People in Aviation: Final Flights

 - October 27, 2010, 10:00 AM

Walter J. Gengarelly Jr. (Jan. 29, 1935 - Sept. 24, 2010)
It is always tough to lose one of your own, and all of us here at AIN are saddened with the passing of our good friend ­Walter Gengarelly, who died Sept. 24, 2010, after undergoing heart ­surgery a few weeks earlier.

Walt was a fixture at AIN’s publishing headquarters in Danbury, Ct., from the mid-’80s when he joined our company right until his passing. He was our marketing and promotional manager from 1987 through 1992 and was very involved in the launch of our International Air Show division in 1987, when he joined us onsite in Paris during the Le Bourget event.

Walt was an avid pilot from early in his career, learning to fly at Spring Valley Airport, Ramapo, N.Y., in the early 1960s; he ultimately managed that airport. He then managed Red Fox Airport in southern Vermont (near Stratton Mountain) for two years before joining Business and Commercial Aviation magazine as an East Coast salesman in 1968. Walt stayed at ­B/CA for seven years until 1975, when he went to manage an FBO in Chatham, N.J. He left aviation for just a few years before joining AIN in 1987.

Walter was the consummate aviation enthusiast and an ­excellent pilot who owned a Cherokee 235 and constantly used it in business through the early 1980s. He was a kind, gentle and generous person who–to those of us who knew him well–very much marched to the beat of his own drummer. Later in his years, Walt got involved in politics and was active in the Libertarian party in Connecticut, where he ran for governor and was currently running for U.S. Representative. To the average person this may have appeared to be an unrealistic pursuit, but clearly Walt was a staunch believer in individual liberties. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957, and was a proud American veteran and patriot right up until his death.

Speaking on behalf of the AIN family, it was a true honor and privilege to have known Walt Gengarelly. We will miss him greatly.

In addition to his dear friends, Walt Gengarelly is survived by Beverly Hayes; two sons, Walter J. Gengarelly III and Gregory Hayes Gengarelly; his sisters Virginia Wood and Linda Gen­garelly; and brother-in-law Harry Wood.

Wilson Leach,
Managing Director, AIN

Ed Tripp died October 16 at his home in Cincinnati at the age of 75. His 50-year publishing career included executive and ­writing stints with Car and Driver, Air Progress, Flying, AOPA Pilot and B/CA. Tripp’s time at Flying ­included his role as project director of the ­magazine’s memorable 434-page 50th-anniversary issue in September 1977. At AOPA from 1977 to 1986, Tripp “transformed AOPA Pilot magazine, AOPA’s Airports USA and the AOPA Pilot’s Handbook into upscale, commercially competitive publications,” AOPA said on its Web site. His towering frame and baritone voice ­bestowed on Tripp a ­commanding and charismatic presence. ­After serving in the U.S. Army in Korea, he learned to fly and went on to become a commercial pilot with instrument, multi-engine, glider and helicopter ratings. The son of Salvation Army officers, Tripp is survived by his wife, Karen, and six children.–N.M.