The efficiency of a helicopter
In the western world, helicopters are taken for granted. They are the “pack animals” for all kinds of transport and are well known for their search and rescue capabilities.
In 1971, when Helimission began to use helicopters in the inaccessible and remote areas of Africa, it was a daring endeavor from anyone’s point of view, and this new concept had yet to be proven. There were people, however, who believed in this vision and supported it. Today the foundation is still supported and funded by faithful benefactors.
The cost of flights for disaster operations and for medical emergencies are borne by Helimission. For other services we usually only charge the price of the fuel.
The helicopters are regularly inspected, repaired and serviced. The mechanics are responsible for making sure that the helicopters operate smoothly. That is why Helimission attaches great importance to the good education and further training of licensed aircraft mechanics.
(Example: EASA Part-66 licence B1.3)
BEST POSSIBLE SECURITY
The help we offer to those in need is flown mostly in inaccessible and remote areas. This demands a lot of skill and ability from our pilots. In general, helicopters are very reliable and safe aircraft. However, even with the best maintenance, technical problems can arise during a flight. In the event of a power failure, the pilot can make an emergency landing in a relatively small area without any damage to the helicopter by means of an autorotation. Autorotation is part of the basic training of every helicopter pilot and is practiced regularly.