Final Flights

 - January 30, 2009, 6:50 AM

John Winant, 85, former president of the National Business Aviation Association, died on January 13 at his home in Williamstown, Mass.

Nancy Bird-Walton, 93, one of the world’s most famous pioneer female pilots, died on January 15 in Sydney, Australia. Bird-Walton was the first Australian woman to fly a commercial aircraft and was the founder of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association. Last October, Qantas named its first delivered A380 after her in recognition of her contributions to aviation. Her January 21 state funeral in Australia was attended by numerous dignitaries, including Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.