For helicopter manufacturers, Southeast Asia is an ideal romping ground. It is a vast, increasingly wealthy region with challenging terrain and often shoddy infrastructure. A thriving resources sector has meant that, up until a few years ago, there was solid demand for high-value, large-capacity helicopters. Despite challenges in the resources sector, the region is still getting richer. Growing wealth and business activity has been good news for helicopters tasked with VIP transport, utility and sightseeing, but there is a clear outlier: helicopter emergency medical services (EMS).
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