It took a little digging to find out that he died on July 17 in a private plane crash in Oregon.
Nirakar was an exacting man, a perfectionist who turned into a joyous little kid when he was flying. It was his single biggest passion. And he was in a perfect place for soaring, in the inner range near Calistoga.
According to the Harbin website, there will be a memorial for him there this Friday.
A photo of the plane, after the crash.
KDRV: "Witnesses also say the plane was doing aerobatic stunts shortly before the crash."