Nominations now open for HAI Salute to Excellence

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is accepting nominations for its 2015 Salute to Excellence Awards, effective immediately. The awards will be presented during HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Orlando, Florida.

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Pilots? We don’t need no stinking pilots

By MATTHEW ZUCCARO

Haven’t you heard? Pilots are no longer required, at least not on board the aircraft. Welcome to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

No pilots? Is nothing sacred anymore? I remember my first flights as pilot in command in both a helicopter and an airplane. It was me and the aircraft against the laws of nature. I was not overseeing flight management systems — I strapped on the aircraft, and it became part of me.

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