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FROM THE DESK OF THE PUBLISHER NIGHTMARE IN ALABAMA


April 26, 2011 will be a date that will be long remembered throughout the Southeastern United States, but specifically in here in Alabama where Rotorcraft Pro is headquartered. Line after line of deadly tornados ripped a west to east path through the middle of the state. Areas impacted the most severely were the City of Tuscaloosa and communities of Pleasant Grove and Cullman. As we go to print 193 Alabamians lost their lives, and the count continues to grow as rescue and recovery effort continue. We at RPMN would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost fam- ily and loved ones.


COMING SOON-NIGHTCON 2011


Rotorcraft Pro Magazine, in partnership with Night Flight Concepts, is very proud to announce the first NightCon 2011 Conference.


This conference, for the very first time, will bring


together all the major players in the Night Vision industry, in one place. The focus of this conference is cooperation and education. We hope to present an open forum for operators and regulators alike to share their opinions and expectations with regard to the regula- tion of flight operations with the use of Night Vision Devices. We will also present training such as NVG Maintenance, NVG Initial Ground, and the NVG Instructor Pilot Ground course. Look for more information in the coming editions of Rotorcraft Pro, on our web sites, and on our newest site; www.nightcon.com.


CALL TO ACTION FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and Transportation


Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced a series of policy changes governing the scheduling of air traffic controllers. Recent media accounts of air traffic controllers falling asleep while on duty com- pelled the FAA to jump into action, and pronto.


RON WHITNEY PRESIDENT OAK MOUNTAIN MEDIA, LLC.


The speed at which the FAA acted is to be commended. They


recognized the problem, developed defined policy changes, and put them into place all in a very short period of time. Remarkably short in fact. Could it be the public manner in which these problems were brought out? I hope not. This Call to Action was the result of good, sound leadership, the kind of leadership that has been sorely lacking in past administrations.


SENSELESS TRAGEDY


Shortly before we go to print with this issue we received a report of an accident involving an Army AH-64D Longbow Apache. The Apache reportedly struck a river ferry guide cable strung across the Alabama River in Monroe County, Alabama. Eyewitnesses fishing on the river stated “He was so low over the river I could touch the bottom of that helicopter with my cane pole.” The Apache was crewed by an instructor pilot riding in the front seat, and a student pilot in the rear pilot’s seat. The instructor pilot did not survive. The student pilot apparently was able to successfully land the aircraft in an adjacent field.


While the cause of this accident is subject to investigation by the U.S. Army, one can’t help but wonder what type of training required low-level flight along that river, below treetop level.


BE SAFE,


PUBLISHER/EDITOR IN CHIEF Ron Whitney


ron@rotorcraftpro.com


ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Darian Weaver


darian@rotorcraftpro.com


ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Rebecca Williams


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ONLINE EDITOR Lyn Burks


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VICE PRESIDENT/CFO Clay Branum


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VICE PRESIDENT/CAO Rick Weatherford


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DIR. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Butch Cole


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MANAGER, ONLINE ACCOUNTS Lynette Burks


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CREATIVE DIRECTOR Dana Maxfield


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CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Pam Fulmer


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LEGAL COUNCIL Casey Duncan


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RISK MANAGEMENT Steve Lawrence


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