The Remote Arm of the Law
by Oliver Johnson

An increasing number of agencies are incorporating small unmanned aircraft systems into their operations. How are they using them? And what advice do they have for those looking to develop their own program?


Saving Lives in the Cascades
story and photos by Skip Robinson

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit has been performing lifesaving search-and-rescue missions in the Pacific Northwest for almost 40 years.


Made For Tourism
story by Lisa Gordon | photos by Mike Reyno

Niagara Helicopters has transitioned from Bell to Airbus Helicopters, acquiring four new H130s in record time.


Slovenian Support
Story By Uroš Marjetic and Breda Šprajcar | Photos by Uroš Podlogar

From HEMS to mountain rescue, the Slovenian Police Air Support Unit offers far more than just an eye in the sky above this small European country.


Vertical's Search for the World's Best Law Enforcement Liveries
by Vertical staff

In time for the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Expo 2015, we decided to recognize some of the world’s best-looking law enforcement helicopters. Here are the results of our public vote, with the top 10 paint schemes listed in order of popularity.


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.



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