This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
FROM THE DESK OF THE PUBLISHER IT’S YOUR VOICE


Not often, maybe two or three times a month we receive inquiries from a wide variety of media, governmental agencies and legislative staff - federal, state, local and international as well. There is no pat- tern, no theme, simply those who are seeking a deeper understanding of the issues in our industry and are searching for the experts. Usually we are successful in matching the requester with the subject matter expert. Sometimes we pass the request along to either the appropriate company, or, more often one of the many associations with an inter- est in rotorcraft. While there are a great many good associations, each which represent our interests well, usually the answer can be found by one of the big three; Helicopter Association International (HAI), the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA), or the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International (PHPAI). The role of any association is to represent their membership and industry in all matters related thereto. The ability of these organiza- tions to do that job is directly proportionate to their membership, or the number of companies and individuals who support them. Sadly, we are not supporting these great organizations the way we should. Individual membership numbers are down across the board, across the industry. One can’t help but wonder, why? Could it be that many of us do not fully understand exactly what these organizations do for us? Or, I dare say, is it simply apathy? Let’s hope not. Our industry is constantly under the proverbial microscope - from groups with environmental concerns, to EMS helicopter critics, to that 8% of our populace that simply can not tolerate any level of noise, much less that of a helicopter. These groups can have a devas- tating impact given an unopposed forum to raise their voices. Thankfully, we have had a few associations with the resources to step forward as our advocates, our champions if you will. Case in point… The tragic mid-air collision of a sightseeing helicopter and a sin- gle engine airplane over the Hudson River. In their haste to “get the facts on the air first,” the New York media apparatus grabbed the first pilot they encountered walking down the street and put him on air as the “subject matter expert.” Unfortunately, this person was neither an expert, nor could be defined as an experienced pilot at all. What occurred was a level of hysteria that was not only unnecessary, it was


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


VICE PRESIDENT/CFO Clay Branum


clay@rotorcraftpro.com


VICE PRESIDENT/CAO Rick Weatherford


rick@rotorcraftpro.com


ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Mickey Walker


mickey@rotorcraftpro.com


MANAGER, ONLINE ACCOUNTS Lynette Burks


lynette@rotorcraftpro.com


COPY EDITOR Ashley Dempsey


ashley@rotorcraftpro.com


CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Pam Fulmer


pam@rotorcraftpro.com


LEGAL COUNCIL Casey Duncan


casey@rotorcraftpro.com


RISK MANAGEMENT Steve Lawrence


steve@rotorcraftpro.com 3 ROTORCRAFTPRO.COM


avoidable. Had the producer of that news outlet been aware of who to contact when such events occur, he would have done his viewers a much better service, and not had them running for cover every time a heli- copter flew overhead. Why didn’t this producer know where to turn? Thankfully HAI’s Matt Zuccaro stepped up and did a wonderful job of informing the public in a factual and reassuring manner. HAI, along with a few other groups, was instrumental in the development and implementation of new rules for flying beneath the New York Class B. A task that was completed in what I consider record time, given the his- tory.


In February of 2009 the National Transportation Safety Board held hearings concerning the EMS helicopter accident rates. A wide range of groups were invited to participate, but none as important as HAI, NEMSPA and PHPAI. Had those three associations not been present, the views of our industry may well have not been seen at all. That, in my opinion, could have a dramatic negative impact on the rotorcraft industry. They represented us well, made our views known, and did a great job educating the masses that tuned into the hearings. Getting involved is not really all that hard to do. Unless you want to jump in and devote your time and energy (like many association vol- unteers do), not really much is asked of you, except your support. The cost of membership is really a bargain when you take into account what these groups do for your career, or business.


For details contact:


• Helicopter Association Internations-www.rotor.com • National EMS Pilots Association-www.nemspa.org • Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International- www.autorotate.org


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.


POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Oak Mountain Media, LLC, 3100 Lorna Road, Suite 201, Hoover, AL 35216


is distributed free to qual- Ron Whitney PRESIDENT Executive Offices


3100 Lorna Rd., Ste. 201 Hoover, AL 35216


toll free: 877.768.5550 fax: 205.978.2925


www.rotorcraftpro.com


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 - www.yudu.com