Skip to main content



25 January - The American company Columbia Helicopters Inc. sells the Kawasaki-Vertol 107-II N185CH to Heliswiss International. The large helicopter coming from Turkey lands at Locarno airport during the ferry flight Istanbul - Hältikon. Its purchase was decided because of the uncertainty caused by the sanctions imposed on Russia. Powered by two General Electric CT58-140-2, the large helicopter with tandem rotors can reach a maximum speed of 148 knots (274 km/h). Depending on the weather conditions, it has a lifting capacity at the barycentric hook between 3,500 and 4,400 kg. Its spacious cabin can accommodate up to 17 passengers.