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Two Steps Forward. Air Zermatt’s New B429 
Swiss company Air Zermatt’s rescues comprise mainly ski accidents, including around 30 crevasse rescues each year, while avalanches are also common when the snow-levels are light. It is therefore a given that operations are predominantly carried out in the most challenging type of mountain flying conditions.

Felix Baumgartner
Standing on Top of the World
HeliOps Publisher Ned Dawson spent a day flying with Felix in the Austrian mountains in one of Heli Austria’s AS350D2s. Ned chatted with Felix about his ‘other’ life as a helicopter pilot.

How Do you Train for What Happens When you Lose a Critical System?
What actions should you take? What is most important? What does the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) say? What should you do first?

Lutz Bertling
President and CEO of Eurocopter
Eurocopter celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2012; originally formed from the merger of Germanys Messerschmitt Bölkow Blohm (MBB) and France’s Aérospatiale in 1992 the company is now the largest OEM in the helicopter business. 
Alan Norris travelled to Paris to talk to Lutz Bertling, President and CEO of Eurocopter about the company’s last twelve months and what 2013 holds.

The Shepherd’s Eye
While the Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin steamed at 14 knots in 10-foot Southern Ocean swells, just off the ice shelf of Antarctica, 24 year-old Patrick O’Donoghue was the very first pilot to land on her helideck.

Russian Rescue Standard
Alex Mladenov examines both current and future aspects of the rotorcraft fleet of Russia’s all-encompassing parapublic disaster relief and firefighting authority.

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