Back home again: Behind the scenes at Bell Helicopter's new training academy
By Guy R. Maher

With the opening of a brand new facility at company headquarters in August 2015, the Bell Helicopter Training Academy has returned to its geographic roots. Vertical paid a visit to find out how the new facility will augment the student experience at one of the industry’s most renowned training centers.


A new Era: Gulf of Mexico operator on U.S. launch of AW189 & Houma 'super base'
By Dan Megna

Era Helicopters may be the longest-serving commercial operator in the U.S., but as the country’s launch customer of the AW189 — and with the creation of its new ‘super base’ in the Gulf of Mexico — its sights are firmly fixed on the future.


Skyslide in the City of Angels
By Skip Robinson

The placement of a 45-foot-long 15,000-pound glass tube at the top of tallest building in Los Angeles is certainly one of the more unique requests Siller Helicopters has received — and presented a whole range of unique problems.


High-tech lifter: Will the H215 bring utility helicopter operations into the 21st century?
By Elan Head

The Airbus Helicopters H215 delivers advanced avionics to a sector of the helicopter industry that has largely done without.


Lights, cameras… rotors: The world of Studio Wings, Inc.
By Skip Robinson

With a customized Eagle Single and years of aviation and production experience, Studio Wings brings a unique offering to the motion picture and TV industry.


Rapid response: behind the scenes with Sydney's CareFlight
By Marcus Hocking

Operating Australia’s only dedicated rapid response medical helicopter, CareFlight improves survival outcomes for the most severely injured patients — and has the evidence to prove it.


In the crosshairs
By John Persinos

Concerns over police militarization in the United States have prompted recent scrutiny of the 1033 program, which provides surplus military equipment to civilian law enforcement agencies. How has this public attention affected airborne law enforcement?


Training the Night Stalkers
By Ted Carlson

The U.S. Army’s Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion prepares the Army’s best aviators for its most demanding missions.


Making sense of restricted category
By Jason Colquhoun

As a new generation of military surplus aircraft are auctioned by the U.S. Armed Forces, we look at what’s involved for an operator to be able to use these capable machines in the civilian world.


Thinking big
By Oliver Johnson

Established just six years ago by Quebec City entrepreneur Stephan Huot, Capitale Hélicoptère has already spawned divisions operating in the utility, air medical, flight training and aerial tourism sectors, while its new state-of-the-art $22 million facility also contains the company’s own clothing line — and an interactive helicopter museum. And it’s only getting started.



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