Otto Baste passed away yesterday

Otto Baste, a hang glider veteran and aviation pilot, died yesterday after 8 years of struggle again cancer. I learned to know Otto a couple of years after I got into hang gliding and as I got involved in the competition committee and started to fly XC and competitions I got to know him better. Even with his serious illness he never gave up and exhibited a unique enjoyment from flying. Further, he always tried to involve and include others and to help other pilots enjoy flying as much as he did. He was also involved in, and an initiator to, an extraordinary number of activities related to flying; developing flying sites, arranging aviation shows, a keen declared task record breaker, competition pilot, marketing hang gliding and recruiting new students – the list just continue.

I will miss you Otto – fly in peace!

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Otto (right) and Olav L. Photo Bjørn Hammer. July 21st 2004. The three of us landed at the same field at Lora after a 45 km XC flight from Salknappen – Vågå.

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Otto relaxing at Vole – Vågå before the flight. Photo: Robin Strid.

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