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WORLD'S QUIETEST HELICOPTERS ENTER HAWAII TOUR SERVICE; TRAVELERS GET CLOSE-UP VIEW WITHOUT DISTURBING THE ENVIRONMENT

 HILO, Hawaii, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A new, super-quiet McDonnell Douglas MD 520N helicopter, operated by Papillon Hawaiian Helicopters, is out to silence residents' concerns about helicopter noise in the Hawaiian Islands.
 And virtually everyone in Hawaii who has seen the world's quietest helicopter agrees: the MD 520N is a significant improvement over existing helicopters.
 Papillon Hawaiian Helicopters began operating the MD 520N this month following a two-week demonstration tour that took the helicopter and its demonstration team to five islands. Papillon is Hawaii's largest helicopter tour service.
 Introduction of the MD 520N, which uses the NOTAR(R) anti-torque system instead of a noise-generating tail rotor, is expected to ease concerns that many environmentalists have about the use of helicopters.
 In fact, no noise complaints were logged against the MD 520N during the demonstration tour or during Papillon's operations to date.
 Community leaders, environmentalists and journalists in Hawaii lauded the MD 520N during the tour, citing its quiet operation as a major benefit in noise sensitive areas.
 Since the helicopter entered "flight seeing" service for Papillon this month, passengers in the five-place MD 520N have unanimously praised the "no tail rotor" helicopter after dramatic flights over a major eruption site of the Kilauea volcano, located on the slopes of Mauna Loa.
 "Everyone who's flown in the MD 520N has raved about it," said Gene Erskine, president of Papillon Hawaiian Helicopters. "They're thrilled about being among the first to ride in an aircraft that represents the latest technology available.
 "And they're excited about how easy it is to take pictures or simply gaze at nature's wonders from the ultra-quiet, smooth-flying MD 520N."
 In Papillon's MD 520N, each of the four passengers has an unobstructed view of spectacular island sights, from a side or front window. Papillon began initial operation of the quiet helicopter this month from its base at Hilo
International Airport on the big island of Hawai ? The big advantage of the MD 520N is the revolutionary NOTAR system, which replaces the conventional tail rotor with a specially designed fan enclosed in the MD 520N's fuselage.
 The fan forces outside air through a controlled circulation system in an enlarged tailboom to gain anti-torque and directional control.
 The result is a safer, easier-to-fly and much quieter helicopter.
 With helicopter noise as a perennial complaint from Hawaii residents, introduction of the MD 520N to tourist operations is expected to find considerable support, especially from those who live near the most popular tourist attractions, which includes volcanoes, spectacular waterfalls, tropical forests and miles of rugged coastline.
 The islands have more than 90 helicopters engaged in tourist operations, flying four to six passengers at a time over scenic areas often difficult or impossible to reach without considerable effort, including lengthy walks or difficult hikes.
 "The problem is," explained Jon Knapp, a McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. marketing manager, "the noise from helicopters can take away from the pristine environment tourists flock to see and local residents treasure.
 "With the MD 520N, we're helping to eliminate helicopter noise concerns expressed by Hawaiian residents."
 For reservations or further information, contact a local travel agent or Papillon Hawaiian Helicopters on the big island of Hawaii at 808-329-0551.
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 /CONTACT: Hal Klopper or Ken Jensen of McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co., 602-891-5519/


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