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July 21, 2023 US Navy | Flying the TH-73A Thrasher

Vertical Valor recently visited Naval Air Station Whiting Field for an exclusive update on the introduction of the new TH-73A Thrasher undergraduate training helicopter — one of the most important current U.S. military procurement programs.

July 13, 2023 Denver Police Department | Bell 407 GXi ‘AIR1’

Denver Police Air Support Unit’s team of just three officers combine years of policing experience and expert flying in difficult conditions to provide vital air cover to their colleagues on the ground.

May 25, 2023 PJ Helicopters: Lifting the standard

Discover how PJ Helicopters, a prominent utility helicopter operator based in Red Bluff, CA, has achieved remarkable success by prioritizing its customers. From humble beginnings as a fixed-wing crop duster in 1968, PJ Helicopters has evolved into a leading player in the industry. Join us as we delve into their journey, exploring their pioneering work in utility, forestry, and construction, their commitment to safety and innovation, their diverse fleet of helicopters, and their focus on customer service. Learn how PJ Helicopters has lifted the standard in the industry and continues to thrive through a customer-centric approach.

May 25, 2023 Miraculous fishing boat rescue in treacherous Alaskan waters | U.S. Coast Guard SAR

Brace yourself for an adrenaline-fueled adventure as we witness the incredible efforts of U.S. Coast Guard air crews in Kodiak, Alaska. In this gripping SAR case, the crew of the fishing boat Privateer faces imminent danger near Whittier, as icy waves threaten to dash their vessel against the rocky shores of Esther Island. Join the heroic U.S. Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew as they battle the elements, doubt, and a race against time to save lives.

May 8, 2023 Royal Canadian Air Force — Declaring MAJAID

Declaring MAJAID: Search-and-rescue technicians of the RCAF regularly parachute into mass casualty exercises. On occasion, techs, aircrews and supporting units that are flying CH-146 Griffon and CC-130 Hercules aircraft train for the nightmare scenario — a major air disaster in the High North.

April 20, 2023 Patrolling Calgary, Alberta with Airbus H125 Helicopters — HAWCS

There’s no such thing as a typical day for the officers at the Calgary Police Services Air Support Unit, commonly known as the Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety (HAWCS). We go behind-the-scenes with them for the upcoming Spring Issue of Vertical Valor magazine.

April 17, 2023 United States Coast Guard — Flying the MH-65E Dolphin

As well as being one of its country’s Armed Forces, the U.S. Coast Guard is also a regulatory agency and a law enforcement organization. But it is in its search-and-rescue duties that the risks and rewards are most finely balanced. We go behind-the-scenes with crews at Air Station San Francisco to learn more about their life saving operations using the Airbus MH-65E Dolphin helicopter.

April 14, 2023 Eagle Copters — Spreading Its Wings

Eagle Copters has grown from a leasing business with a single helicopter to a company that offers an extensive lease fleet and full turnkey solutions for aviation customers around the world. Read more about the company in the upcoming issue of Vertical Magazine. Find it here: https://verticalmag.com/issues/

April 14, 2023 VAT 300L Hummingbird — Vertical Aviation Technologies

For more than 30 years Vertical Aviation Technologies has been selling kits based on the Sikorsky S-52-3, a model that made its first flight in 1951. Three-quarters of a century later, the S-52 lives on as the VAT 300L Hummingbird, a four-place amateur-build helicopter that preserves the basic design and rotor system of the S-52, with a host of modern improvements.

March 24, 2023 Lilium Jet hits targeted maximum speed

The Phoenix 2 Lilium Jet technology demonstrator recently passed an important milestone, reaching its maximum speed for the aircraft at 136 knots (250 kilometers per hour or 155 miles per hour).

March 20, 2023 Watch AutoFlight’s longest distance eVTOL flight

AutoFlight has claimed the record for the longest distance eVTOL flight, with a distance of 250 kilometers (155 miles) on a single charge of the aircraft’s lithium-ion batteries. The flight took place on Feb. 23 at AutoFlight’s eVTOL testing facility.