11-Jul-2013 Source: Helitech International
Russian Helicopters has confirmed its presence at Helitech International 2013 alongside other headline manufacturers which include, but are not limited to; AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Eurocopter and Sikorsky. This impressive roll call of exhibitors reflects the show’s position as the pre-eminent international, dedicated helicopter exhibition in Europe and is set to make 2013 the most successful edition in the event’s 27-year history.
The show will be held at the ExCeL London from 24-26 September and has already motivated unprecedented interest on account of the innovative platforms, technologies and companies that will attend.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), in conjunction with aircraft operator Bond Air Services, provides yet another example of the innovation which will underpin this year’s event. The charity is the first dedicated air ambulance to be granted permission to fly helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) at night in the UK. Consequently EAAA has been incorporated into a busy Helitech International conference programme, which has been expanded to engage with an international audience and attract experts from across the rotorcraft industry.
Frasca International will use the exhibition to extol the benefits of its flight simulators. The company recently announced that Bristow Helicopters, Aberdeen, Scotland had received dual qualification for their Frasca S76 Full Flight Simulator (FFS). The S76 FFS is the third certified helicopter device under JAA with both Level B FFS and Level III FTD approval. The two others are Bristow’s S92 FFS and EC225 FFS, also built by Frasca, and both qualified in 2011. The S76, EC225 and S92 FFSs are being used at the Bristow Academy in Aberdeen to support training requirements for Bristow’s global fleet of helicopters. All three units feature 6 axis electric motion base, TruVision™ Global visual system with custom databases and wrap around display system. With these devices, Frasca demonstrates the ability as an industry leader in simulation, to provide cost effective, value added solutions to meet training needs in a demanding environment. This project involved thousands of man hours of intensive research, gathering of aerodynamic system data, programming and manufacturing a high-fidelity replica of the cockpit.
spidertracks – a New Zealand based company – decided to exhibit at ExCeL to gain better coverage within the European helicopter market and between 24 – 26 September will display its three models of aircraft tracking devices; the Spider S3, Spider S4 and the newly released Spider S5. All Spiders are completely portable with no external antenna and run on auxiliary power. The S5 is perfect for the safety conscious commercial operator needing to enhance communication between people on the ground and in the air and is compact with an integrated keypad and will easily fit on the glare shield. One of the key features of spidertracks is the Watch system. With Watch turned on when using the Spider (the press of a button or set it to turn on automatically) the website waits for the position reports to be received. Should the website stop receiving position reports due to an incident the website automatically sends out SOS messages to any number of support people setup in the account. So unlike an ELT, which requires the ELT to survive a crash, the spidertracks system does not need the Spider to function after an impact for the SOS to be raised.
Helitech International Event Director, John Hyde, said: “I am delighted that organisations such as Russian Helicopters and the EAAA will take part in Helitech International 2013 alongside all the industry’s major manufacturers, a diverse range of niche exhibitors, the European Helicopter Association, the British Helicopter Association and others. Such a comprehensive complement of stakeholders leaves me in no doubt that this year’s show will be the most successful to date.”