Pacific Coast Air Museum Board Member Don Mackenzie Lost in Plane Crash
Pacific Coast Air Museum Board Member Don Mackenzie and his longtime partner Marsha Gastwirth were killed around 7:00 pm Thursday January 28, 2016, near the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport when their plane crashed. They were returning from a trip to Palm Springs. They had spent the previous night at the Palm Springs home of former Board member Larry Carrillo and his wife.
About Don Mackenzie
Don was elected by the Board last January to serve a three year term. He recently took over as the Chair of our Accounting Committee when previous Controller, Tim Delaney, resigned. Don provided the board with details and analysis of our financial statements that are prepared monthly by CFO/Treasurer Judy Knaute. Don also served as head of the President’s Club tent at the 2015 Air Show.
Don spent most of his life in Cupertino where he raised his three children, Katherine, Scott, and Mark. He worked nearly 50 years in the computer industry, and held management positions with Gamut/Cox Enterprises, Syntex, and Advanced Micro Devices among others.
He learned to fly in Palo Alto in 1995. Don flew a friend’s Cessna T210 for many years. He purchased his Piper Comanche about two years ago. He enjoyed working on the plane as much as he did flying it. Don and Marsha moved to Sonoma County about three years ago, living first in Windsor and moving last year to Fountaingrove.
We are trying to make contact with the families and will get out more information as soon as we can regarding services and a memorial for Don and Marsha.
Please join us in sending our condolences to the families. Don will be greatly missed by his PCAM family.
President, Pacific Coast Air Museum
December 5, 2015
TSA Security Regulations Satisfied through
Installation of Temporary Fence
PCAM Expresses its Gratitude to Coggins Fence Company
And all AOA Patrol Volunteers
Early in 2015, Airport Management and the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) began requiring the Pacific Coast Air Museum to keep an AOA-Badge equipped guard on duty on the field every time a visitor was present. This requirement has now been eliminated due to the installation of a six-foot fence around the northwest perimeter and our cadre of dedicated AOA Guards can STAND DOWN! The photo on this page shows the new fence as of December 4, 2015.
Coggins Fence Company has generously lent PCAM a couple hundred feet of temporary fencing. On Friday, December 4 2015, Ron Stout, Mark Fajardin, Don Thoman, Bob Gutteridge, Jim Fisher, Mike Hart, Andy Werback, Dave Sandine, and Jim Sartain installed it around the western perimeter of our property. Then on Saturday the 5th some more fence movers showed up and created a bay between the F-15 and Area 51 for aircraft display with a locked gate for pedestrian access. They also attached the fence sections with bolted clamps. On board for that were Andy Werback, Larry McCormick, Mike Elliot-Jones, Dane Whitmire, Ron Stout, and Ben Martin.
Meeting the TSA-mandated security requirement has been a challenge for PCAM, but one we met head-on. The contributions of our own volunteers and members — and the generous contribution of one of our local businesses — shows the positive impact this Museum has on the community at large.