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Ropes, nets and bags


At the beginning the ropes were made of twisted hemp. Nowadays the so called "ropes" are actually polyester endless round slings of variable length. For the transportation of logs (logging) the helicopter companies usually use chocker cables. The cable suspended to the ventral hook of the helicopter can have a variable length. Some of these cables, as for example, the "long line" used for logging operations, are electrically released by the pilot.

Nets and bags

The net is a widely used equipment. On the market there are nets of different sizes. The biggest are usually used to transport hay from the mountains to hay-lofts. The others are used to transport supplies, equipments, furniture, firewood, etc. Modern nets are made with synthetic materials and are extremely light and resistant.

In picture 1 taken in 1966, the Agusta-Bell 47G3B-1 HB-XBY in service with Eliticino transports a metal panel intended for the construction of a television repeater on Mount Sumbraida (Italy).

In picture 2 Jean-Pierre Füllemann prepares to hook up a net containing supplies for a hut to the Bell 47G3B-1 HB-XBT.

Picture 3 shows Heliswiss' Agusta-Bell 204B HB-XCG carrying metal panels.

Picture 4 shows the SA 315B Lama HB-XMC lifting a heli-bag.

Nowadays to save time and money helicopter companies suggest the use of the “heli-bag", a light big bag of variable volume made of polypropylene. With this equipment, which is usually sold with a nylon rope, the customer can calmly prepare his cargo. Heli-bags are now widely used for a large variety of transportations.

HAB 12/2009