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Starting the Year off Right Rotorcraft Pro Media Network is very proud to welcome


Lyn Burks as the new Editor-in-Chief of Rotorcraft Pro Magazine. Lyn began his aviation career over 20 years ago and has worked as a pilot in various sectors of the industry. During this time, he has been using his talents and experi- ence to help shape the helicopter culture through media, education and professionalism. As Publisher, I am certain that many of our readers and followers are familiar with Lyn’s contributions, mostly through his efforts for develop- ing, recruiting and mentoring countless people in all areas of the helicopter world. His online eBooks, articles and educa- tional seminars for career development have impacted many lives in a positive way. To this day, Lyn continues to touch those with aspirations of a career in the helicopter industry. Lyn’s dedication to developing communication medi-


ums to share his experiences and allow others to do the same through the web, educational seminars, video, print and social media outlets will be a tremendous asset as he takes on his newest challenge as Editor-in-Chief of Rotorcraft Pro. His recent selection by


the Helicopter Association


International to be the recipient of the prestigious “Salute to Excellence in Communication” award is just another testa- ment of his talents and ability to be not just a voice but a cre- ative and inspirational voice. Lyn Burks is certainly no stranger to Oak Mountain Media


(OMM), the publishing company of Rotorcraft Pro Media Network, as he has been part of the RPMN team for several


years. RPMN is comprised of Rotorcraft Pro magazine, as well as the Heli-Industry Week In Review e-newsletter, JustHelicopters.com, JustHelicopters.tv, VerticalReference.com, HelicopterSalaries.com, TheHelicopterStore.com and the NightCon and HeliSuccess conferences. The RPMN online family of networks is accessed each month over 100,000 times by 32,000 visitors from 190 countries. The e-newsletter is dis- tributed weekly to over 20,000 subscribers. Lyn Burks has a strong passion and dedication toward


seeking out the most relevant content related to today’s events. He is constantly searching for new and innovative ways to communicate with a large and dynamic demographic base. His goal is to present our readers with a variety of media that meets their interests and ever changing lifestyles. As publish- er, I believe these are the qualities that make Lyn’s viewpoint relevant and unique, which in turn will make Rotorcraft Pro a must read by industry professionals. I invite you to stay tuned for a fresh new look and appearance inside the pages of our magazine in the coming months, as well as articles and fea- tures that will be of interest to anyone who wants keep up with the latest developments and opportunities in the helicopter industry. We encourage you to take advantage of all our sites and services by visiting rotorcraftpro.com.


Brig T. Bearden


PUBLISHER Brig Bearden


brig@rotorcraftpro.com


ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Billy Thompson


billy@rotorcraftpro.com


DIR. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Butch Cole


butch@rotorcraftpro.com


NATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Allen Henderson


allen@rotorcraftpro.com FEBRUARY 2012


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Lyn Burks


lyn.burks@rotorcraftpro.com


COPY EDITOR Ashley Dempsey


ashley@rotorcraftpro.com


CREATIVE DIRECTOR Dana Maxfield


dana@rotorcraftpro.com


MANAGER, ONLINE ACCOUNTS Lynette Burks


lynette@rotorcraftpro.com


VICE PRESIDENT/CFO Clay Branum


clay@rotorcraftpro.com


VICE PRESIDENT/CAO Rick Weatherford


rick@rotorcraftpro.com


PHOTOGRAPHER Sarah Kritner


sarah@rotorcraftpro.com


CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Pam Fulmer


pam@rotorcraftpro.com 2


is published twelve times a year and mailed out on or around the 20th of the month being covered by Oak Mountain Media, LLC, 2080 Valleydale Road, Suite 10, Hoover, Alabama 35244. Rotorcraft Pro®


Rotorcraft Pro® is distributed free to qualified sub-


scribers. Non-qualified subscription rates are $57.00 per year in the U.S. and Canada and $84.00 per year for foreign subscribers (surface mail). U.S. Postage paid at Birmingham, Alabama and additional mailing offices. Rotorcraft Pro®


is distributed to qualified readers in the helicop-


ter industry. Publisher is not liable for all content (including editorial and illustrations provided by advertisers) of advertisements published and does not accept responsibility for any claims made against the publisher. It is the advertiser’s or agency’s responsibility to obtain ap- propriate releases on any item or individuals pictured in an adver- tisement. Reproduction of this magazine in whole or in part is prohibited without prior written permission from the publisher.


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