The new air ambulance chopper, due to make visits around Shetland to show its capabilities in all weathers, was cancelled. Due to weather.
Shetlanders should not be required to check the weather forecast before becoming seriously ill.
Luckily they don’t have to because the Marine Coastguard Agency helicopter will fly in all conditions to save lives.
Nowhere in the world are men and machines being tested to their limits more than on our own doorstep.
As part of a professional team, including Air Traffic Control and the fire crew at Sumburgh, they are there 24/7.
Watching them land at Sumburgh in less than 100m of dense fog with the winch-man hanging out the door to check on ground height makes you so thankful they are here.