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A Twin Engine 109E Power helicopter hovers over Paul Bunyan Friday afternoon after a week of cold weather testing conducted by manufactures AgustaWestland. Pioneer Photo/ Monte Draper

Cold weather testing: Bemidji area offers perfect location for helicopter manufacturer

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Bemidji, long known as a cold weather test site for cars and trucks, is now a site for cold weather testing of helicopters.

Pilots, engineers and mechanics from AgustaWestland of Philadelphia, Pa., spent last week testing two helicopters they manufacture, a single-engine helicopter "Koloa" and a used 109E Power twin engine, whose previous owner for the past eight years was the U.S. Coast Guard in Florida.

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