It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a legend of the sky. Air Vanuatu staff and management are deeply saddened by the passing of former Air Vanuatu pilot Captain Robert (Bob) Wyllie on Tuesday, 13th August 2019.
Bob first arrived in Vanuatu in 1974, serving over 40 years as a pilot, first for Air Melanesie, then Vanair and later Air Vanuatu. He was a true aviation pioneer, flying everything from the eight-passenger Britten Norman Islander and 19-seat Twin Otter to the Boeing 737. Known by many frequent travelers as Captain Wyllie, but greeted by most as “Apu” (grandpa) Bob, his was a familiar face at all the airports throughout our island archipelago.
“Captain Wyllie was an aviation inspiration to many pilots, including his sons Edward and Phillip Wyllie who are currently employed by Air Vanuatu. He was a legendary doyen of the aviation industry and his memory will continue to shine for years to come” says Air Vanuatu Chief Executive Officer, Derek Nice.
On behalf of the Staff and Management of Air Vanuatu, “sori tumas” to the family and friends – and especially to Edward and Phillip Wyllie who are part of the Air Vanuatu family.
To Cornelia and the Wyllie family, “tankiu tumas” for sharing your husband and father with Vanuatu. We are grateful for his commitment to our country, from the humble beginnings of aviation in Vanuatu to his proud service with our national flag carrier.
The late Captain Bob Wyllie will be laid to rest at Albany Creek Memorial Park in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Monday, 19th August 2019.
(Source: Air Vanuatu Media Release 14 August 2019)