Andrew "Andy" Bohutinsky
1941 - 2020
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Bohutinsky, Andrew "Andy" , 79, passed away peacefully at home in Key Biscayne with his family on August 2, 2020. A former Air Force fighter pilot and commercial airline captain, Andy once safely landed a Boeing 707 in the 90-mph crosswinds of a hurricane, with 150 passengers on board. Andy's family never heard this story until 30 years later, because Andy wasn't one to boast - but he did say he loved the challenge of landing that plane. If you spoke with Andy for any amount of time and asked him questions, you could learn amazing stories about his life, but you had to probe. Andy was born July 9, 1941 in Budapest, Hungary. At age four, he became a war refugee as his family fled 125 miles on foot during the Russian advance in WWII. His younger sister, Anne Marie, didn't survive the journey and Andy became an only child. Later, his family emigrated to the U.S. and eventually settled in Miami, where Andy graduated from Miami Edison High School in 1959 (playing on the state champion football team) and attended the University of Florida on an ROTC scholarship. After graduation, Andy soon found the two loves of his life: flying planes and a feisty Miami girl named Kathy Fox. Andy would never be the same. In 1965, Andy became an Air Force flight instructor and married Kathy Fox. Life moved as fast as the F-5 Tiger Fighter jets he flew, and the next 13 years brought 13 international and domestic moves, three kids and a career as a commercial airline pilot with TWA. Eventually the family settled for 17 years in Kansas City, Missouri, where Andy taught the kids to mow their hilly one-acre lawn, play a mean tennis game, drive on icy midwestern roads and change the oil in the car. And he made sure the kids drove cars that were huge, old and slightly rusty - because they were "safer." Andy worked hard in those years, including a second job as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Air National Guard Reserve, flying C130s and being called to serve in Iraq during 1991's Operation Desert Storm. Once his kids went to college, he and Kathy moved back to South Florida and Key Biscayne, not far from the lifeguard stand where they snuck their first kiss. He retired from TWA in 2001 after 33 years, and - not ready to give up flying just yet - spent the next 18 years as a flight instructor at Boeing, becoming certified to teach on every single model that Boeing flies. In Key Biscayne, he spent countless hours in the water with his grandkids, swimming, paddleboarding and being a human jungle gym. He had a knack for giving 100 percent of his attention to whomever he was with, always the steady and wise hand to land the plane despite whatever chaos swirled around him. As the rock in our family, he will be deeply missed. Andy is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathy, his children Catherine (Patrick), Andrew Jr. (Elizabeth), and Amy (Francesco) and his seven beloved grandchildren. A private family memorial is being planned. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends supporting the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins.

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Published in the Miami Herald on Aug. 5, 2020.
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August 12, 2020
Andy helped host me during my first trip to the Miami Campus many years ago. I couldn't have hoped for a more professional and helpful gentlemen then and the many times I have visited the campus since that first meeting. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Craig Lokkins
Coworker
August 11, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving.
Simone Taylor
August 10, 2020
Andy, I will miss your always pleasant greetings and warm smiles!
Bill Coleman
Coworker
August 9, 2020
To know Andrew was to know a good man, an excellent pilot and a great flight instructorthe memories of Andy will sustain his presents in our lives JM
JM
Coworker
August 9, 2020
Andy was a consumate professional and caring person. When we weren't talking about aviation there were always moments about families and then tennis. May you have tailwinds and topspin on the trip west. My cundolences to the family. Dave Skartvedt, Fellow Check Airman, TWA
David Skartvedt
Friend
August 8, 2020
Ich vermisse dich. It was an honor to be one of your Simulator Technicians for so many years and even more of a pleasure to have conversations in German with you. I miss seeing your smiling face around at work. Rest in Peace...
Nicoline
Coworker
August 7, 2020
Andy and I worked together for many years at TWA. Not only was he a good pilot, he was an excellent instructor. He was a gentleman and a friend. Charlie Bailey, TWA retired
Charlie Bailey
Coworker
August 7, 2020
I didn't know Andy well, but I do remember one night I was riding on the jump seat in the cockpit of the plane he was flying and in the course of the conversation we figured we were born on the same day. I was born in California on July 8, 1941 and he was born on July 9, 1941 but due to the differences in time zones it was probably the same day.
Gene Corsini
Coworker
August 7, 2020
Andy and I had a special assignment to rate a Spanish CAA pilot for B727 rating and then get an F/E rating at the same time. Great fun at TWA. My condolences to Andy's family.
Edward Duenes
August 7, 2020
What a GOOD GUY!! Worked with Andy in and around TWA in early 70s we were beached/ furloughed and scrambled to make it along with a lot of other guys like Dusty West. We all helped each other and Andy was always upbeat. We instructed in the training center and I was at FAA when he was flying for Global. We both flew C-130s and were in Desert Storm, Andy with the St Joe boys and I was with the mile high gang at Pete Field. Pilots form lifelong friendships. What a guy, what a life. Cheers
Jim Folsom
Served In Military Together
August 7, 2020
Kathy, I flew with Andy in the Missouri Air National Guard. He was always a pleasure to be around. I can still see that mischievous smile on his face. Those were great times and I will always remember Andy as one of the good guys.

Dennis Scott
Dennis Scott
Served In Military Together
August 7, 2020
I have known Andy for very many years. He came to Boeing just after I did. From the very beginning he was always the quiet professional, rarely speaking of his personal life but always reaching out to make sure his professional work was above par. I will truly miss him. May the Lord bless him and keep him in His hands.
Peter Culhane
Coworker
August 6, 2020
Judy and I send our deepest condolences to Kathy and the family. Andy was a special friend, family man, and dedicated patriot. May God bless the Bohutinsky family in their time of grief.
Ralph & Judy Mariani
Friend
August 6, 2020
Andy & I go way back , we were both U of F “GATORS “ - USAF ROTC- FIP PILOT PROGRAM ( 6 of the 7 all ended up as TWA PILOTS ) after our Viet Nam days - & We we’re @ The same Pilot Tng base Laughlin , Andy got a ATC SLOT, I was Sac(KC-135), then TAC (F-100’s & F-105’s- then@ TWA we shared 30+ years as check airmen on 707/727/L-1011/
B747/B757/B767, we shared (3) furloughs @TWA- also many trips in the USAF GUARD, “GLOBAL” Int’l airlines, B-707, & Frontier Horizon CAPT.B-727 - flying to Europe, Hawaii, Central & South America, the middle& Far East, & Africa!
Andy was always a gentleman & always prepared & a “good stick too”-
He will be missed by all his fellow Military & Airline Pilots-
Farrell my friend!
Retired TWA CAPT
Retired USAF LTC
S.R.”DUSTY” West
S.R.”Dusty”West
Friend
August 6, 2020
Andy was a first class guy in every way. He was a friend, a coworker and always a pleasure to be with.
It was a privilege to have known him.
Steve Lanard
Coworker
August 6, 2020
To Andy's Family,

I sent this to Everyone at Boeing and it was suggested I post it here.
"All,

Andy will be missed. He was a great guy and a friend. He was a TWA Pilot before Boeing but I didn’t meet him there. He was at Boeing when I showed up in 2011 and Captain Jim Minardi who, hired me, assigned Andy as one of my Instructors on the B757. Andy would get your attention pretty quickly on what he expected of a Boeing Instructor. You had better be prepared, know your flows and procedures, limitations and memory items. But he presented his lessons with knowledge, clarity, and a little bit of a smile. I thought I knew the B757 pretty well before Andy but after him I was sure. We had a great time and I learned a lot. Andy was a great mentor and the model of what a professional Instructor and Evaluator should emulate. Those of you who have worked with him know what I’m trying to say.

Andy will be missed and God’s peace be with you. Strong tailwinds flying west. "

Jim Kendall
James Kendall
Coworker
August 6, 2020
My condolences, and prayers to Andy's family. I enjoyed "hanger flying" with Andy and sharing a laugh or two along the way.
Tim Drake
Coworker
August 6, 2020
I was fortunate to meet Andy when I took over Boeing’s Training Center Evaluator program nearly a decade ago. Following that introduction, I so looked forward to getting to speak with him at the annual recurrent training and, when I was lucky, our occasional phone conversations. Andy was a quiet, consummate professional of the highest caliber and I learned much from his considerable knowledge and experience. Always a smile on his face, always willing to help, and always willing to stand on his principles – that was Andy. He was truly an icon in our Boeing training programand he will be greatly missed.
David Hunter
Coworker
August 6, 2020
Have a smooth Flight West Andy and may you have wind from the East!
Bob Marr, Fellow Check Airman, TWA
Friend
August 6, 2020
Andy was the consummate professional and a good friend. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Ray Roberts
Coworker
August 6, 2020
I enjoyed working with Andy in the TWA training environment. A great guy!
Ron Kleiboeker
Friend
August 6, 2020
He was a special man, and we are going to miss him. And we are here for you Grandma.
Patrick
Family
August 6, 2020
Mi amigo Andy,
You will be missed.
The peaceful, calmed and methodical way you taught with, was truly inspiring. I will always look up to you!
God bless you and your family.
David Esteban Lopez
David Esteban Lopez
Coworker
August 6, 2020
My thoughts ands prayers to his Family, I had the privilege of work with Andy and share great aviation experience. The loss will be felt by many.
Edgar Cedeno
Coworker
August 6, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Not being on the same fleet, I did not had the privilege to know Andy better. We met occasionally in the hallways.Always said hello ,and smiling.
His life’s accomplishments speak for themselves.We will miss him.
Fred Pauwels
Coworker
August 6, 2020
Dear Andy, it was a pleasure and a privilege working with you at Boeing. You were always a real gentleman and a good friend. Will miss you. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Maria Ginn
Coworker
August 6, 2020
My condolences, and prayers are with you all. I have known Andy for 15 years working at Boeing in Miami, he was always such a wonderful, humble and quiet man and i loved chatting with him when we got the opportunity to. He will be missed, but is now resting in peace in Gods hands.
Tatiana A Arcacha Carrillo
Coworker
August 6, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear about Andy's passing. He was a very special and gentle person.
Kristina Trowbridge
Family
August 5, 2020
I worked with Andy at Boeing. He was such a gentleman and he will be missed!
Kristen Lindell
Coworker
August 5, 2020
I had the privilege of working with Andy for sixteen years at Boeing. Our work Stations were next to each other and he always made the time to ask how my family and boys were progressing with school and sports. We had countless conversations about Little League and about raising two young (almost teenage) boys - he always had great advice and listened intently to my stories and concerns. He shared many great stories about his career and family, but was never one to boast. I am thankful to have worked with Andy and I’ll always cherish our friendship. My sincere sympathies to his family. God speed, Andy! You have the flight controls!
Wayne Pistoia
Coworker
August 5, 2020
Andy will be so missed. Always a gentleman always willing to help. I am thankful for having worked with him. I feel so blessed. I pray his family will find peace. On behalf of the entire Miami Boeing team we send our love to Andy and his family. Best Marty Schaaf. Campus Manager.
Marty Schaaf
Coworker
August 5, 2020
Andy was a great colleague and will be missed. My deepest sympathies to Andy’s family.
Martin McGrath
Coworker
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