Unlike airplanes, helicopters can stand still in the air, sometimes fly backwards and even land where there is no runway. With these capabilities, they can be used in a variety of ways, including as lifesavers:
Equipped for intensive care, helicopters can transport patients whose lungs or heart need artificial support, for example, or patients suffering from COVID-19 who need to be transferred.
Rescue helicopters can also operate in extreme weather conditions and rescue injured mountaineers from crevasses, for example. Or if a ship is in trouble at sea, the crew can be lifted into the helicopter via a winch.
In action for greater safety: police helicopters are equipped with thermal imaging and daylight cameras that enable observation and surveillance even at night.
Maintenance of offshore sites
Provided with the appropriate equipment, helicopters transport technicians and spare parts, for example, to wind turbines on the open sea.
Military transport and support missions
Precisely because of their versatility, helicopters play an essential role for the air force, army and navy. They cover the entire spectrum of military operations.