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2011 HeliSuccess


BY STEVE GOLDSWORTHY-CONTRIBUTING EDITOR PHOTOS: DENNIS PIERCE AND STEVE GOLDSWORTHY


It’s my third day in Vegas, and


HeliSuccess is over now, but I don’t want to leave the meeting room. I’m hanging out as people are packing up the banners and booths and I’m saying goodbye to friends I probably won’t see again until Heli-Expo. When a sugges- tion is made to go grab a beer, my suit- case and I are the first ones there! HeliSuccess actually starts on a


Sunday, but the FAAST team with Jason Dykstra and Mike Franz takes advan- tage of all the pilots flying in and hosts


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a safety event designed for helicopter pilots on Saturday afternoon. Topics for the event are ADM and Autorotation. With a reception afterwards, it’s a great way to start networking. Sunday is the first day of Heli-


Success and the room is packed! Lyn Burks, who created the event, tells me there are at least 40 more pilots who tried to sign up, but the event was sold out. Right from the start, you can tell this is not your typical helicopter event. First, you have a room filled with pilots


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