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Letter to the Editor
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Hello Ron,
Tim Smith
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I couldn’t agree more with your opinion letter in September’s issue of Rotorcraft
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Pro. I too watched and listened as this tragedy unfolded, and was generally ap-
Darian Weaver
palled at the overall coverage. I recall one “expert”, a helicopter pilot from Cali-
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fornia I believe, declaring that the airplane pilot was “...clearly at fault, flying
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right into the rear of the helicopter...not watching where he was going...blah, blah.”
Butch Cole
It is absolutely impossible to determine exactly what happened (and who is re-
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sponsible!) until all of the information, including radio calls, radar tracks, per-
sonal information, medical and flight records, etc., etc. has been gathered and
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evaluated; and even then it may not be 100% accurate, especially considering the
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fact that there were no survivors. You’d think that a “professional” would know
this and refrain from jumping to hasty, inaccurate conclusions...no matter how COPY EDITOR
much it may fuel the ego to appear on national television.
Valerie Malin
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As for the media, let me say that covering major spot news of national interest
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is difficult and challenging in our world of near-instant communications. Most Dana Maxfield
news organizations do their very best to provide the most accurate and timely in-
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formation available, but sometimes accuracy takes second place to timely...or be-
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ing first. I’d say that the chances of the person in the anchor chair being an
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“expert” on any aspect of major breaking news is rare, he or she is simply the
“go-to”, or moderator, and as such must rely on others for content and information.
As a result, sometimes the so-called “experts” turn out to anything but.
Am I qualified to voice this opinion? I think so, with over 24000 hours of rotary
wing experience (roughly 19000 ENG), annual factory training at Bell Helicopter
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for 25 years or so, and 24 years active and reserve military experience. Oh, and
Tim Smith
I’m one of very, very few people in the world who can say they’ve been involved Executive and Advertising Offices
in a mid-air collision between two helicopters (B206B111 and B206L), and lived
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