Tributes for Wayne Fisher
TRIBUTES flowed from the lips of many friends and admirers as more than 300 people gathered today to celebrate the life of Wayne Fisher.
Such was the impact the extraordinary many had on the lives of thousands.
A highly respected pilot, instructor and aircraft engineer, Mr Fisher designed and built more than 200 drifter aircraft from his Lismore based business Spectrum Aviation.
Mr Fisher was killed when the kit-built RV-12 he was testing for a local man smashed to the ground just after take-off about 9am on March 24 at Lismore Airport.
Rapturous applause followed this touching goodbye from his three daughters, Dayle, Lauren and Krystal.
"Fly away dad, forever in the sky," they said.
Friend Wayne King spoke of a man with a dream of flying who built his own wings, time and time again.
"He was a pilot who could fly a stick if you placed an engine on it," he said.
"Some say he was a show-off, but he didn't need to show off."
"He just showed how much he loved flying."
A recent student of Mr Fisher's, Matt Riley spoke of a man who gave him a gift he never though was possible, flying.
"He was a man that I couldn't have any more admiration for," he said.
Aside from his talent and passion for aviation, Mr Fisher was a champion hang glider, water-skier, bodybuilder, cyclist, father and friend, who will be missed by many.
RIP Wayne Fisher.