Have you soloed in a helicopter at least 20 years ago? If so, you are eligible for membership in the Twirly Birds, which is holding its annual meeting March 6 in Orlando, in conjunction with the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo.
The meeting will take place at the HAI host hotel, Rosen Center Hotel, Signature Room 1 meeting room on March 6 at 5 p.m. Steve Sullivan, Twirly Birds president, will conduct the meeting, which will include two presentations of the Les Morris award as well as an announcement of a new membership category for the group.
Membership chairman and Twirly Birds vice president Jim Kettles commented, “Twirly Birds has a rich history that traces its roots to the early pioneers of helicopters and we invite anyone that meets our humble qualifications to join us at our annual meeting. Our intent as always is to see old friends and to meet new ones that share a common link to helicopters whether it is civil or military, professional or recreational.”
Twirly Birds was founded more than 60 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. Some notable past members of Twirly Birds include Charles Lindberg, Igor Sikorsky, Stanley Hiller, Alan Bristow and Wes Lematta. The group has no political or commercial interest and is, by design, a social group, officials noted. Membership dues are very modest and the group publishes a newsletter several times a year to keep the membership updated.
For more information: TwirlyBirds.org