NOVEMBER 9, 2009 - Rotorcraft Pro Magazine, Justhelicopters.com, Justhelicopters.TV and VerticalReference.com merged forces to create a new strategic media partnership called Rotorcraft Pro Media Network (RPMN). Audiences and advertisers alike will have unparalleled access to a broad range of media content to include print, e-news, video, audio, web, and social networking, all aimed at connecting the helicopter industry in new ways.
HISTORY - JustHelicopters.com was created in 1998 by retired helicopter pilot Bill Kellogg as a small FREE ACCESS web information center and a place to exchange ideas for people that were into helicopters. Lyn Burks took over the website in 2001. Since then, it has become the Leading Online Resource for the Helicopter Industry and has remained a FREE ACCESS site with no membership fees!
MEET THE MANAGEMENT TEAM OF THE ROTORCRAFT PRO MEDIA NETWORK (RPMN)
BIO - Lyn Burks, Owner / CEO / Editor-in-Chief
Lyn Burks is Editor In Chief and Co-owner of Rotorcraft Pro magazine and the Rotorcraft Pro Media Network (RPMN). For his efforts in bringing together the helicopter industry through media, Lyn Burks was the recipient of the 2012 Salute to Excellence in Communications Award from the Helicopter Association International. Since 2001, Lyn has also been the owner/developer of the popular RPMN helicopter industry websites JustHelicopters.com and VerticalReference.com. Seeing a need in the industry for education, Lyn also produces two popular RPMN educational conferences that serve the helicopter industry. One is called HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar, with the other being the NightCon Night Vision Conference.
As a writer, photographer, and video producer, Lyn seeks to add dimension and new perspective to print and digital media in the helicopter industry. He also serves as a helicopter industry recruiter and has written several online educational e books and articles about career development in the helicopter industry. Lyn honorably served as a US Marine from 1985 – 89. He began his aviation career in early 1991 at the age of 23 when he was civilian trained as a helicopter pilot. He currently holds an ATP/CFII Helicopter with nearly 6,000 hours of flying experience. In 2008, he “semi-retired” from full-time employment as a corporate pilot for a Fortune 200 company flying an Agusta A109E. In addition to corporate flying, Lyn has experience in several sectors of the helicopter industry, including ENG, Charter, Utility, Instruction, and a five-year stint in EMS flying the Sikorsky S76C+. He still dabbles in contract flying opportunities, with a recent assignment being a Sikorsky S76 instructor pilot for the Chinese Government. Lyn is currently flying the Agusta A109E Power.
Lyn resides in North Florida with his wife of 24 years, Lynnette, whom he met in eighth grade. Their daughter, Lexi, rides horses with her mother. Lyn’s interests include family, cycling, helicopters, and adventure travel. Contact: Lyn.firstname.lastname@example.org
BIO - Brig Bearden, Publisher
Brig Bearden began his publishing career in 1987, selling $33 one-inch ads for a startup publishing company with two magazines. The company grew rapidly and by 1996 it was publishing 15 magazines and employing over 100 people with annual revenue exceeding $50 million dollars.
During this growth, Brig worked his way up to Senior Vice-President and Group Publisher where he was responsible for five magazines and managed the company’s recruiting and training programs. Through his leadership and guidance, several publications were created and launched with great success. In 1997, Brig satisfied his entrepreneurial hunger when he formed his own company and launched Utility Products magazine. Within five years it became the leading industry magazine for the electric, telecommunications, and cable utility industries.
During this time, Brig also started a custom publishing division that helped launch ten new titles for independent publishers while providing ongoing graphic design and layout services. He also created a publishing co-op that provided negotiating clout for key services such as printing. In 2007, he sold his business to Pennwell Publishing where Utility Products magazine continues to be the leading industry magazine. Brig then provided consulting services for various media ventures and also became Executive Director of the Green Building Focus Conference and Expo. In 2011, he was recruited to become publisher and general manager of the Rotorcraft Pro Media Network (RPMN) and Rotorcraft Pro magazine. Six months later, Brig sought Lyn Burks to become Editor-In-Chief of Rotorcraft Pro and shortly thereafter both bought equal ownership of RPMN and Rotorcraft Pro. It’s been the perfect marriage of a career businessto- business publisher joining forces with a career “rotorcraft pro” to offer a new world of media choices to the helicopter industry.
Brig is a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. In his little spare time, Brig is a bit of sports junky. While he loves watching the Alabama Crimson Tide, he would rather be active playing golf, tennis, swimming, fishing or biking. As a former amateur triathlete competing in over 25 events from 2001-2005, he was a “finisher” in the Ironman Arizona 2005. He especially enjoys spending time with Tina, his wife of 22 years, and their two smart daughters. Contact: Brig@rotorcraftpro.com