[ In tribute to Alfred Riopel's passing, the Moderators will hold new blog approvals for today, so as to keep this blog on top. Please feel free to leave a note of condolence, to remember one of our members. And do feel free to post new blogs, which will be approved tomorrow.]
We have just been informed that one of our members Alfred Riopel has past after following a "protracted battle with cancer."
His obituary can be found here.
Some snippets from the article:
In a recent note from one retired NASA engineer regarding Alfred's input to the Energy & System Design Group UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), he commented, "Al was an integral part of the recent development of the EyeFly coaxial helicopter UAV. Not only did Al use his flying expertise to do check-flights with the UAV, but was instrumental in helping with the preliminary design of the stability and control system necessary to obtain successful flight status for this unusual flying platform. His technical input, friendly guidance and expert flying capabilities will be sorely missed."
Alfred's social life revolved around his life-long passion for radio control (RC) hobby vehicles and aircraft (and, of course, his "big boy's toys"). He delighted in sharing others' excitement of discovery and accomplishment, as well as his own, and is remembered by many as a mentor and friend. Indeed, he also viewed many of his colleagues as mentors and friends, particularly the members of the Newport News Park RC Club (NNPRCC), his "second family."
For those in the Newport News area:
At the invitation of Al, himself, and with the kind cooperation of the Newport News Park RC Club, in lieu of a funeral service, come to the Al Riopel Memorial Fun Fly on June 2, 2012, at 8 a.m., at Newport News Park RC flying field, located off Richneck Road. Full military honors will kick off the event. Bring your RC planes and helicopters, fly, have fun and remember Al!
Thank you to Robert Riopel for taking the time to let us know.