The Bell 407GXi utilizes the latest variant of the Rolls-Royce M250 engine, which comes with a dual channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC) fuel management system. Peter Handley Photo
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iPowered: Flying the Bell 407GXi

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Operated by Timberline Helicopters, this Sikorsky UH-60A+is one of more than 40 Black Hawks being flown by 28 operators in the U.S. Ammy Jorgenson Photo
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Modifying the Black Hawk

A lineman completes a transfer onto a tower from Slave Lake Helicopters Airbus H125. The company uses its custom-designed AStep to perform these operations. Heath Moffatt Photo
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Utility innovator: Slave Lake Helicopters

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GES: Saving lives in the Canary Islands

An Aerolite medical interior for the Airbus H145. “With new or updated helicopters coming to market and being introduced, Aerolite is constantly answering to development trends,” said Aerolite America’s Hans Bretscher. Nicolas Gouhier/Airbus Photo
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New trends in air medical interiors

Brainerd Helicopters was the first civilian operator of the Black Hawk, ultimately launching an operation that carried the Firehawk name. Dan Megna Photo
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The Black Hawk at 40: Part 5

Classic is committed to developing highly skilled pilots and places a priority on training, technology, risk assessment and instrument flying proficiency. Dan Megna Photo
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A classic act: Classic Air Medical

The Air Force’s aging fleet of HH-60Gs will be replaced by the new-generation HH-60W. Skip Robinson Photo
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The Black Hawk at 40: Part 4

The MH-60S has a blend of UH-60M and MH-60R attributes. It has two doors on each side, a tail wheel, and an MH-60R rotorhead and avionics to achieve as much cockpit commonality as possible. Skip Robinson Photo
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The Black Hawk at 40: Part 3

Introduced in 1989, the uprated UH-60L "Lima" had a 20 percent increase in power and could carry 1,000 lb. (450 kg) more payload than the last UH-60As Sikorsky built. They were widely deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Graham Lavery Photo
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The Black Hawk at 40: Part 2

In the past 40 years, Sikorsky has delivered more than 4,000 members of the Black Hawk family, with that fleet collectively logging more than 14 million flight hours. Ted Carlson Photo
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The Black Hawk at 40: Part 1

The three Sikorsky S-51 helicopters purchased by Helicopter Air Transport at the Sikorsky Plant in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1946. These aircraft represented Sikorsky’s first commercial helicopter sales. Sikorsky Archives Photo
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The first operator: Helicopter Air Transport

Bell has now delivered more than 100 505s to customers around the world. It expects to deliver 150 of the type in 2019 alone. Bell Photo
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The X Academy: Flight training for the 505

Getting on and off Air Zermatt’s helicopter – an Airbus AS350 B3 – while it was in hover flight was the very first and most essential exercise in the company’s alpine HEMS training course. Tomas Kika Photo
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Mountain rescue school: Air Zermatt

Collaboration between operators is key to improving safety, said HAC’s Fred Jones. Mike Reyno Photo
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HAC president spotlights critical issues

An Airbus AS350 B3 and AS332 C Super Puma belonging to Norwegian company Airlift AS. The utility operator has 14 AStars in its fleet, but just one Super Puma. Anthony Pecchi Photo
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Powered up: Airlift AS