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Florida Aircraft Sales Tax Exemption Bill is Filed for 2016



Aircraft Sales and Use Tax Exemption Bill is Filed for 2016 Earlier this week, Sen. Thad Altman and Rep. Charles Van Zant both filed the Aircraft Sales and Use tax exemption bill in their respective chambers. The bill, which proposes the complete elimination of state sales tax on aircraft sales, is getting solid attention from both the House and Senate this time around. While in Tallahassee for the GA Caucus meeting, FABA and other industry leaders met with many influential members of the legislature regarding the suggested legislation. If you would like to keep up with the status of the bill, please follow HB 4039 and SB 696. With session beginning in early January 2016, things will soon begin to move very quickly with the bill. Please continue to check the Newswire for regular updates and any “Call to Actions” that may be necessary.

Kit Log Pro’s “Builder Of The Month”

Congratulations to our friend Chris Davenport of Tracy, California for being awarded Kit Log Pro’s “Builder Of The Month” award! We are super excited to see the progression of your Safari 400 Kit Helicopter. Make sure and check out Chris’s kit log diary at :

Support the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2

EAA members should get involved NOW with the community’s top priority in GA advocacy. Contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor and support S. 571 and H.R. 1062, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2. EAA helped to draft the newly introduced twin bills, and they already have bipartisan support from top lawmakers. The bill aims to allow pilots flying certain aircraft to operate using a driver’s license in lieu of a traditional third-class medical, and it will build upon the first Pilot’s Bill of Rights in ensuring that pilots and other airman are given due process in enforcement proceedings.

The medical aspects of the legislation would build upon the remarkable safety record proven by a decade of light-sport aircraft (LSA) operations. This success shows that it’s time to widen the pool of recreational pilots who can enjoy flying their small aircraft without the expense and regulatory burden of third-class medical certification.

In addition to reforming the 3rd class medical, the bill would extend important procedural rights to pilots facing FAA investigations, and protect FAA designees and volunteer pilots from liability.

EAA members have told us that reform of the 3rd class medical is the most important issue that can benefit the future of aviation. So now is your time to get involved. Send a message to your Senators and Representatives urging their support of the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act. Thank you for your support and action!

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Wisconsin July 20-26th 2015


It is hard to believe Oshkosh is only 80 days away! Make plans to come see us in the Ultra-Light section. We will be returning to booth 934 & 935 right beside the flight line. If you are a Safari owner and planning to attend, let us know. If you are a future Safari owner and would like to schedule a demo flight please email or call Megan Wright to set up your appointment- 850-482-4141.

We are looking forward to another great showing this year!



EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Wisconsin July 20-26th 2015


Safari France

We are honored to welcome our newest dealer, Stéphane Luchini, to the Safari Helicopter Family. Stephane is located in Pau, France and will be servicing France and the surrounding area. Stephane has been flying since he was 15 years old. He first caught the aviation bug by learning to fly a glider, then moved on to skydiving, para-gliding, and piloting a fixed wing airplane. He has enjoyed base-jumping and has flown a wing-suit on Baffin Island from one of the higher cliffs in the world.

In 1998 Stéphane joined the French Army as a helicopter pilot. From 2008 to 2011 he flew as free-lance pilot in Antarctica, and the French mountains for long line and construction work. Since 2011 he has been flying for Airtelis Company as EC 225 pilot and AS 350 B3 for long line missions. Stéphane spends his free time flying his Safari or his Cozy, which he flew from France to the west coast of Greenland!
Stéphane Luchini-

Flight Training

Safari Helicopter is excited to announce a new addition to the Safari staff – James Spagnola, our very own in-house Certified Flight Instructor. After graduating from Florida State University with Bachelor’s Degree in History, James decided he wanted a little more excitement in his life! So he promptly started logging hours to get his Helicopter Private Pilot’s license , and then got his Commercial license and CFI rating. James is certified to instruct in the Safari Helicopter, Robinson R22, R44 & the R66. He also does agricultural spraying in his “spare time”.

For more information on how to get started on your private pilot’s license or rotor craft add- on contact Megan Wright –

850-482-4141 or

Woodlands, TX Accident

We are very sorry to report that a new member of the Safari family, Michael Mims of Conroe, Texas, lost his life in the crash of his Safari helicopter on January 16, 2015. We offer our sympathy to his family and friends.

The cause of the accident is not apparent and is unknown at this time.

As always happens with an aviation accident, there is extensive speculation and opinion regarding the accident, and conflicting eyewitness reports. Publicly available photographs taken at the scene show no obvious cause of the accident; however, this event will be investigated thoroughly by the National Transportation Safety Board.

CHR International Inc. has been invited by the NTSB to be a party to the investigation. A CHR representative will be allowed to observe some activities of the investigative team. We will provide any information we may have regarding parts of the aircraft being examined and normal operation of the helicopter. While this provides us with an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the results as the investigation progresses, it also requires that we maintain confidentiality until the final report of the NTSB findings is issued. For this reason, there will be no further statements by CHR International Inc. or its personnel unless approved by the National Transportation Safety Board. If the investigation reveals any safety concerns, we will address them immediately.

Since CHR International Inc. acquired the rights to produce the Safari helicopter kit in 2009, we have worked diligently to improve the helicopter in every way possible. Our concern with the safety and satisfaction of Safari owners is well known, and we will practice that philosophy as we assist in any way possible to determine the cause of this tragic event.

Helicopter Tracking Lights

CHR International Inc., producer of the Safari Helicopter, now offers a new and improved  rotor blade tracking lights.


Tracking your rotor blades becomes a one person operation with these lights.  With super bright LED lights of a different color in each unit, these tracking lights will clearly show the path of your rotor blades relative to each other in both hover and forward flight.  Light and simple, they are easily installed and removed from the tips of your rotor blades.  Each set includes extra batteries and instructions for use.

To order a set of two or three blade tracking lights visit our shop icon listed at the top of our home page or email

Megan Wright-

Safari Online Store