Pilot in deadly small airplane crash close to Carp Airport recognized as Nanometrics CEO Neil Spriggs


The one-engine plane, registered to Spriggs, crashed off the runway and was situated in a forested space to the south.

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Neil Spriggs, the chief govt at a world-leading firm in seismic gear, wasn’t a person who sought the limelight – however his loss of life in a small-plane crash close to the Carp Airport has value his firm neighborhood a visionary.

That’s how Spriggs was remembered Thursday by long-time colleague and fellow govt Ian Talbot. Spriggs was the CEO at Nanometrics, a privately-owned firm headquartered in Kanata that employs about 170 folks, and creates devices to measure earthquakes.

“He wished to assist scientists perceive learn how to make the Earth a greater, safer place. He wished to assist push the boundaries of science,” stated Talbot, chief monetary officer at Nanometrics. However as huge as his considering was, Talbot stated Spriggs had humility and humanity in spades.

You wouldn’t see him on the CEO talking circuit. He’d do a enterprise deal by handshake. If somebody on the firm misplaced a member of the family, he’d go to them along with his condolences.

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“Individuals simply trusted him,” stated Talbot.

Spriggs had a level in oceanography, and greater than 25 years of expertise in seismology (which entails the research of earthquakes and seismic waves). He joined Nanometrics as a part-owner in 1992, and have become its CEO in 2015.

In the neighborhood of people that make the most of Nanometrics gear, around the globe – inside governments, at universities, seismologists, geophysicists – Spriggs was well-known, and extremely revered, stated Talbot. He wasn’t a tutorial, however that didn’t cease a few of his clients from calling Spriggs, “professor.” Such was the vastness of his information about the subject material of his work.

However he additionally had an urge for food for studying that wasn’t circumscribed by his career.

“Whether or not it was flying or crusing or seismometers, he had a really curious thoughts,” stated Talbot.

On Wednesday afternoon, Spriggs was piloting the Blackshape BS100 single-engine airplane registered in his identify when it crashed off the runway on the Carp Airport. In response to police, Spriggs (who additionally had a industrial pilot’s licence and flight teacher score) was situated deceased, on the scene. An investigation by the Transportation Security Board is ongoing.

Spriggs had been getting ready to retire for the previous few years, constructing a succession plan and beginning to hand extra authority to others, stated Talbot.

“He was wanting ahead to retirement, I believe everyone knew that. Which is basically the factor that makes it so robust for all of us, is that he’s given his life to this firm and to this mission and he was wanting ahead to his retirement.”

— With information from Postmedia