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The UH-1 D Huey panel retrofit with Garmin G3X system.

he archetypal Huey UH-1 utility helicopter is not
what one would think of normally as an experimental aircraft. First of all, it's got a well-earned
reputation for dependability. If it were indeed an experiment,
there would be some degree of dissolution in its 65-year tenure.
Second, the Huey is a marvel of wonder among aircraft, in particular with fixed-wing pilots and amateur physicists who remain
convinced that helicopters aren't supposed to fly.
The Huey is iconic. Its image is one synonymous with aircraft
of the Vietnam, and Southeast Asia, conflict era. Despite the
Huey's demonstrable pedigree, the Federal Aviation Administration regards many of today's UH-1s as experimental, or
amateur-built, aircraft. Bell Helicopter, a renowned manufacturer
of type-certificated civilian and military rotorcraft, created the
UH-1 beginning in 1954. Surprisingly, the FAA registry shows
an equal number of UH-1 examples under both "amateur" and
"type-certificated" headings.

"The only category the FAA has for something like this is
experimental exhibition, which is the category that all of the
aircraft they don't know what else to do with go to," said Andrew
LaFollette, chief pilot with Mission Essential and G Force Air,
owner of the formerly German-registered UH-1 D / 71+46. "It's
the land of weird aircraft. Under experimental exhibition rules,
an owner is not allowed to make money with their aircraft, plus
there are often other limitations on operations."
Respective of these rules, G Force Air's UH-1 has appeared
on static display at public events. The Huey has also been used
with local law enforcement in training roles and frequently gives
rides to veterans.
"What's remarkable about the Huey is that in bringing them
back to life one brings back to life other people's stories in
them," LaFollette added. "It is truly an amazing machine that

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