In a groundbreaking event for European agriculture, Heli-Lift Services pioneered the use of helicopters for treating grapevines in Cyprus. Following the Cypriot success they went on to treat vineyards in the historical Douro Valley, Portugal.
A number of the Port Vineyards date from a time before modern machinery was conceived and implemented. With little room for tractors, whole crop treatment was a monumental and costly event. Yet without treatment, large portions of crop would routinely be lost to fungi, bacteria, and particularly mildew.
The Heli-Lift Services’ spraying rig is so effective and efficient because the rig’s nozzle jets release perfectly weighted droplets evenly and swiftly over the crop; as is visible in the image behind taken on a moorland spraying assignment. Their Heli-Deck is used for refilling on uneven ground and, to ensure even coverage, sophisticated GPS mapping devices plot and record progress!