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A WELCOME CHANGE


No one will argue that the rotorcraft industry has been under a great deal of economic stress over the past few years. Business was down nearly across the board, access to credit was very limited, and the visionaries had no clue as to when it all would end. Not that anyone can truly call an end to this most recent financial melt- down. But if the events of the past six weeks are any indicator, we just may be at the beginning of the end.


SALES REBOUND


Finally the sales numbers for non-military aircraft took a strong move upward. Every major manufactur- er has reported significant sales in just the past few weeks. Agusta Westland announced the sale of ten AW- 139 aircraft, over 150 million dollars worth, to off- shore giant PHI. These helicopters will be delivered and put to work in the offshore Gulf of Mexico over the next three years. Considering it has been nearly two years since a significant equipment buy has been reported for the domestic market, this is a very big deal.


Transportation Conference, held in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


Then comes AMTC, the annual Air Medical This get together, usually


focused on the medical side of the air medical busi- ness, was a hot bed of new helicopter sales activity. Agusta Westland, Bell, and American Eurocopter all announced sales of multiple aircraft during the three- day exposition. The largest of which, in total airframe count, was an order for sixteen Bell 206L-4 aircraft to Air Evac Lifeteam. Followed very closely by an order for fifteen assorted American Eurocopters by Metro Aviation.


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A few days following the close of the AMTC event it was announced that the State of Maryland has agreed to purchase six Agusta Westland AW-139’s, at an esti- mated cost of 72 million, to replace it’s aging fleet of Eurocopter medical helicopters.


So, in the space of under six weeks, sales of an estimated 500 million dollars worth of new helicopters have been announced. That is a fine shot in the arm, one long overdue.


I’m looking forward to the HAI


show, things are bound to get very interesting. CURRENT EVENTS


By now most of you have heard the announcement


of the FAA’s most recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, (NPRM). This announcement, an apparent regulatory maneuver intended to stem the rash of accidents we have experienced in the past few years, is summarized later in this issue. With a ninety day comment period ending on January 10, 2011, operators in the air medical business may be faced with significant capital outlays should what has been pro- posed actually become a regulatory requirement. We are very interested in your opinion on this NPRM, send us an email and let us know what you think.


All the Best,


RON WHITNEY PUBLISHER


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