Cover Photo by Mark Bennett/HAI

Rotak Helicopter Services, founded in 2016 to serve the telecommunications sector in Alaska, specializes in precision external-load ops. The company has since expanded to projects nationwide, including helping rebuild Puerto Rico’s infrastructure after Hurricane Maria.

Starting with a Eurocopter AS350 B2, the Rotak fleet now includes a Robinson R44 and R22, one MD Helicopters MD 500D, and three Kaman K-Max helicopters, two of which are from Kaman’s reopened production line.

In this image, a newer Rotak K-Max places one of 80-plus fan units, some weighing over 5,000 lb., on the roof of the Las Vegas (Nevada) Convention Center expansion. This project turned out to be the largest number of “picks” ever conducted along the Las Vegas Strip.

Author

  • Mark Bennett worked for McDonnell Douglas Helicopter/Boeing for a decade, then in 1999 cofounded an aerospace-only marketing agency. With nearly 30 years of photography and design experience serving the aerospace and defense industries, he founded AeroMark Images to shoot and write for both industry and media.

Mark Bennett

Mark Bennett

Mark Bennett worked for McDonnell Douglas Helicopter/Boeing for a decade, then in 1999 cofounded an aerospace-only marketing agency. With nearly 30 years of photography and design experience serving the aerospace and defense industries, he founded AeroMark Images to shoot and write for both industry and media.