"Gathered at the South Pole to honor and pay respect to the crew of KBC. We replaced the U.S flag with the Canadian Flag as a gesture of respect and remembrance. We have three Canadian flags here and we will fly each at the Pole. We spoke their names and held a period of silence."



"Letters" Of Condolences


I want to express my sympathy to you, and the folks at Kenn Borek Air. The loss is very personal, Bob Heath was well known from his long service with Aklak and very well liked. I have flown many times with Bob, including my very first northern flight. He was always a great tour guide and I saw and learned much because of him. He will be missed.

-Inuvialuit Corporate Group


A short note to offer our condolences to you, your colleagues at KBA, and their families on the loss of the crew in Antarctica. Our thoughts are with you during this challenging time.

-Viking


I have known Captain Bob Heath for 25 years. When I first met him at the pre-Borek days of Aklak Air in Inuvik, which was a few weeks after he arrived, I wondered where in the world they had found this "bush pilot" from Ontario. However, after 30 seconds of listening to him speak, I immediately knew they had found a winner. Bob was truly one of the most professional pilots you could ever know. It sounds like he was an outstanding mentor to many, many people in the aviation business and was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He always had time to chat and was a master of the "one-liner". We enjoyed some excellent email communications regarding CRM and PDM. I am extremely pleased that I got to spend two (2) days with him last June in Inuvik, including a very enjoyable dinner one evening. Our aviation industry is a smaller world today with the loss of Bob.

-Contrail Aviation Safety Ltd.


As not only your business colleagues and fellow aviators but as your friends, we at Air Inuit convey our sadness to all at Kenn Borek Air following the recent accident in Antarctica. The Board of Directors, the employees of Air Inuit and I personally empathise to you that we have also suffered accidents in our history and thus extend to you, with understanding and profound empathy, our best thoughts at this time of great loss.


I write to express the Australian Antarctica Division's deep condolences on the passing of Bob Heath, Mike Denton, and Perry Andersen. We are all grieving for their loss. They were a part of the AAD family, they were our colleagues and they were our friends. We will never forget them. As you know, this was Mike's first job with the AAD. He was so enthusiastic and a delight to be with. He fitted into station life really well. He was liked by all. Perry will be remembered by us as a lovable larrikin, also liked by all on station. And he was very dedicated to his job, keeping the aircraft flying and keeping it safe. What can I say about Bob that hasn't already been said? He was a really important part of our community. He had close friendships with many of the Australian expediters. Obviously he was a great pilot, but that doesn't start to describe what Bob brought to the Australian Antarctic program He was an educator, a story teller and a central part of the social fabric of our communities. I will be eternally grateful that Bob, Mike and Perry kept our people safe in a hazardous environment. It wasn't just a job for them - they were really connected to our people, our program and the work our scientists do. We have an overwhelming feeling of sadness at the loss of these three fine men. However during our midwinter's celebration we will remember Bob, Mike, and Perry and celebrate their contribution to the Australian Antarctic program. Thank you for sending Bob, Mike, and Perry to be a part of the Australian Antarctic program.

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your colleagues. Our thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and with their colleagues at Kenn Borek Air.

-Shell Canada Limited


Dear Borek Family – Please know that your loss is shared by many. May you find strength in and through one another and the love and prayers of all of us.

-Jim Merrit. – First Air


The European Polar Board would like to express its deepest condolences to the Kenn Borek Air company and to the families of the three crew members.


On behalf of the Italian Minister of Education, Universities and Research I would like to express our deepest and sincere condolences to the families and colleagues of the crew. These men supported the Italian Antarctic Program with deep expertise, dedication and professionalism. Truthfully they were members of our Antarctic staff and will deserve for ever our sincere gratitude for their excellent service.


It is with sadness that I write to you on behalf of the Commanding Officer, staff, cadets and parents of 83 'Juno Beach' Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, to express our deepest thoughts and condolences on the loss of Bob Heath, Michael Denton and Perry Andersen. As we all ponder the tremendous loss of Bob, Mike and Perry, I am saddened to think that I myself had known Mike, as we sought out our goals and aspirations to become pilots, and had always thought highly of him and his palpable energy- An energy which I see quite often in the young Canadians of our air cadet program who are seeking out experiences not unlike those of your three fallen crew members. There is no easy way to heal after a heavy loss such as that which so many have experienced in this case, but I offer you the following thought: Every day I have the privilege to work with pilots and my colleague air traffic controllers, and we all have one thing in common: the desire to simply be part of it all, because somehow for many of us, aviation was our first true love. What I also get to see as a Cadet Instructor Cadre officer is the tremendous passion for the challenge of flight that will surely endure in the youth who are involved with the Air Cadet Program, as well as many others just coming to understand this passion, wherever they are in life. I ask you to therefore look up at the sky and at our fellow aviation friends –the young and also the wise, and be reminded that the spirit of Bob, Mike and Perry lives on with us all in some way, so long as we never stop seeking just one more view, just one more experience and just one more flight. For that, they will never be forgotten, and as we continue to press on in our thirst for flight, their lives will not have been lost in vain. To our fallen friends, we wish you only blue skies and tailwinds on your journey together to the heavens, and to our friends still with us, we wish you the safest of journeys ahead.

-83 'Juno Beach' Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron


We want to express our sincere condolences for the tragic loss of the three Canadian pilots. Please accept our deepest regards from National Geographic. All of us, including photographer Paul Nichlin, his assistant Goran Ehlmé , and I, truly enjoyed the change to learn from the explorers and scientists in your Antarctic family. Please know that our thoughts are with your team and especially with the Canadians' families during this difficult time.

-National Geographic


The team at Buffalo may be of assistance to you and your team at this trying time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the crew and families and from our team to yours.

- Buffalo Airways


I just wanted you to know that I heard about what happened with your team in Antarctica and my family's prayers are with you and your people. I really hope that we hear good news soon.

- Friday Professional Group


Just a note to say you are in my thoughts; sending you the energy of hope and fearlessness in this difficult time.


Please pass on our thoughts to friends and family of Bob Heath. He did a wonderful job of flying for us during the Mt Logan ice core drilling campaign in 2002. Great guy. Great pilot.


It is with deep regret that we learnt about the sad demise of the crew on your aeroplane which crashed in Antarctica last week. Please pass on our sincere condolences to the families and all the employees at Kenn Borek Air Ltd.

- Directors and staff at Antarctic Logistic Centre International Pty LTD & The Antarctic Company.


Bob was truly one of the most professional and personable pilots you could ever know. Brian and I had had the opportunity to spend two days with Bob and his young co-pilot in June where we saw his mentoring skills at work. Please forward our condolences to the families and accept our condolences to the huge loss to the Kenn Borek team.


The staff at Arctic Odysseys is deeply saddened to hear of your recent loss in Antarctica. We offer our sincerest condolences to your crew and the families of those whose lives were lost. If there is anything we can do to offer further support, please don't hesitate to contact us.


I would like to send you and all your co-workers at Kenn Borek my warmest sympathy for your tremendous lost. I was saddened by the news and kept you all in my thoughts.

- Nav Canada


My son was in Antarctica for two years at the South Pole as winter-over crew and flew on your twin Otter aircraft. Joseph Romagnano,PhD, was hired as the Lead for the Greenhouse Operations, and he was chosen to fly with your team to photograph the Amundson-Scott South Pole Station for aerial photography.

I would like to write a letter of condolence to the crew families as I feel the pilots and crew are outstanding and our heart goes out to the families of those lost and your team. As a mother, I will always be grateful for the safety of my son that your excellent pilots and crew demonstrated and can find no words to tell you how sorry we all are as part of the Antarctica family of this loss. We are praying for all the families and the Borek Air Team.


I was sad to see some of your folks met harm. Your pilots put in some amazing flying time. I've briefed you all, and I'm all too aware of your daily risks; and I've always lauded your contributions when asked about my time in the Antarctic Program. Please pass my condolences to family, friends, and co-workers

- Al Hay Weather Forecaster, Thule AB, Greenland


Bob Heath flew for us in 2002 during the Mt Logan ice drilling campaign and he was the sort of pilot and person that scientists really got along with. He loved the work and was forever interested in what was going on and why. His picture taking and questions were continuous and if the weather on the top of some ice cap was too bad to return to base he was happy to sleep over there and take part in the camp life. We called him "Vostok Bob" because of his great stories about flying in the Antarctic for just about everyone. Doing field work in remote cold places defines a rather small group of people and we know of each other and tell stories of the places and the work. Bob has always been part of this group and will long be remembered. Condolences to his friends and family.


I worked as a meteorologist at Terra Nova Bay Station at the end of 90's and I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to all the next-of-skin of crew members of the Twin Otter crashed in Antarctica and to all the members of big "Kenn Borek family".

May they rest in peace.

- Pier Francesco COPPOLA


On behalf of the Canadian Polar Commission, I would like to express our sincere condolences for the tragic loss of the three members of your team in Antarctica last week. Our thoughts are with their families, as well as their colleagues at Kenn Borek, and the members of the programs in Antarctica whom they were supporting. We are also grateful for the brave efforts of all those involved in the search for your crew under extremely difficult conditions. We wish you and the entire Kenn Borek Air family strength going forward, as you continue to serve polar residents and researchers at both ends of the Earth with the highest level of remote fixed-win support in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable.


Captain Bob Health featured prominently in that community - always helpful, interested, and competent as no other. He was never just the “driver” but part of the Team. We enjoyed his company as he ours, and shared in the joys of working in some of the most breathtaking terrain on the Earth. Bob was accommodating and had a calm outlook, even when the going got tough and the younger students and less experienced Team members were in need of some reassurance. We worked in some challenging terrain and conditions, and it was certainly due to Bob that we accomplished all that we did; and we always had fun doing it.Our stories of him and his stories of us will transcend time and be a backdrop for efforts and challenges that lay on the horizon.

With our most heartfelt condolences to the staff of Kenn Borek Air, Bob's friends and colleagues, and Lucy.

- Mike Demuth, P.Eng., P.Geo.

Glaciology/Cold Regions Research Scientist


It is very unfortunate what happened to the crew, many years that we by attending Kenn Borek, and many ties that are being created throughout time, therefore, this type of news is not indifferent to our team. Please give our condolences to his family and friends, of the whole team LOHRAVIATION in Arica, Chile.


Please pass this message on to the families if you feel it appropriate, and in any case please convey the depth of sorrow and the collective mourning that is ours, as well as yours.


I can't express how sorry I was to hear of the loss of your flight crew in Antarctica. I know that Bob Heath and his crew worked directly with our UTIG ICECAP staff earlier this season and many times in the past and Bob is so highly respected as a warm, intelligent person with a great sense of humor. I've heard from several co-workers that he was absolutely great to work with.

Please accept my sincere sympathy and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, your co-workers, the friends and families of the three crew members aboard your plane.

- The University of Texas at Austin


http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=126713&org=NSF&from=news


Our thoughts are with you and your team.


It is with heavy heart and a shaky hand I write this short message,...I have traveled the planet and have never witnessed a more capable crew of Airmen and technicians then the members of McMurdo Station's Ken Borek Air Ltd. team. I am truly sorry for the loss of such fine adventurous individuals. I am proud to say I had lunch with Bob on several occasions out at Pegasus Airfield where I maintained the White Ice Runway and Skiway for the United States Antarctic Program.

- David Fulton Akin

Heavy Equipment Operator,McMurdo Station, Antarctica.


I had hoped to wake up to positive news about the Antarctic rescue mission, but alas it seemed not to be. For all of us, death is a certainty...however, not everyone has the courage to live and die in pursuit of their passion. There is no dishonor in dying...the shame would be to not have truly lived. For that I salute Bob Heath and his crew.

-Patsy Boudens


I flew - as a photographer - in one of your twin otters and landed on the North Pole with a balloon crew in 1980. It was during that journey that I came to realize the skill and dangers associated with flying in the remotest parts of our world. However, it was a most memorable experience, and your skilled pilots made it seem like just another 'day at the office'. A great memory of Ken Borek Air, and I would do it all again tomorrow. My condolences to you, the staff, and the families.

- Angus McNee West Kelowna


I want to extend my condolences to the family and co-workers. In the meantime I had done a lot of reading on your company and the scope of your work and was truly amazed by it. My heart goes out and I lift their grief in prayer. Blessings.


Please extend my condolences and best wishes to the employees and families of KBA. News of the Twin Otter in Antarctica came as a shock. I am geologist who has worked in Antarctica since the mid-1980s and I've had support by KBA Twin Otters during several field seasons in the area of the Transantarctic Mountains. Your air crews are top-flight, dedicated people working in extremely difficult conditions. Their ability to transport scientists safely to challenging field landing sites is legendary. I'm sure this is a difficult time for all involved, but please know that your hard work on behalf of individuals like me in the US Antarctic Program is deeply appreciated. I have always felt safe and well cared for with the many KBA crews whom I've had the privilege of flying with. Please extend my best wishes to the families and colleagues.

- Dr. John W. Go odge, Professor

Department of Geological Sciences

University of Minnesota


I have been following the news closely, and I am saddened by the loss of the 3 crew members.

I know how close the Kenn Borek Air Twin Otter group is, having been a part of it from 2000 to 2005. I would like to send you all my condolences and sympathy for the occurrence.


I worked with SPAWAR on the Ice as ATM from 1999 until 2005. I had the privilege of getting to know Bob some during my time there. I have always had the utmost respect for all of the pilots that fly for your company in some of the most difficult terrain and conditions. I remember when we needed someone to medevac the doctor from the south pole. It was quite a feat to attempt, let alone complete that mission. I know all of you are feeling the pain of losing a brother, but I know in my heart that he and the other two on the flight were doing something they absolutely loved. My heartfelt condolences


What can one say? Brave aviators taking on the harshest conditions in the world...to help others in need. What else defines a hero? I flew in the north, never for KBA, but for Lamb Air and Parsons...nothing like this crew faced.


I have no affiliation with Kenn Borek Air, however as most folks in Alberta I am well aware of its location in Calgary. I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss of your family members. Take comfort in knowing they were doing what they loved to do. The great memories are the gift they leave behind.


It was with great sadness that we learned of three of your flight staff. It is never easy to express our feelings when we hear of such tragic events, but may we express our heartfelt condolences to all the families of these men and the staff of Ken Borek Air. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.


It is with deep sadness that we have received the news regarding Bob Heath and his crew. The world of Antarctic aviation is small and such a loss is felt by all fellow aviators and hard to come to terms with. Please pass on the condolences of all of us in the British Antarctic Survey but particularly those of us in the BAS Air Unit who knew the crew and regarded them as friends and colleagues, their passing will be greatly missed.

- Capt Alan P Meredith

Chief Pilot British Antarctic Survey


I offer my heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of your three colleagues in Antarctica.

During summer 2005/2006 and 2006/2007, I was the McMurdo Station Site Manager, working for Raytheon Polar Services Company. I recall the dedication and professionalism of your team during those summers and firmly believe that dedication continues today.

- Eric Hobday

Salt Lake City


Please accept my sympathies at the loss of your aircrew in Antarctica. I have been a passenger with KBA at both ends of the Earth (Devon Island in 1999, ANSMET in 2002-2003), and I have always delighted in flying with KBA. I also fly my own plane (a Pitts Special) and have flown SAR in New Mexico and Colorado, so I've got some experience in the cockpit. There is not much I can say, except that a fellow pilot extends his condolences to the whole KBA family.

I / we cannot express how sadden by your loss , my condolences to you and the families of our lost people.

- NCOIC Greenland operations


We are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the accident. Many of us have benefitted enormously from the efforts of the air crew who operate in the most challenging of environments. It is their commitment, dedication and skill that have made many of our science dreams come to reality. Our thoughts are with all those affected, and of course especially the families and friends of the crew. I would be grateful if you could pass on our deepest sympathies to them.

- British Antarctic Survey


I wanted to pass my along my condolences for your team in the Antarctic and the families, friends, and coworkers in Canada. I'm very sorry for the loss of your crew. I know this must be a very challenging time for you and your company. Your people take tough jobs and make them look easy, although I know they are not. The nature of this work carries inherent hazards but we will always continue to put safety first and work with you to reduce the risk. The Kenn Borek Air company has a reputation for handling difficult jobs and I'm sure this is the toughest part. My thoughts and prayers are with all.

- Airborne Coastal Surveys; Naval Oceanographic Office


On behalf of everyone at TQ, along with all our clients that have visited Antarctica since 2005, it's with great sadness I write to express our condolences to the Kenn Borek family for its recent loss .Please pass along our sympathy.


It is with deep sadness that we have received the news regarding Bob Heath and his crew. The world of Antarctic aviation is small and such a loss is felt by all fellow aviators and hard to come to terms with. Please pass on the condolences of all of us in the British Antarctic Survey but particularly those of us in the BAS Air Unit who knew the crew and regarded them as friends and colleagues, their passing will be greatly missed.


Words just aren't adequate at times like this, but I'd be remiss if I didn't say how very, very sad we in OPP are to hear this latest turn of events. Our thoughts and prayers are with KBAL and the crew's families.


All the personnel of the Italian Antarctic Expeditions together with the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), would like to express their deepest and sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the crew of the KBC Twin Otter. These men have been working in this daunting climate supporting the Italian Antarctic Program, flying in these extreme conditions with expertise and dedication. We all feel very sad for this occurrence because, as always, the crews are part of our team. The crew will deserve forever our gratitude for their excellent service and professionalism. We are all sure that they passed doing what they loved and what they wanted to do.


Brian, As someone who has been associated in a small way with the KBA crews in Antarctica, I extend my sympathy to all of you. I share your loss


My name is Bob Allan, I just want to pass on my thoughts and prayers for the families and you at Borek for the crews down south. I was crew on the first 3 tours down there in 1984 thru to 1989 and know the challenges that present themselves.

At Borek you always supplied us with the best equipment to do the job


The management and staff of the Grise Fiord Inuit Co-op Ltd. wish to extend our thoughts and hope to your company and the family and friends of the crew.


Bob provided me, and other US Fish and Wildlife Service pilots, tools to safely work in the Arctic. This is truly a sad day for the families and associates of all of the crew members of the twin otter. Bob was a legend and a friend. My condolences to the entire Kenn Borek family.


We, together with all at Alfred-Wegener-Institute, would like to extend our condolences and sympathy wishes to all of you and to the families of those who tragically have lost their lives in Antarctica while serving the science endeavour. You and the families are in our thoughts at this sad time.


The British Antarctic Monument Trust would be most grateful if you would accept our sincere condolences and pass this on to the families.


We want to express our sincere condolences in connection with the tragic accident in Antarctica. Pilots and technicians of the Kenn Borek Air Company are wide-known to all Antarctic national programs. Many scientific achievements, most complicated logistical and search and rescue operations in the Antarctic were performed by your specialists. You are real professionals in the International Ice League. Any activity in the Antarctic is varied, complicated and dangerous and for pilots it is extremely hazardous. Only dedicated and courageous and highly professional people choose such job. Enhanced risk of their work is a peculiar bonus for a possibility to visit such Earth's places, which most people will not be able to ever see.

I have first met with the Ken Borek pilots in 1992 when I worked at the US-Russian ice camp in the Weddell Sea, then I have met them many times at McMurdo and now I am happy that the Russian Antarctic Expedition works with the Ken Borek Air Company. You provide support for our air bridge from Novo to Vostok via Progress station and in December 2012 I was onboard the BT67 with your pilots.

The flight catastrophe of the Twin Otter aircraft in Antarctica is an enormous loss for the entire Antarctic community. But the largest loss is for the families of these pilots. Please, convey them our deep condolences from all Russian polar explorers in the Antarctic.

The cold Antarctic winds will be singing a memorial service for many thousands of years to come.

- RAE Head


My thoughts go out to the 3 families at this time. These 3 individuals, pilot, co-pilot and mechanic, were doing what they loved to do, and God bless them. They will be known as contributing a big part to the Antarctica discovery. As I said, my thoughts, along with thousands of other people, are with the families at this time.


On behalf of all the members of 783 (Calgary) Wing of the Royal Canadian Air force Association, I would like to express our sincere sympathy on the recent loss of your flight crew in Antarctica. As a professional pilot myself, I am aware of the hazards that exist in that most inhospitable part of the world and were always proud, as Calgarians, to be association through our city with Kenn Borek Air and your expertise in Antarctic flying. Please pass on our condolences to the families of your crew over their heart-breaking loss and we wish you success in your future flight operations as you recover from this tragic set-back.

-Major (Ret'd) Dave Watson CD. President, 783 (Calgary) Wing. Royal Canadian Air Force Association.


On behalf of all our staff and directors, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) would like to offer our sincere condolences to the families of the men, as well as to all our friends and partners at Kenn Borek Air. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and all or colleagues there. Our community has suffered a terrible loss, and the memories of the courage and spirit of adventures that these men demonstrated will not be soon forgotten. May you find comfort together in the difficult times ahead.


We are deeply saddened to hear the news about the tragic accident in Antarctica. Please allow me to convey our deepest condolences to you, the families of the departed crew members and all the staff of Kenn Borek Air Ltd, on behalf of NIPR staff, during this period of shock and distress. We share your sorrow and pray for peace for the departed souls.

-National Institute of Polar Research