Special: Helitech Amsterdam

Although inside on a fair floor, we almost got the feeling we were on a real helibase (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Although inside on a fair floor, we almost got the feeling we were on a real helibase (Image © Dennis Spronk)

The place to be for all professional fans of rotary craft this week was Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Helitech International 2014 event, held from 14 to 16 October in the Amsterdam RAI in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA), showed 180 exhibitors representing 21 countries from around the world including over 65 first-time exhibitors. Debut was a USA Pavilion but as Airheadsfly.com editor Dennis Spronk noticed, the Helitech got so much more to offer.

All big shots of the chopper industry were there. Amongst the highlights was the Airbus Helicopters AW169 VIP mock-up interior cabin. That chopper is now on our personal wishlist for executive helicopter. Cobham Life Support introduced its manually-operated wearable personal overboard survival system – Survivor+. This is a new class of maritime safety system that incorporates both a SOLAS-approved inflatable life jacket and a tethered single person life raft (thermal protective aid) into a single compact vest.

Emphasizing that the fair is mostly about doing business, Russian Helicopters did disappoint us a bit with only a scale model of the Kamov KA-32, showing off some uncertainty about the current European Union and North American sanctions against the Russian state because of its military operations at the Crimean peninsula and in Eastern Ukraine. But we know those tough Russian Mils and Kamovs are still being sold nicely across the world, so hopefully Moscow’s state chopper consortium will bring some real eye-candy next time.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editors Marcel Burger and Dennis Spronk

Russian helicopters only showed a scale modell of a Kamov KA-32A helicopter (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Russian helicopters only showed a scale model of a Kamov KA-32A helicopter (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Airbus showed off the improved EC145T2(Image © Dennis Spronk)
Airbus showed off the improved EC145 T2(Image © Dennis Spronk)
Airbus showed off the improved EC145 T2 (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Airbus showed off the improved EC145 T2(Image © Dennis Spronk)
Helitech is 200% about helicopters. Here a close up of the tail section of a EC130T2 (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Helitech is 200% about helicopters. Here a close up of the tail section of a EC130 T2 (Image © Dennis Spronk)
"Help me, rescue me!", this victim seems to scream. Here, the medical outfit of the displayed Bell 429 of Wiltshire Air Ambulance can be seen(Image © Dennis Spronk)
“Help me, rescue me!”, this victim seems to scream. Here, the medical outfit of the displayed Bell 429 of Wiltshire Air Ambulance can be seen (Image © Dennis Spronk)

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Agusta Westland also showcased an Air Ambulance, being a AW159 mock up. Medical equipment for helicopters played a significant role at Helitech (Image © Dennis Spronk)
AgustaWestland also showcased an Air Ambulance, being a AW159 mock up. Medical equipment for helicopters played a significant role at Helitech (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A lot of talking, discussing, meeting and networking is done at Helitech (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A lot of talking, discussing, meeting and networking is done at Helitech (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The AW 169 interior mock-up looks real sexy to us (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The AW169 interior mock-up looks real sexy to us (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Airbus showed off the improved EC145T2(Image © Dennis Spronk)
Airbus showed off the improved EC145T2(Image © Dennis Spronk)