In the high stakes and high-pressure world of aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul, along with flight operations departments, having the right tool for the job is imperative.
Helicopters are perhaps the tremendous revolutionary technology in aviation since powered flight, and certainly have proven to be one of the most important evolutionary processes of powered flight.
Much of the focus of aircraft tug technology has gone to technology and units geared primarily toward private jets, turboprops, and general aviation, and it makes perfect sense.
We often fall victim to the fallacy that there is only one way of doing something, that all methods of movement have been discovered and summarily implemented.
Aircraft ground support equipment is designed to last for years. Many years of hard use, years of unrelenting physical conditions, years of abuse at the hands of inexperienced operators.
The early part of 2020 left us all with images that we could never have imagined beforehand and hopefully will never be experienced again. Perhaps the most iconic imagery of the year were endless rows of grounded airliners, sitting static and mothballed as there were no travelers to speak of the world over.
The past year has taught us a lot of lessons about patience, flexibility, adaptability, and perseverance, whether we wanted to learn them or not. But this was all done under the hope that the downturn in aviation would be a temporary one.
The world is now a year into the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has deeply impacted all facets of life. Perhaps no other industry has been harder hit overall than the aviation industry, particularly the airline industry. Airlines fell very hard last spring and have had some difficulty recovering since.
The single feature that makes wheeled helicopters favorable to a fixed-wing under all circumstances is vertical takeoff and landing. If an operator does not need this capability, there is no advantage in a helicopter over a fixed-wing of comparable size and scope.
Three years ago, we ran an article looking at the private jet and charter jet market and the market's key players. It was well-received, and in light of the changes in the aviation landscape from a highly volatile year in 2020, we are offering an update. Despite the airline markets utterly tanking, private and charter aviation did have some bright spots.