Home › Forums › Pilot Reports › Stan Koszelak, Rest in peace my friend.
- This topic has 5 replies, 5 voices, and was last updated 7 months, 2 weeks ago by Tim Ward.
October 10, 2022 at 5:51 PM #16841Mark HoffmannGeneral Member
Stan passed away this morning 10/10/2022… Complications from a motorcycle accident he had approximately 3 weeks ago while riding on a mountain road. Highway 38.
Stan was an avid hang glider pilot for at least 30 years but did not fly much in the last 9 years.
He obtained a PHD… Bio-Chemistry. He told me he spent some time on the Space Shuttle Team years ago.
Stan’s wife Julie said that if anyone has any stories they would like to share that they can e-mail them to her >> Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org
above picture> At Waltz Launch
New T2C-154 day at CSSOctober 11, 2022 at 1:33 PM #16842
Sad to hearOctober 11, 2022 at 5:24 PM #16843
I’m so sorry to hear this. Stan was a great guy. He was very smart and I learned a lot about flying and weather in the course of riding up the hill with him and in the LZ after flying over the years. His patient, analytical approach to hang gliding was a great influence. Great sense of humor.
He had a ritual of always eating a simple cheese sandwich right before launch to keep his stomach settled. He did train as an alternate Payload Specialist for a space shuttle mission, way back when.
In 2001 he lent his Fusion for the C.S.S. entry in the Crestline Days Parade (we won!). His son was the ‘pilot’ and his daughter tended a wingtip tether.October 13, 2022 at 10:38 AM #16853Jonathan DietchGeneral Member
Gosh! I’m so saddened for Stan and his wife. Any time I get lucky and hook the occasional thermal by the high school bus parking I think of Stan because he showed me how it works perhaps 12 years ago.
One of my favorite Stan quips was when he got in Knumbnuts’ face and called our training circuit, “The Big Oops!”. You always knew where you stood with Stan. I may be blunt but Stan was BLUNT! I am truly sorry that he has left the building. I wish his wife and family peace.October 19, 2022 at 7:14 PM #16867Mark HoffmannGeneral Member
Stan’s service; location and time.October 21, 2022 at 12:04 PM #16874Tim WardGeneral Member
I liked Stan. I first met him right after Debbie Renshaw signed off his H2.
He told me while he was in training to be a crew specialist on the Space Shuttle that he broke his arm riding a mountain bike and got bumped off his flight. Still later, he told me that actually, he’d blown a landing, taking out a downtube and his arm. The ‘mountain bike’ story was because he wasn’t supposed to be hang gliding while in the program. Oops.
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.