Preparing for Takeoff in the Alps

Postcard: Air Zermatt


A postcard is always a pleasant surprise, particularly in an era of Instagram and SMS pics. We don’t have enough postage for our entire readership, but our new bite-sized series, Postcards lightly details the who, what, when, where and why. It’s a simple, and effective, premise. Whether they’re based on a life-changing subject or just a strange one, shot with a Red Epic or an iPhone, we hope you find these little moments more genuine than the stock images you’re used to seeing opposite of the Xs and Os.

Zermatt, Switzerland — Air Zermatt pilots are the rock stars of the Alps, and they know it. Passengers await the choppers on the helipad with cameras firing, and the pilots give them a show, swooping in dramatically, loading people with the rotors beating at near full power, then lifting off again and banking around the Matterhorn on the way to Verbier.

Photo Notes: Nikon Df 200mm f/10 1/400 ISO 640