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Collective Caution But Industry Leaders Stare Unblinking At Economic Crisis

23rd February 2009 - 03:27 GMT | by in Anaheim, California


“Don’t go to HAI, you will get depressed,” was the advice Giuseppe Orsi, AgustaWestland’s CEO received. That piece of advice finally made up his mind that he would indeed travel to Los Angeles for the annual helicopter meet.

And his message to the press was just the opposite. “Don’t talk it down. Our industry is solid. It is doing fine.” Uncommon as it is to find a consensus of opinion among industry leaders, but that has also been the view of Eurocopter’s leaders Lutz Bertling and Mark Paganini, Bob Fitzpatrick at Bell, Carey Bond of Sikorsky and engine manufacturers represented

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