Helitech Duxford 2011 Coverage

from Rotor & Wing

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Photos by Andrew Parker, Senior Editor

Eurocopter Stays Strong on New Market Orders Despite Corporate Downturn
By Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor
Government orders for helicopters in the homeland security, parapublic and emergency medical services (EMS) sectors are offsetting the downturn in corporate business orders, Olivier Michalon, vice president of customers for Europe and Central Asia, told Rotor & Wing on Wednesday morning at Helitech. He is responsible for country markets that stretch from western Ireland to the Pacific. Full Story

Static display.

AgustaWestland AW189 Mock-Up and FLIR up close.

Apache Longbow Makes Helitech Appearance
A British Army Boeing WAH-64D Apache Longbow visited Helitech on Tuesday. Its crew had the experience of operating in Afghanistan with five tours between them. The aircraft, based at Wattisham Airfield, Suffolk—the home of the British Army's 16 Air Assault Brigade—was not providing a flying display, although its arrival and departure drew visitors out of the show pavilions to overlook the flight line. Full Story

EC135 Maintenance Demo.

Organizers: Helitech Poised to ‘Do Very Well’
More than 4,000 visitors expected with 200 exhibitors and around 40 helicopters on display.
By Andrew Parker, Senior Editor
Helitech Duxford organizers Reed Exhibitions is hoping for at least the same number of visitors to this year’s tradeshow, with projections to go above the 4,000 attendees from the 2009 version of the biannual event. “If we can deliver even better than what we did in ’09, great, but if we’re tracking about the same, we’ll do very well,” Brandon Ward, exhibition director, told Rotor & Wing on Monday afternoon. The show opened Tuesday morning with crowds lining up around exhibits and viewing the static display of around 40 helicopters. Full Story

Static display.

Turbomeca, Bristow Academy Partner on Training
Safran Group division Turbomeca (Stand 1503) has inked a long-term agreement with Bristow Academy to supply engine maintenance training. Under the partnership, Bristow Academy will have the ability to train pilots and mechanics as part of the Turbomeca training network. Full Story

Sloane Robinson R66 landing.

Cobham Names Gama HeliSAS Distributor
Gama Engineering (Stand 1619), a Gama Group company that is making its public debut during Helitech, has secured an agreement to distribute Cobham’s HeliSAS autopilot and stability augmentation system. Full Story

Rusada Becomes Eurocopter Supplier
Eurocopter (Stand 906, Chalet 5) has reached a preferred supplier agreement with Rusada (Stand 1412) for its Envision software system. Full Story

Helitech Turns 25
By Andrew Parker, Senior Editor
With helicopters touching down and Duxford’s aerodrome abuzz with the sound of cranes and torn plastic coverings, exhibitors are gearing up for the start of Helitech 2011 on Tuesday. The show, which runs from September 27 to 29, is celebrating 25 years with a new feature—a dedicated conference program from organizers Reed Exhibitions. Full Story

Rotor & Wing Military Editor Andrew Drwiega (at podium) introduces a panel on offshore wind farm helicopter operations.

Photos from Helitech, September 26:
By Andrew Parker, Senior Editor

Pre-Show Coverage:

By Rotor & Wing staff

September 15:

Offshore Wind Farm Debate at Helitech

September 12:
Industry Committee to Convene Before Helitech

September 8:
Helitech Duxford to Host HFDM Workshop

September 7:
Helitech to Shine Light on Police Aviation

September 1:
Triumvirate of Helos Making Helitech Debut

July 28:
Chairing Helitech in its 25th Year—from Offshore Wind Farms to Blue Light Services
By Andrew Drwiega, Conference Chairman and Rotor & Wing Military Editor
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