Did you solo in a helicopter 20+ years ago?

1-Feb-2010 Source: Twirly Birds

International helicopter pilot organization, Twirly Birds, is again looking for new members to join their social group, and the requirements for membership are simple. To qualify as a general member, you must have flown solo in a helicopter or other vertical lift aircraft at least twenty years ago. A founder member must have flown solo prior to V-J Day on 14 AUG 1945. Associate members are also welcome and can apply as an outstanding individual, who is not a rotary wing pilot, but has made a significant contribution to the industry for at least 20 years and have been unanimously approved by the regular Twirly Bird membership.
If you meet these requirements, Twirly Birds would like to invite you their annual meeting in conjunction with the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo in Houston, Texas. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Americas Hotel in the Ballroom of the Americas A, on the second floor of the hotel, Sunday evening, 21 FEB, from 5:30 to 7 pm. Membership information is also available on the Twirly Birds website at www.twirlybirds.org and attendance at the annual meeting is not required to become a member.
Twirly Birds was founded almost seventy years ago when a small group of pilots met to share stories and the common experiences of flying helicopters during these early years of vertical flight. Among notable past members of Twirly Birds include Charles Lindberg, Igor Sikorsky, Stanley Hiller, Alan Bristow and Wes Lematta, to name a few. The intent was then and now, to share the common bond of vertical flight. The group has no political or commercial interest and is by design, a social group comprised of individuals. Membership dues are very modest and the group publishes a newsletter several times a year to keep the membership updated. Catch up with old friends and make new ones by joining Twirly Birds!
About Twirly Birds
Twirly Birds is an international organization founded in 1945 by pioneering pilots of helicopters and other vertical take-off aircraft. The sole purpose of this nonprofit organization of individuals is to recognize and foster the fellowship of those brought together by the common bond of vertical flight and to facilitate the cordial exchange of experience and opinions as the helicopter and other vertical take-off aircraft art progresses. For more information regarding the organization, please visit the Twirly Birds website at http://twirlybirds.org or by contacting Jim Kettles, membership chairman attbmembership@yahoo.com

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