If you look up the word “multi-mission” in the dictionary, chances are you won’t see a helicopter alongside it. But you should, because there are few transportation platforms as multi-mission capable. In the real world, the words “helicopter” and “multi- mission” are synonymous.
“I’ve heard people describe helicopters as ‘the SUVs of the air,’” says James Viola,
president/CEO of Helicopter Association International (HAI). “The industry’s constant drive to create platforms that are as light as possible while using the most powerful engines available has resulted in highly flexible aircraft that can be adapted to multiple tasks, carry all kinds of loads internally and externally, and perform so many functions so well.”