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Montana Creates Air Ambulance Regulation Bill

Montana Creates Air Ambulance Regulation Bill

Montana’s Senate has sanctioned a bill, the Senate Bill 44, which allows patients to only pay co-payments and insurance deductibles after the use of an air ambulance. The remaining cost will be split between insurance companies and air ambulance providers. The bill was created when it was brought to light how exorbitant the costs of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Feb-17

AAMS responds to high-cost accusation aimed at air medical operators

AAMS responds to high-cost accusation aimed at air medical operators

Mr. Jesse Laslovich, candidate for Montana state auditor, recently distributed an article, “Air ambulance flights add insult to injury,” suggesting air medical providers are the primary cause for the high cost of transporting critically ill patients. That position overlooks the insurance industry’s responsibility to cover their beneficiaries’ emergency medical needs. Simply put, some insurance companies… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 16-May-16

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Hillsboro Aviation named commercial sales agent for Airbus Helicopters

Hillsboro Aviation named commercial sales agent for Airbus Helicopters

Hillsboro Aviation Inc. will become the Airbus Helicopters exclusive commercial aircraft sales agent for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska under an agreement announced Tuesday by officials of Airbus Helicopters Inc. The exclusive sales agent agreement is the first authorized by Airbus Helicopters Inc. in the company’s 47-year history. Based in Hillsboro, Ore. since 1980, Hillsboro… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Mar-16

Billings Flying Service cancel residents meeting at short notice

Billings Flying Service cancel residents meeting at short notice

More than 50 people showed up for a Yellowstone County Zoning Commission meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, but the meeting was canceled shortly after its scheduled start time because the board didn’t have a quorum. See Full Story

Source: Billings Gazette, 14-Jan-16

Two Bear Air replaces crashed 500E with new 530F

Two Bear Air replaces crashed 500E with new 530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the purchase of a new MD 530F by Two Bear Air Rescue in Whitefish, Montana. The custom MD 530F will perform a variety of missions in support of search and rescue teams in Flathead County and other agencies across the rural and rugged landscape of Glacier National Park and… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 26-Oct-15

No firefighting for Montana UH-1s on US lands this year

No firefighting for Montana UH-1s on US lands this year

A federal review found that Montana has a safe aviation program, but it is unlikely the state’s five firefighting helicopters will be used to respond to blazes on U.S. Forest Service lands this year, officials said Friday. See Full Story

Source: The Washington Times, 17-Sep-15

Billings Flying Service Chinook on standby for Montana firefighting

Billings Flying Service Chinook on standby for Montana firefighting

A private contractor has been part the firefighting effort in Northwest Montana attacking fires from above. See Full Story

Source: Daily Inter Lake, 26-Aug-15

Two Bear Air perform 2,200th hoist operation

Two Bear Air perform 2,200th hoist operation

The crew with Two Bear Air search and rescue completed a milestone recently with its 2,200th hoist operation, an achievement the team carried out over the past 18 months through a combination of rescue missions and training exercises.See Full Story.

Source: Flathead Beacon, 09-Jul-15

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UH-1 MRO Tamarack Helicopters launches new website

UH-1 MRO Tamarack Helicopters launches new website

Tamarack Helicopters, Inc. is celebrating 20 Years supporting the UH-1 helicopter industry in 2015.  A FAA approved Repair Station, Tamarack Helicopters Inc., offers complete restoration services, component overhaul, and non destructive testing for UH-1 operators.. As part of the celebration of their 20th anniversary in business Tamarack is pleased to announce their new website at… Read more »

Source: Tamarack, 24-Jun-15

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04-May-15 N504WD Airbus AS350BA Hamilton, US-Montana

On shutting down after practice autorotations, a wrinkle was discovered in the tail boom

04-May-15

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13-Mar-15 N5688N Enstrom F28C-2 Shelby, US-Montana

Minor damage after skid touched ground while hovering

13-Mar-15

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Large Helicopter parts auction coming up in Montana

Large Helicopter parts auction coming up in Montana

As sheriff’s sales go, this should be a doozy. Auctioneer Kevin Hill has already gotten calls from Michigan, Minnesota, Wyoming and “a guy I think was from Georgia,” Hill said. “He had a real deep Southern drawl.” See Full Story

Source: Missoulian, 10-Mar-15

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EagleMed Commences in Montana

EagleMed Commences in Montana

EagleMed’s AS350 B3 at the Bert Mooney Airport, where a dedicated hangar is under construction. EagleMed Photo EagleMed LLC has begun flying critical care air medical transport flights throughout southwest Montana from its newest base at Butte’s Bert Mooney Airport. The company will lease a new dedicated 10,000 square foot hangar that is being built… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 14-Nov-14

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Old airport radars affect Zoll monitors on EMS helicopters

Old airport radars affect Zoll monitors on EMS helicopters

from the pages of Concern Network Bulletin comes this cautionary report from the team at Northwest MedStar:- At the beginning of April, the Medstar base in Missoula, Montana acquired new Zoll X-series monitors. Shortly after being placed into service, we began to notice that the monitors would turn off at the Missoula International Airport base… Read more »

Source: Concern Network, 05-Aug-14

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Rocky Mountain Rotors adds Bell 429

Rocky Mountain Rotors adds Bell 429

Rocky Mountain Rotors (RMR), based at Gelatin Field in the Montana city of Bozeman, have recently added a Bell 429 to their fleet.  This single pilot IFR aircraft is soon to be configured with an external hook, NVG (for night mountain navigating), FLIR (for SAR missions), external cargo (ski basket) and had already been fitted with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-14

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Bell announces new US 407GX customers and deliveries

Bell announces new US 407GX customers and deliveries

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced a new purchase agreement and multiple deliveries for new Bell 407GX aircraft configured for VIP transport. The company has reached a signed purchase agreement with Helicopter Flight Services (New York City, NY) for a new Bell 407GX helicopter and two new  Bell 407GXs to be delivered… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-May-14

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Northwest MedStar takes to the air from Missoula base

Northwest MedStar takes to the air from Missoula base

Northwest MedStar, the preferred provider of critical care transport for Providence St. Patrick Hospital and Community Medical Center, took to the Montana skies on Wednesday, April 2 at 0700 from its base at the Missoula International Airport. “Our community members and patients are receiving continuous critical care transport services from the local, experienced Missoula teams,”… Read more »

Source: Northwest MedStar, 15-Apr-14

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04-Apr-14 N43MA Bell 206B Missoula, US-Montana

Rolled over onto its side in an open field on a training flight.  Minor injuries to the two POB.  NTSB report here

04-Apr-14

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Billings Flying Service buys two CH-47D Chinooks

Billings Flying Service buys two CH-47D Chinooks

Billings Flying Service are to have one flying within four months, with the second aircraft slated for refurbishment over next winter See full story The actual aircraft are N561AJ ex 90-00184 which sold for $3,500,500 N562AJ ex 90-00185 which sold for $3,003,762

Source: Billings Gazette, 24-Feb-14

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Life Flight Network’s base In Butte, Montana now operational

Life Flight Network’s base In Butte, Montana now operational

Life Flight Network (LFN) announced the opening of its newest base of operations at the Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Montana today. The base is home to a new AgustaWestland 119Kx “Koala” air medical helicopter, and 14 employees. The helicopter will extend air ambulance service to more communities in Montana and Eastern Idaho, allowing for… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 29-Jan-14

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Two Montana hospitals announce agreement with Northwest MedStar

Two Montana hospitals announce agreement with Northwest MedStar

After months of careful review, Providence St. Patrick Hospital, with input from Community Medical Center, has entered into an agreement with Northwest MedStar to provide critical care transport services, previously provided by the Life Flight air ambulance program. Northwest MedStar will begin base operations on April 2, 2014. Providence St. Patrick Hospital entered into the… Read more »

Source: Northwest MedStar, 02-Jan-14

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Life Flight Network to open new Montana base in Butte

Life Flight Network to open new Montana base in Butte

Life Flight Network (LFN), the nation’s largest not-for-profit air medical transport service with headquarters in Aurora, Oregon, announced plans today to open a new base at Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Montana by approximately January 15, 2014. Michael Griffiths, LFN’s CEO, states, “Life Flight Network seeks opportunities to provide much-needed air medical resources to rural… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 15-Dec-13

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Rocky Mountain Rotors Part 145 Certificated

Rocky Mountain Rotors Part 145 Certificated

The FAA FISDO Office out of Helena, Montana, has issued a Part 145 Maintenance Repair Station Certificate to Rocky Mountain Rotors Maintenance, a division of Rocky Mountain Rotors Montana. This is the first FAA Part 145 certificate approved in over 7 years in the Montana area. Rocky Mountain Rotors Montana Partner James T. Lee, Sr…. Read more »

Source: Rocky Mountain Rotors, 15-Dec-13

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Two Bear Air launches Bell 429 EMS operations

Two Bear Air launches Bell 429 EMS operations

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office and Two Bear Air are pleased to announce the arrival of the much-anticipated Bell 429 rescue helicopter. This helicopter is the flagship of a unique public/private philanthropic partnership between Flathead County and philanthropist Mike Goguen of Whitefish. “Residents and visitors are drawn to enjoy the natural resources and rugged atmosphere… Read more »

Source: Two Bear Air, 11-Nov-13

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Benefis Mercy Flight upgrades from AS350 to EC135

Benefis Mercy Flight upgrades from AS350 to EC135

Benefis Mercy Flight has an EC135P2 to serve north-central Montana, recently upgrading from an AS350 – both being operated by Metro Aviation.  The aircraft being used is N135GF, serial 0249.  See full story

03-Nov-13

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02-Nov-13 N888DR Bell 206B Superior, US-Montana

During lifting operations, rotated to the ground and rolled over

02-Nov-13

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27-Jul-13 N25WH Robinson R44 Thompson Falls, US-Montana (1F)

Pilot Todd Hanawalt and two passengers were surveying power lines for a company on Saturday afternoon when the helicopter crashed. killing Hanawalt

27-Jul-13

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01-Jul-13 N989WC Eurocopter AS350B Hamilton, US-Montana

Substantial damage in force landing

01-Jul-13

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28-Jun-13 Bell 206L3 Missoula, US-Montana

Crew was practicing water-bucket drops at about 1 p.m. Friday when the helicopter crashed. It was sitting upright in about 3 feet of water with the tail boom damaged just forward of the tail rotor and the main blade tips showing signs of having struck something

28-Jun-13

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Firefighters to train for air-ambulance emergency

Firefighters to train for air-ambulance emergency

Firefighters with the Billings Fire Department will have a unique opportunity to learn how to handle an aircraft emergency during a training exercise  at Billings Logan International Airport.  (see full story)

06-Jun-13

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Court rejects helicopter haze injunction

Court rejects helicopter haze injunction

An appeals court has denied a temporary injunction to halt helicopter use in bison hazing operations. (See Full Story)

Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 22-May-13

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Helipad to be built in Ennis

Helipad to be built in Ennis

Madison Valley Medical Center and private donors have come together to provide Madison Valley with a helicopter pad that will deliver safe access to air ambulances. (See Full Story)

Source: Madisonian News, 13-May-13

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5 helicopter accidents/incidents in Montana in 5 weeks

5 helicopter accidents/incidents in Montana in 5 weeks

Montana, one of the least populated states in the US, has seen well more than its “fair share” of helicopter accidents and incidents in the last fives weeks.  HeliHub.com has reported no fewer than five such events in its Accident/Incident data pages, including one fatal accident.  Other situations include a bird strike breaking the windshield… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-13

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06-May-13 N911SV Eurocopter EC135 Reed Point, US-Montana

Bird strike broke windshield while flying over Reed Point under NVG conditions.  The pilot determined that the aircraft was safe to continue the flight to base at the Billings airport.  No injuries.

06-May-13

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01-May-13 N322MH Schweizer 300C Hamilton, US-Montana

Minor damage during training flight

01-May-13

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27-Apr-13 N150SP Bell 206B Shepherd, US-Montana (1F)

Sole occupant pilot killed after striking wires

27-Apr-13

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25-Apr-13 N937GR Bell 407 Mount Aeneas, US-Montana

Rolled over on landing.  Supporting work on radio repeater site on the mountain

25-Apr-13

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Summit Air Ambulance rolling after successful first year

Summit Air Ambulance rolling after successful first year

The first year of Summit Air Ambulance’s existence in southwest Montana has been a memorable one (see full story).

Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 17-Apr-13

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Helicopter Yellowstone bison hazing could resume this spring

Helicopter Yellowstone bison hazing could resume this spring

Using helicopters to drive bison back into Yellowstone National Park may resume this spring after a federal court judge in Helena ruled Tuesday against a conservation group that believes hazing harms grizzly bears (see full story).

Source: Rapid City Journal, 04-Apr-13

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02-Apr-13 N369HW Hughes OH-6A Conner, US-Montana

Helicopter ended up with tail boom severed by main rotors – which were themselves removed by the accident.  Left skid completely deformed. All 4 occupants suffered minor injuries

02-Apr-13

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18-Aug-12 N3939A Eurocopter AS350B3 Sunburst, US-Montana

Main driveshaft failure in low level hover

18-Aug-12

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20-Feb-12 N51727 Enstrom F28C Kalispell, US-Montana

Engine failure, autorotation

20-Feb-12

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Summit Air Ambulance expands into Montana

Summit Air Ambulance expands into Montana

Summit Air Ambulance is expanding its business with a new base in the Montana city of Belgrade, which they expect to have up and running by 1st January.  (see full story).  The company is based in Idaho and has a base at Boise in their home state of Idaho, as well as bases at Las… Read more »

15-Dec-11

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03-Aug-11 Bell UH-1 Johnsrud Park, US-Montana

Emergency landing beside road.  No apparent external damage

03-Aug-11

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US Forest Service sued for herding bison with helicopters

US Forest Service sued for herding bison with helicopters

An environmental group is suing the U.S. Forest Service over plans to use a helicopter to drive bison from Montana into Yellowstone National Park.

Source: Moscow-Pullman Daily News, 19-May-11

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New Montana law allows CareFlight memberships

New Montana law allows CareFlight memberships

The 62nd Montana Legislature passed a bill, signed by Governor Brian Schweitzer on April 22, allowing consumers to purchase membership subscriptions for private, life-saving air ambulance services, including Missoula-based CareFlight

Source: Clark Fork Chronicle, 25-Apr-11

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15-Jan-11 N78BR Bell B206 Three Forks, US-Montana

Main blades severed tail boom during autorotation on training flight

15-Jan-11

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Mock helicopter crash staged at St. Patrick’s, Missoula

Mock helicopter crash staged at St. Patrick’s, Missoula

There was real smoke and a make-believe helicopter crash atop St. Patrick Hospital Tuesday morning.

Source: Misosulian, 21-Oct-10

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Aero Dynamix salutes ALERT’s 35th Anniversary

Aero Dynamix salutes ALERT’s 35th Anniversary

Aero Dynamix, Inc, the industry leader in Night Vision Lighting Systems salutes A.L.E.R.T. Air Ambulance, located in Kalispell, Montana, their 35th Year Anniversary by donating its services to provide an STC Update for the NVIS lighting upgrade on their Bell 407 that included a Garmin GNS 530W HTAWS Upgrade to further enhance their mission capability… Read more »

Source: Aero Dynamix, 15-Oct-10

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Mock helicopter crash staged at St. Patrick’s

Mock helicopter crash staged at St. Patrick’s

Three fire tankers and a ladder truck responded at 9 a.m., Missoula police sealed off a block of Owen Street on the east side of the hospital, and two crash victims – one deceased mannequin and a live volunteer – were rescued from the roof by ladder.

Source: Missoulian, 30-Sep-10

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M1 Support Services awarded $8M extra for USAF helicopter maintenance

M1 Support Services awarded $8M extra for USAF helicopter maintenance

M1 Support Services was awarded an $8,220,722 contract modification which will maintain mission-capable helicopters at 24/7 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and Yokota Air base, Japan; and perform helicopter aircrew flight equipment support at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Malmstrom Air Force… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 16-Sep-10

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NTSB: Helicopter may have played role in plane crash

NTSB: Helicopter may have played role in plane crash

In their preliminary report of the Aug. 10 crash that injured two men, NTSB investigators say the small Piper Cub from Park City was coming in for a landing when it apparently flew into the rotor wash of a large helicopter.

Source: Billings Gazette, 09-Sep-10

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Billings Flying Service training S61 pilots for military contractor Presidential Airways

Billings Flying Service training S61 pilots for military contractor Presidential Airways

Attempting to quiet rumors of secret government flights over Billings, a local flight business says it’s using a large cargo helicopter to train pilots for a private company formerly owned by Blackwater.

Source: http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/article_bbcf748a-b70f-11df-b106-001cc4c03286.html, 04-Sep-10

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Helicopter may have had mechanical trouble before hard landing

Helicopter may have had mechanical trouble before hard landing

Accident on 8th August 2010 was recorded in HeliHub.com safety pages here

Source: Missoulian, 13-Aug-10

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Montana Dept of Natural Resources buys five AKV Cycle Counters for fleet

Montana Dept of Natural Resources buys five AKV Cycle Counters for fleet

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has joined the growing list of customers supported by DART Helicopter Services.  DART is a leader in production and global distribution of more than 3,000 certified helicopter accessories and components.  Montana DNRC recently ordered five AKV cycle counter systems for its five Bell UH-1 fire-fighting and… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 10-Aug-10

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08-Aug-10 (Serial TBA) Bell UH-1N Butte, US-Montana

08-Aug-10

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07-Jan-10 N127TP Bell B206 Kalispell, US-Montana

07-Jan-10

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New helicopter tours launched in Butte, Montana

A business has launched a new helicopter touring service over the Butte region, with plans to also expand a pilot training program into the area.

Source: Victoria Advocate, 27-Oct-09

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‘Helitorch’ ignites phase of 1,000-acre prescribed burn

The U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday launched the second phase of its largest ever prescribed fire in the Lewis and Clark National Forest.  Using a “helitorch,” the Scapegoat Wilderness was intentionally set ablaze at the confluence of Hoadley Creek and the South Fork of the Sun River, 25 miles west of Augusta. A helitorch is… Read more »

Source: Great Falls Tribune, 25-Sep-09

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St. Vincent marks 30th year of helicopter air ambulance

St. Vincent Healthcare’s HELP Flight helicopter has rescued hundreds of injured and sick people, including Gulbraa, from mountaintops, highways and barnyards across south-central Montana and northern Wyoming.

Source: Billings Gazette, 21-Sep-09

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Billings Clinic grounds helicopter service

Source: Billings Gazette, 26-Jul-09

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19-Jun-09 N911GF Eurocopter AS350B2 Great Falls, US-Montana

19-Jun-09 N911GF Eurocopter AS350B2 Great Falls, US-Montana

19-Jun-09

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