Guardians of the NorthWest
story & photos by Skip Robinson

King County Sheriff’s Air Support Unit flies law enforcement and life-saving search-and-rescue missions in Washington state’s most populous county.


Digitally Enhanced
story by Guy R. Maher | photos by Mike Reyno

The Bell 407 was already a winner before its evolution into the 407GX with the Garmin G1000H. We got behind the controls to find out how much of an impact the new flight deck makes.


Lap of Luxury?
story by Kevin W. Nelson | photos courtesy of AeroDynamiX

Are super yacht helicopter operations really as glamorous as they look? Vertical takes a look behind the scenes in this growing — but often secretive — sector.


A Growing Niche
story & photos by Guy R. Maher

As more fixed-wing agricultural aviation operators discover the benefits of bringing a helicopter into their fleet, Vertical spoke to established rotary-wing operators to discover the risks and benefits of getting into this highly specialized industry segment.


A Golden Jubilee
story by Elan Head | photos by Mike Reyno & Skip Robinson

Papillon Group celebrates its 50th anniversary — and looks to the future.


Life After the Military
by Brent Bergan

Vertical’s guide to your aviation career options following life in the Armed Forces — and what you can do to prepare for that first civilian job.


Northern Savior
story & photos by Skip Robinson

With a service area as vast and rugged as that covered by ALERT in northwestern Montana, a highly-capable and diverse HEMS operation becomes a vital part of the infrastructure.


A Cut Above
story & photos by Guy R. Maher

For 30 years, Aerial Solutions, Inc. has taken the task of vegetation control to new heights.


High-Value Cargo
by Elan Head

Canada has long used human external cargo techniques for mountain rescue operations. Now, those techniques are also being used for powerline work — but under stricter controls than in the United States.


Vertical Rewind: Spoils of War
by Bob Petite

In the 1930s, Germany was home to a burgeoning and innovative helicopter industry, whose development was further fueled by World War II. As the war drew to a close, the Allies raced to secure the technology for their own purposes.



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