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External Load Operations


When the road ends, our helicopters are capable of light lift work delivering your equipment, tools, products and materials with maximum efficiency. Precision and production techniques can be utilized for load placement in urban and remote settings with long lines up to 250 feet in length. We realize the importance of delivering efficient and safe longline flying to our customers. With prior proper planning, a helicopter can move thousands of pounds of product or equipment in a day. This use of a helicopter can exponentially increase our customer's productivity.


External cargo can be carried by a variety of attaching means

  • External Cargo Basket
  • Cargo Net for Soft Goods
  • Cargo Boxes
  • Slings & Straps
  • Electric Remote Hooks
  • Grapple Hooks
  • Barrel Slings


Uses for the helicopter in the external load profile include

  • Precision Long Line Placement
  • HVAC & Rooftop Support
  • Remote Worksite Support
  • Agency ERAD Support
  • Remote Repeater Site Support
  • Christmas Tree Harvest
  • Fir Bough Harvest
  • Steep Slope Seedling Placement
  • Log Landing Support
  • Fire Fighting Support


Apex Helicopters is authorized to carry certain hazardous materials via external load. This option provides customers with efficient and safe transportation of their products.