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Le Bourget, France (en.itar-tass.com) - French company is involved in upgrading Ukrainian Mil Mi-24 helicopter gunships with anti-tank guided missiles.

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defenseone.com - In 1927, George de Bothezat told Popular Science that helicopters were "exactly where the airplane stood after the first few flights of the Wright Brothers." What he means is that helicopters had, indeed, flown. Bothezat himself had built one that lifted off the ground while carrying the weight of four people. They just hadn't flown well...

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Northern Territory, Australia (abc.net.au) - Heli-Muster NT has been trialling an automated hopper, which drops grains of herbicide from the position of the passenger seat inside the helicopter, through a hole in the floor and onto the weeds below.

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Charleston, S.C. (dailyjournal.net) — Lawmakers on opposite sides of the nation are working to keep U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicopters stationed along their coasts. The Coast Guard wants to remove rescue helicopters from Johns Island near Charleston and from Newport, Oregon.

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New South Wales, Australia (The Northern Daily Leader) - October weather records have been broken and firefighters aren't taking any chances, sending in the big guns to battle the region's toughest blazes. For the first time this bushfire season, the Rural Fire Service has stationed a remote aerial response helicopter at Tamworth.

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mainlinetoday.com - A man heads out the door on a Saturday for a round of golf. In his garage, he unfolds the rotor blades, stows his clubs in the cockpit of his helicopter, and takes off. After landing to fuel up, he takes off again for his tee time. Dressed in a pinstripe suit, a homburg and a bow tie, Frank Piasecki is the star of this ingeniously concocted 1943 newsreel segment, dubbed "An Air Flivver in Every Garage."

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Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia (Borneo Post) - The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department is expected to get its own helicopter hangar next year, says Urban Wellbeing, Housing, and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

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Fergus Falls, Minn. (inforum.com) – Help wanted: Must be willing to dangle from a helicopter while installing power lines and related devices. Work in winds up to 30 mph.

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newscientist.com - Within two years, an 18-rotor battery-powered helicopter could be on sale to commuters who dream of open skies instead of gridlocked highways.

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Russia Beyond the Headlines - Russia is finalizing the fulfillment of contacts with the U.S. government for the delivery of Mil Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters to Afghanistan.

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