Some copters are better than others. While the South African Air Force’s fleet of Agusta 109 helicopters remain grounded due to a lack of funds to operate them, helicopters used for President Jacob Zuma and other VIPs remain flying, reports Business Day Live.

A whole new meaning to the word chopper. Cleveland’s FirstEnergy has hired South Carolina-based Rotor Blade to use helicopters with aerial saws to trim trees near high-voltage transmission lines, reports

Helicopters as targets. A pilot flying for Iowa-based Vista Helicopter says someone shot at him while he was crop dusting a corn field, reports the Des Moines Register. A suspect has been identified, but not arrested. A 37-year-old pilot faces jail time for allegedly shooting up a helicopter at a remote mining camp in Dease Lake, B.C., reports the Edmonton Journal.

Helicopter rescues, part one. Vancouver, Canada’s North Shore Rescue was called to save a man who got stranded on a narrow cliff ledge on one of Burke Mountain’s trails, reports North Shore News. A California Highway Patrol helicopter was used to help with the search and rescue of a lost mountain biker Saturday in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, reports the Napa Valley Register.

Helicopter rescues, part two. A helicopter operated by Solent Coastguard’s search and rescue manages to pull a fisherman out of the waters off the Isle of Wight after his boat sank, reports Portsmouth U.K.’s The News. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter was used to rescue four migrants who jumped off a cliff west of Rio Rico, Mexico.,  while trying to enter the United States, reports Nogales International.



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