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Old 12-31-2015, 05:04 AM
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Default Matt Dralle

Many know Matt due to his Matronics mailing lists or his website and Kitlog build tracking application.

Regrettably, Matt had a stroke earlier in the week. I'm posting this on VAF because to minimize any potential hate mail sent his direction for lack of responsiveness in supporting these products. Unfortunately it's going to be awhile before he will be able to respond to any inquiries.

Matt needs our prayers as he recovers. The following was posted to his FB page last night.

Matt Update: He is responding to comments being made by squeezing Katie's hand and he was able to answer his age by using his one hand. All early indicators are that he is doing ok.

Katie sends her thanks for the prayers and that they are definitely helping.

This will be my last update for tonight
Bob Leffler
N410BL - RV10 Flying
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Old 12-31-2015, 05:11 AM
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I remember Matt from his Matronics lists. Glad to hear he's doing better. Prayers on the way.

Get Well Soon, Matt!
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:09 AM
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Default Prayers for our fallen brother

Matt is one of the truly good guys. Let's all pause and ask the Good Lord to restore him to his (and our) family.
Steve Ashby
Stone Mountain, GA
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YIO-360 180 hp Lycoming
Hartzell Blended Airfoil Prop
Engine Hung
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:16 AM
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Wow... I was watching his latest youtube videos only yesterday. Wow...
Matt's build logs and videos helped keep me sane during the many years I had to wait before I started building. My hopes and prayers are being sent... truly wishing for a full recovery.
Martin J Filiatrault
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:09 AM
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Thank you for the update, Bob. Being about the same age as Matt, and in the same industry, my thoughts and prayers are magnified into sharp relief. I’m grateful the early indicators are positive, and wish Matt a speedy recovery. Prayers being sent.
Doug Reeves (your host)
  • Full time: since '07 (started it in '96).
  • Typed in the EMB-505 (Phenom 300). Available for contract work. (flying resume).
  • Part time: Supporting Crew Member CAE EMB-505 Level D Sim @ KDFW.

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Old 12-31-2015, 08:41 AM
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Prayers are with matt and his extended family. Having been in a situation myself, I can certainly feel for him, and say that prayers work.
Get well Matt--
Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:50 AM
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Matt's Pre-VAF, Matronics RV-List internet board kept us early builds in the loop.

Best to you Matt and wishing you a speedy recovery.
Gary Palinkas - Gman.... VAF #161
Venice, Fl
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Old 12-31-2015, 09:08 AM
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That's hitting a little close to home. I think I'll go ahead and let my doctor put me on the cholesterol meds she's been wanting to give me for a while now.
Greg Niehues - SEL, IFR, Repairman Cert.
Garden City, TX VAF 2021 dues paid
N16GN flying 900 hrs and counting; IO360, SDS, WWRV200, Dynon HDX, IFD440, G5
Built an off-plan RV9A with too much fuel and too much HP. Should drop dead any minute now.
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Old 12-31-2015, 09:12 AM
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Thanks for the posting. My KitLog has been down and I was getting no help from him to get back up, this explains it all.
Here is hope that he recovers quickly and can resume his previous lifestyle.
A&P, PP-SEL, Pathological Flier, EAA Technical Counselor
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Old 12-31-2015, 09:39 AM
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Default How terrible

He is certainly one of the stalwarts in this industry. Glad to hear there is some good progress.

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