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ANOTHER SAD DAY As we prepare to go to press with this edition of Rotorcraft


Pro, we learn of another tragic accident in the EMS commu- nity. At approximately 8pm on July 22 a Eurocopter AS-350, operated by Eagle Med in Oklahoma City, OK, crashed with a crew of three on board. Pilot Al Harrison and Nurse Ryan Duke were lost, and Nurse/Paramedic Michael Eccard was transported to a hospital in Oklahoma City. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the departed, as well as to Michael and his family. A fund has been estab- lished in Al and Ryan’s honor, please visit Eagle Med’s web site, www.flyeaglemed.com for details.


HIGH NOON IN THE HIGH DESERT It has been a good number of years since I had visited


Tucson, Arizona. Twenty years to be exact. On my last visit I had the opportunity to deliver an aging U.S. Army OH-58A to the bone yard at Davis Mothan AFB. Much has changed. The City of Tucson has grown, a lot. It just didn’t seem to be so spread out the last time I was there. Of course, there was one thing about old Tucson that has not changed; it was hot, plenty hot. A “Dry Heat” may be different than “Wet Heat”, but it is still hot regardless. Hot is hot. This year Tucson was the host city of The Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s annual conference and convention. Aircraft displays and ven- dor displays were held at the Tucson Convention Center, while most of the classes and social events were held at the Marriott resort, a 15-minute bus ride away. Although atten- dance was slightly down from previous years, much of that can be attributed to a soft economy, not the “dry” heat. Next year’s ALEA Conference will be held in the Crescent City, New Orleans, Louisiana. We shall see about that “wet” heat, won’t we?


RPMN’S CAREER SEMINAR COMING SOON Our highly popular Career Seminar is set to take place, in


Las Vegas, Nevada October 31-November 1, 2010. Speakers and trainers from throughout the helicopter industry will be on hand to conduct a wide range of classes and discussions on how you can best prepare for a career as a helicopter pilot. Actually, this seminar has something to offer pilots of all experience lev- els. Learn how to best position yourself to find that dream job. The networking opportunities alone make this the premier career enhancement event in the business. Representatives from many of the major players in our market will conduct on site interviews. New this year is a spouse’s program; so bring along your better half for a few days of fun and learning in Vegas. Onsite registration is now available at www.rotorcraftpro.com.


All the Best, SHOWTIME


The summer of 2010 will certainly be remembered as one of the busiest years, as far as aviation trade shows go. The ALEA show concluded July 17, the Farnborough Air show began July 19, and now the EAA show in Oshkosh, WI is set to start on July 26. Reports out of Farnborough strongly indicate that our industry is poised for recovery. Over 182 billion dollars of air- craft orders and service contracts were announced through the week. How’s that for a stimulus? Although orders for new hel- icopters did not set any records, simply the fact that companies are placing orders at all is a very good sign. If any of the rumors and chatter is to be listened to, then 2011 may very well be a very interesting and profitable year for the rotorcraft industry.


RON WHITNEY PUBLISHER


PUBLISHER/EDITOR IN CHIEF Ron Whitney


ron@rotorcraftpro.com


ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Darian Weaver


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