I don't know if any of the forum members know retired Air India B-747 Captain Gurumurthy Balasubramanian but back in the early days of Flight Sim, he was a regular contributor on Flightsim.com. His sister posted on my Facebook page this morning that Captain Bala has passed away. He retired a few years ago and suffered a stroke. He was placed in charge of Air Inida's Flight Simulators. He will really be missed and was a good friend. He has visited me here in Texas several times along with his wife Usha, son Navin and daughter Rina. Son Navin is now a B-737 Captain for Air Oman and based in Muscat. Captain Bala retired from the Indian Air Force with the rank of Wing Commander.
I remember Captain Bala very well. He and his family spent a weekend here with us in Roswell. They were delightful.
His wife wore a sari and her forehead dot for a trip to the Roswell Mall where cowboy boots and cowboy hats are the norm. She turned a lot of heads.
Bala and I stayed up almost all night after everyone else went to sleep and we swapped war stories about our flyng experiences and other things. I was privileged to know him and to meet his family. And that is how I will remember him.