Helitech International opens its doors to the world
Oct. 14, 2014, Amsterdam, Ned. - Helitech International 2014, in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA), is making its first appearance in Amsterdam with 180 exhibitors representing 21 countries from around the world including over 65 first-time exhibitors. A USA Pavilion is also making its Helitech International debut.
By Carey Fredericks
The event is strongly supported by helicopter OEMs including AgustaWestland, Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter, MD Helicopters and Russian Helicopters and engine manufacturers Rolls-Royce and Turbomeca. Other prominent names from the rotorcraft industry include BAE Systems, CAE, FlightSafety International, Honeywell, ITT Enidine, L3 Communications – Wescam, Milestone Aviation, Saab and Vector Aerospace. Visitors can also see the latest products and services from a diverse range of specialist suppliers from the rotary wing sector.
Among the impressive exhibits on display is an operational EC145 T2 helicopter on the Airbus Helicopters stand, while Universal Avionics has a functional and interactive demonstration of the Next Generation flight deck for the MD Explorer helicopter. Mecaer Aviation, a platinum sponsor for the Education Programme, is displaying the AW169 VIP mock-up interior cabin, while Cobham Life Support will introduce its manually-operated wearable personal overboard survival system – Survivor+. This is a new class of maritime safety system that incorporates both a SOLAS-approved inflatable life jacket and a tethered single person life raft (thermal protective aid) into a single compact vest.
There is a full Education Program covering the three days of Helitech International. Today, there is the Industry Business Leaders' Forum featuring high-level speakers including Jonathan Baliff, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bristow Group; Daniele Romiti, CEO, AgustaWestland and Guillaume Faury, President and CEO, Airbus Helicopters. Aerial fire-fighting, helicopter emergency medical services and unmanned aerial vehicles will also come under the spotlight in subsequent sessions.
Tomorrow, the EHA hosts the EHA Rotorcraft Seminars and on Thursday, the European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) and the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) are staging a Safety Workshop focusing on key elements impacting rotorcraft safety.
"The fact that Helitech International has attracted exhibitors from as far away as Australia and New Zealand, as well as nearly 60 companies from North America, is clear evidence that the show is recognized as a truly global platform for the rotorcraft sector," said John Hyde, Event Director for Helitech International.