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above building, number of lifts required, a description of the load, whether the building is evacuated, and pilot’s name. “Once we have the approved, stamped plan from the FAA, we then need to pull a city fire permit and get a street use / clo- sure permit. This can take several days. Five-to-seven working days are normal just for FAA approval. To accomplish all the tasks involved is a minimum of 15 working days for city approvals. Bigger jobs can take much longer. Most cus- tomers don’t see the time, effort, and plan- ning involved setting up a helicopter lift job. They only see how quickly and pro- fessionally we get the job done.” So what does the future hold for the S-


58T? After nearly 60 years of operation, how many more years can the S-58 eco-


nomically operate? Donley estimates, “We have a parts supply to run our aircraft for at least the next 10 years, and probably 15. Right now there are a few particular parts that we would like to have more of, and we’re always scouring the world for additional parts “We love the helicopter, I’ve personally flown it for 20 years and it’s a part of me. The S-58T outworks a Huey and lifts a bit more in most conditions. We know the aircraft inside and out, plus our mainte- nance personnel keep the aircraft in best flying condition. At ARIS, we`d like to eventually put a third S-58T back in serv- ice, as we lost one a few years ago. For now we will continue to operate the S-58T for the foreseeable future. We really see no aircraft that can directly replace it.”


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