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By Staff Writer | July 1, 2012

Rotor & Wing’s Terry Terrell Receives HEMS Recognition

Terrell received a lifetime achievement award in 2009 for more than 25 years of service to the Atlanta metro area.

Air Methods recently recognized Robert “Terry” Terrell, longtime helicopter EMS pilot and Rotor & Wing “Safety Watch” columnist, for a 20-year milestone. Terrell previously worked for Omniflight, which Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods acquired in August 2011.


Air Methods CEO Aaron Todd told Terrell that he is “deeply impressed by you and the other pioneers who have served and innovated within our industry over multiple decades.”

Terrell, who began writing for Rotor & Wing while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1976, was also recognized in 2009 for 25 years of HEMS service in the Atlanta metro area. He has served as chief pilot and director of safety for Avstat, Life Flight and Air Rescue 1, conducting more than 6,000 missions. Georgia Baptist Medical Center’s Life Flight credits Terrell with saving “thousands” of lives. “Wherever lives are saved with helicopters in our community, his legacy will endure.” See Terry’s latest Safety Watch column, “Cat Skinning, Part 2” on page 62.

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R&W’s Question of the Month: What do you think helicopter designs will look like in the future, for both commercial and military applications, in 2030 and beyond? Let us know, and look for your and others’ responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below.

(Responding to the photo of the new Russian Helicopters Kamov Ka-62.) Twin-bladed only! I have serious reservations about the landing gear. Do they expect a three point landing on a chopper always?

Arun Jyoti

Contrary to the optical illusion in the photo, this is a five-bladed aircraft. As far as a three-point landing, helicopters almost never touch down level (all three wheels touching at the same time). A helicopter will touch down “tail low” when empty and with a more level attitude when loaded to max gross weight. A helicopter also touches down with one side low, which is caused by tail rotor thrust countered by pilot input.

Davis Newman

It looks like a cross between a Sikorsky UH-60 Sea Hawk and an Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin.

Ed Roo

Horizontal stabilizer above vertical fin, possibly for better leverage to keep it level. This can also be the reason for the tailboom being short.

Vinay Kapoor

Looks like its mother might have been Sikorsky and the father is of a new Bell design. Both related to Eurocopter and adopted by Kamov.

David Daly


The last name of CHC’s Greg Wyght was misspelled in “CHC Safety Quality Summit,” on page 40 of the May 2012 issue. We regret the error.

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