Jack trained so many people it's hard to believe there are so few comments or acknowledgements. I wonder if anyone out there remembers Jack?
My Mom, Dad and I learned to fly despite Jack's help in the mid 70's when he ran the VFS.
We did spend a lot of time at Mary's, talking the talk!
He and that Mustang were a treat for a couple of Tofino boys but as we were always under the other Jack's (Mr Shaw) Wing the tales don't include late night City cop photos!
Tailwinds always, Jack
I remember Jack as a fantastic pilot, a patient teacher, and above all, a true gentleman.
Jack took me for my first aerobatic ride in a then almost new Cessna 152. I think it was in mid to late 70's as I was just a young boy at the time.
I remember one incident with particular fondness.
Jack was flying the 152 and had radioed to the tower that he wanted do do an inverted pass down the active.
The reply was "NO!"
About 15 min later, Jack radioed back to the tower requesting to do a high speed wheels up pass.
I guess the controller did not realize that a 152 has fixed gear and granted the OK for the pass.
We all ran outside to watch Jack perform a beautiful "high speed, wheels up" pass.
Thank you Jack for peaking my interest in flying as a young boy. It was due to your flight that I went on to get my pilots license.
Fair skies and light winds old friend.
Jack was a great mentor for me. I did a lot of my commercial training with him back in 1970 at VFC. Spent a few hours in a Harvard with him learning acrobatics. Many hours of conversation and late night antics. Even through the steakhouse phase. He always called me Jimmy. Reflectin g back on our association always brings a big smile.
In the late 90's he spent a few weeks flying around with me in my Navajo and having a lot of fun spinning yarns in the process. He was a good friend and an inspiration to many many pilots.
Thanks Jack. Wherever you are now, I am sure you are out there leading the pack.
My best memory of Jack was flying with him in his Beech Travelair doing practice approaches for a instrument reride and we could hardly see the instruments for the smoke ion the cockpit as we both smoked back then.
I cant remember the year but it was in the early to mid seventies as I recall.