William “Bill” R. Cutter Dead at 86

Cutter Aviation employees called Bill a larger than life man.

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William "Bill" Cutter left behind two children and four grandchildren.Cutter Aviation

Cutter Aviation yesterday confirmed the passing of William "Bill" R. Cutter, the family patriarch, on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Bill Cutter established Cutter Aviation's facility at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in Arizona, which went on to become the company's largest facility and corporate headquarters. Cutter, along with his son William "Will" Cutter, then grew the Cutter Aviation network by opening other locations at Phoenix Deer Valley, Colorado Springs and Albuquerque.

A life-long aviation enthusiast, Bill Cutter learned to fly sitting on his father William P. Cutter's lap, eventually earning an ATP rating in fixed wing, helicopter and lighter than air aircraft, along with several jet and turbo-prop type ratings. He accumulated thousands of flying hours during his life, with his most recent in his treasured 1944 Beech Model 17 Staggerwing.

The company said, “Throughout his entire life, Bill could always be found walking the ramp and halls of Cutter Aviation speaking with his employees on a first name basis. He had a larger than life personality and was quick to share anecdotes with those around him. He was a gentleman's gentleman, humbleness surrounded his daily actions. He leaves us with a keen sense of loss and heartfelt gratitude - we are better people for having known him.”

Bill Cutter was honored numerous times, most notably at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the New Mexico Military Institute, the Pima Air & Space Museum (where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame with his father) and was named "Man of the Year" by Beechcraft. Bill also proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army.