​The FAAAA is sad to announce the passing of Carl Daley, who died on 20th July 2015 after a short battle with cancer.

Carl Forbes Daley was born in Kyogle in Northern NSW on Thursday 11th March 1943 as a ‘war baby’.  He had an idyllic childhood growing up in ‘God’s Country’ and at a very early age showed himself to be an innovator by building boats and model aircraft.  He also excelled in sport, in particular at running and Rugby League, normally playing in the 5/8th position. 

Having left school in 1960 Carl initially became a draughtsman in Sydney, but found the work boring and so enlisted in the RAN in 1963 as a pilot. He completed basic training on Winjeels before graduating to No 50 FTS which was then flying Vampires.  In May of 1964 he arrived at HMAS Albatross to join No 4 Helicopter conversion course on UH1-Bs. 

During a distinguished Naval career Carl flew Wessex 31Bs, Scouts, Bell 206Bs and Seakings as well as the Iroquois.  He served in Vietnam (HMAS Sydney) and undertook various deployments to Japan and other ports in the Far East, and served for a time in the UK attached to the RN. 

He paid off in 1980 after serving as Commanding Officer of HC723 Squadron and embarked on a full and distinguished life in civilian aviation including with NSW Parks and Wildlife, the Civil Aviation Authority and then a series of positions flying Airships in the USA  and Europe including as chief test pilot.

Carl leaves behind his beloved wife Christine,  children Roma and Louise and a grandson, Samuel.  

Carl Daley distinguished himself as a person, a father, a husband and a friend.  He will be remembered for his quiet, unassuming manner and wry sense of humour, and his kindness towards all who crossed his path.  

May he rest in peace.