William A. “Captain Bill” Machauer


William “Captain Bill” Machauer passed away on February 16th after a long illness. Bill was great colleague, pilot, instructor, mentor and friend.  We extend our sincere condolences to Bill’s wife Betty and the rest of his family at this time of grief.  We will remember Bill as an outstanding aviator, after a stint in the Navy as an air traffic controller, Bill worked for Eastern Airlines flying Boeing 727s, 757, 767, DC-9s,  and the Airbus A300 and later Kiwi Airlines.  Bill was an instructor at the Basking Ridge (Somerset Hills) Airport in the 1960s and was mentioned in Rinker Buck’s “Flight of Passage”.  Bill came to Somerset Airport in 1999 as an instructor and Chief Pilot for our Part 135 charter operation.  Bill was our FAA FAAST team representative; many enjoyed his seminars at the Clarence Dillon Library.  In recent years Bill was our senior instructor…imparting the sage advice that can only come from a pilot with over 32,000 hours over 64 years of flying.  Bill was very active in the Somerville Hangar of the Quiet Birdmen (QB) and a long-standing member of Lebanon Township’s Planning Board.  We will remember Captain Bill for his positive attitude, never-ending supply of jokes and wisdom both in the air and on the ground.  We will all miss Bill Machauer.