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Sikorsky Innovations

One big story at the HeliExpo was the introduction of Sikorsky’s newest en- deavor, Sikorsky Innovations. Featured in the February issue of Rotorcraft Profes- sional, Sikorsky Innovation’s leader Chris Van Buiten was on hand to explain the de-

tails of this exciting new program. Gath- ering together the best and brightest of the engineering and development world, Siko- rsky Innovations is poised to accelerate the science of rotary wing flight.

Robinson Helicopters

As expected the Robinson Helicopter

Company brought their long anticipated R-66 aircraft for display. Introduced by Mr. Frank Robinson himself the R-66 was certainly one of the major audience draws of the show. Pilots young and old were stepping over each other to get a first hand look at Robinson’s first turbine powered helicopter. RPMNetwork’s Lyn Burks held an exclusive interview with Mr. Robinson that can be seen at www.rotor-, or

MD Helicopters

One of the most popular and best-at- tended events at the HeliExpo is the MD Helicopters annual presser. There are two “givens” when MD Helicopter’s CEO Lynn Tilton takes the podium for her an- nual meeting with the media, she will get your attention quickly, and she will tell you exactly what is on her mind. She did not disappoint. “2009 was a touch year from a global perspective, this economic crisis continues.” she began. While intro- ducing new company President Robert Molsbergen, Ms. Tilton promised that she is going to see the rebuild of MD through. “We are in it for the long haul, MD isn’t going anywhere. We are going to take stu- pid out of the equation, and make this company more efficient.”

Job Fair

Another highlight of the HeliExpo is the annual job fair. A little over 30 com- panies were on hand this year to speak with prospective employees, collect re- sumes, and generally offer the inside de- tails of each company. Roughly 500 pilot and mechanic job seekers wove their way through the room resumes in hand, each hopeful that the trip to Houston would not be wasted. Depending upon how you look at it, this event either meant there are many companies searching for new pilots and mechanics, or there are too many peo- ple competing for too few positions. For many it wasn’t, many of the companies were in the hiring mode and offered po- sitions on the spot. Air Evac Lifeteam EMS Director of Operations, Tony Bon-

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