This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
RCP1209_002-005_TOC 1/2/10 9:52 PM Page 5
Letter to the Editor
Hello Ron,
Tim Smith
I couldn’t agree more with your opinion letter in September’s issue of Rotorcraft
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-
fornia I believe, declaring that the airplane pilot was “...clearly at fault, flying
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-
sponsible!) until all of the information, including radio calls, radar tracks, per-
sonal information, medical and flight records, etc., etc. has been gathered and
Ron Whitney
evaluated; and even then it may not be 100% accurate, especially considering the
fact that there were no survivors. You’d think that a “professional” would know
this and refrain from jumping to hasty, inaccurate matter how COPY EDITOR
much it may fuel the ego to appear on national television.
Valerie Malin
As for the media, let me say that covering major spot news of national interest
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-
formation available, but sometimes accuracy takes second place to timely...or be-
ing first. I’d say that the chances of the person in the anchor chair being an
Pam Fulmer
“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
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
3100 Lorna Road, Suite 302, Hoover, AL 35216
to talk about it. Last, but not least, I’ve flown in that airspace too, albeit many
toll free: 877.768.5550 fax: 205.978.2925
years ago.
Rotorcraft Professional™ is published twelve times a
year and mailed out on or around the 20th of the month be-
Sincerely, ing covered by Mosark Enterprises, LLC, Barbizon Build-
ing, 3100 Lorna Road, Suite 302, Hoover, AL 35216.
Rotorcraft Professional™ is distributed free to qualified sub-
Clark B. Stahl
scribers. Non-qualified subscription rates are $57.00 per
year in the U.S. and Canada and $84.00 per year for foreign
Sammamish, Washington subscribers (surface mail). U.S. Postage paid at Birming-
ham, Alabama and additional mailing offices.
Rotorcraft Professional™ is distributed to qualified
readers in the helicopter industry. Publisher is not liable for
all content (including editorial and illustrations provided by
Check us out online:
advertisers) of advertisements published and does not ac-
r cept responsibility for any claims made against the pub-t
ic c
lisher. It is the advertiser’s or agency’s responsibility to
s obtain appropriate releases on any item or individuals pic-
th o
tured in an advertisement. Reproduction of this magazine in
whole or in part is prohibited without prior written permis-
sion from the publisher.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Mosark Enter-
prises, LLC, 3100 Lorna Road, Suite 302, Hoover, AL 35216
PRINTED IN THE USA • Heli-Expo 2010 Preview Issue 5
Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52
Produced with Yudu -