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EDITOR’S LETTER
From the desk of the Editor
PUBLISHER
Tim Smith
The beginning of a new year is a very exciting time.
tim@rotorcraftpro.com
Tradition holds that the New Year is a time for “out with
the old, in with the new.” The year 2010 is shaping up to
NATIONAL SALES MANAGER
Darian Weaver
be a fine example of just that. On February 8,
darian@rotorcraftpro.com
2010, the U.S. Coast Guard will switch off the
Loran C navigational aid system. Bringing an
SALES EXECUTIVE
Butch Cole
end to an era and moving on to more modern
butch@rotorcraftpro.com
methods of land and air navigation. While the
GPS system has been around for quite some
MANAGING EDITOR
time now, we have just now reached the point
Ron Whitney
ron@rotorcraftpro.com
where we are ready to let loose of Loran C
and fully embrace GPS. I well remember sit- COPY EDITOR
ting in on the stories of “seasoned” pilots who heralded
Valerie Malin
Ron Whitney the invention of Loran C, “back in the day”, when that
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Editor system put an end to the “fuel gauge and a watch” method
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION DIRECTOR
of dead recognition navigation. Dana Maxfield
dmaxfield@rotorcraftpro.com
The ADS-B program has taken a quantum step re-
CIRCULATION DIRECTOR
cently. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was on hand
Pam Fulmer
to christen the systems launch in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
While ADS-B has been in development and deployed on
a limited basis, bringing it to life in the Gulf will have a
dramatic impact on operational and safety concerns. Hav-
ing flown IFR in the Gulf I can attest, “it’s been a long
time coming.”
PRESIDENT
Rotorcraft Pioneers
Tim Smith
Executive and Advertising Offices
In this first issue of 2010 we are very proud to present
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Nally. For the next several months, the Rotorcraft Pio-
neer Series will feature a detailed history of the
Rotorcraft Professional™ is published twelve times a
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contributions and achievements of the men who were re- ing covered by Mosark Enterprises, LLC, Barbizon Build-
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Rotorcraft Professional™ is distributed free to qualified sub-
Brad, a lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard currently pur-
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year in the U.S. and Canada and $84.00 per year for foreign
suing his graduate degree, has again done a great job of subscribers (surface mail). U.S. Postage paid at Birming-
ham, Alabama and additional mailing offices.
researching and putting together a very accurate portrait
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I could go on, explaining the other great articles we lisher. It is the advertiser’s or agency’s responsibility to
have this month, but maybe it would just be better to let
obtain appropriate releases on any item or individuals pic-
tured in an advertisement. Reproduction of this magazine in
you discover them yourselves.
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Ron Whitney
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