Dave Sclair, the founding publisher of this publication and a longtime member and supporter of EAA, passed Tuesday night, according to his son, Ben.
The elder Sclair and his bride, Lou, are well-known in the general aviation community through the decades they’ve published General Aviation News and their work for Living With Your Plane, a publication and organization dedicated to those who live on airparks and in airport communities.
Dave was scheduled to deliver his Residential Airpark forum here again at AirVenture 2011, but his treatments for a diagnosis of a glioma—an inoperable form of brain cancer—forced him to cancel.
He had only recently been moved into hospice care near his home outside Tacoma, Washington, and both Lou and Ben were with him discussing an unfinished book project when he died.
In 1994 Dave and Lou launched what was then called EAA Today as the “hometown daily” for this event, and their efforts provided the foundation on which AirVenture Today has grown.
His legacy continues in the publications he produced and in his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Dave’s quick wit, ready smile, and warm personality will be long missed, and our heartfelt condolences go out to his family.