Connectivity, improving operations and the helicopter of the future in focus on day two of Helitech International 2017

04 Oct 2017

Connectivity, improving operations and the helicopter of the future in focus on day two of Helitech International 2017

  • Day two of Europe’s leading rotorcraft event focuses on the connected helicopter, evolving SAR operations
  • Russian pilot and five-time-record holder Sergey Ananov gave keynote address, sharing incredible story of how he survived a crash in the Arctic and how pilot safety could be improved

London, 4 October – Day two of Helitech International once again saw a number of packed sessions, with visitors flocking to hear insights from the Association of Air Ambulances, Airbus Helicopters and Flight Ascend Consultancy. Keynote speaker Sergey Ananov also took to the stage to regale the audience with the story of his incredible survival following a helicopter crash in the Arctic.

Ananov gave a fascinating talk on the highs and lows of his world-record attempt, from the support he received globally, to fending off polar bears while stranded on an ice floe for two days. The adventurer discussed how he lamented not having a small radio beacon attached to his survival suit or life raft, as this may have led to a much quicker rescue.

The programme also saw a series of well-attended talks on the evolution of Search and Rescue operations, moderated by Jim Payton, Vice President of Customer Business, Helicopters, Rolls-Royce Defense, Rolls-Royce Corporation. Payton hosted a series of talks from spokespeople from CHC Helicopter and Bristow Helicopter, as well as a case study on the Rescue Operations at Puerto General San Martin, Argentina.

Payton also led a session on ‘The Connected Helicopter’, which saw several of the industry’s leading players in discussion about how data can be better harnessed to improve operations and safety. Rotorcraft industry professionals from across the supply chain joined the well-attended seminar as Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter, Leonardo, Safran Helicopter Engines, Lufttransport and looked at how the many sensors that capture huge volumes of aircraft and mission data can be better utilised to optimise operations.

In the Technical Sessions, the helicopter of the future was on the agenda. Performance-based navigation and new technology to improve reliability was the focus of a seminar presented by Laurent Delétraz of Skyguide, whilst Grady Dees from Universal Avionics Systems Corporation discussed upgrading aircraft via the component model approach. The session educated visitors on the challenges and opportunities of the open architecture approach and how it provides operators with the freedom to choose components that best meet their specific needs.

Deals live on the show floor
Demonstrating the importance operators in the rotorcraft industry place on Helitech International, day two of the event was once again a hive of business activity, with official signings and announcements taking place live from the show floor.

Some of the announcements were as follows:

  • Bell Helicopter announced the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 to Air Zermatt for Search and Rescue missions
  • Waypoint Leasing, the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced its fleet has surpassed 150 aircraft
  • Leonardo announced the sale of a further two AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters to customers in the UK for corporate/VIP passenger transport, including Starspeed (part of Luxaviation Helicopters)
  • Airbus officially handed over the first H145 for Midlands Air Ambulance


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