By Todd Servaes

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By Todd Servaes

February 22, 2004 - Golden West Aviation Association Director Richard Cabrihna died after a brief illness exacerbated an existing heart condition on 20 December 2003.

Richard accomplished many things, in his full life of sixty-nine years; as a family man, a professional engineer in both aviation and civil fields, and an energetic and able volunteer for several organizations. Most familiar of his accomplishments to this newsletter's audience undoubtedly were his beautiful Free Spirit series of airplanes, and his work as a Golden West Director.

Golden West remembers and thanks Richard for his important contributions to our association and the aviation community as a whole. Richard we enjoyed knowing and working with you. We offer his family our most sincere condolences. Richard will be missed and remembered, and his spirit and passion for aviation will continue to influence many in our aviation community.

By Martin Hollmann

Famous aircraft designer and good friend Richard Cabrihna died on the 20th of December 2003 of heart failure at his home in Sacramento, CA. He was 69 years old when he died. Richard and I have always had a lot of fun experimenting with aircraft and meeting with other aviation friends. Besides being very active in the various Chapters of the Experimental Aircraft Association, he was best known for the design, building and flying of his Free Spirit which was a two place sport aircraft made out of fiberglass.

Richard will be dearly missed by all who knew him including me and his family. But we will always remember him for his humor and wit and the fun experiences we had together. God bless you Richard. Your free spirit is flying again.
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