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Rare C30P BO-105 LS Super Lifter EMS also available 1986 BO-105 CBS EMS

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inside this edition: Simp Twirly Birds announce the 2012 Les Morris Award recipient Jerry Trimble Helicopters student receives flight training scholarship GarminŽ enters the medium lift helicopter market with G5000H™ Leading Edge Aviation first to offer flight training in a G500H equipped R44 March 2012


Twirly Birds announce the 2012 Les Morris Award recipient Dallas, TX—Social helicopter pilot group, Twirly Birds has announced the 2012 Les Morris Award Recipient as Mr. Elfan Ap Rees. Mr. Ap Rees is a noted aviation historian, author, pilot and founder of The Helicopter Museum, the world’s largest dedicated collection of military and civil rotorcraft located in Weston-superMare, Somerset on the southwest coast of England. After his first helicopter flight in 1960, Ap Rees went on to become a helicopter pilot with experience in over 80 model type aircraft over his long career. He launched HELICOPTER International, in 1977, followed by HELiDATA News and Classified in 1980 and afterward, Military Helicopter News in 2005. Mr. Ap Rees has received several prestigious awards to include the British Helicopter Advisory Board

“Eric Brown” Trophy in 2002 for his contributions to the industry and also the American Helicopter Society (AHS) “John Schneider” Historical Award, in 2007 for his tireless work promoting the rotorcraft industry. Mr. Ap Rees received the HAI “Excellence in Communication” award in 1987.

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community over their lifetime. Twirly Bird President, Mr. Steve Sullivan will present the Les Morris Award for lifetime achievement to Mr. Elfan Ap Rees during their annual meeting on 12 FEB 2012 at 1800 hours in the Dallas Convention Center, Ballroom A, Section 1 during the 2012 HAI HeliExpo.

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Jerry Trimble Helicopters student receives flight training scholarship McMinnville, OR—Jerry Trimble Helicopters (JTH) is proud to announce that Jessica Ward has received the Robinson Safety Course Scholarship offered by the Whirly-Girls. The Robinson Safety Course is a 3-day course conducted by the factory in Torrance, CA and includes both flight and ground training. Jessica began training at JTH in the summer of 2010 and received her private pilot license in the R-22. “I was happy to hear that Jessica received the RHC Scholarship. I’m sure it won’t be long before Jessica makes the transition to flying helicopters full-time” says Jerry Trimble. Membership in the WhirlyGirls is open to any woman holding a helicopter rating. They offer scholarships for helicopter flight training. JTH has recently acquired its fourth R-22 and is relocating the R-44 to their winter satellite base in Thermal, CA to provide instrument training and scenic flights in the Coachella Valley. JTH is planning on expanding their office space in the Fall of

2012 to include more classrooms. The JTH main office, established in 2007, is located in McMinnville, Oregon (MMV). JTH prides itself on offering quality, fast, primary and advanced flight training in the R-22 and R-44. “I believe we have continued to attract students due to the fact that we offer individual attention to each of our students”, said Trimble. “It’s easy to get lost in the bigger flight schools. We enjoy getting to know each of our students on a personal level. Our prices are also the lowest you will find”. McMinnville prices are $214/hour dual and $184/hour solo for the R-22 HP. Jerry specializes in CFI instruction and also offers a touchdown auto course. Jerry Trimble has been flying the Robinson since pre-certification and has been in the industry for over 30 years. Call or send an email to schedule your flight today 503-577-6371 jerry@ Visit the website:

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calendar of events February 2012 February 8-9, 2012 Joseph Cribbins Aviation Symposium Huntsville, AL February 11-14, 2012 Heli-Expo 2012 Dallas, TX

March 2012 March 7-9, 2012 Cygnus Aviation Expo Las Vegas, NV

April 2012 April 1-4, 2012 2012 AAAA Professional Forum & Expo Nashville, TN April 22-27, 2012 MTLI Wheeling, WV


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July 2012 July 9-15, 2012 Farnborough International United Kingdom

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Garmin enters the medium lift helicopter market with G5000H™ ®

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Kaman Helicopters supports K-Max program while expanding manufacturing and rotor blade work BLOOMFIELD, CT—The Kaman Helicopters Division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation, continues to develop new chapters in its storied history with the unmanned K-MAX®; successes and opportunities in subcontract manufacturing; and rotor blade development and production.

K-MAX® Two unmanned K-MAX aircraft, with three ground control stations, are currently performing cargo resupply missions for the USMC in Afghanistan. Kaman and teammate, Lockheed Martin have developed plans to produce additional K-MAX aircraft for the U.S. military if called upon to do so. The K-MAX Unmanned Aerial Truck (UAT) is supporting the requirements of the U.S. Marine Corps Cargo Resupply Program. TIME Magazine named the K-MAX UAT one of its “50 Best Inventions” of 2011. Salvatore S. Bordonaro, Kaman Helicopters Division president, noted, “Unmanned or optionally piloted technologies for military and civil missions are going to drive our industry and Kaman Helicopters’ growth for many years to come. The challenging environment in Afghanistan is the ideal opportunity to showcase the tremendous capabilities of our UAT,” Bordonaro added, “and gives testament to Charlie Kaman’s vision and innovative development of unmanned systems originating in the early 1950s. Today we are ensuring that our unmanned heritage influences the next generation of military rotorcraft.” Commercial versions of the K-MAX began flying in the early 1990s and have accumulated more than 260,000 flight hours over the last 20 years. Mark Tattershall, Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Helicopters Division stated, “The commercial K-MAX is a perfect aircraft for missions from firefighting to offshore oil duties. Why put people in harm’s way when it’s not absolutely necessary for dull and dangerous operations.”

Manufacturing and rotor blade focus Rotorcraft component fabrication and subcontracting has become a major line of business for Kaman. Company capabilities include integration, composite and metallic bonding and final assembly. Backed by Kaman’s OEM infrastructure and expertise, Kaman is the only rotorcraft industry subcontractor that can replicate OEM capabilities such as design/analysis, development, test, large system integration and manufacturing as well as repairs, upgrades and modifications. Among Kaman’s specialized facilities are rotor blade whirl towers and environmental testing such as sand erosion and full flight test capabilities. The Helicopters Division Blade Center of Excellence (BCE) and Subcontracting Product Group offer a full-service development and manufacturing capability that will enable Kaman to respond to vigorous future market growth. Kaman is executing flight tests and initial production for the Special Operations Forces AH-6 “Little Bird” small composite rotor blades (SCRB). The company is also building helicopter blade assemblies for Bell helicopters and the MD 900 rotor system. In the future, it may offer the SCRB for the MD 500 and MD 600 commercial helicopter series. The innovative new small composite rotor blade in development will eliminate the need for troublesome metallic erosion strips by incorporating the Hontek erosion coating system.. Complementing rotor blade production is Kaman’s partnership with Hontek that has successfully introduced a three-layer, color-specific for easy visual inspection, sprayable erosion coating. Erosion control has extended the lifespan and reduced the life cycle costs of U.S. Army Black Hawk utility helicopter main rotor blades. Kaman is completing coatings for the rotor blades of all Black Hawk helicopters flying in harsh environments with significant airborne particulates, such as Middle East deserts. To date, Kaman

has protected over 2,500 rotor blades. In addition, the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and several international military customers are evaluating the coating for possible applications on other platforms. Kaman is the only certified facility authorized to apply the Hontek coating and is installing a robotic spray facility at its Bloomfield, Conn. site.

Seasprites continue to serve Kaman markets and supports the SH-2 Seasprite and SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite multi-mission maritime helicopter. The latest versions remain in service with the navies of Egypt and Poland and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. “Beyond our unmanned opportunities, we see demand growing for small ship maritime helicopters that provide nations with a cost-effective capability,” Bordonaro

explained. “This requirement is driven primarily by territorial disputes, antipiracy operations, submarine concerns, and drug and other smuggling operations.” The SH-2G(I) clearly is ideal for these missions and could generate further modifications of available existing SH-2’s into state-of-the-art anti-surface (ASuW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variants. Kaman Helicopters is a division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: KAMN). Founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets.

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Eurocopter unveils its new EC130 T2 with optimized performance, comfort and mission diversity Dallas, TX—Eurocopter unveiled its newest helicopter, the EC130 T2, which features enhanced comfort, improved operational performance and increased versatility for this popular member of the company’s lightweight single-engine product line. The EC130 T2 was revealed during a ceremony at the 2012 Heli-Expo exhibition in Dallas, Texas, where Eurocopter also announced seven launch customers for the rotarywing aircraft covering a total of 105 bookings: Maverick Helicopters, Papillon Helicopters, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Scandinavian Helicopter Group, Air Commander, Europavia and Enloe FlightCare. The diversity of operations performed by these clients underscores the EC130 T2’s ability to excel in a broad range of missions – from aerial

tourism and utility to emergency medical airlift. “The EC130 T2 is the latest step in Eurocopter’s strategy to expand and evolve our helicopter lineup. The high number of orders is proof that Eurocopter innovation is perfectly aligned with customers’ requirements and the evolution of their operations,” said Eurocopter President & CEO Lutz Bertling. “The EC130 T2 has literally been ‘love at first flight’ for our customers. We are fully committed to begin deliveries of the new EC130 version in 2012.” While retaining the EC130’s existing external lines, approximately 70 percent of the EC130 T2’s airframe structure has been modified. New and updated features on the helicopter include the use of a more

powerful Arriel 2D turboshaft engine and upgraded main gearbox; the incorporation of an active vibration control system; improved air ventilation, distribution and demisting systems; a cabin interior structure redesign with a full flat floor; a cockpit update for enhanced man-machine interface; new energy-absorbing seats that improve weight and balance for passenger loading; integration of a crashworthy fuel tank; and increased maintenance accessibility for electrical and air conditioning systems.

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The EC130 T2’s increased performance is provided by its Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine, which provides 10 percent more average power than the EC130’s current powerplant with lower specific fuel consumption. Based on the proven Arriel 2 engine family, the Arriel 2D benefits from such technology advancements as a new axial compressor and new blade materials, and also provides a higher time between overhaul (TBO) intervals. The Arriel 2D is used at its full-power rating of 952 shp. on the EC130 T2, and is the same engine that equips Eurocopter’s evolved AS350 B3e helicopter in a de-rated version. Performance improvements for the EC130 T2 include a higher maximum gross takeoff weight (2,500 kg. for internal loads and 3,050 kg. when external loads are carried) and a speed increase of up to 10 kts. Even with these enhancements, the EC130 T2’s external sound level remains within the rules for flights at America’s Grand Canyon National Park – an important factor for tour operators.

Optional features on the EC130 T2 are a new-generation air conditioning unit, tinting of the helicopter’s wraparound windshield, and a right-hand sliding passenger door. The air conditioning system includes design optimization for improved performance, effective hot/cold temperature control, and better air distribution. Derived from the system on Eurocopter’s EC175 seven-ton-class helicopter, it uses a simple control box with straightforward operating logic similar to climate control units on automobiles. Future development for the EC130 T2 includes the integration of a new glass cockpit design utilizing dual-screen electronic flight displays matched to a Garmin GPS/NAV/COMM receiver (currently GNS series to be expanded to GTN series). This advanced glass cockpit solution will be available as well for the AS350 B3e helicopter and will be developed through the American Eurocopter subsidiary in the United States and installed with a supplemental type certificate (STC). Both versions will be on display at Eurocopter’s Heli-Expo booth #1917. Also planned for future development on the EC130 T2 is a 1,500 kg. cargo swing for an aerial work/utility configuration, and the availability of Eurocopter’s Stylence interior – which merges ergonomics and advanced technology in a refined cabin finishing that offers the environment of a fullyequipped in-flight office for business executives and companies. The no. 1 EC130 T2 has logged 90 flight hours since its first flight in 2011, demonstrating excellent maturity of the new configuration for a certification scheduled this summer. Final assembly of the initial series production aircraft began last December at Eurocopter’s Marignane, France facility. By the second half of 2012, production will transition completely to the EC130 T2 version. To date, Eurocopter has sold a total of more than 400 EC130s in its various versions.

Leading Edge Aviation first to offer flight training in a G500H equipped R44 Bend, OR—With STC in hand, Leading Edge Aviation is the first flight school in the country to offer instruction in a Garmin G500H equipped R44 helicopter. The glass cockpit installation offers higher level of safety, reliability and is a powerful tool

in preparing students for success in the industry. Leading Edge now offers instruction using traditional steam gauges as well as state of the art glass cockpit. “The response to the G500H has exceeded our expectations and students are

lining up to transition into the new R44,” says Sean Graves, Director of Flight School Operations at Leading Edge. “As many commercial operators are updating their cockpits to glass, exposure to the equipment in the flight training environment is paramount in preparing a student pilot for the real world.”

The G500H eliminates the need for repetitive overhauls of the traditional spinning gyro instruments. As an additional bonus, the G500H eliminates the need for repetitive overhauls of the traditional spinning gyro instruments which take a beating

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To this point it has been wishful thinking. There isn’t a single underwriter from any aviation insurance company who wouldn’t like to see premium rise. The consensus is that there are two major factors keeping premium rates down— the poor economy which has shrunk demand for insurance and too much capacity for the market conditions. Even with an economic recovery that many feel is already underway, the concensus is that the soft market will continue unless there is some unforseen event or outside force which alters the landscape. The “Big Bang” theory is that a

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load, family, company employees, or guests? Aircraft: More detail about the total time on the engine(s), airframe, rotor blades/propellers, and other compliance components. More detail about the avionics and maintenance schedule. Mission: more details about when and where the aircraft is flown and number of hours per year, especially if it involves international flight or flights into hazardous conditions or unprepared airfields. Pilot Information: A good pilot history form provided by your broker and properly completed by the pilot should answer all the questions and underwriter should have. The information should include in addition to basic pilot information; Pilot and drivers license numbers, date of birth, date of last FAA medical, last flight review and type of equipment, Instrument proficiency check, recurrent and initial training in each make and model insured plus the training facility used. If not included in the broker’s pilot history form, a supplemental form from the insurance company may be required. Many times an excellent submission can be completed on a one page form with a pilot history form for each pilot attached.

Pilot history forms A quick word about pilot history forms. Pilots hate forms, especially pilot history forms. The hardest job a broker has may be getting a properly completed, legible, and signed pilot history form from the insured. From a common sense point of view, if the insured is asking the underwriter to give them the best rate, and the only thing the underwriter has to go on is information presented on paper, doesn’t it make sense to put that information in the neatest, most organized way, especially if the pilot is short on some experience. Commercial operator is much more complex.

Appearance matters This may seem like a small point but unless an underwriter can visit your facility or operation, they can rate on what they see. Your website can be an important front porch to display the quality of your company or operation. However the biggest asset you can have is a broker who properly represents your risk with a well polished, accurate, and professional submission.

Substance matters most. To an underwriter, the quality of an operations can be defined by many different parameters. More experience, better training and the employment of other risk reduction practices that addresses the inherent risks of an operation all play a major role judging the overall risk of an insured. What is so wonderful about aviation (and frustrating to the aviation insurance industry) is that every aviation operation is unique. While all like operations (FBO’s, charter operators, or part 91 operators, etc, share some common risks, each have unique characteristics requiring it to be rated individually. Operational Improvements and Risk Management measures can turn an average risk into a good risk.

For instance: If your operations used older aircraft, make sure your maintenance program is excellent. And, make sure this is communicated to the underwriters. If you have low time or experienced pilots, make sure the training program is gear to getting them the experience they need while addressing your

operational needs. An FBO which has a fully implemented and documented training program for their line techs, which includes A picture is worth a thousand words. An invitation to the underwriter to visit the operations can erase many doubts.

Safety saves. The best operators with a clean claims history and a safe operation are going to continue to get the attention of the most underwriters. In the end, the number of underwriters who want your business will determine how much leverage there is when it comes time for policy renewal. If you want to get the best rates in your rate class, be the best risk. About the author: Jim Gardner is a retired U. S. Air Force officer, a former commercial pilot, and President of The James A Gardner Company, Inc. an independent aviation insurance specialty broker based in Atlanta, GA.

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Up, up and away! After almost 15 years in a second career with the FAA’s Civil Aerospace Medical Institute — his first was as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Army — Dr. Warren Silberman retired in December 2011 from his position as manager of the FAA’s Aerospace Medical Certification Division (AMCD). Those of us who fly through special issuance medical certificates owe a special thank you to Dr. Silberman, whose dedication and tireless efforts have truly made a difference. A pilot himself, Dr. Silberman enjoys his fellow flyers and made it his goal to assure that every pilot who could safely fly would be medically certified to do so. Under his leadership, the AMCD dramatically cut special issuance

processing time. Dr. Silberman devoted many hours to meeting and helping pilots at air shows, seminars and other aviation events around the country and he provided many valuable contributions to FAA Safety Briefing magazine. You might remember from the January/February 2009 FAA Faces profile that Dr. Silberman is a lifelong fan of Superman. ( news/safety_ briefing/2009/media/ JanFeb2009.pdf, page 37) As Dr. Silberman moves up, up, and away from the FAA, we offer our thanks for his never-ending battle for truth, justice and helping pilots stay up in the air, as well as our very best wishes for the next chapter in his life.


I met you (Dr. Silberman) at Oshkosh in August 2010. I asked you several questions about the new rule regarding approved medicines for depression. I am now working with a pilot who is off flight status as he is taking medicine for depression. He and his doctor would like to have him on Cymbalta. Do you foresee a time when Cymbalta will be approved as a medicine that a professional or GA pilot can take and still qualify for a first, second, or third-class medical?

answer: The four medications that have been approved (Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, and Lexapro) were chosen because they have the least sedative effect and the most favorable side-effect profile. It is possible that other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), or antidepressants will be eventually added, but not in the near future.


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Able Aerospace Services breaks ground on new Fly-In facility in Mesa, Arizona DALLAS, TX—Officials from Able Aerospace Services and the City of Mesa, Arizona, held a groundbreaking ceremony today to kick off construction of Able’s expansive new on-airport company headquarters. “This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our company’s growth,” Benson told visitors and news media at the groundbreaking. “The aerospace industry needs good news stories, and our story is about as good as they come.” Able specializes in providing cost-effective component repair and overhauls, backed by a large spares inventory and approved PMA replacement parts. Despite recessionary pressures in the aerospace market, Able has delivered nine consecutive years of 20% compound growth and is projecting

a 27% increase for 2012. Later this year, Able will move its 320-plus employees and equipment from cramped quarters in Phoenix into a 191,000-square-foot facility on a 13-acre industrial site at PhoenixMesa Gateway Airport. The on-airport location and purpose-built hangar are designed for customer convenience, Benson said. “We’re already the most cost-effective MRO and parts provider for our customers; this new fly-in facility positions us as the most convenient, too.” Able will become the airport’s largest tenant, joining an existing lineup that includes The Boeing Company, Cessna Aircraft Company, Embraer, and Hawker Beechcraft. “Able Engineering is a perfect fit for the Gateway area and represents

the aerospace pillar in Mesa’s HEAT (healthcare, education, aerospace, tourism/technology) Initiative for economic development,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “They will bring hundreds of high-tech jobs into an area that is becoming well known for aerospace research, design and defense.” Although Able was heavily recruited by Alabama, North Carolina and Texas, the company chose Mesa for easy access to a well educated, skilled workforce, and favorable agreements with the City and the airport, including opportunities for savings through Gateway’s Foreign Trade and Military Reuse zone.

about Able Aerospace Services is the largest helicopter dynamic component repair facility in the world. We provide ValueDriven MRO solutions for a number of helicopter fleets engaged in Petroleum, Law Enforcement, EMS, Tour, Transport, ENG and other mission profiles.  Value-Driven MRO Solutions are Able proprietary, FAA-approved repairs and PMA for parts that would otherwise have to be scrapped and replaced with new, often saving as much as 70 percent of the cost of a new part.  Able’s mission is to reduce aircraft operating costs by providing resourceful component repair, overhaul and approved replacement parts solutions.

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Intermountain Healthcare equips first AW109SP with Donaldson inlet barrier filter system ST. LOUIS, MO—Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc., is pleased to announce that Intermountain Healthcare’s (IHC) Life Flight in Utah has installed and is operating the world’s first AgustaWestland AW109SP Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system. Longtime air medical operator IHC Life Flight selected the IBF system to reduce direct engine operating costs and safeguard engine operation. Donaldson’s AW109 IBF will be on display in Exhibit 8451 during Heli-Expo 2012, Feb. 12-14 in Dallas, Texas. The IBF represents the maximum engine protection package available in the industry, preventing engine damage in adverse and ramp environments alike. Applicability covers three of AgustaWestland’s AW109 series aircraft: the AW109E Power, AW109S Grand and the AW109SP Grand New. Operators of these helicopters will benefit from reduced operating costs, without experiencing engine performance or helicopter drag penalties. IHC Life Flight’s operations include high-altitude landings in Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Mountain Range as well as the dusty, hot landing zones of St. George in southern Utah. The Life Flight program can operate its aircraft in these areas knowing that engines will reach overhaul limits without erosion damage. Developed with the assistance of AgustaWestland, the new IBF is a drop-in

system with minimal installation impact. Features include streamlined conformal filter assemblies on each side, mounted into the existing engine cowl without interfering with sliding door operation. As with all certified Donaldson IBFs, the system includes an alternate inlet air bypass system, mounted and hidden within the AW109 upper aft fairing. This emergency bypass capability is an important IBF feature, not included with the particle separator alternatives. Providing the most comprehensive line of IBF solutions, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense is the industry leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance engine IBF systems for commercial and military propulsion systems. Through its St. Louis, Missouri location, Donaldson provides certified IBF solutions for the AgustaWestland AW109E/S/SP, AW119 Koala, AW119Ke and AW139; Bell 205A1, 206B, 407, 206L-3/4, 206L-1(C30), 429 and 430; Eurocopter EC130, AS350 B/BA/B1/B2/ B3/B3e, AS350s with Soloy or Heli-Lynx Honeywell engine conversions; and MD Helicopters MD 369H Series, MD 500D/E/F and MD 900/902.

Aero Dynamix delivers MD 500 NVG upgrades and wins contract for additional aircraft EULESS, TX – Aero Dynamix announces the delivery of certified NVG cockpit upgrades for two US Government MD 500 helicopters, and a follow-on contract award to upgrade two additional aircraft. The NVG upgrades encompass internal NVIS avionics modifications, edge lit panels and instrument overlays, switches and warning indicators, and external navigation and anti-collision lights. These fully integrated NVG upgrades are designed to achieve a balanced cockpit optimized for both NVIS and daylight readability performance while ensuring optimal NVG performance for out-the-window surveillance operations and aircraft safety. “Aero Dynamix is proud to support US Government airborne law enforcement and national security efforts” says Dennis Trout, Aero Dynamics General Manager.

“These NVG upgrades improve both aircraft safety and mission effectiveness in night operations.”

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Steven Rush elected president of the PHPA The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International (PHPA), a council of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, elected Steven Rush to serve as president at its board meeting in Dallas, Texas on February 12, 2012. OPEIU represents approximately 3,000 helicopter pilots throughout the United States and Canada. Rush is a founding member of the PHPA Council, and a force behind its establishment in 2002. He is also president of OPEIU Local 102, one of the original Local Unions affiliated with the Council, and has served as a Council member since 2002. “As one of the founders of PHPA, I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to have an even bigger role in our efforts to protect the interests of helicopter pilots, working to improve air safety, security,

training and opportunities available to pilots throughout the world.” With a flight career that spans four decades and includes more than 12,000 aircraft hours and 8,000 hours in flight simulators, Rush began his career in the Army in December 1970. After flight training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, he served in Korea for a year and then returned to Ft. Rucker to serve as a military flight instructor until 1977. After departing active duty, Rush traveled to Alaska to fly 135 ops for the Alaska Pipeline and then returned to Ft. Rucker to work as a civilian flight instructor on the Flight Training Contract for 32 years. During that time he also spent 16 years in the U.S. Army Reserve. Rush succeeds Captain Butch Grafton, who has served as PHPA president since its establishment in 2002.

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ntsb reports NTSB Identification: *CEN12LA120* inspector examined the wreckage onDate: January 01, 2012 scene. The tail rotor gearbox did not Location: Lohn, TX operate when it was rotated. The gearbox Aircraft: Bell-Continental Copters 47G2R is going to be retained for detailed Injuries: 2 Serious. examination. On January 1, 2012, about 1530 central At 1535, the recorded weather at the standard time, a Bell-Continental Copters Curtis Field Airport, near Brady, Texas, Inc. 47G2 was substantially damaged was: Wind 340 degrees at 12 knots; during a forced landing following a loss of visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition tail rotor effectiveness near Lohn, Texas. clear; temperature 13 degrees C; dew Visual meteorological conditions prevailed point -6 degrees C; altimeter 30.52 at the time of the accident. The 14 Code inches of mercury. of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation flight was not operating on NTSB Identification: *DCA12FA024* a flight plan. The commercial pilot and Date: January 16, 2012 passenger sustained serious injuries. The Location: Camp Bastion, Afghanistan local flight departed from Brady, Texas, at Aircraft: BELL 214 time unknown. Injuries: 3 Fatal.       A Federal Aviation Administration At 10:45 AM Local, Helmund Province,

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prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight originated from Houma (KHUM), Louisiana, at 0827. Several witnesses reported seeing the helicopter circling at low altitude and said the pilot waved at them. None of the witnesses saw the impact but reported hearing the sounds of impact and seeing smoke. They responded to the site and used fire extinguishers to extinguish the fire. The on-scene investigation revealed the helicopter struck several trees before hitting the ground, coming to rest on its right side. The tail boom and tail rotor blades remained attached to the helicopter, and 3-foot stubs of the main rotor blades remained attached. Nearby was a 2-foot gash in the ground, the length of a main rotor blade. All control rods and linkages remained attached the rotor hub. All breaks were consistent with overload failures. NTSB Identification: *CEN12LA141* Date: January 22, 2012 Location: Irving, TX Aircraft: BELL 206B Injuries: 4 Uninjured. On January 22, 2012, approximately 1510 central standard time, a Bell 206B was substantially damaged during a forced landing to the Las Colinas Golf Course, Irving, Texas. The pilot and three passengers were not injured. The flight originated from Waco, Texas, and was en route to Irving, Texas. During the landing sequence to the Las Colinas Four Seasons Resort, the fuel light illuminated and the engine lost power. The pilot maneuvered the helicopter towards flat terrain at the Las Colinas golf course. During the forced landing, the helicopter impacted the ground hard, bending the tailboom down. Examination of the helicopter revealed that the tailboom was bent down and the vertical fin was crushed.

Tanis Aircraft Products and Bruce’s Custom Covers deliver industry’s best rotary wing aircraft covers EDEN PRAIRIE, MN—Tanis Aircraft Products announced the further development of its business partnership with Bruce’s Custom Covers. New design elements of the companies’ custom covers increase their effectiveness with cold weather protection. Also under the partnership, Tanis and Bruce’s will fabricate and market new insulated covers designed specifically for rotary wing aircraft. Tanis Aircraft Products’ core competency is building the aircraft industry’s finest preheat systems. Having previously developed and produced insulated covers for a wide variety of aircraft, including fixed and rotary wing, Tanis has selected Bruce’s as its manufacturing partner. Bruce’s is the recognized leader in customfit protective aircraft cover design and manufacturing. Collectively, the two companies maintain over 8,500 patterns of custom-made covering systems. The insulated cover designs offer protection for aircraft operating in harsh environments, particularly where winter conditions persist. Under the Tanis brand, newly manufactured insulated covers will incorporate Bruce’s technical design prowess in 2D and 3D computer-aideddesign while incorporating patterns first developed by Tanis. Further, Tanis and Bruce’s have developed a new and improved cold weather cover system that serves to drastically reduce preheat times when using a Tanis preheat system. A new deep cold design that allows the operator to effectively use the covers in -60° F temperatures was developed based on consumer feedback and years of market experience by both companies. At these temperatures, plastic buckles and Velcro will fail. The new design uses neither, yet stays cinched under extreme cold and windy conditions. Common insulated quilted materials allow heat to escape through the seams. A new nonquilted insulated material was developed to minimize this effect and to maximize its ability trap in heat.

Aircraft protection and preheat can extend the life of an airframe, rotors, wings, engine and avionics, even a windshield, as well as other critical components. An insulated helicopter cover directly saves on operational costs, and downtime, by keeping an aircraft ready for launch, thereby increasing its utilization. Bob Krueger, President of Tanis, commented, “We are pleased to be partnering with Bruce’s Custom Covers as we consider them the best in the industry. Bruce’s has developed patterns and methods of manufacturing that really work. The quality of a Tanis designed insulated custom cover built by Bruce’s is second-to-none.” Covers are available for engine cowlings, fuselage, cabin/canopy,

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Sales soar as OEM, operators outfit Bell mediums with BLR Aerospace Fastfin system DALLAS, TX—Market acceptance of the FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System is fueling record growth for BLR Aerospace, in large part due to OEM and operator acceptance of the FastFin System for Bell medium helicopters, according to Dave Marone, vice president of Sales and Marketing for BLR. Total sales of FastFin Systems to the

aftermarket increased more than 80 percent in 2011. In just 18 months, BLR equipped nearly 10 percent of the fielded Bell 412 fleet with FastFin. The company’s order book represents a cross-section of rotorcraft industry market segments, including firefighting (Los Angeles County Fire Department), EMS (Telstra Child Flight), airborne law (New York Police Department),

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Eurocopter AS 355NP TwinStar Total production (all variants): 726 First flight 1979/355N-1989 Comments: Increased horsepower with two Turbomeca Arrius engines over AS355 F2. Engine(s): (2) Turbomeca Arrius 1A HP (takeoff) 456 shp ea. Dimensions: main rotor: 35.07 ft/10.69 m, Tail rotor: 6.10 ft/1.86 m, Height: 10.30 ft/3.14 m, Length: 42.45 ft/12.94 m, Width: 10 ft/3.05 m Empty weight: 2,285 lbs/1,490 kg, Gross weight: 5,732 lbs/2,600 kg Useful internal load: 2,447 lbs/1,110 kg, External: 2,500 lb/1,134 kg Vne: 150 kts/278 kmh Max cruise: 120 kts/222 kmh Max rate of climb: 1,296 fpm/6.6 ms HIGE: 8,450 ft/2,575 m HOGE: 7,080 ft/2,145 m Service ceiling: 13,380 ft/4,050 m S/E Service ceiling: 5,190 ft/1,580 m Std fuel: 193 gal/730 lit Max fuel: 318 gal/1,205 lit Max range std fuel (no reserve): 395 nm/731 km Range with opt fuel: 634 nm/1,174 km (FERRY) VFR: Crew 1 Passengers 6

Bell Helicopter 407 Total Production (all variants): 800+ Comments: Offers smooth ride with electronic engine controls, competitive operating costs, high useful load, and excellent hover performance. Engines: Rolls Royce 250-C47B HP (Takeoff) 813 SHP/606 kw Dimensions: Main Rotor 35 ft/10.7 m, Tail Rotor 5.4 ft/1.7 m, Height: 10.2 ft/3.1 m, Length: 41.4 ft/12.6 m, Width: 8.1 ft/2.5 m Empty Weight: 2,681 lb/1,216 kg, Max Gross Weight Std: 5,000 lb/2,268 kg Max Gross Weight Alt: 5,250 lb/2,381 kg Useful Load Std: 2,319 lb/1,052 kg Useful Load Alt: 2,569 lb/1,165 kg External: 2,646 lb/1,200 kg, Vne: 140 kn/ 259 km/h Max Cruise: 133 kn/ 246 km/h Max Rate of Climb: 1,940 fpm 6.5 mps HIGE: 12,200 ft/3,718 m HOGE: 10,400 ft/3,170 m Service Ceiling: 17,600 ft/5,364 m S/E Service Ceiling: n/a Std Fuel: 127.8 gal/484 L Max Fuel: 146.8 gal/556 L IFR Crew: n/a VFR Crew: 1 Passengers 6

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Sikorsky S-76C++ Total production (all variants): 650+ Comments: S-76C+ airframe mated with improved Arriel engines & avionics. Engine(s): (2) Turbomeca Arriel 2S2 HP (takeoff) 922 shp ea. Dimensions: Main rotor: 44 ft/13.41 m, Tail rotor: 8 ft/2.44 m, Height: 15.5 ft/4.42 m, Length: 52.5 ft/16.00 m, Width: 10 ft/3.05 m Empty weight: 7,005 lbs/3,177 kg, Gross weight: 11,700 lbs/5,306 kg Useful load: 4,695 lbs/2,129 kg External: 3,300 lbs/1,497 kg Vne: 155 kts/287 kmh Max cruise: 155 kts/287 kmh Max rate of climb: 1,625 fpm/8.26 m/sec. HIGE: 7,050 ft/2,149 m HOGE: 3,300 ft/1,006 m Service ceiling: 13,750 ft/4,191 m S/E Service ceiling: 4,900ft/1,493 m Std fuel: 281 gal/1,064 lit, Max fuel: 383 gal/1,450 lit Max range std fuel (no reserve): 411 nm/762 km Range with opt fuel: 584 nm/1,082 km IFR: Crew 1 Passengers 13

Enstrom 280FX Shark Total production (all variants): 352 First flight 1984 Engine(s): Lycoming HIO-360-F1AD w/ Turbo HP (takeoff) 225 shp ea. Dimensions: main rotor 32.0 ft/9.75 m, Tail rotor 4.7 ft/1.43 m, Height: 9 ft/2.74 m, Length: 29.3 ft/8.9 m, Width: 7.3 ft/2.23 m Empty weight: 1,640 lbs/744 kg Gross weight: 2,600 lbs/1,180 kg Useful load: 930 lbs/422 kg External: 1,000 lbs/454 kg Vne: 102 kts/188 kmh Max cruise: 100 kts/185 kmh Max rate of climb: 1,450 fpm/442 mpm HIGE: 13,200 ft/4,023 m HOGE: 8,700 ft/2,652 m @ 2,350 lbs Service ceiling: 12,000 ft/3,658 m (max. alt.) S/E service ceiling: N/A Std fuel: 40 gal/159 lit Max fuel: 53 gal/201 lit Max range std fuel (no reserve): 229 nm/424 km Range with opt fuel: 348 nm/644 km VFR Crew: 1 Passengers 2

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Hughes Hughes 300 C: Zero time on the engine Zero time on the transmission New 4200 hour tail boom Low time on the main rotor blades Fresh annual This aircraft is ready to go. $145,000. Call Gary @ 406-252-6937 or 406671-2789 for additional information! (03-12)

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Brand New Helicopter Support Trailer for sale $18,000 For more information call David Hill at 870-919-5476 (03-12)

N. Atlanta Lot for Sale. One acre at Air Acres Airport in Woodstock GA Great for helicopter Hangar, Call Kirk Wooster 770-517-7877 or email ( 0 3 -12 )

parts The only FAA-PMA certified TT Straps for all JetRanger; LongRanger, & OH-58 . $ave thousands over factory prices. In stock. Call today for overnight shipping. 440-632-1687 0 3 -12 UNIVERSAL TURBINE PARTS, INC. Stocking Supplier of Pratt & Whitney PT6A & PT6T Parts, Accessories. Overhauled & Serviceable. We Buy Turbine Aircraft, Engines, & Inventory. All Conditions. Call or Fax for a Quote Call USA +1 334-361-7853, FAX USA +1 334-361-0290 E-MAIL: tfn Fuel cell repair or replacement for all makes & models–FAA approved commercial crash resistant construction, flexible bladder nitrile rubber construction, all construction TSO-C80 certified, 2-year warranty. Contact Floats & Fuel Cells at 901-842-7110, tfn Bell Helicopter Tailbooms For Sale. 205/212/412 to 206B/L series and 407. Sold with Transport Canada Form 1 Certification, overhauled using Bell CSF Approved Jigs to ensure Structural Compliance for alignment. CHS, Mike Duck, Phone: 604-533-1148, Fax: 604-533-1517, TFN



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Parting out a 1995 Schweizer 300CB, drive train/ power train & many more parts. Pls. contact Ken 850-763-9000 Fax 850-763-8712 or email tfn UH-1H Composite main rotor blades for sale P/N 205-015-150-101 and main rotor blades B model P/N 204-011-001-015. Tail rotor blades Van Horn Aviation P/N 2042200-101 for the H and B models and for the 206 P/N 2062200-101. Call Pablo at HeliBlade, Inc. 530-365-1278 TFN


AirAg E-Series

Accessories & Parts! 100’s of new and OHC accessories, accessory parts for just about everything. Big discounts! 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. (02-13) Sikorsky parts. We have a growing stock of new Sikorsky parts. We can often save you time and money. Contact us or check stock on our web site. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. (02-13) MD Helicopter parts. We have a few new MD Helicopter parts. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. (02-13)

NEW Tail Rotor Blades for UH-1H–FAA STC/PMA SR02051LA, Carbon Fiber construction, 2400 hr service life, competitive pricing. Van Horn Aviation LLC, 480-483-4202, tfh

Hughes parts. We have some new Hughes parts at big discounts. Preferred Airparts, 800-4330814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at (02-13)

Parting out Bell 212 and 206 Fuselages, many parts available. Please phone or Fax your requests. CHS, Mike Duck, Phone: 604-533-1148, Fax: 604533-1517, E-mail: TFN

Hiller parts. We have a small stock of new Hiller parts. Check with us often. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at (02-13)

Integrated Flight Guidance Instrument (IFGI) & embedded Processor

Entire system weighs less than 7 pounds (3 kilograms)


AirAg PRO & SeisBag PRO










DynaGrip Control

Integrated Flight Guidance Instrument (IFGI)

DynaGrip Control

Entire system weighs less than 10 pounds (6 kilograms)

GPS Systems for Aerial Applicators & Seismic Operators

DynaNav Systems Inc. Toll Free 1-877-333-9626 E-mail: March 2012


Eurocopter parts. We have purchased several inventories of new parts and are ready to serve you. Contact us, or search our web site for the parts you need. Preferred Airparts, 800-4330814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at (02-13)

Enstrom parts. We have a small stock of new Enstrom parts. Check with us often. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at (02-13)

Bell parts. We have a nice stock of new parts for Bell 47, 206 and others. It’s worth the effort to check with us, or search our web site for your part numbers. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. (02-13)

UNIVERSAL TURBINE PARTS, INC. Stocking Supplier of Pratt & Whitney PT6A & PT6T Engines & Accessories. We Buy Turbine Aircraft, Engines, & Inventory. All Conditions. Call or Fax for a Quote Call USA +1 334-361-7853, FAX USA +1 334-3610290 E-MAIL: TFN

New STC Tail Rotor Blades, Part No. 204-2200101 for 204 UH-1 heliopters from Van Horn Aviaiton LLC. Contact HeliBlade Inc. Distributor & Service Center for these new and improved composite tail rotors 530-365-1278 TFN

Floats & Fuel Cells–your N. American Eurocopter authorized repair facility with comprehensive repair capabilities for all makes & models, available for 24/7 shipping. FAA repair staion no. TH4R544M. 901-842-7110, tfn

ENSTROM PARTS, SALES & SERVICE Huge parts inventory, 20 yrs exp., loaner tools. AOG same day shipping a specialty, full time factory trained A&P parts man on staff. Get service advice with your parts. A.O.G. and Exports Sales New Garden Aviation, Ask for Tom 610-268-2048 Fax 610268-0342 (03-12)

COMPONENT OVERHAULS / PART SALES, Approved Bell 206,407, 429,430. Eurocopter EC120,AS350/355. Agusta A109,A119,AW139. MD369,500N,MD900 CSF’s. Discounts on Parts, Dedicated Quality Customer Service. Contact Tom Sullivan @ Sterling Helicopter 215-271-2510/ Fax 215-788-7319 & tom@sterlinghelicopter. com (03-12

UH-1 Overhauled Components available exchange or outright; 204-012-101-141 M/R hub, 204040-016-5 Transmission, 204-011-400-11 Swashplate & Support assy., 204-011-401-11 Scissors & Sleeve assy, 205-040-263-111 Input Quill, 205-040-200-1 gen. Offset Quill, (4) 204040-600-11 Hanger assy., 204-040-003-37 gear box 42, 204-040-012-13 gear box 90. Pac West Helicopters CRS PW6R1161J Tel/530-241-2402 “e” (03-12)


Support the helicopter industry...Become a member of HAI! Call 800-435-4976 or 703-683-4646, Email, or visit (tfn) Bell Helicopter Importations and Exports, Pre Buy Inspections, as well as Helicopter Appraisals. . Contact: CHS. Mike Duck, Phone: 604533-1148, Fax: 604-533-1517, E-mail: mike@ TFN

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HELICOPTER EXPORT / IMPORT, Transport Anywhere, Pre-Buys and Recovery Service. Contact Tom at Sterling Helicopter 215-271-2510 /Fax 215788-7319 > (03-12) CHS - your complete Bell Helicopter Repair and Overhaul Facility, supporting only Bell Helicopter Products from Component Overhauls to Major Inspections. CHS puts quality first. CHS #9-5225 216th Street Langley, B.C. V2Y 2N3 Transport Canada AMO#.137-96 and EASA.145.7112 604-533-1148 Fax: 604-533-1517 TFN Bell Helicopter Commercial and UH-1 Component Overhauls. 205/212/412/206B/L Series and 407. Quality Services, Competitive Pricing with Technical staff, specializing only in Bell Products. Contact: CHS, Mike Duck, Phone: 604-533-1148, Fax: 604533-1517, E-mail: TFN Specializing in Bell Helicopter Commercial and UH-1 Tailboom Overhauls. 205/212/412 Tailbooms, 206B/L and 407 overhauled using Bell Approved Jigs. Tailbooms overhauled to Bell Specifications. Certification provided Transport Canada Form 1. Mike Duck, 604-533-1148, Fax: 604-533-1517, TFN Specializing in Bell Helicopter Commercial and UH-1 Air Frame Completions/Refurbishments. Authorized Bell Helicopter Textron Customer Service Facility, specializing in Models 205/212/412, 206 Series, 407s. Quality Services, Competitive Pricing with Technical staff specializing only in Bell Products. CHS, Mike Duck, 604-533-1148, Fax: 604-533-1517, TFN Rotor blade repairs by HeliBlade, Inc. a FAA Repair Station. Contact Pablo Martinez at 530365-1278 TFN Advertise in The Helicopter Newspaper Only $35

schools / training BLUE HILL HELICOPTERS, Norwood MA. Part 141 approved Flight Training, Photo Flights, Helicopter Sales/Services, Helicopter Tours. For more details, please visit our website: www.bluehillhelicopters. com, Contact us at, (800)-670-4162 Come Fly With Us! T F N Helicopter Instruction: Training in R-44 Raven for private, instrument, commercial and solo time building. Block rates start at $299 wet. Kissimmee Airport near Orlando attractions. Call Thom at 407-973-9347 or visit t f n Florida Suncoast Helicopters, Sarasota and Lakeland. Come fly with us - we offer training & tours. Authorized Robinson sales & service. Call: Sarasota: 941-335-1258 or Lakeland: 941-355-1259 TFN Helicopter Training in Hawaii. Excellence in Flight Training at Mauna Loa Helicopters on Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island. Come fly with us in the best weather in the US. MLH offers: PVT, COM, IFR, CFI, CFII, ATP, FAA certified FLY-IT simulator, mountain course, external load training, and now offering fixed wing training. MLH is 141 certified, and VA approved. Student financing / student housing / college degree programs / International flight training / accelerated programs available. Call (808) 334-0234 or email info@ TFN



w w w.Aircraf Helicopter Operators can calculate your breakeven, % investment return, profit potential, and produce annual & monthly cash flows. Project your financials without spending hours of your time. All reports are produced automatically and accurately after you provide your inputs. Types of analyses performed include: Company/ Individual Ownership, Managed with/without Leaseback, Commercial Operation, Agricultural/ Fire/Ambulance Operations, Joint Ownership, Fractional Ownership, and Charter/Rental. Helicopter sales organizations can provide your prospects with customized & professional ownership cost analysis. This program is a great sales aid and management tool. FREE sample reports. Click REQUEST INFORMATION on the website or call 281-419-7443 (tfn)


Make life easier - or at least make your engine and aircraft inspections easier using a flexible borescope from Machida, Inc. Call: 800-431-5420 or (03-12)

wanted UNIVERSAL TURBINE PARTS, INC. We buy Turbine Aircraft Engines & Inventory. All conditions. Call or Fax for a Quote 334-361-7853; fax 334-361-0290 E-MAIL: TFN Parts Wanted Bell 206 B&L, 204, 205, 212, 214 , MD, Eurocopter, & Allison. Looking for R/B, W/S, Duals etc. kits and parts. We buy inventories or By The Piece. Call Tradewind Int’l. 800-585-7004, 608-756-3632. info@ TFN

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Floats & Fuel Cells................... 28

• Airframe parts • Engine Parts - PT6A, Allison/RR, Turbomeca, Lycoming, VO/TVO-435 & 540 • Consumables - igniters, spark plugs, filters and much more • Electrical - breakers, switches, relays, connectors, motors • Lighting - strobes, beacons, bulbs, lenses, parts of all kinds • Accessories and parts • Wheels, brakes, pads • Hardware - 12,000 P/N in stock • Tires and Tubes • Instruments, some Avionics • Exhaust parts • Much more...

Heli-Tech.................................... 26

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FL Sun Coast............................. 19 FlyIt Simulators............................5

HeliBlade....................................11 HeliGPS.........................................4 Hi-Tech Helicopters, Inc.......... 19 HW Farren................................ 25 Isolair ........................................ 13 James Gardner Ins.................. 10 Kissimmee Helicopters........... 19 Machida Borescopes..................8 Mauna Loa Helicopters.......... 19 Preferred Airparts.................... 27 ProTank.........................................9 Shadin Co. Inc.......................... 15 Tomlinson.................................. 19

Preferred Airparts, LLC Div. of JILCO Industries

800-433-0814 Toll Free, U.S. & Canada

Tel. 330-698-0280, FAX 330-698-3164 Sales Hours 7:15am to 8:00pm EST.

We Buy Worldwide We are Cash Buyers!

We buy inventories of new surplus parts for nearly anything that flies. Also tired or damaged Cessna twins, Caravans, Citations, engines and propellers.

Gene Hembree is our buyer. Please contact him at 330-698-0280 ext.224

Tradewind Int’l..........................17 Universal Turbine Parts.............6 Van Horn Aviation................... 24 March 2012



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The March 2012 edition of The Helicopter Newspaper

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