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Popular Flier Dies at Gatton Airpark

John Stortelder, with daughter Alanah

John Stortelder, with daughter Alanah

For the most part, I just do this blog for the heck of it. Just a hobby, don’t take it too seriously. But when I find myself reporting on the flying-related deaths of not just people who are known to me, but friends, it gives me an unpleasant feeling.

Such is the case with the death today of John Stortelder, a well-known and much loved fellow aviator at Gatton Airpark.

John was a concreting contractor who ran his own successful business in Brisbane. He came to flying somewhat later in life, as many of us do, learning to fly in a Jabiru. Later, he learnt to fly the RV6, in which he died.

He first built a house at the airpark several years ago. For awhile, he spent weekends in this house, then he let the house out and made day trips up from Brisbane as his second unique, purpose-designed home took shape. John designed the house himself and did much of the work in the construction. He leaves a wife, daughter and son.

He died today, Sunday morning, doing what he loved to do – flying – first thing on Sunday morning as always.

No more of this stuff, please folks.

Some more links to other articles about the tragedy are to be found below:

The Brisbane Times

The Guardian

The Courier Mail

The Gatton Star

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