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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Helicopter Industry Loses Pioneer Ozzie York

The helicopter industry lost a pioneer last week, as former Canadian Air Force pilot Osvil “Ozzie” York died following a brief illness.

Ozzie York. Photo courtesy of Twirly Birds

York is known for amassing more than 15,000 flight hours over his 60-year career. Saratoga, Calif.-based helicopter pilot organization Twirly Birds announced his passing.

York joined Twirly Birds in 1969 and received the organization’s Les Morris lifetime achievement award in 2003. He is also known for flying and maintaining aircraft for Allied Helicopters from Alaska to Florida. Ozzie attended Heli-Expo 2013 in March, and passed away last week at 92 years old.

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