AviationÂ legend Bill Kershner, renown throughout the GA community as an instructor and author, has died.
Dog-eared copies of Kershner’s Advanced Pilot’s Flight ManualÂ are on the bookshelvesÂ of countless pilots.Â Â He’d been flying since 1945, and by my count, he must have been in his late 70s.
Kersher was cool.Â HeÂ lectured at theÂ UT Space Institute.Â Kershner was old, but not crotchety.Â He was modest, yet confident.Â AOPA has a page of video clips and article reprints on the man.
We’re inÂ an era when aviation is more synonymous with “money” than ever before.Â Â The flying worldÂ tends to pay you little noticeÂ unless you’reÂ in aÂ half-million dollar compositeÂ SR-22 or Columbia.Â Or the aerobatic equivalent, an Edge 540.Â Bill KershnerÂ did his thing with anÂ old C152 Aerobat, training “over 600 students, including 45 Army aviators, FAA test pilots, lectured and flew spins at the Navy Flight Test School at Patuxent River, MD three separate summers, and taught aspiring Navy and Air Force pilots”.
That’s what I call “the right stuff”.Â RIP, professor.