Gone West: Flight Instructor Eddie Duffard | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 02.01.16

Airborne 02.02.16

Airborne 02.03.16

Airborne 02.04.16

Airborne 02.05.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 02.01.16

Airborne 02.02.16

Airborne 02.03.16

Airborne 02.04.16

Airborne 02.05.16

Wed, Jan 16, 2008

Gone West: Flight Instructor Eddie Duffard

Logged Over 65,000 Hours In The Air

A legend among flight instructors in Baton Rogue, LA has passed. Eddie Duffard, who taught literally thousands of people how to fly and logged over 65,000 hours in the air doing it, passed away Monday at the age of 86.

Duffard was a World War II Navy veteran, and later worked for chemical manufacturing and supply company Ethyl Corp. But he spend much of his time either at Metro Airport (BTR), or plying the skies above it.

"It was his passion and he gave it to others," former student Thomas McGuire told The Baton Rouge Advocate. "He absolutely loved being in the air."

McGuire was but one of over 5,000 students Duffard instructed. He said Duffard was more than one could ask for in an instructor, combining discipline and an in-depth knowledge of regulations with humor, and a sincere love of flying.

Another one of Duffard's students, Chuck Harris, said the lessons he learned from Duffard probably saved his life at least twice. In particular, Harris said, Duffard used sayings to make important lessons stick -- including "The only time you got too much gas is when you’re on fire."

His 1976 Piper PA-28 Archer II was plastered with such signs, Harris recalled.

"Duffard always told people that the best thing he ever did in life was marrying Rose," his wife of more than 60 years, said Harris. "The next best thing was learning to fly."

A memorial service is tentatively planned for January 18, according to a statement on the website of Duffard's flying school.

FMI: Duffard Flying Service website

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 02.05.16: Collier Trophy Noms, NJ Homeowner Nonsense, Flight Design USA

Also: A-10 Survives, The Essential Aero-Community, Miami Seaplanes, ERAU WACO, Jeppesen Leadership, ADS-B Kickstarter, Guilty Non-Pilot The National Aeronautic Association announce>[...]

P-51 'Big Beautiful Doll' Down In Arizona, Jeff Pino Lost

Pilot, Jeff Pino, Fatally Injured In The Accident ANN RealTime Update -- 020516, 2114 ET: ANN is aggrieved to confirm that the aircraft involved in this tragedy was none other than>[...]

Airborne 02.04.16: ATC Privatization Fears Mount, PK Floats, IFD440 Update

Also: RIP Roger Boisjoly, Let Bob Fly, 1st Legacy 500, AZ Sales Tax Exemption, Hartzell 5-Blades, Air Transat, Pro Line Fusion Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman >[...]

Airborne 02.05.16: Collier Trophy Noms, NJ Homeowner Nonsense, Flight Design USA

Also: A-10 Survives, The Essential Aero-Community, Miami Seaplanes, ERAU WACO, Jeppesen Leadership, ADS-B Kickstarter, Guilty Non-Pilot The National Aeronautic Association announce>[...]

A Personal Note From ANN's Jim Campbell to the ANN/Airborne/Aero-TV Family

Hi Folks... I thought a personal note might be just the way to start a process with you all that should result in something quite extraordinary. Life is INSANE here at ANN HQ... wh>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC