Friday, October 05, 2007

Remembering Johan

Latest Update: Install crew will meet at Cactus at 9:30 am SATURDAY morning (any helpers are welcome), and we'll bolt it into the rock up there for dedication ceremony on SUNDAY to take place at 10 am.

Almost a year has passed since the accident that claimed the life of our friend and fellow pilot, Johan Håkansson. We have asked Phil to make a bronze plaque in time for the anniversary of that day. Let's get together on Sunday, October 21, to dedicate the plaque at Makapuu, and celebrate Johan's memory.

We will probably be installing the plaque on Saturday in order to have it in place for our dedication on Sunday. If anyone will be available to help out with that on Saturday, please let me know. After re-reading the comments on our memorial page, I have borrowed from a couple of them to come up with this short and simple inscription for the plaque:

IN MEMORY OF JOHAN HÅKANSSON
WE CELEBRATE HIS PASSION FOR FLIGHT
AND THE GIFT OF HIS FRIENDSHIP

OCTOBER 21, 2007

If you have strong feelings about the wording, please let me know. We are currently deliberating between installing the plaque at Cactus or Manics launch, in a location where only pilots would be likely to notice it.

9 comments:

firedave said...

I like it Alex. It looks like I will be available both days.

The next question is where to put it. I think your idea of Manics ( from the start of his fateful flight) is a great idea. Cactus is also a good choice because the public won't see it much, and it is kind of a hang out launch. Anyone have a spare park bench?

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of Cactus because that was Johan's favorite launch site. However Dave makes a good point about Manics

Hillery

Doug said...

I like manics. I think on the back side of the wall where we put our bags prior to launch would be great.

Anonymous said...

Manic's sounds good, but what if they re-align the road or something?

I like the wording, and Phil says his artist will add a nice paraglider, such as the one he did for Dixon White's plaque.

Reaper

Alex said...

Here is a picture that Greg took of Dixon's plaque in Arizona. The paraglider image is nice but it really makes it a more ornate presentation -- which is appropriate at Dixon's memorial flight park. But Johan's plaque needs to be humble and unassuming, not only to match our memory of Johan but also because it'll be installed on someone else's property without permission. If you know what I mean.

nightshift said...

The traffic noise at Manics does not make an attractive location for a memorial, in my opinion. The tranquility and stunning view from Cactus would be better.

Wayne

Alex said...

Great comments so far, thanks everyone! I appreciate the feedback. Phil showed me a rough draft of the plaque with the image of a paraglider and it looked great - they are modeling it on the picture Bob took of Johan flying at Diamond Head (shown at the top of this article).

The plaque will be 8 x 14 inches. I am leaning towards installing it at Cactus, flush into the rock of our launch area. Phil says we will need an electric hammer drill if anyone has one! Otherwise a normal electric drill with a couple of masonry bits, 3/8 inch diameter.

I am leaning towards Cactus launch for all the reasons you guys noted:

1. Johan's favorite launch
2. Public won't see it much
3. Nice place to hang out
4. Tranquility and stunning view
5. Unlikely to be moved

Plus it'll be easier to install without attracting lots of attention.

rprice said...

Manics is a nasty place. I like Cactus much better too. When will the observance begin?

Anonymous said...

Wow...
I made the trek up to cactus this afternoon and was awe struck when I saw the plaque...
It's absolutly beautiful, and in the prefect location. What a wonderful way to remember him..he would have loved it...
I took some pictures and video to send to Lisbeth (Johan's Mom) She will truely appreciate this memorial to her son.
You found the ideal way to remember him and his passion for flying....
~Jennifer~