With the efficient helicopters of Air Zermatt, we can help you to meet your schedule. Air Zermatt flies all the construction material directly to your construction site.
Transportation of materials
Surprising as it may seem, the helicopter is the cheapest means of transport today, so it’s hardly surprising that more and more people choose to transport materials by helicopter. Whether you want to build a chalet in a remote location or you need to carry out repairs to your mountain hut, we will solve your transportation problems.
With its bases in Raron and Zermatt, Air Zermatt is very flexible and can be there fast. With one Lama helicopter and five Ecureuil B3 helicopters, we can certainly accommodate you.
The majority of the air hours flown by Air Zermatt are taken up by the transportation of materials (approx. 60%). Included in this is the transportation of materials (concrete, iron, wood, etc.) to sites in the mountains for the construction of buildings, Swiss Alpine Club mountain huts, water supply facilities, avalanche defences, cable-cars, chairlifts and draglifts, including assembling masts and mounting cables.
MOUNTAIN HUTS: SAC OR PRIVATE
These days it is no longer just mountaineers who enjoy the advantages of Swiss Alpine Club huts. These mountain huts, most of which are situated at impressive heights, are also a popular destination for hikers. Due to the high demand, mainly on weekends, hut attendants and their assistants would often run into food shortages if there weren't any helicopters, which can fly food and other materials to even the remotest corners in just a few minutes. Waste is taken away on the return flight and disposed of professionally in the valley below. Thirsty and hungry hikers and mountaineers have the hut warden and Air Zermatt crew to thank for this alpine hospitality.
AVALANCHE BARRIERS: PROTECTING PEOPLE AND NATURE
In the past, avalanche barriers were very time-consuming – and extremely dangerous – to build. With its powerful helicopters, Air Zermatt can carry out such work in just a few hours. We have safely, quickly and affordably installed some 4,000 avalanche barrier systems in the last 10 years.
TRANSPORTING FELLED WOOD: PROTECTING PEOPLE AND NATURE
For several years now, considerable attention has been paid to caring for forests and ensuring their recovery. In order for the forest to maintain its role as a protective forest, provider of raw materials and recreation area, felled wood is flown out of the forest every year. This can be wood that is intentionally felled, which helps rejuvenate the tree population, as well as wood that has to be cut down due to wind damage, heavy snowfall or beetle infestation. As transporting felled wood is considered to be the most dangerous type of air transport work, it requires the utmost attention from the pilots as well as the ground crew until the very last rotation.
ASSEMBLY WORK: DEMAND FOR PRECISION
In the past, cranes were very expensive and time-consuming to erect or required the use of winches. Today, the helicopter has become indispensable for assembling or installing cable cars, ski lifts, telecommunication antennas, television towers, transmission towers and, more recently, cell phone towers. This saves a considerable amount of time and money.
Assembly flights are also used in modular construction: In this new way of constructing homes, the wooden structures are usually prefabricated in the factory, which reduces the time spent at the building site, increases quality, makes it easier to adhere to deadlines, and simplifies interface coordination. It also reduces building site emissions.
Our flight assistants and pilots are on the building site for you every day. Whether for building conversions, modular construction, roof renovations, pipework construction or large support structures – we have the right specialists for you no matter the structure.
MAINTENANCE FLIGHTS: WORK AND REPAIR PLATFORM
For many years now, Air Zermatt has been asked again and again to help with the maintenance, repair or installation of different overhead power lines. Thanks to its modified rescue platform, Air Zermatt is also now asked by various companies to replace defective construction sleeves, cables or marker balls.
An advantage of the work and repair platform is that technicians can move freely along the platform and can even bring various tools onto it to help them with their work.