Helitech International 2014 attracts rising global interest from industry

Helitech International 2014 attracts rising global interest from industry 6 Jun, 14, Source: Helitech International

Helitech International 2014 will showcase worldwide participation from leading industry primes as well as innovative small to medium-size companies when Europe’s largest helicopter show opens its doors on 14 October 2014. Examples of confirmed exhibitors include AgustaWestland, Airbus Helicopters, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopter, Honeywell, ITT, MD Helicopters, Milestone, Rolls-Royce, Turbomeca and Vector Aerospace. Fully supported by the European Helicopter Association, Reed Exhibitions, the organisers of Helitech International, are staging this year’s event at the RAI in Amsterdam, which currently includes exhibitors from nearly 20 countries with strong regional interest from both North America and Europe.

“There is no doubt that the Amsterdam event in October will be a genuine international gathering to include exhibitors and visitors from around the world,” said Vittorio Morassi, Chairman of the European Helicopter Association. “The international dimension will provide for a stronger and more focused worldwide presence, thereby strengthening one of the EHA’s key objectives which is the promotion of safe, efficient and environmentally-friendly European rotorcraft operations. It is crucial that rotorcraft stakeholders are fully engaged as their support is important to achieve this objective. The complete education programme at Helitech International 2014 will be specifically tailored to give delegates a broad spectrum of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

The global footprint of Helitech International 2014 will include exhibitors from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine and thirteen European nations. To date, over 40 companies from the North America region have confirmed their participation, of which eight from the USA will be making their maiden appearances in Amsterdam.  Overall, there are currently over 35 first-time exhibitors from nine countries around the world.

Making its first entrance at this year’s event, US-based Genesys Aerosystems has acquired Chelton Flight Systems and S-TEC from Cobham, and is dedicated to providing advanced avionics solutions and leading-edge technology for rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft.  “We are a dynamic and growing company,” explained Chief Executive Officer, Roger Smith. “We will continue to support our customers with state-of-the-art technology, agile development, excellent quality, and superb product support. The name is changing but the people and our commitment to our vision are not.”

Genesys Aerosystems looks forward to welcoming visitors to their stand where Sales Manager, Jack Somsen, will demonstrate integrated avionics solutions that will reduce pilot workload, improve mission performance and enhance safety.  According to Jack: “We are excited to present our HeliSAS® Autopilot & Stability Augmentation System at Helitech International 2014, because it is a truly remarkable system that fits the needs of the owners and operators that will be in attendance.”

After a positive show last year in London, at which Bell Helicopter announced an agreement with Avincis Group for the sale of up to 20 of its helicopters, the company will again be exhibiting at Helitech International 2014.

“We are excited to again join so many of our key customers and suppliers throughout the world at Helitech International,” said Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter’s Managing Director for Europe. “In the past few years, we have had the opportunity to not only build and develop these relationships, but also unveil landmark deals and deliveries around the Bell 407GX and Bell 429, which both continue to have strong momentum throughout Europe. We look forward to another successful show in Amsterdam this year.”

BAE Systems is a global provider of innovative high-technology products and services developed to meet the changing needs of its customers, particularly in the rotary wing sector. In Amsterdam this year, BAE Systems will mark its debut appearance at Helitech International by showcasing Q-SIGHT®, a low-cost, monocular, clip-on helmet-mounted display ideally suited for the commercial and police/emergency services markets.

Q-SIGHT is a display device that projects digital video and data onto a monochrome, see-through display located within the user’s line of sight. This provides the ability to superimpose geo-referenced situational awareness data and imagery onto the user’s real world vision, in real-time.

Completely compatible with night vision goggles (NVG), Q-SIGHT offers seamless day/night transition together with improved situational awareness in all weathers, day and night. The system provides improved night vision and high user comfort over long periods in all environments and can be simply installed in any platform. Advisory flight information and warning symbology allows the pilot to operate “head-up” and “eyes-out” and helmet tracking enables conformal terrain symbology for improved 360° awareness and obstacle warning capability.

BAE Systems looks forward to meeting and demonstrating Q-SIGHT to the many international visitors attending this year’s Helitech International.

Vector Aerospace is a global provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Through facilities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, South Africa and Kenya, Vector Aerospace provides services to commercial and military customers for gas turbine engines, components and helicopter airframes.

“Vector Aerospace UK is looking forward to exhibiting at this key event, where we shall be showcasing our civil helicopter accreditations and our ability to work with operators to design and install modifications, whilst minimising out of service time. We shall also be looking to build on our traditional military customer base”, said Simon Jones, Business Development Director at Vector Aerospace UK.

“The rotary supply chain will be represented by an impressive range of international companies at many different levels at this year’s event,” said John Hyde, Event Director for Helitech International. “The number and spread of the many countries that will be participating in Amsterdam will provide a genuine international stage for the rotary industry to collectively assemble. During three days, companies will not only progress business opportunities but visitors and exhibitors can also discuss the key topics and issues affecting the global helicopter community.”

Helitech International

Helitech has long been established as the leading show in the rotary wing market outside the USA. The event was launched in 1986 alongside Offshore Europe in Aberdeen before moving to run as a standalone event at Redhill in 1987. Helitech stayed at Redhill until it moved to The Imperial War Museum, Duxford in 2001. In 2011 Helitech proudly celebrated 25 years of supporting the rotary industry. In 2012 Helitech International was established, in association with the European Helicopter Association, to attract a wider international audience and offer exhibitors and visitors alike the opportunity to network on an international level. Helitech International 2014 will take place at the Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands from 14 – 16 October 2014. www.helitechevents.com

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 500 events in 40 countries. In 2013 Reed brought together over six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 34 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group, a world leading provider of professional information solutions.www.reedexpo.com

About EHA

The new European Helicopter Association (EHA) is a non-profit Association whose members are the National Helicopter Associations Committee (NHAC) representing 11 countries in Europe and the European Helicopter Operators Committee (EHOC), the Rotorcraft community of specialists within the Off-Shore operators. The Association’s mission is to speak as the voice for the European Rotorcraft industry at the European Institutions and elsewhere, representing and promoting the best interests of all sectors.

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