A Swiss Helicopter Guimbal Cabri G2 holds a hover in front of a typically-dramatic Swiss backdrop. The operator, formed from the amalgamation of six different companies in 2012, has become a major presence in the landlocked Central European country.

Extreme Utility: Swiss Helicopter


The aircraft flew 101 hours at various altitudes and in different temperatures over the course of the campaign, with the highest of its 350 landings at 18,800 feet.

AW119Kx Koala completes demo tour in Himalayas


Airbus Helicopters Canada purchased an additive manufacturing machine two years ago, and uses it to make ABS plastic parts — primarily for creating prototypes, but also for manufacturing jigs and basic checking tools. Vitek Zawada Photo

The Shape of things to Come

A P&WC engineer assembles a PW206C at the manufacturer's plant in Longueuil. P&WC Photo

Power People: Pratt & Whitney Canada

A Sikorsky S-70, here armed with 2.75-inch air-to-surface rockets (at left in the photo) and an AGM-114 Hellfire air-tosurface missile (right), was transformed overnight from a civil utility/firefighting machine into a lethal battlefield warrior.

Gunship To Go

The 505 received type certification from Transport Canada on Dec. 21, and approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency is expected to follow “very soon” according to 505 program manager LaShan Bonaparte. Bell Photo

Bell gears up for 505 entry into service

The H160 was ferry flown to the cold weather testing site in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, in December 2016, and began flight trials in the first week of January. Jerome Deulin Photos

H160 completes cold weather trials

EASA authorized the AS332 L2 and H225 Super Pumas to fly again on Oct. 7, issuing an Airworthiness Directive (AD) that ordered operators to complete the actions described in Airbus's EASB, as well as mandating a life reduction and more frequent inspection for certain parts in the MGB. Anthony Pecchi Photo

FAA clears Super Puma for return to service

Erickson Incorporated says normal operations are expected to continue without interruption during this process. Skip Robinson Photo

Erickson Incorporated files Chapter 11

A Sky-Futures unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) deployment team member releases an aircraft off the helipad of an offshore platform. The company uses a variety of UAVs for different work, but its current offshore UAV is the AscTec Falcon 8. Sky-Futures Photo

Remotely Powered

Helicopter sitting on Heliwagon

Customer-focused innovation 

A PJ Helicopters Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk prepares to collect water during a firefighting operation. The company is one of several to take advantage of the recent availability of Black Hawks in the civilian marketplace.

The Black Hawk’s New Life

Recent accident reports out of New Zealand have raised new questions about the causes of mast bumping accidents in Robinson helicopters

Undetermined Reasons