Having previously touted Berlin as the location (see story), the HeliHub.com office received this today…
With less than a month to go, booked stand space at Helitech International 2013 is 1100m2 larger compared to the 2011 show, with headline manufacturers joining an impressive line-up of international companies showcasing the latest in rotary technology innovation. Organised by Reed Exhibitions, Europe’s largest dedicated helicopter exhibition takes place at ExCeL in London UK from 24 – 26 September with the organisers also confirming that the 2014 event will be held at the Amsterdam RAI in the Netherlands from 14 – 16 October.
Helitech International 2013 is being staged in association with the European Helicopter Association and is supported by the British Helicopter Association and is the must-attend event for key buyers and manufacturers in the rotary market outside the USA.
Helitech International Event Director, John Hyde, said: “With over 220 exhibitors from 23 countries taking part, and with nearly 5000m2 of stand space sold, there is no doubt that this year’s show is set to be the most successful edition in the event’s 27-year history. Visitors will be able to see all the industry’s major manufacturers as well as a diverse range of exhibitors, all of whom will be showcasing the very latest in innovative technology that is the lifeblood for the future of the rotary industry. In addition, the extensive conference agenda will bring together experts from the international rotary wing industry who will debate some of the topical issues impacting future global business.”
The show floor will feature international suppliers and manufacturers, representing the entire rotary wing supply chain to include small medium-sized companies, as well as a tier ladder of innovative specialists. These include, but are not limited to: Bell Helicopter, Simplex Aerospace, PremiAir Aviation International, Iridium and its four partner companies – Blue Sky Network, Honeywell, Skytrac and spidertracks – and Wamco.
Bell Helicopter will present a UK National Grid Bell 429 used for power inspection in a utility configuration on its static display as well as another 429 helicopter undertaking customer demonstration flights.
The Bell 429 delivers exceptional speed, range and hover performance, and offers operators a state-of-the-art single and dual pilot IFR helicopter with top user-rated in-service support. A fully-integrated glass cockpit with two or three multi-function displays, dual digital autopilot and an integrated electronic data recorder help increase situation awareness and safety margins. National Grid’s Bell 429 includes an operator workstation in the cabin of the aircraft featuring: SyQuest 20″ HD display, MX-10 control unit, HD Nano Flash recorder, USB hub ports and keyboard.
Simplex Aerospace designs, manufactures and certifies aerial application systems and mission equipment for helicopters. At Helitech International, the company will be promoting its high-rise fire fighting capabilities following a recent order from Japan Aerospace for a high-rise building water system called SkyCannon.
Developed for the first time with the Eurocopter EC225 helicopter, SkyCannon will be deployed for use in the city of Tokyo and will be the first helicopter-based high-rise fire fighting system to be used in Japan. The new system will be delivered in 2014 for certification and is expected to be in use fighting high-rise building fires in early 2015. In addition to SkyCannon, the company will also be highlighting its power line and windmill cleaning system capabilities on its stand.
PremiAir Aviation International, now under new ownership and with a strengthened management team, will participate at Helitech International. Owner and Chairman, Graham Avery, who acquired the company late last year, has spent the last six months restructuring and reshaping the business, which is now focused on one operational base at Blackbushe Airport in Surrey, UK.
PremiAir’s expertise is in the operation of twin turbine IFR helicopters and the company intends to build up a managed fleet of helicopters it will both maintain and offer for third-party charter. It is in the market to acquire pre-owned aircraft and looks forward to renewing contacts with OEMs at the exhibition.
During the restructuring, PremiAir Aviation Services acquired a new EASA Part 145 authorisation, enabling line and base maintenance for helicopter types including Bell, Sikorsky and Eurocopter to be undertaken. The company has retained its Part M approval and has also received EASA Part 21J approval for design and modification work on all aircraft.
“Helitech International, at the new London venue, is the perfect showcase to meet with industry and demonstrates that PremiAir is firmly back and ready for business. My goal is to bring the company back to its former glory,” stated Graham Avery.
Iridium is a leading communications provider for the general aviation and rotorcraft sectors and will promote its capabilities by exhibiting a R22 helicopter on its stand to showcase both its own technology expertise as well as presenting innovative product solutions from four partner companies – Blue Sky Network, Honeywell, Skytrac and spidertracks.
There will be a small antenna installed underneath the main rotor to simulate a two-way rotorcraft-to-satellite connection via Iridium’s unique netted satellite network. A visual demonstration will explain to visitors how the satellites connect to a moving aircraft regardless of its angle of flight. Iridium representatives will also be available to talk about Iridium NEXT, the company’s second-generation satellite constellation that begins launching in 2015.
Blue Sky Network supplies satellite tracking and communication solutions which leverage the power of the Iridium satellite network to deliver reliable GPS tracking, voice, two-way messaging, and asset monitoring for improved fleet management. The company will be launching enhancements to its HawkEyeLink system which enables tablet and smartphone connectivity to the Iridium network in the cockpit.
Honeywell will demonstrate its next-generation Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) technology that uses Iridium’s satellite network to enable helicopter operators with an all-in-one system voice, text and fleet tracking, real-time alerts and report maintenance issues to ground personnel.
Skytrac’s display will include the portable data-only DSAT-300 and the new ISAT-200A, which incorporates flight data monitoring capabilities, such as a built-in accelerometer. The ISAT-200A is the company’s latest solution for Flight Operational Quality Assurance, which provides increased connectivity to various on-board systems which can be monitored and configured for exceedance detection and reporting.
spidertracks, a New Zealand based company, will display three models of aircraft tracking devices – the Spider S3, S4 and S5. All Spiders are completely portable with no external antenna and run on auxiliary power. The Spider units transmit the location and other information via the Iridium satellite network in real-time which in turn transfers the data back to Iridium servers on the ground. The spidertracks website then converts the information into a track of the flight online, all within seconds.
Wamco will use Helitech International to promote the launch of its patent pending F-Series Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) LED. After years of research and development, F-Series LEDs have integrated nanomaterials with high-precision inorganic thin film coatings. The result is an ultimate LED component that delivers high-brightness light and high red content, while emitting very low levels of NIR and IR energy. The NVISable F-Series will revolutionise Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) backlighting for NVIS compatible instruments and is available as part of every Wamco display’s ruggedised AMLCD module
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