First time exhibitors look to benefit from the Helitech effect

First time exhibitors look to benefit from the Helitech effect

20-Sep-2011 Source: Helitech

An impressive diversity of rotary wing companies are exhibiting at Helitech for the first time this year – showcasing everything from remote controlled landing pads and aircrew flying helmets to helicopter interiors refurbishment and night vision systems.

Thirty eight first time exhibitors will make their debut at Helitech 2011, which is being held from 27-29 September at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, near Cambridge.

The European distributor for HeliWagon will be demonstrating a remote controlled helicopter landing pad – the first time the HeliWagon will have been displayed in the UK. This innovative landing and ground transport platform saves operators and pilots both time and labour costs in handling helicopters while they are on the ground. The HeliWagon is a fully-contained electronic, rechargeable, motorised heli-ground transport system with remote control and ‘tethered control’ capability; it has been engineered to provide a highly stable and safe landing platform for light to mid-sized skid helicopters.

Comfortable but durable flying helmets for helicopter pilots are an essential piece of kit. Helmet Integrated Systems provides helmets for all types of roles including police air support and emergency services crew. The company’s Alpha Aircrew Helmets which are extensively used around the world will be on display. Also exhibiting for the first time will be Farnborough Aircraft Interiors, which specialises in refurbishing the interiors of helicopters as well as fixed wing aircraft. Diamond Airborne Sensing will be exhibiting an aircraft platform in the Static Display Area which will showcase various remote sensing systems.

In the helicopter safety arena, Saab will be promoting its new generation head-up display (HUD) for helicopters. Called RIGS, this HUD presents navigation, altitude, flight and video (Enhanced Vision Sensor (EVS) / Synthetic Vision System) information to the helicopter crew by day, night and in adverse weather conditions. The EVS technology connected to RIGS means pilots can see through darkness, smog, smoke and various levels of snow, rain and fog, greatly enhancing safety with early detection of potential dangers such as runway incursions and improved awareness of the terrain during operations. The system has been developed with the experience accumulated from over 100,000 flight hours operating Saab’s present HUD configurations on different aircraft. RIGS can be installed as a stand-alone system or integrated with the avionics system as well as being able to accept standard video formats.

Helitech Exhibition Manager, Brandon Ward, said: “We are delighted to welcome these new exhibitors to Helitech. This influx of new companies will provide even more for visitors to see, confirming Helitech’s position as a leading showcase for the latest in rotary wing platforms, equipment and MRO.”

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