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November 18, 2011
I was so lucky to get to know Paul and would visit with him at his hangar at Santa Maria Airport. He had a Cub decal on his Lancair. I asked him about it and he told me that it's there so he could go to tne next Cub Fly-in. He said, "If Piper was building a new Cub it would be like his airplane". Some people say he operated out of the box. Not true, he had made his operating box larger than we thought was possible.
November 13, 2011
Jeff,

I had the pleasure of interacting on the phone in regards to a project, with your Dad, via a our mutual friend Pat Panzera. He was fun to talk with and his approach to looking at aerodynamics was so out of the box that I think in time, he will be acknowledged for contributions to enhancing the state of the art. He will truly be missed.
November 12, 2011
I knew Paul through the local EAA chapter. It was always interesting to hear him talk of his latest modifications to his airplane and to hear about his propellors. I admired him because so many people dream, but Paul acted on his dreams.
November 11, 2011
Thank you, Jeff. We are all saddened by our loss. I met Paul in 1979 when I arrived at Vandenberg AFB to work with him at the General Electric Radio Tracking System on South Base; we guided and commanded Atlas rockets launched from SLC-3 using our radar. It did not take me long to see that Paul was operating somewhere above the rest of us. To solve problems, he would start with a basic known, such as F=ma, and work forward to the answer. His interests and knowledge were vast; religion to physics, Paul was a true renaissance man. Paul knew the most of anyone about the capabilities of our radar; once he determined how many propeller blades were on a passing airplane from its signature. At the time, many of us were envious of the $50 monthly mortgage payment that Paul and Betsy had; due to their earlier arrival. Paul showed me my first recording of a leap second. An incredible man.
November 11, 2011
My sincere condolences to the family. We have lost a fine gentleman.
November 11, 2011
I helped Paul jump his plane at Golden West a few years ago and then conversed by email several times. Very nice man and a great loss to all.
November 11, 2011
I worked as a certified aircraft mechanic for many years before turning to writing technically-oriented articles for aviation magazines 12 years ago. From time to time Paul would call me to point out an error I had made. He had a gentle way of correcting me that never caused my hackles to raise. I'm sorry I didn't get down to Arroyo Grande to know him better.
November 11, 2011
I was very sorry to hear of Paul's passing. I have known Paul for well over 30 years. We were both engineers for General Electric and later Lockheed Martin. Paul was very intuitive and analytical, a man of many talents. I knew Paul professionally and socially and also his wife Betsy. Paul and I designed portions of the Atlas Missile guidance radar located at Vandenberg AFB California and also Melborne Florida. He was always there to help me. He was my closest friend in those 30 plus years.

I'll miss him as will the others that his life touched. God bless you Paul.
November 11, 2011
The October 2011 issue of EAA's Experimenter e-Newsletter is dedicated to the memory of out friend Paul Lipps. If you've never read any of his articles, I'm sure you'll enjoy this collection.
http://www.eaa.org/experimenter/issues/1110.html
November 11, 2011
First, my condolences to Paul's family and friends, Paul will be missed by many. Paul was generous of his magnificent and unusual ideas and assisted people without compensation. Our relatively brief friendship led me to world records I never thought we could attain. I characterized Paul to those who had not met him, this way. Picture friends/acquaintances discussing anything, consider that a dilemma is reached whereby Paul would turn and walk away, returning hours later with several sheets of paper in hand, formulas and calculations allover them, stating "I think I have the answer". It appeared to me that Paul reduced everything to numeric data which he then manipulated to arrive at solutions. With Pauls passing I dare say that aviation will not advance nearly so rapidly nor surely. I am sure his last flight was his best!

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