Twirly Birds to meet in Dallas

The annual meeting of the social helicopter pilot organization, Twirly Birds, will be held in Dallas on Sunday, Feb. 12, during the 2012 HAI Heli-Expo.

The reception will begin at 5 p.m., immediately followed by a membership meeting at 6 p.m. in Ballroom A, Section 1, in the Dallas Convention Center. Steve Sullivan, Twirly Birds President, along with Vice President Jim Kettles and Treasurer Dennis MacBain, will conduct the meeting and presentation of the Les Morris lifetime achievement award. A silent auction of vintage helicopter models will also be held.

Anyone who soloed in a helicopter at least 20 years ago is invited to join the group for an evening of aviation fellowship, making new friendships, and renewing old ones, association officials said. Associate membership is also available to outstanding individuals who are not rotary wing pilots, but have made a significant contribution to the helicopter industry for at least 20 years, and has been unanimously approved by the regular Twirly Bird membership.

A new lifetime membership category is now available for a one time, tax deductable donation of $500 to the non-profit Twirly Birds.

Twirly Birds was founded more than 60 years ago by a small group of pilots who met to share stories and their common experiences during the early years of helicopter flight. Since the beginning, the aspiration of the group has been to share the common bond of vertical flight. Charles Lindbergh, Igor Sikorsky, Stanley Hiller, Alan Bristow, and Wes Lematta are a few of the notable past members of Twirly Birds who have shared their stories and experiences.

The group has no political or commercial interest and is, by design, a social group comprised of individuals. The group publishes a newsletter several times a year to keep members up to date.

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