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Mountain Flying Legend Sparky Imeson Dies In Aircraft Accident

by John M. White |

Sparky Imeson used to always say "Happiness is an airplane on a clear day - and the time to go flying."  Unfortunately, on March 17th, 2009 he died in an aircraft accident near Bozeman, MT and his flying days (at least here) are sadly over. Imeson was born and raised in Wyoming, and grew up in the mountains where he learned to fly in his father's J-3 Cub.  In 1968 he and his parents started Imeson Aviation at the Jackson Hole, WY airport.  The FBO offered flight training, on-demand charter, aerial application, aerobatic training and much much more. Concerned about the number of accidents occuring in the mountains by general aviation pilots, he looked for books on the subject of mountain flying and found none.  That being the case he wrote his own, the first of which - Mountain Flying - was written in 1970. In 1998 he wrote the Mountain Flying Bible followed in 2003 by The Shirt Pocket Mountain Flying Guide and Taildragger Tactics in 2004. All of these books are for sale in my eBay store at Aviation Sources. Imeson and a friend had crashed in June of 2007 in the Elkhorn Mountains but survived; this time he died 18 miles north of Bozeman after departing Bozeman for a one hour flight to Helena, MT. Imeson had logged over 20,000 hours of fling time in all kinds of aircraft over his career. Friends say he was headed to the site of his previous accident, and witnesses saw his aircraft flying so low that he spooked a herd of elk.  Weather may have been a factor. It is a sad day for aviation when we lose someone like Sparky, and he will be sorely missed. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."

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