The unique abilities of the helicopter make it ideally suited to the support of mining exploration in difficult terrain, particularly where there are environmental concerns. Many years of joint field operations with a wide variety of aircraft operators have ensured that the drilling equipment that Falcon designs and uses is optimized for helicopter transport. Senior company personnel have extensive backgrounds in helicopter operations as both pilots and engineers and have applied this experience to the design of the drilling equipment. The illustrations and tables below provide performance data relevant to some of the aircraft in common use today. This information has been obtained from respected sources such as the helicopter manufacturers and various operators. However, as operators configure their machines differently and optimize them for particular operations these figures may vary. Always check with your proposed service supplier prior to making a final judgment.