Robert S. Petite

Bob Petite was born in 1945 in Saint John, N.B. and took his education in Nova Scotia. In 1966 he received his certificate from the Maritime Forest Ranger School in Fredericton, N.B.

He began a long career in forestry that spanned over 35 years with the Department of Lands and Forests in Nova Scotia and the Forest Service in Alberta. It was in Alberta that he was introduced to helicopters while working in forest management and wildfire protection.

Always interested in aviation, he became infatuated with helicopters and their early history. Over the years Bob wrote for several aviation magazines. Today he is a contributing editor for Vertical magazine. He has just completed a book on the history of the Bell Model 47 Helicopter and is presently working on several other helicopter-related books.

Bob is an associate member of the Twirly Birds and a Gold Member of the American Helicopter Society International. He is a current member of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, the American Aviation Historical Society and the Bell 47 Helicopter Association, Inc.

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The Bell Model 47 Book

Monday, February 13, 2017
Good news for anyone overseas. The Aviation Mega Store in the ...

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The Bell 47 Helicopter Story

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Hello Everyone: It has been awhile since my last entry on the ...

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The Bell 47 Helicopter Story

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Hello all fans of the Bell Model 47 helicopter: With the festive ...

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