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Tragedy in Afghanistan Each time I learn we have lost a soldier, airman, sailor or Marine


it hurts my heart. I feel for their families, their friends, their com- rades and our nation. There is no greater grief than to lose a son or daughter. The fact that these young people were true volunteers only deepens that grief.


apparent Taliban attack on a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook. reported that


Thirty of our best were lost recently in an It was


several members of the Navy’s Seal Team 6 were


among those aboard the Chinook – the same elite group that con- ducted the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compounds a few months back.


I am very thankful for, and proud of, our Armed Forces. Please


take moment to reflect on the sacrifices they are sometimes called upon to make.


ALEA New Orleans in July! It has been said that in South Louisiana


you “live life like an amphibian,” because you are always wet. This


was certainly no exception. Law enforcement officials, industry rep- resentatives and aircraft manufacturers descended upon the Crescent City for a week of education, briefings and product demonstrations. They also managed to squeeze in a little fun along the way. This year’s event, while not very strongly attended, was certainly one to remember. I would like to thank the folks at ALEA for showing everyone such a fun time, Louisiana style.


Annual Buyer’s Guide This month we


Buyer’s Guide.


present our Rotorcraft Professional Annual Inside you will find information on companies from


every facet of the helicopter industry. As the only true B2B publi- cation in the market we are happy to bring this comprehensive list- ing to you.


Ron Whitney


NightCon 2011 Our very first NightCon event is shaping up quite nicely.


It is


not too late to reserve your seat at this very unique conference. Industry experts, as well as key representatives of the FAA will be on hand to conduct presentations on the latest developments in the Night Vision world. Also, top decision makers in this very exciting segment of our industry will be on hand to answer your questions, and listen to your concerns.


There simply is no better opportunity


for you to get the “scoop” from the very top experts. There are still spots available for vendors as well. Visit www.nightcon.com, or call us at 877-768-5550 for further information.


Best Regards,


PUBLISHER/EDITOR IN CHIEF Ron Whitney


ron@rotorcraftpro.com


ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Darian Weaver


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COPY EDITOR Ashley Dempsey


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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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