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Old 09-06-2021, 05:45 PM
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Jan gave me my RV transition and tailwheel endorsement back in 2013. I got 59 landings in 2 days in the middle of summer in Florida. I could not believe he was up for that! Super nice guy and a great instructor. Tailwinds!
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RV-8 N184RK (sold)
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Old 09-07-2021, 12:04 AM
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Location: Foley, Al
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Default With sadness...

So sorry to hear of Mr. Jan's passing. He provided me with my transition training in his 6A back in 2012. Yes indeed a good man! Jan... tailwinds and may your rest be eternally peaceful.
Paul Gray
Foley, Alabama
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Old 09-07-2021, 01:07 PM
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Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Edgewater, FL. X50
Posts: 1,173

RIP Jan,
Got a RV transition and BFR from him in 2013.
Can't believe he didn't yell at me when I kept bouncing his RV-6.
First instructor to teach me a very valuable accelerated stall.
RV9 - N14MW - Flying
G3X - ECI Titan I0-320
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Old 09-08-2021, 05:29 AM
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Join Date: May 2008
Location: Melboring, FL
Posts: 224

I flew with Jan in his RV-6. He was instrumental in getting me back flying after a seven-year hiatus while I was building my Rocket. I learned quite a bit from him and also gained a lot of respect for the strength of an RV-6’s landing gear. I still harem in my headset “hold what you got, hold what you got, hold what you got“ you will be missed by everyone who flew with you. Godspeed Jan.
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N14ZM "Dreamer"
Melboring, FL
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Old 09-13-2021, 10:36 AM
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: TX32
Posts: 1,953
Default Prayers outgoing

I never met Jan in person or got to shake his hand but I easily referred over 100 new RV (and other types with the third wheel in the correct place) to him for training.
I talked to him regularly over the 15 years I lived in Central FL, a genuinely nice guy who always took the time to ask how I was doing, truly caring about people.
I will always remember his phone conversations. "Smokey, pull the throttle back, talk slower, take it that's what I'm talking about!

Prayers for his family.
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Old 09-13-2021, 05:19 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Cartersville
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I also had the pleasure of training with Jan. He had an easy going and calming personality and style. Very knowledgeable and great at instructing, besides being a great person.
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Old 09-13-2021, 06:53 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: FD88 - Aero Acres Airpark, Port St. Lucie, FL
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Jan trained me to fly RVs. After two days in his -6A, flying the -8A for the first time was smooth as silk. He packed a lot of training into a short time - a gifted instructor who still was filled with enthusiasm after all those years.

Blue skies and tailwinds, sir, and thank you for helping so many of us.
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