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Subject: Bob Golden
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02/13/2006 11:27 AM  
I'm saddened to report the passing of Bob Golden, Saturday February 10. He was 59 years old. Bob had flown helicopters most of his life. He was a decorated Vietman war vetran with two Distinguised flying Crosses and fifty-one Air medals of Valors four of which beared Oak Leaf Clusters. Later Bob flew just about every make & model helicopter made. He was an instructor, FAA examiner, held ATP ratings and was type rated in several models. In the late seventies Bob was commisioned as factory test pilot for the then start-up company Robinson Helicopters. During one of the early test flights of an R-22 a component failed sending Bob crashing into the pacific ocean and was 30 feet deep before he was able to free himself. Unijured, he climbed in a helicopter the next day and located the wreckage sight from memory when Coast Guard divers were unable to find it in 140 feet of water. This saved the three year test program from starting over as this was the only prototype R-22 in existence. The failed part was redesigned and Bob later finished the certification program with he FAA. Bob later assisted Robinson in certifying the R-44. Bob also served as chief pilot for Alexair of Torrance California and Hawaii. Per Bob's request there will be no services. Jon
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02/16/2006 4:49 PM  
It just goes to show that you should keep up with friends. I haven't spoken with Bob in about 10 years. Unfortunately, I didn't know he was sick and this news saddens me greatly! Bob was my flight instructor in the mid-80's. I still remember him yelling at me to get it together. I was a horrible student and had the hardest time learning to hover. However, Bob "kicked" my ass all over that field in Torrance and just made it work for me. He was, by far, one of the best pilots that I have ever seen. I now have over 2500 hours in turbines and I can credit this completely to his initial training. Thank you Bob and rest well.
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02/16/2006 8:33 PM  
Hey Mike... PM me @jon@integralproducts.com. I'd like to talk to you about Bob. Jon
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