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