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Old 11-14-2019, 07:36 PM
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Default Aviation Nation - Bob Kelly is in need of our thoughts and prayers...

Bob Kelly (videobobk on VAF) is the President and Founder of Aviation Nation and is one of the early pioneers who paved the way for many of the RV-12 high school build programs in existence today. If you've been to OSH in the past six or seven years you've no doubt seen him always busy leading large groups of mentors and student-builders to various meetings and vendor exhibits. During the other 51 weeks, Bob stays busy organizing new build projects or assisting one of the many Aviation Nation build projects. Get well soon, Bob! /reb
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R. E. "Ernie" Butcher
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"Mentors build the student...
Students build the airplane." -Glen Salmon

Dedicated to the historical preservation of the RV-1 Aircraft
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fostering, and engaging in aviation and aerospace education.

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Old 11-14-2019, 08:08 PM
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Thanks for letting us know Ernie - and so sorry to hear this. Best thoughts going out for his recovery!

Paul F. Dye
Editor at Large - KITPLANES Magazine
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Old 11-14-2019, 08:21 PM
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Bob is as good of an ambassador for flying I know. He has done so much to help kids get into aviation with the build programs he has started.

Best of luck Bob, hope you are back in the air soon!!
Williamston MI
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:55 AM
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Thoughts and PRAYERS going up for Bob's speedy recovery!!
Bob Martin
RV-6, 0-360 Hartzell C/S, Tip up, 1200+TT
James extended cowl/plenum, induction, -8VS and Rudder. TSFlightline hoses. Oregon Aero leather seats.
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Old 11-15-2019, 10:41 AM
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Thoughts and prayers to Bob, his family, and everyones lives he touched.
Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines LLC, AS Flightlines
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Old 11-18-2019, 06:38 AM
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Get well soon Bob. Our Thoughts and PRAYERS are with you from everyone here at Wisconsin Eagle's nest project. Bob and Glenda have always been great hosts every time I took the short trip down to Indiana


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Old 11-18-2019, 06:45 AM
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Sending well wishes and some prayers for a speedy recovery, Bob.
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RV7 empennage acquired and the "journey" has officially begun. Wings are here!
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Old 11-30-2019, 02:09 AM
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Small update, I've been visiting Bob when able around my crazy work schedule. He is slowly but surely making progress, he has made a lot of big strides from where he started. God is good, continued prayers.....
Ross Porter
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First Generation Eagles Nest/Aviation Nation RV-12 Builder/Pilot
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