5-Nov-2010 Source: Dubai Helishow
The 4th edition of the Dubai Helishow, the Middle East’s largest trade show for the helicopter industry, came to end today. The three day event, held at the Dubai Airport Expo Centre, attracted a record number of senior level buyers and visitors from around the world.
The show, the industry’s third largest exhibition in the world after Heli-Expo, USA and Helitech, UK, was held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, and hosted by Mediac Communications ‘&’ Exhibitions LLC.
The Dubai Helishow 2010 featured a record number of exhibitors within the commercial, military private and public service, who showcased their products and services through indoor exhibits, static craft displays, and flight demonstrations.
Companies promoting themselves at this year’s show included Emirates – CAE Flight Training, Euroavionics, Breeze-Eastern, Flir Systems, Hawker Pacific Airservices, L-3 Wescam, Russian Helicopters, Pall Corporation, Streit Group FZE, Laversab and many more.
Aside from featuring the latest product offerings, specialized technologies and services from the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers to Dubai, the three day event also explored industry set regulations aimed at implementing higher levels of safety hardware for medical helicopters and training for crews.
The Dubai Helishow also paved the way for the signing of a multimillion dollar deal between the UAE Airforce and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. As part of the current deal worth an estimated $300 million, the UAE will take delivery of a total of 60 BlackHawk utility helicopters, with a direct order from Sikorsky for 20 UH-60L BlackHawks worth $300 million.
Abu Dhabi Aviation also held a one day conference focusing on advancements in Emergency Medical Services utilizing air ambulances within the region and the deployment of their simulation centre in Saudi Arabia.
Ivan Kristoff the founder of EIGER Rope Access Work Inc. also held his specialist workshop, which presented the study of the High rise Emergency and Aerial Rescue Team (H.E.A.R.T.), which played an important role in the development of safer standards for rope access work within high-rise construction and building sites in Ontario, Canada.
Several innovations in the industry were unveiled during the event.