Scott Puddy contributed many articles about flying to AVweb in recent years (see the list below), and also worked as our features editor. His enthusiasm for aviation and his intensity in pursuing it were simply extraordinary. Even more extraordinary was his dedication to sharing his passion for flying with others, by teaching and writing. He touched a lot of lives, undoubtedly saved many, and his legacy of written words will continue to do both for many years to come. Scott's warmth, wit, and keen intelligence will be missed by all who knew him and worked with him.
June 26, 2002
On the morning of June 18, 2002, Scott perished doing what he loved:
practicing aerobatics in a Yak-52, in the mountains of Brentwood, Calif. He had
recently been working to advance his aerobatic skills, and placed 13th among 19
pilots in his first competition, at Paso Robles, the weekend of June 8. He had
also flown aerobatics in Citabrias and recently checked out in the Pitts
The Yak, N644LL, belonged to a friend of Scott's, Melinda Whiteway of Walnut
Creek, and he had flown it many times. He also owned his own Bonanza and was
part owner of a Baron with his father. The family airplanes are based at
Concord, Calif., and Boeing Field, in Seattle.
Scott graduated from Queen Anne High School in Seattle, Wash., where he
excelled in sports and academics. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa,
from Yale University in 1978, earning a degree in history. He graduated from
Stanford University's law school in 1981, and practiced law in the San Francisco
area. He was a member of the NTSB Bar Association, AOPA, NAFI, and EAA.
He is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Frances Puddy (and her mother, Marcia
Waitt), in Sioux City, Iowa; his parents, LaVern and Frances M. Puddy, of
Seattle, Wash.; sisters Lisa , Linda, and
Paige; six nieces and nephews; and many friends.
A memorial gathering was held at his home in Pleasant Hill, Calif., on
Saturday afternoon, June 22. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Mt.
Pleasant Cemetery on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Saturday, June 29.
R. Scott Puddy Final Flight
It is with deep regret and sadness that we must report the loss of one of AVweb's
own. R. Scott Puddy, a frequent contributor to our features department, died
Tuesday when the Yak-52 he was flying crashed into a hillside near Brentwood,
Calif., in Contra Costa County. Puddy was alone in the airplane at the time.
Besides his work as a writer and editor for AVweb, Puddy taught flying at
Attitude Aviation in Livermore and practiced law in San Francisco. His flight
ratings included ATP, CFI, CFI-I, AGI, and MEI, and he recently had pursued an
interest in aerobatic flight. Puddy was practicing an aerobatic routine in the
Yak when the accident occurred.
Puddy's articles for AVweb covered diverse topics, including
instrument-flying technique, how to cope with icing encounters, mountain flying,
and pilot decision-making. He also had worked as features editor. "Scott
was a pleasure to work with," Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside, AVweb's
former executive editor, recalled yesterday. "He brought enthusiasm and
insight to his work; his dedication to aviation was never in doubt." He was
45 years old. All of us at AVweb extend our condolences to his family and
his many friends.
From AVweb's NewsWire, June 20, 2002