Pilot killed in Thorsby crash fostered flying community in Rocky Mountain House

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“Just a good all-around person,” Pedersen said.

A Harmon Rocket is shown during a media flight promoting the upcoming airshow in Red Deer. Michael Aporius photo pics of aerobatics team...
A Harmon Rocket piloted by Ken Fowler is shown during a media flight promoting an air show in 2001 in Red Deer. Photo by Michael Aporius /Postmedia, file

Pedersen said local fliers are reeling at the news.

“The flight community is a tight group of people with a common passion,” he said. “Anytime something happens to somebody, you certainly feel it.”

Fowler was an experienced aerobatic flyer, with thousands of hours recorded in the cockpit. He and his flying group, Team Rocket, performed at air shows across North America.

He helped make Rocky Mountain House a destination for aerobatic fliers, said Pedersen.

“He created an environment here that would be conducive to that type of flying,” he said. “Which is a very demanding sport. It takes a lot of skill and expertise and showmanship.”

Pedersen said Fowler’s skill and experience make the tragedy that much more shocking.

“It just brings it home to the rest of us pilots that you have to be extra diligent and careful,” he said. “It can happen to anybody.”

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