On July 9th, Global Aviation pilot, Bert Zimmerly, flew his last flight under full time employment with the company. It was also his 80th birthday. A special charter flight was set up under the pretense that Bert had to pick up an owner’s family in Olympia. It was actually a ruse in order to create a surprise birthday celebration. On landing at Hillsboro, the plane was greeted with a fire truck situated just off the Global Aviation ramp, which streamed water over the aircraft as it taxied. On arrival, Bert then greeted approximately 50 guests made up of friends, family and colleagues.

It was quickly made clear that this was NOT a retirement party as a charter flight for Bert was booked – during the party! Bert took the flight as a contractor. He will fully retire in November at the end of his currency.  There will be a retirement party at that time.

Bert is now a member of UFO – United Flying Octogenarians– of which there are over 1,200 members. The UFO is an international, non-profit organization with members in the United States including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Argentina, Australia, France, and the United Kingdom.

Bert with family and friends at his 80th birthday celebration at Global Aviation.

Global presented Bert with a pencil sketch of the aircraft he flew during his career. The artist, Sterling Stroebel from Line Service, is on the left.

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