Up for Debate
by Elan Head
More than four years after Canada began the contentious process of updating its flight and duty time regulations, the aviation industry is still struggling to find common ground.
Big Change at 'Big Orange'
By Oliver Johnson
Following two major acquisitions in 2013, a new Erickson was born. Vertical visited the manufacturer’s Oregon facilities to find out what the future holds for this most diverse of companies.
story by Elan Head | photos courtesy of Kaman
The single-seat, heavy-lift Kaman K-MAX is a helicopter unlike any other. Elan Head learned what it takes to fly it — becoming the world’s first female K-MAX pilot in the process.
Starting from Scratch
story & photos by Mike Reyno
Over the past four years, the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard has been building a military helicopter capability from the ground up. Vertical visited their corner of the Caribbean to learn what that takes.
by Guy R. Maher | Photos by Sheldon Cohen
Vertical test pilot Guy Maher gets behind the controls of the Eagle 407HP — and finds an aircraft that performs like a workhorse on steroids.
Vertical's Search for the Top 10 Helicopters of All Time
by Kenneth I. Swartz
We asked, and you voted — in your thousands. Here are the results of our survey to find your favorite civil helicopters.
A New Legacy
story by Guy R. Maher | photos by Mike Reyno
The venerable Bell 412 has learned some high-tech tricks from its younger brother, the Bell 429, and in doing so has gained a new lease on life.
Stand Out Performer
by Oliver Johnson
From search-and-rescue to car chases on film sets, Talon Helicopters’ missions are as diverse as the Vancouver landscape over which it flies.
Eastern Promise: Helicopter expansion in China, India and Russia
by Andrew D. Parker
Western OEMs have long predicted the emergence of China and India as major rotary wing markets, and the opening up of Russia to foreign manufacturers. Here, they tell Vertical how they are placing themselves to capture this growth — and when they think these markets will mature.
Orange County Fire & Rescue
story and photos by Skip Robinson
Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the air operations section of Orange County Fire Authority continues its evolution with ever-increasing capabilities.