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Thursday, June 16, 2011


Frank Secrest one our most enthusiastic supporters of Everglades Airpark passed away on Flag Day, June 14th. Frank was a member of the Collier County Airport Authority and Advisory Board for many years and he often led the effort for improvements at X01 including the hangar restoration project following Hurricane Wilma – Frank’s airplane was destroyed in the hurricane and he later based his new 172 here. Frank spent his military service in the Air Force as an aircrew member and afterwards he went on to earn Airline Transport Pilot Ratings on Boeing 727, DC10, and Boeing 747-400 aircraft and had also worked as an FAA Air Traffic Controller, and an FAA Traffic Control Certified Weather Observer. Prior to retiring, Frank spent thirty years as a pilot with United Airlines flying primarily the Pacific to Australia, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and the many far flung destinations of the South Pacific. Here in Southwest Florida he was a pilot member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary (Aviation Operations), in addition to being a very active member of the Everglades City Pilots Association. Frank was a good friend, liked by everyone and will surely be missed by everyone.