2014-09-12 11:26:41
London 792: On call with Ornge
story by Oliver Johnson | photos by Mike Reyno

Vertical joins the crews at Ornge’s base in London, Ont., for an in-depth look at life on the front line of air medical transport....



There can be few air medical organizations that have attracted quite so much media attention as Ornge, Ontario’s air medical transportation provider. The problems it had in upper management under the stewardship of former CEO Chris Mazza have been well documented, with various allegations of financial and organizational mismanagement splashed across the front page of the Toronto Star on more than a few occasions. With funding provided by the province, it was a political is...

2014-09-09 12:08:28
Over the Top
Story and photos by Skip Robinson

A partnership between DHL Express and Helinet Aviation is proving to be a hit with DHL customers in Los Angeles....



In January this year, DHL Express, in partnership with Helinet Aviation of Van Nuys, Calif., began an early-morning express helicopter delivery service, operating four days a week (Tuesday to Friday). The service provides aerial movement of time sensitive financial documents and packages from Los Angeles (LAX) international airport to downtown Los Angeles for several large banking clients.

DHL began the service so that it could ensure early morning delivery by eliminating freeway traff...

2014-09-02 09:54:26
Multi-Sector Specialist
by Oliver Johnson

After 17 years focusing on the aerial construction sector, heavy-lift specialist CHI Aviation spent the next 17 years branching out into firefighting, logistics support for the department of defense, emergency medical services, search-and-rescue and passenger transport. Vertical gets the story behind its extraordinary growth....



Down an unassuming dirt road leading to Livingston County Airport in rural Michigan, outside the small city of Howell, sits what appears to be — at least
on first glance — an equally unassuming hangar. But get a little closer, and there are clues to be found —the manicured lawns that surround the facility, the pristine parking lot, the immaculately decorated interior with hallways that feature dimensionally exact runway markings — that this is home to no ordinary utility helicopter company. It is, in...

2014-08-27 09:51:59
Fighting the good fight
story & photos by Guy R. Maher

A 25-year-old Tampa, Fla., hospital HEMS program builds on its solid foundation and guiding principles with a new operator and four brand new Bell 407GXs....



Spend much time with John Scott, program director for Tampa General Hospital’s (TGH’s) Aeromed helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) program, and you’ll soon learn that he speaks his mind and doesn’t mince words. He also has a clearly defined opinion of the challenges facing HEMS programs in the United States, and is attempting to arm his program with the necessary tools to survive in a changing environment. During Vertical’s visit to Tampa earlier this year, Scott said he h...

2014-08-25 10:34:01
Flying into Deepwater
By Kenneth I. Swartz

With deepwater oil exploration set to take off on the Mexican side of the Gulf of Mexico, helicopter operators there are poised for a new era of growth and expansion....



After 10 years of declining oil production, Mexico has initiated national energy reforms to stimulate offshore exploration in its deepwater regions and revive an industry that is among the country’s most crucial.
In 2013, the oil industry provided the Mexican government with almost one third of its revenues and 13 percent of
its exports. As such, correcting the 25 percent decline in pr...

2014-08-18 09:37:26
Going Mobile
by Elan Head

The Apple iPad is simple to use, but getting approval to use it in the cockpit is often anything but easy. Here’s an overview of what’s involved in adopting electronic flight bags — and why the hassle can be worth it....



In the four short years since the first iPad was released, Apple’s signature tablet computer has become ubiquitous in the aviation industry. Countless aviation software applications have been developed for the iPad, the iPhone, and other smartphones and tablets: from simple weight-and-balance calculators, to full-featured flight planning apps like ForeFlight. If you’ve piloted an aircraft in the past few years, the odds are high that you’ve used a portable electronic device (PED) for at least...

2014-07-31 12:13:53
Multi-Mission Provider
story by Elan Head | photos by Dean Wingard

From search and rescue to firefighting, from marijuana interdiction to disaster response, the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division has the Peach State covered....



Among airborne law enforcement units, “multi-mission” has long been a buzzword. Although some units have retained their traditional focus on patrol and surveillance, law enforcement aviation is no longer so narrowly defined; today, it’s not uncommon to see a police helicopter conducting a rescue mission or firefighting with a Bambi Bucket when the occasion demands.

Such versatility can be a boon for the communities those units serve. In these tough economic times, it can also be ...

2014-07-31 12:43:28
In Their Prime
story & photos by Tom Kaminski & Greg L. Davis

Operating a fleet of 10 Airbus Helicopters MH-65D Dolphin helicopters from two locations, CGAS Atlantic City, N.J., is the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest single-airframe air station — and one of its busiest. ...



Safeguarding America’s maritime interests is certainly no easy task. 

Of course, when it comes to the work of the United States Coast Guard (USCG), there is little that can be classified as easy — not that anyone within it would complain. Even as their responsibilities seemingly increase year after year, while its funding decreases, the men and women of the Coast Guard persevere and succeed at whatever they’re tasked with. 

In our co...

2014-07-31 14:30:04
The Allure of Aloha
story & photos by Guy R. Maher

For many helicopter pilots, the beauty, culture, and lifestyle unique to the Hawaiian Islands are all the reasons they need to make flight seeing here their career end game....



For most of us, the word Aloha is generally understood as being the Hawaiian term to use when saying either goodbye or hello. But for Hawaiians, it’s far more than that simple definition. Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, peace, compassion, and mercy. Accordingly, the “spirit of Aloha” can mean a way of life — an inner feeling that is so much more than a simple greeting.

I have been blessed to have travelled to many beautiful locations, foreign and domestic, and I...

2014-07-30 09:25:41
Support from the Air
story & photos by Skip Robinson

The Ontario Police Department in Southern California is one of the more recent law enforcement agencies to develop the once rare airborne-use-of-force option....



With an increase in active-shooter scenarios and homeland security/terrorist concerns, more and more police aviation units around the United States have been looking at developing the ability to provide aerial rifle support from their aircraft. The concept covers scenarios ranging from an active shooter having vulnerable ground officers pinned down, to a hidden sniper poised to fire on unsuspecting targets. In situations like this, police aviation units would be able to provide a reasonable force option from the air.


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