Flying in the mountains brings with it the challenge of difficult conditions, as shown by this photo of Pellissier Helicopters AS350B3 Ecureuil l-PHAX (msn 7828) operating in the Sestriere-Sauze d'Oulx dropping off a DaisyBell system.
An Ecureuil airlifts equipment and material to prepare the installation of the Gazex avalanche exploder system, pictured to the left.
Close co-operation is required between pilots and ground teams working on the mountains.
An AS350B3 Ecureuil with a DaisyBell. The avalanche caused by the detonation from the device can be seen on the slopes below.
An AS350B3 Ecureuil in the hover with a 60m-long line lifting the bracket and semi-permanent module for the O'BellX system at altitude.
The size of the DaisyBell system is apparent when pictured next to the AS350B3 Ecureuil that will carry it.
Equipment and material for Gazex installation, including a gas storage tank, is air-lifted to altitude by an AS350B3 Ecureuil.
Airgreen Ecureuil AS350B3 l-AIRK (msn 3276) working at altitude with the Matterhorn in the background.
The K-MAX can lift 6,000lb (2,700kg), more than its empty weight, and is quiet, manoeuvrable and generates little downwash.
A Gazextube is airlifted into position by a K-MAX, the tube hanging on a 60m-long-line cable. The tube must be lifted at the correct angle to enable it to be coupled with the base, and the level of tolerance is only two degrees.
Rotex Helicopter AG Kaman K-MAX HB-ZGK (c/n A94-0026) undergoing pre-flight checks in the Cervinia-Matterhorn area before lifting its cargo.