Roy LoPresti was one of those people who should have been allowed to live forever. I was proud to call Roy a friend and mentor, the smartest man I ever met on the subject of little airplanes.
LoPresti could have written Encyclopaedia Britannica‘s chapter on aerodynamics, but he probably wouldn’t have bothered, as Roy’s grasp of the laws of flying was far beyond conventional wisdom. He thought so far outside the box, he didn’t even know there was one. He seemed to have a natural instinct for what works and what doesn’t. Sadly, Roy left us six years ago, and the world of aviation became a far smaller place.