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The vertical The staff is deeply saddened to learn about the death of Skip Robinson, the magazine’s longest-serving photographer, contributor, colleague and friend. Robinson was found unresponsive at his home on March 30 during a wellness check conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department. Illegal play is not suspected. He was 57 years old.
“All of us are shocked and saddened by the news that Skip has died,” he said. vertical Owner and publisher Mike Reino. “The name of Skip, a self-proclaimed helicopter enthusiast, is vertical For over 15 years. “
A prominent writer and highly talented photographer, Robinson was deeply passionate about the helicopter industry and the people who work there.He started to contribute vertical In 2005, he devoted almost all his time to reporting on the helicopter industry. “He turned his attention to the industry,” Reino said. “as a result, vertical Also courage [formerly Vertical 911] A publication without stories or photographs by Skip Robinson. “
Robinson, through his words and his camera lens, brought our readers with him on his countless visits to field operators. His ability to do this made his work stand out from others.
“I think anyone who knows him agrees that Skip is unique,” Reino said. “He had a mysterious way of working with the crew to get the perfect shot. Skip shots are more because he knew how to frame and make the photo special. It decorates many covers vertical When courage than anyone else. “
While contributing vertical The magazine was Robinson’s flagship, and he also worked as a contract photographer with many operators, manufacturers and suppliers in the helicopter industry. He also often coached other aspiring aerial photographers and shared his experience and know-how.
“It was a lot of fun to skip and work,” said Oliver Johnson. Vertical Editor-in-chief. “His enthusiasm was endless and he always had dozens of ideas about what he wanted to shoot and the operators he wanted to visit. He loved the military and quasi-public aspects of the industry the most, but these Is usually the hardest thing for a photographer to get permission for. Not for skipping. I don’t know how he accessed it, but his tenacity and charm is a door that no one else can. Opened. “
Beyond magazines, Robinson was an avid collector of everything related to helicopters. In his spare time, he also volunteered at the Classic Rotor Helicopter Museum in Ramona, California. There, he helped preserve and document the history of the helicopter and helicopter industry. He was also instrumental in procuring museum tools, parts and helicopters.
“Our heartfelt condolences are in everyone affected by his death,” Reino said. “He will be terribly missed.”