What happened in 2018?

  • Helitech International 2018 Show Review

    4800 rotorcraft professionals, a number which includes a significant increase in operators compared to previous years, descended on Amsterdam RAI for Helitech International 2018. The attendees came from more than 70 different countries to source new solutions and services and join the conversation on the future of the rotorcraft industry.

    As ever, innovation could be found across the exhibition floor, with 150+ exhibitors showcasing their latest products and services. Visitors could explore the latest technology from the leading OEMs, including Airbus, Bell and Leonardo, as well as discover suppliers of cutting-edge navigation systems, night vision technology and world-class training services.

    Several of the industry’s top suppliers used the show as a platform for their key announcements.

    • Airbus announced an impressive haul of 19 orders during the show, largely buoyed by light single and light twin returns.
    • Leonardo Helicopters and Specialist Aviation Services held a ceremony to mark the latter company’s appointment as and “Excellent Service Centre” for AW139 and AW169 operations in Ireland and the UK.
    • Waypoint Leasing Limited announced that it has delivered an Airbus H145 to Servicios Aéreos de los Andes in Peru in support of contracts within the onshore oil-and-gas sector.
    • The Helinetwork international and CanRep teams formalized their partnership during a cocktail reception at the event, bringing together the biggest players in the aeronautics industry
    • Bell announced that Helideal of France will become the first certified training facility for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger
    • Safran Helicopter Engines announced improvements to its SBH (Support-By-the-Hour) service offering. SBH “pay as you fly” solutions now include: SBH5Star for civil operators of up to five aircraft, SBHClassic for fleets of six-plus aircraft and SBHM for military air arms.
    • Kopter Group presented its SH09 single-turbine helicopter. P1 has been restored and then wrapped, promoting the paint scheme of this customer
    • Enstrom Helicopter signed a contract to deliver a new Enstrom 280FX to its dealer, Rotor & Aircraft Sari. The aircraft will be delivered to a French customer, Golf Tango, in the spring of 2019 and will be used to expand Golf Tango’s helicopter training operations.

      Covering such audience-drawing topics such as the future outlook of the Offshore Oil & Gas sector, improving Search and Rescue missions and the latest MRO trends, the conference sessions at Helitech International 2018 were in high demand. For the first time, the synergies between rotorcraft and UAVs were explored, to great response. Attendees were overflowing from the silent theatres to listen to key industry influencers from the Association of Air Ambulances, Bristow Group and Flight Ascend Consultancy.

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