Don Scott - Final Glide

July 2010




 FLTLT (AAFC) Bob Kilpatrick, Don Scott, Gus Mauch and DCAF AVM Geoff Brown AM at the opening of the Scott/Mauch Hanger at Warwick in September 2009.

 Vale Don Scott

Those with a history from Qld Air Training Corps and in particular gliding operations at Kingaroy will remember this man as a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. 

The following was advised by Peter Sinclair this evening (15-Jul-10) ...

Hi All,

It is with a heavy heart, I need to inform you all that Don Scott Passed away today at approximately 1830 EST.

He had been quite ill for the past week or so and was admitted to Sunnybank Private Hospital in Brisbane, where he was well looked after.

He passed peacefully and free of pain.

His wishes were to be cremated and then to have a memorial service at a later date (possibly 4-6 weeks), to allow for people to attend. Details of both will be forwarded as soon as they become available.

To you Don:

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew -
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee, Jr



A gliding light mourned
     [Orbituary by LAC Aaron Curren - from "AIRFORCE" Magazine Vol.52 No.16 02-Sep-10]
A LEGEND of the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is no more with the death of Don Scott MBE on July 15, 2010.

Mr Scott, from 2WG (AAFC) and RAAF Base Amberly, gave invaluable service to the AAFC by teaching young cadets about gliding.

One of his former cadets was DCAF AVMK Geoff Brown, who said his own love of flying and passion for gliding was a direct result of his time as a 2WG cadet in south-east Queensland.

"I can say, without reservation, that the AAFC, its predecessor the Air Training Corps (AirTC), the Air Force, Navy and Army have all been the beneficiary of Don's remarkable and selfless commitment over many years" AVM Brown said.

"I have not forgotten the commitment of those staff who contributed so much to my flying career. Without Don's infectious drive, commitment passion and professionalism the 2WG AAFC gliding operations would not be as robust as they are today".

Mr Scott first got into gliding in 1970 and was trained as an instructor by Gus Mauch, who later became the first gliding instructor for the AirTC. 

After joining the the Kingaroy Club to take up gliding and train young people, he decided to join the AirTC as an instructor with the rank of FLTLT in the specialist reserve.

He remained with the AirTC until his compulsory retirement in 1990 and in the process became the first chief instructor of the AirTC Gliding School.

SQNLDR (AAFC) Danny Hoyland said Mr Scott gave much of his knowledge and time to the cadets, whom he treated as family.

"he just loved instructing young people who wanted to learn how to fly" he said. "cadets were beneficiaries of his remarkable and selfless commitment to them over the years. He also donated monies to enable disadvantaged cadets to achieve their milestones".

SQNLDR Hoyland said Mr Scott's contribution to AAFC gliding was unsurpassed and after nearly two decades of training young people to fly, many went on to careers in the ADF and commercial aviation.

2WG AAFC has recognised has recognised Mr Scott by commemorating a Don Scott MBE medal for gliding excellence, which is presented to the most proficient AAFGC gl;iding pilot each year.

"When Don retired from the AAFC, it was an enormous loss and the school struggled for many years aft5er his departure", SQNLDR Hoyland said.

"He was such an integral influence on the efficient runnning of the gliding school".

In September 2009, the AAFC honoured Mr Scott and Mr Mauch with the naming of the new hangar at the Warwick aerodrome from where the AAFC Gliding School now operates.

A memorial service was held at St Paul's Cathedral Brisbane on 24-Aug-10, followed by a wake at the United Services Club.   


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