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Old 11-03-2015, 08:18 AM
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Default The Averys

I guess when Avery Tools wasn't at Oshkosh this year, it signaled the end of an era and today's note that Bob and his wife are retiring and ending the business is good news for them. So, congratulations.

That said, it marks another iconic passage. Such is life and all but the Avery family (the whole employee group) were a beacon of helpfulness at a time when there weren't forums or the Internet to get help and answers outside of a call to Van's.

They also set a standard for customer service that others who cater to our sport/hobby are required to meet because that's what we're use to and what we demand.

They were, above all, "one of us." That's important.

Thanks to the Avery "family" one and all for being there for us. We wish you happy travels.
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:44 AM
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Thanks, Bob, for capturing the thoughts of many of us and describing them so eloquently. I am, of course, very happy for Bob and Judy, but can't help but feel the loss to the entire RV community. They are flawless examples of the quality people that comprise our world-wide RV family.
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:50 AM
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I'm happy and sad. Be well Bob and Judy.
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Old 11-03-2015, 09:02 AM
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Well said, Bob. The Avery family have set high marks for quality and customer service. We will miss them.
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:02 AM
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Thanks Bob, you captured my thoughts too.

I have the same feeling here .. overseas.

Avery family were part of my 8 adventure from first step.

Sad but happy for them.
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:27 AM
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Here's wishing the family some well-deserved time off!

Now maybe Bob can finish that RV-4 that got him started on all this in the first place.....
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Old 11-03-2015, 11:08 AM
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Default Bitter sweet

Bob and Judy,

You will be missed, for sure. I can already hear people asking at Airventure, "Do you know where Avery Tools' Booth is? I've been looking everywhere..."

I, for one, thank you for answering all my "newbie" questions, and for all you've provided to the experimental aviation community.
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Old 11-03-2015, 11:47 AM
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Thank goodness I got mine finished before they retired! Great service! They will be missed
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:10 PM
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I first started building with an Avery tool kit a long time ago and bought a lot of components from them along the way. I always received friendly old world service from Avery. And Bob really knew what he was talking about when it came to aircraft tools.

I'm surprised that the retail sales component of Avery Tools is completely evaporating. I don't understand why Bob was not able to sell it through a business broker as a going concern.
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Old 11-04-2015, 12:21 AM
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I had a few day off during recurrent training in Dallas last year and wandered over to Hicks one afternoon to see what they had on the shelves I couldn't live without. Bob was kind enough to give me the nickel tour of the place and show me what he was working on (including the aforementioned partially completed 4) and then took me around the corner to visit with Jay Pratt and stayed to visit a while.
Nice folks and I wish them all the best. Now maybe they can get to do the things that always get put off for "someday".
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