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?

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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

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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

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Greenland’s SAR responders

Map or app? A pilot from the Royal Navy’s 849 Naval Air Squadron uses the app whilst on a navigational sortie from Cornwall to the Oxfordshire area. Lloyd Horgan Photo
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Airbox Systems: Safety net

Exhaust pours from the engines of a Finnish Border Guard Bell 412 as its crew flies above the most dominant features of Rovaniemi landscape, snow and trees. Lloyd Horgan Photo
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Cold frontier: The Finnish Border Guard

"Helicopters are always in high demand, and the ability to evacuate soldiers that have serious injuries quickly . . . is always going to be an in-demand capability. So this is just the continued evolution of the Chinook," said LCol Darryl Adams. Mike Reyno Photo
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Chinook to the rescue