Lake St. John accident

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Re: Lake St. John accident

#26 Post by JasonE » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:28 pm

News article from 2 days ago: http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/plane-wreckage ... -1.3506237

"“He is in intensive care. He's had several operations, but he is in recovery mode"

We're all rooting for you Jim. Look forward to hearing from you again!
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Re: Lake St. John accident

#27 Post by cncpc » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:25 pm

Sulako wrote:Sending you good karma, Jim! I hope your recovery is speedy. Know that we are thinking about you :)
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Re: Lake St. John accident

#28 Post by waterdog » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:17 am

Cador is out.
Narrative: TSB Report#A17O0149: a privately operated Lake LA-4-200 amphibious aircraft, was practising touch and go water landings on Lake St John near Orillia, ON (CNJ4) with a pilot and an instructor on board. During one of the manoeuvers, the aircraft collided with the surface of the water. Both pilots were seriously injured and taken to the hospital. The aircraft was substantially damaged and sank to the bottom of the lake.

Get better Jim, we're all looking forward to hearing from you.
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Re: Lake St. John accident

#29 Post by Beefitarian » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:07 pm

I can't say I enjoy reading about any accident but it is a bit worse when people get hurt.

Pilotdar, I sincerely hope you fully recover.
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Re: Lake St. John accident

#30 Post by Cat Driver » Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:18 pm

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Re: Lake St. John accident

#31 Post by WastedFlyer » Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:44 pm

YYZSaabGuy wrote:Sorry to hear PilotDAR was involved - I caught the original story last night and was hoping to hear the opposite.

He's an extremely credible member of this forum who consistently gives back with educated, experienced, and humble contributions to those threads with which he gets involved. Here's hoping his recovery is swift and trouble-free, and that he's back with us very soon!
Just learning about this now... :shock: YYZSaabGuy, I couldn not agree more... I'm a newbie in the forum and PilotDAR has definitely stood out for his useful, friendly and wise advise... I look forward to read more of his posts in the forum after he has fully recovered...
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#32 Post by pelmet » Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:08 pm

We are very fortunate that PilotDAR did something that not all floatplane/amphib pilots do. According to one of the articles I read, the pilots were wearing lifevests.
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#33 Post by JasonE » Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:32 pm

pelmet wrote:We are very fortunate that PilotDAR did something that not all floatplane/amphib pilots do. According to one of the articles I read, the pilots were wearing lifevests.
Yes, that was mentioned in the link I posted (same one as Cat). I couldn't ever see Jim flying an amphib without them:
PilotDAR wrote: I can happily report that every person who we were called to rescue, who unexpectedly entered the water, and was wearing a life jacket when they did, was rescued with no further injury. Unhappily, nearly all of the people who went in without wearing a life jacket did not survive.
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Re: Lake St. John accident

#34 Post by waterdog » Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:05 pm

Yup, as a new pilot and new to amphibious planes Jim and I talked for hours before I bought my Lake. This weekend while flying up to the cottage everyone who got in the plane for a ride, including me, had a life vest on and a full briefing on what can happen.

To me that is that value of this forum. To allow all of us to learn from each other's experience's and improve.

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Re: Lake St. John accident

#35 Post by anofly » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:34 pm

its about time we had a Jim update.
pm even.
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#36 Post by HiFlyChick » Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:36 am

I met Jim a little over a month ago when he came out east for some work. He had done some DAR work for us several months ago and we were hoping to fly together when he came east. He seemed like a really nice guy and very knowledgeable, and reading through the comments, it seems he is highly regarded among his peers, too. I hope he has a speedy recovery and is back in the air before too long.

Best wishes, and prayers for your recovery, Jim!

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#37 Post by 7ECA » Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:49 pm

I've never met Jim, but from everything I've seen on this forum he is a wealth of knowledge and a respected opinion within the community. Jim, take your time, the road to recovery can be a long and frustrating one.
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Re: Lake St. John accident

#38 Post by PilotDAR » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:31 am

Hello everyone, thanks for your words of support. Today is my first day in a wheel chair, and some time on my computer to reply to kind words.

I've had many surgeries, and a whole bunch of metal screwed into both legs. No weight bearing on feet or left shoulder for several months, and in the hospital for the duration. The other pilot with me was less badly injured, though has also had surgery, and is recovering.

I cannot state details about the accident, though its weird what your mind suppresses in any case. Later, I hope to gather thoughts for everyone, based upon my experience.....

Thanks for your support - Jim
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Re: Lake St. John accident

#39 Post by EPR » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:02 am

Happy to hear you are on the mend!
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#40 Post by crazyaviator » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:13 am

Its goooood to see you back Jim! Yesterday, I had a little biking accident and it reminded me of just how fragile life can be and life changing circumstances can happen in fractions of seconds ( I cannot pinpoint why it happened ) HUMBLING for me! I hope you recover speedily !
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Re: Lake St. John accident

#41 Post by waterdog » Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:15 pm

Welcome Back Jim!!! So good to hear from you. There is no question that being in a hospital and the road to recovery is a tough go. Just take one day at a time and it will get better day by day.
I'm sure between the lot of us we all have contacts that can help out. Just let us know what you need.
I've got a great physiotherapist that I love in Toronto, let me know and I can pm you details.
If you like, give us the Lat and Long of your house and we can air drop casserole's until you feel better.....:))

Anything to help

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#42 Post by Cat Driver » Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:16 pm

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#43 Post by rookiepilot » Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:19 pm

Prayers for a fast recovery, Jim.
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#44 Post by GyvAir » Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:26 pm

Good to hear that you're making progress, Jim!
Here's to the speediest recovery possible!
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Re: Lake St. John accident

#45 Post by JasonE » Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:32 pm

Good to hear from you Jim!

Let me know when you're up for a visitor, we can hanger fly.
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Re: Lake St. John accident

#46 Post by Cat Driver » Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:00 pm

I cannot state details about the accident, though its weird what your mind suppresses in any case. Later, I hope to gather thoughts for everyone, based upon my experience.....
Don't sweat the not remembering Jim, let nature take its course.
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Re: Lake St. John accident

#47 Post by boogs82 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:58 pm

Glad to hear from you Jim and I hope for a speedy recovery. I've gotten a couple of updates from a mutual friend. Be strong through the healing process. We're all rootin for you.
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#48 Post by cgzro » Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:14 pm

Indeed ... wish you a speedy recovery Jim.

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#49 Post by CFR » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:46 pm

GyvAir wrote:Good to hear that you're making progress, Jim!
Here's to the speediest recovery possible!
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Re: Lake St. John accident

#50 Post by boogs82 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:13 pm

Hey PilotDar,

Just wondering how things are progressing? Hope all is well!
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