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Dave Hamel

#1 Post by xsbank » Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:30 pm

from the Conair Pilot's website:

It is with great sadness to announce that Dave 'Pappy' Hamel passed away in his home in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 7th.
Many pilots across Canada, especially on the BC coast obtained their float training from this fine gentleman. Dave had a veried career in aviation, as well as an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
A celebration of life is being planned for early November. I will advise on the exact date and time when it's all finalized.
Goodbye to an old friend, and a fixture in Westcoast Aviation.
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#2 Post by canpilot » Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:06 pm

What a shame eh?

I got the news Sunday night! For the four years I had known Dave I looked up to him as a friend and mentor. His good natured personality and love for aviation will be missed by all!

Rest in Peace Dave!

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#3 Post by SkyWolfe » Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:08 pm

You were are great float instructor Dave!! Thank you for all your help and advice!
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#4 Post by Chuck Ellsworth » Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:38 pm

How sad that aviation has lost another great instructor and person.

We will remember you Dave and use you as a benchmark for what a float plane instructor should be.
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#6 Post by altiplano » Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:19 pm

We have truly lost one of aviation greatest guys.

Pappy - you were awesome. A fine pilot and a real gentleman. I learned more from Dave than anyone else I have encountered in my career. I really enjoyed those foggy mornings on the river, drinking coffee and listening to stories. Really made a no time wannabe feel like he was a part of something - always told you the way it was in this business and in life - thanks for everything Dave.
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#7 Post by canpilot » Thu Oct 11, 2007 6:52 pm

Oh my god!

I drove out to Richmond even when the weather was shyte just for the Hamel chats! Funny, I learned more from Dave during these chats than I have in pre-flight discussions at my FTU!! And he didn't even charge me for it! He was giving me this insight knowing that it could one day save my life. If I tried to say and express all the amazing things that made Dave..dave..this thread would never end!


Alti? Me thinks I might have bumped into you in my times out there?
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#8 Post by arcticbeaches » Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:31 pm

The seven hours I spent with Dave in CDQ were the funnest and most exciting flying I have had so far in my career. Thanks for the good times and all the great stories.
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#9 Post by SkyWolfe » Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:29 pm

Aww!! Thank you for posting those pictures, they bring back fond memories :)
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#10 Post by bohica » Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:59 pm

I've met Dave a few times but never trained with him. I know many that have and they have nothing but wonderful experiences.

From what I have seen and heard from him at CAS4??? (memory failing) and YZF he was a first class individual. He had been there done that and in his talks and briefs he was passing on invaluable info to the newer generation of float pilots. Let me tell you we all listened intently as other posters have said.

Info from close family friends said he passed away peacefully in his sleep which to me is saddening but when the time comes I hope its that way too.

Dave, if they have rogers or telus up there with a decent connection....thanks for everything and we'll all fly with you again soon.
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#11 Post by Rowdy » Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:09 pm

I too looked up to Dave and listened carefully anytime he gave advice. He was a no BS straightup and likeable kind of guy. Always cheery and always there to help. I only hope that we can all take a moment and perhaps a lesson from him.

Treat everyone around you like a friend and peer.. help out whenever and however you can. Always smile.. life aint too bad.. even at its worst moments. Most of all.. listen.. we have two eyes and only One mouth.. Coincidence?

You'll be greatly Missed Dave. Blue skies my friend blue skies..
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#12 Post by MichaelP » Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:57 am

It's over a month since I last saw Dave.
My brother was working on the electrics and avionics in the C180.
I sat with Dave for a while talking, listening to his stories, and getting the straight talk on float operations.
Always candid, always interesting.

If we all live as long in aviation and perhaps music as Dave did we would all be very fortunate.
Sadly, unlike our aeroplanes, we can't be maintained for so many years.
Though the man's body has failed, the man himself will live on in everyone who knew him's memory.
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#13 Post by gongshowking » Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:29 pm

Dave was a great guy, he taught me to fly floats also. Its nice he was able to fly for so long and help so many guys. Hope is family is doing well.
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#14 Post by jon_upsidedown » Fri Oct 12, 2007 10:08 pm

Dave was a great guy, and a great float instructor
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#15 Post by Krashman » Sat Oct 13, 2007 11:44 am

DAVE!! thanks for all the great stories and the float raiting! I enjoyed the 6hrs in the airplane and the countless on the ground with our hands in our pockets discussing the 'old days'!


Deepest Condolences to the family
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#16 Post by LYNX25 » Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:00 am

Sad to hear - thanks for your contribution to aviation Dave!
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#17 Post by ils09 » Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:56 pm

We'll all miss you Dave! You are gentleman and a great pilot.
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#18 Post by wasYKnowFJ » Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:07 pm

Great guy.

Still seeing "Cats Paws", from "Bush Height".
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#19 Post by ils09 » Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:15 pm

hahaha I can hear him saying those words over and over..... great memories.
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#20 Post by Barney » Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:10 am

Dave was the best!
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#21 Post by altiplano » Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:08 am

wasYKnowFJ wrote:Still seeing "Cats Paws", from "Bush Height".
That's awesome -

"bush height and tree height - the only altitudes that matter for a float pilot..."
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#22 Post by Flybaby » Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:49 pm

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#23 Post by Mulleye » Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:43 pm

Dave was a fantastic guy who really took time to teach and look after his students. In a time when the industry was slow Dave helped me find my first job and for that I am grateful as I would not be where I am today.

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#24 Post by daveymac82c » Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:11 pm

I heard the very sad news about a week and a bit ago.

It deeply saddens me because of what an excellent pilot, instructor, friend, and mentor he was to me. I feel privileged to have had the chance to fly with him. I only did my minimum float endorsement and Supercub check with him, but I valued every minute.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his stories while enjoying the view from the beach up on Harrison Lake (you know the spot), as well as the beach on Pitt Lake.

When it came to business, he was more than fair and when it came to "currency" he just wanted to make sure I felt confident, and if I didn't feel confident he trusted that I'd tell him and that we'd go flying until I felt comfortable again. Sometimes it would only be one circuit and he'd say "You're fine, go have some fun."

I asked him one time if I could take the 180 over to St. Mary's Lake on Saltspring Island. He told me that since I had never been there in the 180 that he would usually want to go with me one time before I go by myself, but he said that it wouldn't be necessary because he trusted me.

What other flying school would do that? Cuz really, I knew I could do it, and he knew I knew I could do it. What a great guy. In the end, I still have yet to go over to St. Mary's.

I gotta say. I learned so much from him. He was a truly great instructor.

I will miss him greatly.

-David
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