Final Flights: March 2007

 - March 9, 2007, 11:09 AM

William Gilbert, former board member and chairman of NBAA, died. Gilbert served on the NBAA board from 1970 to 1980 and as chairman from 1975 to 1977. He was a former chief pilot for Weyerhaeuser’s flight department, which he helped build from a small Twin Beech operation into one that operated various aircraft with several bases around the country. His career included experience as an air traffic controller and a naval aviator during World War II.

Former Helicopter Association International (HAI) president Roy Resavage died last month after a long illness. He was 62. Resavage spent seven years at the helm of HAI, where he led the association through difficult financial times. He is credited with improving its operational efficiency and financial health, as well as increasing
attendance at Heli-Expo. Before HAI, Resavage was a career naval officer, where he served as executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy and as commander of NAS Jacksonville.

Current HAI president Matt Zuccaro said, “I inherited a financially strong, professionally staffed international organization, which was a direct result of Roy’s efforts and commitment. The international helicopter community and I have lost a good friend.”

David Hill, president, CEO and owner of Dallas-based Foxtronics, died on January 4. He was 66. Hill served in the Air National Guard for several years and was a part of the aviation industry for more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Janice, his mother, two brothers, four sisters, two daughters and seven grandchildren.

Patsy Pyka, CEO of composite company Fiber Art and past president of corporate aircraft design firm Pyka Design, died January 19. She was 71. Pyka’s corporate aviation career began in 1976 at Page Gulfstream in San Antonio. Pyka Design was the primary subcontractor for the design of narrowbody aircraft for Page Avjet in Orlando. She is survivied by her daughters Beverly and Barbara.