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FROM THE PUBLISHER’S DESK IT’S SHOWTIME-ALEA Ah, the high desert in July, a trip we at Rotorcraft


Professional Media Network have been looking forward to with great enthusiasm. An opportunity to get away from the office for a few days, leave the heat and humidity of the deep south, and travel westward to the storied City of Tuscan, Arizona. The 2010 Airborne Law Enforcement Association Conference and Convention is sure to be well worth the trip. Now in its 40th year, the ALEA Conference brings together a very interesting mix of law enforcement officials, pilots, mechanics, industry experts, as well as an amazing variety of aircraft, products and services. Courses ranging from Advanced Thermal Imaging to Safety Management to Flight Instructor Refresher and Tactical Flight Officer Training, will all be offered either just before or during this conference. Add to that a few hundred exhibitors promoting products and services that run the gamut of both the aviation and law enforcement industries, this show guarantees to have some- thing to interest everyone who attends. RPMN will be making its third appearance, come by booth 502 and say hello.


IN THIS ISSUE


We are proud to have Brad McNally as one of our Contributing Editors. The feedback we have received on his Rotorcraft Pioneer series has been overwhelming. This exclu- sive series of articles has taken us back to the very beginnings of rotary wing flight, the successes, the failures, and the facts. Brad’s detailed research and writing talents bring those early events to our readers, providing a retrospective on how the rotorcraft industry evolved, in a present day historical per- spective. Now we present Part V, which chronicles the achievements of Mr. Charles Kaman. We would like to thank Mr. Mark Tattersall and Ms. Lourdes Maglieri of Kaman Aerospace for their help with researching this article.


PUBLISHER/EDITOR IN CHIEF Ron Whitney


ron@rotorcraftpro.com


ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Darian Weaver


darian@rotorcraftpro.com


DIR. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Butch Cole


butch@rotorcraftpro.com


ONLINE EDITOR Lyn Burks


lyn.burks@rotorcraftpro.com


MANAGER, ONLINE ACCOUNTS Lynette Burks


lynette@rotorcraftpro.com ROTORCRAFTPROFESSIONAL


PRESIDENT/CFO Clay Branum


clay@rotorcraftpro.com


VICE PRESIDENT/CAO Rick Weatherford


rick@rotorcraftpro.com


CREATIVE DIRECTOR Dana Maxfield


dana@rotorcraftpro.com


CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Pam Fulmer


pam@rotorcraftpro.com


LEGAL COUNCIL Casey Duncan


casey@rotorcraftpro.com


RISK MANAGEMENT Steve Lawrence


steve@rotorcraftpro.com 4 OAK MOUNTAIN MEDIA


We are proud to announce that Rotorcraft Professional Media Network, and its sister publication, EMS PRO maga- zine have merged under one, new media company, Oak Mountain Media, LLC. Combining the print and digital edi- tions of both magazines, our online media and video groups, and our industry leading web sites under one corporate struc- ture. Oak Mountain Media is uniquely positioned to provide our advertisers with the largest, most comprehensive media exposure in the industry. With the merger we had a few personnel changes. In addi- tion to my Managing Editor duties I will be assuming the role of Publisher as well. We are also proud to announce the pro- motion of Mr. Darian Weaver to Associate Publisher. We also welcome Mr. Clay Branum as our Company President and Chief Financial Officer, and Mr. Rick Weatherford who is now our Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer.


NEW FORMAT


I would like to thank all of you who have taken the time to write and call in and let us know what you think about our new layout. Take it from me, a redesign may as well be putting together a new magazine from the very start. Our staff put in the extra effort and from your response it was well worth it. Thank you.


All the Best,


RON WHITNEY PUBLISHER


Rotorcraft Professional®


is published twelve times a year and


mailed out on or around the 20th of the month being covered by Oak Mountain Media, LLC, 3100 Lorna Road, Suite 201, Hoover, Alabama 35216. Rotorcraft Professional®


ified subscribers. Non-qualified subscription rates are $57.00 per year in the U.S. and Canada and $84.00 per year for foreign sub- scribers (surface mail). U.S. Postage paid at Birmingham, 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 advertisers) of advertisements published and does not accept responsibility for any claims made against the publisher. It is the advertiser’s or agency’s responsibility to obtain appropriate releases on any item or individuals pictured in an advertisement. Reproduction of this magazine in whole or in part is prohibited without prior written permission from the publisher.


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