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How Helicopters Save Lives

The Heli Expo has come and gone, but it was an incredible experience as per the usual. This is where the global helicopter industry gathers to build professionals, networks, and solutions. Together we celebrate helicopters as a united community of pilots and aviation geeks. The Abingdon Co. had a blast and had fun reconnecting with our flight friends.

Helicopters do more than simply tour you around or serve as a solution to get from point A to point B. They save lives in a big way, the perfect example of this is life flight. Life flight was originally proposed by a woman in the aviation industry in the 1960’s, suggesting that helicopters be used to carry those who are severely injured and don’t have the perceived life-span (or are in a precarious position) to make a trip by ambulance to the hospital.Life Flight began with one helicopter, which was built on early technology and carried all the lifesaving equipment that could fit in a single medical bag. The Life Flight aircraft, all painted red, have an average cruising speed of 150 mph, and have the instrumentation for pilots to zip into weather so soupy they can’t see through it. They can get to you when the odds seem impossible. And this is how life flight saves lives.


Next, let’s take a look at the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is made of of dauntless individuals that put their lives on the line to save others. Search and rescue is one of the primary functions they preform and it is with the use of helicopters that saving people can happen when out in the ocean. The Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawk is a multi-mission, twin-engine, medium-range helicopter is the standard use helicopter for the coast guard and other military branches due to durability. A commissioned vessel is referred to in the Coast Guard as a “Cutter.” The bravery of those in the Coast Guard is another example of how helicopters save lives.


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