November 15, 2020

The Lazy T Ranch is several thousand acres of pasture, hayfields, rolling hills, and dramatic canyons 10 miles southeast of Ten Sleep, Wyoming, as the crow flies. Or, in this case, as the Airbus AS350 B3e flies. The ranch uses the helicopter to monitor fences and outbuildings, locate cattle, and haul equipment and supplies with a newly acquired hook that can also carry a Bambi Bucket, in case wildfire strikes.

Read More: Kaman K-1200 K-Max
June 03, 2020

Rotak Helicopter Services, founded in 2016 to serve the telecommunications sector in Alaska, specializes in precision external-load ops. The company has since expanded to projects nationwide, including helping rebuild Puerto Rico’s infrastructure after Hurricane Maria.

Starting with a Eurocopter AS350 B2, the Rotak fleet now includes a Robinson R44 and R22, one MD Helicopters MD 500D, and three Kaman K-Max helicopters, two of which are from Kaman’s reopened production line.

In this image, a newer Rotak K-Max places one of 80-plus fan units, some weighing over 5,000 lb., on the roof of the Las Vegas (Nevada) Convention Center expansion. This project turned out to be the largest number of “picks” ever conducted along the Las Vegas Strip.

Read More: T&M Aviation’s Bell 206B-3
January 15, 2020

Ron Wolf founded T&M Aviation in Abbeville, Louisiana, two decades ago, focusing on agricultural aerial applications. The company has since expanded to include weed-control spraying for forestry companies, firefighting as well as controlled burns, and a host of miscellaneous services such as aerial photography, training, and support. Licensed for spraying in 30 states—T&M has sprayed for gypsy moths at Camp David, the president’s retreat in Frederick County, Maryland—the company’s mainstay business is still aerial application. This Bell 206B-3 is one of five aircraft in T&M’s fleet (another B-3, two Bell 206L-3s, and an L-4 make up the rest). It‘s shown here outside the company’s hangars at Abbeville Chris Crusta Memorial Airport (KIYA).

Read More: Hiller Aviation Group, Inc.
December 10, 2019

After a stint in the US Army, Michael Tragarz made a 44-year career of aviation, eventually retiring from American Airlines as a captain. In 2000, while still flying commercially, he refurbished his first Hiller helicopter. Tragarz is now not just the proud owner of seven of those machines—including this, the only flying UH-12-E4/5 in the world—he’s also CEO of Hiller Aviation Group, Inc.