1 dead in gyrocopter crash at Brevard County airport

Published On: Apr 29 2013 08:33:33 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 29 2013 03:10:58 PM EDT
MALABAR, Fla. -

A small aircraft crashed into a parked plane Monday morning at a Brevard County airport, killing one person, officials said.

Scott Adair, the pilot of a gyrocopter, died in the crash, which occurred around 8 a.m. at Valkaria Airport in Malabar, officials said.

Adair was the only person aboard the two-seat gyrocopter, and no one else was injured.

He is survived by his wife Bobbie, his daughter, Robyn and his son, Ryan. 

Adair was part of a group that proposed using powered paragliders for law enforcement use, creating the Palm Bay Police SOAR (Search Operations Aerial Response) Unit, according to police, which was the first of its kind. He also was involved with the dive team and chairman of the Palm Bay Para-Fly In, the primary fundraiser for the Palm Bay Police Department.

“Scott Adair was a dear personal friend as well as a friend of the Palm Bay Police Department," said Cpt. Mark Renkens of the Palm Bay Police Department. "Scott positively impacted many lives and he will be missed. I ask that God be with Scott’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.

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