He suffered head injuries. The Seabee is
reported to be N87521, s/n 78.
On July 21, 2012, about 1030 Pacific
daylight time, a Republic RC-3 airplane, N87521, collided with a tree
shortly after takeoff from Harvey Field (S43) Snohomish, Washington.
The airline transport pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was
seriously injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both
wings and the aft fuselage. The airplane was registered to the pilot,
and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations
Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions
prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.
A pilot rated witness stated that he observed the airplane takeoff
from runway 15. Shortly after takeoff the airplane collided with a
tree and descended into the ground. The airplane came to rest in a
creek about 3,000 feet beyond the departure end of the runway.
Joseph W. Gigante
William Gigante, a resident of Westwood for over 60 years,
died Monday, April 9, 2012 at his home. He was 95.
Joseph was born December 2, 1916 in New York City, New York,
the son of Italian immigrants John and Anna (Gambardella)
Gigante. Joseph earned his bachelor’s degree in
aeronautical engineering from New York University. He
founded STOL Aircraft Corporation in Norwood, Massachusetts.
There he designed and produced the UC-1 Twin Bee amphibious
aircraft shown in the picture above, until his retirement in
Joe was an avid runner and
could often be found at the Westwood High School track.
He was the husband of the late Marianne (Ghysels) Gigante and
the brother of the late Mario, Victor, Alfred, and Aintonette
“Tina” Gigante. Joseph is survived by his daughter,
Nina C. Gigante of Venice, California; his two sons,
Stephen J. Gigante of New York City, New York, and David E.
Gigante of Lawrence, Kansas; his granddaughter, Eden Levin;
and two brothers, George Gigante of Van Nuys, California, and
John Gigante of Deerfield, Florida. Services and
interment will be private.
Mr. Gigante is truly one of the nicest persons I have ever had the pleasure of talking with! A few years ago we talked on the phone about his fantastic UC-1 Twin Bee amphibian. I had a "fearful" respect for this legend before calling him, but he
immediately made me feel like we had been friends all life! This is the first time I have seen a photo of Joe, and his charisma is evident! Every Twin Bee and Seabee fan will truly miss this great man. He will be remembered with appreciation. In deepest sympathy with all his family and friends;
by Kevin Miller
Virtual Seabee for Flight Simulator X!
[2012-02-01] - KC FlightShop
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