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Old 09-28-2013, 06:19 PM
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Amy, I am sorry we couldn't make it down to pay our last respects, as the plane is being annualled now.

Needless to say, you are in our thoughts!

We will always remember Tony the way he was; happy to enjoy each and every moment!

Our level best and sincerest condolences.

Tony was a great man whom I am proud to have known and have called a friend!

John Sannizzaro
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by agirard7a View Post
Amy, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers
go out to you and your family. I met Tony recently
on a fly in trip to Nova Scotia. Tony gave me the name
"Token Al" short for the token liberal. Also "lumberjack" for snoring
so loudly in the bunk house and keeping him awake
all night, only to get some sleep by putting on his headset.

I did not know him well, but really enjoyed his humor, jokes
and his passion for building and flying. We all did, as well as the kind folks we visited. I remember well his almost constant easy smile. I will always remember
this trip, the great flying and exploring Nova Scotia. Tony absolutely was excited and blissful. His love for flying completely showed.

So sorry Amy.
Not much I can add to that Al.

I'm here at Stanley tonight with the friends that Tony made in this part of the world. We all agree, he was as good as they get.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:53 AM
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Default tkatc-tony

My first encounter with Tony was here on the forum when he asked if there was anyone in New Jersey with an RV that he could get a ride. i responded there were 3 here at KMJX a 7A, 8A and 9A and to come on up.
Soon after Tony arrived in a spam can with a thousand questions. I stuffed him in the back of my 8A, in what may have been his 1st RV ride. After that it was only what model he wanted and it wasn't long and we were all following his well documented x-country in his new 7A.
Later in the year I flew down to Cross Keys to help him with his 1st Condition Inspection. Vlad was there with all his wit and spend most of the day not helping but teasing Tony.
Earlier this month i met Tony at Sky Manor's fly-in and caught up on the latest news and promised to come see his 8 build.
To Amy, sorry for your lost and the sadness that it brings. I'll miss him.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:17 PM
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Default You will be missed, Tony.

Every time I've logged on to VAF over the past week I have each time been sad to see this thread. I first saw the post that Friday night, just a few hours after the accident. This is not good was the original title, and like I always do I thought ?uh oh.? Then I read that it was Tony. Disbelief then, and still disbelief now. I just couldn't bring myself to acknowledge it with a post in this thread until now.


I got to know Tony about 3 years ago when we were both in the market for an RV. We were sort of competing to find the right one, but our missions were different enough that we decided to commiserate, collaborate and help each other through the search for a plane. We talked and messaged each other often. We congratulated each other when we each finally found the plane we were looking for. It was an exiting time.

When Tony went to get Tweety in Oregon, he planned to come through the Denver area on the trip home, and overnight at my place. Weather forced him and Gary south through Phoenix though, so our face to face meeting was delayed. I talked to him that night after they landed at Sky Harbor. He said ?wait 'til you see the pictures!?

We finally met at Oshkosh in 2011 at the VAF event, and I can still hear him say my name as he reached out and shook my hand. I spent a bunch of time talking to Amy that night too.

I not sure what, if anything, I could write in this space that would convey how sad I am for you Amy. Tony was someone that you could be friends with easily, and forever. I know you must miss him terribly. We are all hurting with you.

Tony, you were a great guy and I'm proud and lucky to have known you, brother. I still can't believe you are gone.

John Knox
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:42 AM
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Default Sad day for aviation!!

....I had never met Tony but had the pleasure of speaking with him on the telephone when he ordered our gust lock and inquired about other products. You were immediately impressed with his forthcoming attitude, knowledge of his airplane and what he wanted from it. The aviation community has been diminished by Tony's untimely passing. Our hearts go out to his family and friends in this most trying of times. Surly Tony is now looking down on us, and getting the hang of his new wings.
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:57 PM
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We were like brothers. First time Tony came to my hangar when DAR was there and my airworthiness inspection was in full swing. I was curious at first and asked do I know you? I am your cousin he said. Of course he meant RVs but we turned it into a good Uncle Sam's nephews joke. Since that June 2011 we were in constant touch if we didn't exchange messages for a day or two something was believed to be out of order. We flew to a lot of interesting places and we met a lot of wonderful people. We started thinking alike and understood each other in the air with a quick phrase or a hand sign.

Incidentally our last two letters on N-numbers were BK. He called his airplane "Good Bravo Kilo" and my "Bad Bravo Kilo". Unpainted, with wrong digits on the tail, no fancy instrumentation etc...We heard a lot of funny comments about our N-numbers from his fellow controllers and we loved it. Burger King the big whopper being the favorite.

Once I deliberately misled him and told to meet me at a Maryland airport and signaled airborne. Our airports are 40 miles apart. The same time I departed in the opposite direction toward Nantucket Island. I was shocked when close to destination at pattern attitude somebody said "Privet" and his yellow RV appeared on my six. How was it possible? He punched my tracker saw the treason and turned around to chase. Run full throttle all the time asking radar people for all kinds of transition and if "Bad Bravo Kilo" sneaked through their airspace. Of course I did there was no other way. We had good lunch and a good laugh.

Good memories. So many great things happened during those three years. Captain Steve tours the cockpit.

Bill tells a war story.

A weekend fly by the casinos.

Right after work we went to Sentimental Journey.

Watching RV Patriarch arrival.

Had a great time in Maine.

Keeping both Bravo Kilos in top shape.

Ready for fun ride along Digby Cliffs of Nova Scotia.

And much much more...

Rest in Peace my brother we will take good care of your RV8 project. It may take longer then you planned but she will fly. The way you wanted but don't call me bird magnet anymore...
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:07 PM
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Wonderful Tribute Vlad - wonderful.
Paul F. Dye
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:28 PM
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Thanks for the tribute Vlad. You are my cousin and friend too. I am sure Tony was smiling when you circled above. Godspeed Tony and safe travels to all of us.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:32 PM
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Glad to hear from you. As an honorary Russian you have my utmost sympathy. Not personally know either you or Tony didn't stop my thoughts of your pain when I heard of his accident. You sir are a true friend to Tony and I wish you all the best.
Rick Sked
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:37 PM
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Yes,Thank you Vlad. Very nice Tribute.
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