I did not know about Sparky. I just read about him over at AOPA. Sad, really sad and also really bizarre when very experienced people, thought of as being the preeminent expert in a particular area, gets into trouble in their own area of expertise.
I'm not a fearful person - I don't live my life in constant fear of anything. But, I'm also human and I have to admit that this stuff makes me uneasy at times. I'm right on the edge of starting my new personal flying career and I have plans to own and operate some pretty high-performance machines. This stuff just bothers me - sorry, but it just bothers me.
At least, my favorite, Bob Hoover is still around! The things that he used to be able to do with his Commander are legendary. The man poured a glass of ice tea [you've got to be kidding] while rolling his commander - and he poured it, back-handed at that!
If I could get Bob as my instructor from Private through my Jet Type, I'd take'em in a heart beat - I don't care how old he might be. Bob, might be 140 years old, I'd take'em!