Air crane operations
Our pilots and rigging crews have a great deal of experience performing rooftop installations under all types of conditions and situations. Precision slinging of HV air-conditioning units, generators, liquid containers, communications antennas and large, heavy equipment onto rooftops of high-rise buildings in built-up areas are regularly undertaken. Often, these jobs involve multiple lifts in order to remove old equipment as well as deliver new components. In some cases, equipment must be lowered through openings in a building’s roof. It is not uncommon for nearby buildings to tower over the aircraft as it delivers its load.
Experience, skill and pre-planning are crucial to ensure a safe operation while achieving the minimum downtime for equipment to be in transit. We pre-plan all lifts and train the customer’s personnel on what each person’s role is on each lift as well as safety and emergency procedures. Our personnel, when allocated to a project, works alongside the project leader to determine the safest practices and the most suitable techniques to achieve maximum efficiency for the customer.
Our helicopters perform construction support in places where installations would otherwise be impossible, thereby overcoming expensive road construction and environmental restrictions. Our pilots perform these tasks with the necessary precision to provide a cost effective alternative to more traditional construction methods. Setting steel is one of the more specialized areas that require the highest level of precision and experience. Our flying crews have gained this experience over the years, constructing communication towers and setting structural steel.
The size of the specific project or detail to be completed will dictate the most effective helicopter to be utilised. Different aspects pertaining to construction have been employed and numerous creative ideas are being explored and developed.
Typical services include but are not limited to
- Complete tower assemblies’ placement or pole planting.
- Precision placement of objects onto high-rise buildings and many others.
- Radio mast/antennae installations or repairs.
Aerial photography/air filming
Still and motion picture photographic work captured from a helicopter is unequalled. Our mounts are certified for the following systems:
- FLIR Systems
- Israel Aircraft Industries
- Polytech Inc
- Wescam Inc
- Water bucketing: We have multiple Bambi buckets available 800 – 1300 lt
- Hazard reduction
- Crew insertion – inside the cabin or live human external cargo
- Aerial fire surveillance
- FLIR (Forward Looking Infra Red) imaging device for detecting hotspots in seemingly dormant fires
- Slinging operations - Long line, cargo nets and strops for equipment insertion
Medical evacuation/patient transfers
With certified emergency evacuation stretchers deployed with our helicopters onto task, our helicopters serve as multi-tasking platforms. Our customers now have the added benefit to have their personnel evacuated to the nearest medical facility in the event of an injury to one of their personnel, normally in very distant and inaccessible locations.