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RIP, Bob. It sure was a privilege to have known you.
Condolences to the family. Maureen and Chalkie.
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To my mind and serving on the EAA Chapter 322 and on the National Committee under the Presidency of Bob Ewing around 1984 -1985, he was a great mentor and teacher long before he became a flight instructor. He was a natural "mobiliser" of people which is what leadership is.
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin
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My deepest condolences go to Dawn, his loved one and friends. May the memories bring you comfort now and in all the days going forward.
RIP Uncle Bob, you were a legend among men.
I know from experience that loved ones find comfort in knowing that their person impacted so many lives. I encourage all that knew him to share their memories and photographs here.
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Suddenly one feels privileged to also have enjoyed a "little part" of their attention, personal interest, assistance in a variety of ways and their friendship.
W-a-a-y back, when Micro-Light aircraft first arrived on our shores, they were mostly single seat equipped. I happened to come across a group of pilots and aviation enthusiasts, some from the Krugersdorp EAA Chapter, viewing and demonstrating a "Quick-Silver" in a quiet corner of a taxi-way at Lanseria one afternoon. Needless to say everyone who had ever seen the movie "Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines" imagined themselves flying one with the wind blowing through your hair, and nothing else to collide with at 200ft AGL, IT SURELY HAD TO BE MORE FUN than zooming down the road on a motorcycle !!!
Bob recognized the look on my face - and said : Would you like to fly it ? - "What a question Bob, may I - please ?" - stammered from my mouth. O.K. he said - taxi it to the next intersection (about 60 meters) and back. I did it and on my return he said : Right - stay away from the active runway, take-off - do a circuit West of the field, turn base before the shops, overfly the landing zone here on the taxi way with your first circuit, do a touch and go off your second circuit and do a full-stop on your third circuit !!
The ASI was a Perspex tube with a bright Yellow chip that had to slide up and down this tube and was mounted on a bracket, like an inverted cool-drink bottle with a plastic straw coming out the bottom and pointing into the airflow. I gathered that the secret was to get this Yellow chip to "float" between the two black lines higher up on the tube and NOT to let it get lower than the Red line lower down unless your wheels were on the ground !!!!!!!!!! GREAT !! my conversion was done !!!
After the adrenalin experience, I stopped and he said "Well done" ! ! - and I felt like I was walking as high as the circuit I had flown !! - Those are moments in life you will never forget - and it feels like it took place yesterday !!! - I cannot imagine ANY flight instructor taking such a decision today ? Well not only did Bob know his own flying ability, but it was as though he could "sense" the flying skills of others ?? ( Although Bob flew with me after this event, he had never flown with me before sending me off solo in what looked like a Chicken Cage with wings.)
Subsequently our paths happily often crossed - AND now we hear that Bob is no longer with us ? WELL - to me it has just ENHANCED the experience described above - and as an aviation friend, the memory of "Bob Ewing" has just become a much more valuable thought -ALSO never to be forgotten.
Condolences with his family and friends.
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Bob showed me the beauty of "gentleman's aerobatics"
RIP Bob, you sure were an inspiration.
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Jayme and the Ewing familyEwing junior wrote: ↑Wed May 15, 2019 8:10 pmI would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind words and wonderful memories that have been shared of my dad. Dads (Bob Ewing) ashes will be scattered on Saturday the 18th of May in a small private ceremony in his home town of Port Alfred. There will be a small get together to follow mid morning at the family home for all friends and family who wish to pay their respects in person. A special thank you to Lance Poynter for kindly informing the flying community of his passing and being a true friend throughout his days, including the tough times towards the end.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences at the passing of your Dad, Bobby.
He was one hell of a guy and an aviator of note.
I recall his arrival at Klerksdorp in the Monster Pitts, just as Big and Bold as Bobby
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Bob did a great deal for aviation and in particular EAA.
He was always a keen and enthusiastic supporter of all Vintage and Homebuilt aircraft.
We both had Tigers and Chipmunks at similar times and enjoyed all the EAA and Vintage events!
We served together on many EAA, air show and flying committees and he will be sorely missed in the aviation circles.
My sincere condolences go to Dawn and the family.
Rest in peace, Bob
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Condolences to the family
Back at Grand Central @ FTC, you taught me to Fly your Tiger Moth and scream at me, " Move those legs like Michael Jackson "
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I was so very graced to have Bob do my instructor rating at Grand Central and pass on his years of wisdom in those 20 odd hours of patter. Bob and I loved this time together, he would do the patter on the way out and once accomplished, he would ask if he could to the return flight back to the airport - his words "I dont get to do much actual flying whilst instructing", then would proceed to show me some aerobatic maneuvers on the way back, so smoothly and controlled and with absolute precision that it made my flying feel an amateur! He will live forever in my mind! RIP Bob