To know Frank was for my family and me a great pleasure. We’ve enjoyed special moments together. The meaning of words like friendship, affection, attention, hospitality, quickly appeared in our minds as a real feeling.
It occurred to me to write these pages just to share with, Dorise and with her daughters, the moments that we have spent together, moments, which I believe, were specials for him too.
Frank arrived in Viracopos Sunday, February 11th , 3:20 PM.
I was waiting for him and, in advance, was with the notification of flight to Bragança Paulista, already done.
After 20 minutes, with Immigration and Customs clearance, we departure to Bragança, with a stop in Amarais for refueling. (the avgas price is cheaper than Bragança).
After complete the wing tanks we took of with Bragança as heading. There were a lot of clouds that afternoon, then we intercepted the 151° radial and starting descent until reached visual condition. Frank show a special skill maneuvering his Seneca.
After 20 fighting minutes we landed on a wet runaway in Bragança Paulista.
Our friends Enzo and Pedro were waiting for us, with De Angelis and a lot of Air Club students.
Odilon, Enzo and Frank
Frank giving Earthrounder’s stickers for students, with his autograph.
After to know the Air Club’s Aircrafts, we put D-GOMM in a hangar
…and as Gustavo (my son) have arrived with the meat, charcoal and beer we enjoyed a barbecue…
Frank, Odilon, Felipe, De Angelis, …, Pedrão and Enzo
Around midnight we leave Frank in a hotel “Villa de Santo Agostinho”.
Murilo (another son) left me at my office and went to pick up Frank 10 AM. They stayed at hotel until 11:30 AM with Frank, receiving and sending e-mails.
After e-mails, Murilo did a city tour around Bragança. They picked up me 1:30 PM and we enjoy a lunch at Hotel Restaurant with a good Chilean Wine.
After lunch, we went to Airport where Pedro had already talked with Gil, a very good mechanic and owner of Sudeste Aviation. We took D-GOMM and went to Sudeste Hangar, where Frank requests a visual inspection of both engines.
Gil and two workers open the nacelles and examine the engines, looking for some marks of oil leakage. Everything was dry. Only the left wheel’s brake pad was much consumed and Frank gave authorization for replacement.
We left DGOMM there and went to my office. After, as “happy hour” was arriving, we went to an Emporium (Empório América) where we degusted and enjoyed two bottles of special wines, with several kinds of cheese. SUPER, as he used to say.
We left Frank at hotel 10 PM.
Murilo picked up Frank in Bragança and brought him to my house in Amparo, where my wife was waiting for us with a good and special Brazilian lunch and my son with Brazilian songs (Frank had told him he enjoyed Zeca Cabalero). Frank apparently enjoyed a lot. “SUPER”, once more.
After lunch, a City Tour around Amparo, with a lot of photos and we went to Jaguariúna. There we went to the City Hall and I introduced Frank to the Mayor.
Five minutes talking about Jaguariuna, Tarcisio, the mayor, invited Frank and me to see a Carnival Party, which was being offered to the Third Age (persons above 60).
Odilon, Frank, Tarcisio, Jaguariuna’s Mayor, Álvaro, Amaury ( both are Secretaries of the Municipal Government )
After we went to the office of the Railway and Steam Locomotives Museum, where Frank left his signature in the guest book, and we did the reservation for Frank in Novotel Natal.
…and his cheerful way of life, he showed in his signature in the guest book
After that we went to the Mayor’s Birthday
In the Mayor’s Birthday Party - Frank, Odilon, Murilo and Savio.
After 9:30 PM Frank stopped drinking beer on account of the trip Bragança to Natal on the next day.
He took a lot of photos, knew a lot of people, listened to country music (singers dedicated Frank songs, in a poor English). Murilo and Frank left the party at 11:30 PM. They arrived in Amparo midnight and Murilo left him to sleep in a house of ours surrounded by mountains.
We woke up early, because Frank wanted to take off, as soon as possible to avoid thunderstorms in the afternoon. I have done the flight plan for him with estimate departure time for 9:00 AM.
We picked up Frank 7:30 A.M, we went to Bragança, arriving there 8:00 AM, where Frank had a breakfast and did checkout.
After a little stop to buy some water and bananas for the trip, we went to airport.
Before start up the engines Frank checked the oil level and put one liter in a right one, We started up in front of the Sudeste Hangar and went to the Avgas pump. There a lot of journalists were waiting for Frank. They toke pictures and interviewed Frank.
Frank during a interview
Frank in his favorite place
Frank and me, in a photo picked up for journalists
Frank in front of Aeroclube Hangar
Frank always smiling
D-GOMM a few minutes before the departure
Frank prepared his departure, stopping it for some pictures, with Enzo, Tarso, Murilo and me… unfortunately I didn’t toke photos with my camera, asking for him to send to me later.
We said good bye with my promise that my wife and I’ll go to Capetown in April 1st .
He asked me for some help in Natal, and toke of with a flight plan to Belo Horizonte, Ilhéus, Salvador, Aracajú, Maceió, Recife and Natal, with ETE 7:30h.
During the day I did any calls and found a guy to help us in Natal. The name is Pereira but I can’t talk to him.
Early morning I tried to call Pereira again and I had success.
He told me that really know every body there but he was afraid because he doesn’t speak English well, but he would try to find a Swiss Pilot, his friend and would talk to him asking for some help.
I tried twice talking to Frank at his room in Novotel, but I can’t. I just left to him a message.
After a wile Frank called me and said that everything was ok…
I was in Ubatuba, 9:40 AM, having a breakfast in a meeting with two employees and talking in my mobile phone. At the same time another call was calling… I saw area code 084, but continued my conversation. Another call, and I continuing talking.
Five minutes later my wife calls me…then I ask for a break and called my wife…
Terrible… unexpected news. My legs started shaking.
I called Gerard and told to him.
Very long day and the worst happen…
Bye, bye Frank, keep on flying. You know how to do it very well.