Helitech expands Business and Strategy Conference

Helitech expands Business and Strategy Conference

5-Aug-2015 Source: Helitech International

Europe’s largest helicopter exhibition and conference, Helitech International, has announced that its influential Business and Strategy Conference has been expanded this year to include two new Focus On sessions, covering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and offshore wind farms. The Business and Strategy Conference is a key component of Helitech International’s three day Education Programme, run in conjunction with the main exhibition which takes place from 6 – 8 October at ExCeL London.

On Tuesday 6 October the UAV Focus On session will run in the afternoon in parallel to the Futureproof – Three Perspectives session, which covers new technology, upcoming critical issues and the potential benefits of training pilots with simulators in the rotorcraft industry. The UAV session will investigate the potential for operators to develop sustainable business models by incorporating a UAV division into their day to day operations.  Alix Leboulanger, Aerospace and Defence Research Analyst from Frost and Sullivan, will outline commercial UAVs and helicopter synergies, and Angus Benson-Blair, Chairman of the Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems UK, will discuss the marketplace for UAV operators. The UAV session will also include two case studies before ending with a discussion panel on UAV opportunities for the rotorcraft sector.

The Offshore Wind Farm Focus On session, taking place on Wednesday afternoon, will look at global market trends and opportunities for offshore wind farms, along with the predicted demands for rotorcraft to meet the needs of the offshore wind sector, and the challenges the rotorcraft sector faces to support the offshore wind market.

These new Focus On sessions mark a significant new chapter for the Business and Strategy Conference, which opens with the Business Leaders Forum, a well attended event with senior industry leaders discussing key issues facing the rotorcraft industry over the next five to ten years. Lined up to speak are Patrick Moulay, Vice President Sales and Marketing of Bell Helicopters; David Balevic, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Operations of CHC; Jason Propes, Senior Vice President – Helicopters of Rolls-Royce and Daniel Rosenthal, President of Milestone Aviation. The Education Programme continues with the European Helicopter Association (EHA) Rotorcraft Seminars on Wednesday 7 October, with morning and afternoon sessions on rule making and air traffic management, including a keynote address from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and sessions covering everything from European regulation changes to the benefits of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme.

The final day of the Education Programme is reserved for the Safety Workshop, where the highlight of the day is undoubtedly the keynote session on Preparation for Flight, hosted by the legendary Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, who holds the world record for the most types of aircraft flown at 487, along with the world record for the most aircraft carrier landings at 2407, and is the Fleet Air Arm’s most decorated living pilot. Captain Brown will provide his insights into how being prepared for flight helped him achieve unparalleled success in his career. The rest of the Safety Workshop will provide an introduction to the European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) and the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). There will also be several sessions discussing issues and concerns over automated systems and cockpits, and how training for them should be conducted, as well as sessions to introduce the new EHEST Instructor Training Manual and their new risk assessment tool, MARIA.

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 2015 will take place at the ExCeL London from 6-8 October 2015. www.helitechevents.com

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, 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 EHA is a non-profit Association whose members are the National Helicopter Associations Committee (NHAC) representing 12 countries in Europe and HeliOffshore, 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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