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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

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The Modular Egress Training Simulator (METS) at SSUSA’s headquarters in Groton, Connecticut, is a 6,500-pound device that can be configured to represent a range of different aircraft types, both fixed- and rotary-wing. SSUSA also has a separate simulator to represent aircraft with tandem seating, such as the AH-64 Apache. Eric Adams Photo
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Dunking Practice: Underwater egress training

The department is aiming to fly 1,400 flight hours in 2018. Mike Reyno Photo
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A Nova Scotian service

Maintenance engineers inspect the main rotor hub of a Sikorsky S-92. The manufacturer has used HUMS data to extend the part’s service life in the past, and is now using that data to predict negative events. Heath Moffatt Photo
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Predictive maintenance: Future-proof?

With the Chinook’s quick transit time and the ability to fill the Kawak/Billings internal firefighting tank system in less than 30 seconds, Billings is able to put more water on a fire at a greater rate than ever before. Skip Robinson Photo
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Blazing a trail: Billings Flying Service

Robinson’s new external cargo hook kit for the R66 can be ordered with optional bubble windows for either side of the aircraft. The large windows provide plenty of room for the pilot to look out and down, even with a helmet on. Skip Robinson Photo
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New tricks for the R66

Safely deploying divers from a helicopter demands specialized equipment and procedures. The New York City Police Department Air & Sea Rescue Unit has expertise in diver deployments honed over years of practice. Sheldon Cohen Photo
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Beyond the FRAT: learn to say no

Doug Froebe in the pilot seat during a run-up test of the original Froebe helicopter during the fall of 1938. Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada Photo
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Vertical Rewind: The flying Froebes

The FinnHEMS Airbus H145 based at the Rovaniemi base is the only one in the world to be fitted with a proprietary 800-kilogram extended-range fuel tank. Lloyd Horgan Photo
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High priority: FinnHEMS

SKY now has an R66 Newscopter in its fleet. Its smoothness in flight, power, and extra space are proving popular. Skip Robinson Photo
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Brand loyalty: SKY Helicopters

Helitrades technician Jean-Roger Lalonde is shown disassembling a Bell 206 hydraulic servo. Peter Handley Photo
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The Helitrades way