July 2005 Newsletter
In Memory of Bill Odell
Bill Von Sennet (l) and Bill
Odell (r) at the
Bill Odell passed away on June 8th. Last fall Bill had Quadruple bypass
surgery. Since then his physicians had only
permitted him 30 minutes a day at the computer, so Bill had spent that time
doing what he loved best: Flying a DC-3.
His last flight report was posted on March 5th. Shortly thereafter due to his failing health
he was moved to a rest home near his family.
The roster shows Bill has 2,918.23 hours with
Bill has been a prolific contributor of Features and flight adventures. Due to his life experiences he was a storehouse of aviation information. It was my privilege to communicate with Bill via hundreds of e-mails, and in June of 2001 we spent a couple of days together in Charlotte NC. Click here for that story.
Entering Bill Odell in the search box on the main page will find 24 links. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Bill was instrumental in setting up the Caribbean Hub flights. Prior to his joining the Southern Division he was a member of the Northern Division and I’m sure he shared his ideas with Capt. Bob Thompson and Bangor Hub Capt. Art Nichols.
Bill was the author of “The Berlin Airlift” a project that he worked on for several years. He was also the co-ordinator of the “Imperial Airways” feature. Not long ago Bill transferred to the Bush Pilot Division and contributed to the flights available there. He was the originator of the “Toughman Challenge” features.
In real life Bill served in World War II with
the Army Corps of Engineers. He once
told me that he was at
Bill was extremely proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. On behalf of the pilots of Bluegrass Airlines we extend our condolences to them.
I am not planning any special Memorial
feature. Each pilot can remember Bill in
their own way. As for me, I am going to
fire up my ATP Capt Bill Odell DHC-3 Otter and take off from the Bill Odell
float base near his former home in
Thanks Bill for all the adventures you have shared with us.
Feature of the Month
Update on the G.A.A.R. 2005
All pilots should send me an email when they complete the G.A.A.R. so that I can send them an Award Plaque.
WestcoastATC has joined Flight Project International and is now using the ATOC Pilot Client. The old FSHost system is still available temporarily, but we are transitioning to the new system. It requires downloading the AOTC pilot (4mb) and the base aircraft package (139mb). I’d suggest printing the installation instructions so you can follow along as you install aotc. If you have a home network you will need to setup static routing rather than dynamic routing. The instructions are explict and I had no problem getting it working on the first try. You need to be registered at WestCoastATC with your Bluegrass Call Sign. Your installation ID and password are found on your “Pilots Start Page” Instructions and download links are on the “How to Connect” page.
Aotc has a voice client built in for communicating with ATC, and we will also continue to use TeamSpeak for Unicom.
Welcome to New Pilots
bgas011 Victor Buck
bgas009 Chip Scheetz
bgas007 Don Leveille
bgan004 Kenny Fox
Congratulations to pilots with promotions
From the C.E.O.
Our web-site had over 7,500 visits in June.
The summertime is usually the slow time for a Virtual Airline. There are other things to take up your spare time. So if the flight reports slow down a bit, we will understand. Enjoy the good weather days and have fun with your family.
That’s all for now,
Bill Von Sennet