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Twirly Birds announce annual meeting set for March 6, 2001


Have you soloed in a helicop- ter at least twenty years ago? If so, you should consider joining the Twirly Birds at their upcoming annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Held in conjunction again this year with the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo, the meeting will take place at the HAI host hotel, Rosen Center Hotel, Signature Room 1 meeting room on March 6, 2011 at 5 p.m. Steve Sullivan, Twirly Birds president, will conduct the meeting that will include two pre- sentations of the prestigious Les Morris award as well as an announcement of a new member- ship category for the group. An evening of aviation fellowship and the common bond of helicopters and vertical flight is planned for


Twirly Birds vice president, Jim Kettles commented, “Twirly Birds has a rich history that traces its roots to the early pio- neers of helicopters and we invite anyone that meets our humble qualifications to join us at our annual meeting. Our intent as always is to see old friends and to meet new ones that share a com- mon link to helicopters whether it is civil or military, professional or recreational.” Twirly Birds was founded over sixty years ago when a small group of pilots met to share sto- ries and the common experi- ences of flying helicopters during these early years of vertical flight. Some notable past members of Twirly Birds include Charles Lindberg, Igor Sikorsky, Stanley Hiller, Alan Bristow and Wes Lematta, to name a few. The intent was then and now, to share the common bond of ver- tical flight. The group has no political or commercial interest and is by design, a social group comprised of individuals. Membership dues are very mod- est and the group publishes a


newsletter several times a year to keep the membership updated. Catch up with old friends and make new ones by joining Twirly Birds! Twirly Birds is an internation- al organization founded in 1949 by pioneering pilots of helicop- ters and other vertical take-off aircraft. The sole purpose of this nonprofit organization of indi- viduals is to recognize and foster the fellowship of those brought together by the common bond of vertical flight and to facilitate the cordial exchange of experience and opinions as the helicopter and other vertical take-off aircraft art progresses. For more infor- mation regarding the organiza- tion or membership categories and qualifications, please visit the Twirly Birds website at www.twirlybirds.org or by con- tacting Jim Kettles, membership chairman at


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Robinson Helicopter Sales Growing Stronger


Torrance, CA—2010 marked a year of transition for Robinson Helicopter Company. During the first half of the year, the company worked to move unsold inventory created by the unstable economy.


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