Albuquerque Soaring Club

Renard R. Rozzoni III Final Glide

On July 10th we lost an outstanding long term member of our Moriarty airport and soaring community. LTC Renard R. Rozzoni III (3R), or just “Renny” as he was known to everyone, died on impact in his Schempp-Hirth Ventus-3FES electric motor glider. I could say that Renny was my friend and hangar mate but that would be an understatement as well as perhaps misleading. Renny was a friend to perhaps everyone he met and offered all flavors of entertaining and educated discussion and advice on the latest anomalies and advancements while pushing for safety at every turn. Even those that never got to meet Renny read his insights, biographies and fun loving interpretations of the latest technologies and events. He wrote the history and overview of our Albuquerque Soaring Club that is still used today. Others still knew him from the excellent photos that graced our calendars and magazines. Renny made us all not only more knowledgeable, but better and safer pilots.

Renny was in several soaring clubs across the United States and served as our ASC President as well as helped support both recent national soaring conventions in Albuquerque. In addition to this involvement and serving on many boards, Renny flew gliders safely for about 40 years. Cutting his teeth on cross country soaring in 1-26s and lower performance ships, he earned his Lennie and Diamonds in ‘83 (altitude), ‘85 (distance) and then goal about 15 years ago. Goal was done with perhaps a bit more cushion on the seat and a few more glide points but still not the hottest ships that many later came to recognize him for which progressed from Discus-2C to LAK-17FES and finally the Ventus-3FES.

Renny was a ‘74 West Point engineering graduate full of stories about classmates, adventures, life in Army artillery and details from his later career at a national level in oil and chemicals where he put his MBA to use. He loved his family and would tell you of adhering to a strict schedule for Special Olympics support or preparations for a family trip to Telluride. He knew what he wanted to do with his time at the airport and what he wanted to fly with methodical preparation and thought going into those decisions. Despite this focus he always had time for friends, which included everyone. Renny could be seen doing things such as running wings and helping with gear when not flying one of his sleek ships. He was one of the few that not only held himself to high standards but also pushed us to higher levels as well. He made our airfield safer, helped our local businesses in many different ways and was a joy to encounter in the air.

I like to think that in some way he is out there off the approaches to our runways watching with his meticulous eye as we make landings. I think perhaps he is asking if the gear is down, admonishing me a bit for the loop out on course and making sure that we are in the right configuration and aware of all traffic in the area. I know that I speak for many of us when I say that we will miss him sorely.

Safe soaring out there friends and this wing rock is for you Renny.

President Geoffrey B. Aiken (MQ)

posted on: 2018-07-15