This week, the whole helicopter industry descended upon Amsterdam, Netherlands. Helitech International 2018, the world’s largest helicopter exhibition, was held at the Amsterdam RAI 16-18 October. Over 4,000 helicopter companies, industry professionals, pilots, and enthusiasts from different countries were there to discuss the future of the vertical flight industry.
Events like these are an excellent opportunity for helicopter industry leaders and enthusiasts. They are able to interact, meet prospective customers and build new relationships. Topics such as the future outlook of the Offshore Oil & Gas sector, improving Search and Rescue missions and the latest MRO trends were covered at the conference. The topics highlighted by the event were relevant for the industry stakeholders and players. Moreover, it’s important to come together to discuss the matters and receive updates on the latest information that drive continued development of the industry.
Other critical and timely matters highlighted by aviation experts were danger management and climate change. Next-Generation Flight Training called on the helicopter industry to make a collaborative effort with local communities. This was to mitigate the impact of natural disasters stemming from climate change. Christian Muller, CEO of the company, suggest that it is time for collaborative disruption – kick-starting something new together for the greater good. Similarly, when it comes to the preparation for the future missions, new roles for aircraft and innovative use of new materials is needed.
Several of the industry’s at the show used the exhibition as a platform for their key announcements. Likewise, for us, it was the announcement of the new Maintenance Check Flight(MCF) course. The new course was developed to exceed the new regulations by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Above all, we were excited to network with other professionals, and we want to express a big thank you to all who came to visit our Helitech booth. Coptersafety would not be where it is in business today without its wonderful customers worldwide. Our team was happy to introduce our next steps to improving helicopter operator safety performance. “For us, EASA’s upcoming MCF standards are just a starting point to look into the operations of a safe and secure Maintenance Check Flight. Our operator customers do not want to take the easy way out, why would we?” states Mikko Dahlman, CEO, Coptersafety.
“Certainly there is an increasingly high demand for higher procedures from their employees. MCF pilots are highly valued as specialized experts. Hence, becoming an MCF pilot is a desired career path for many aviators,” Mikko Kallio adds.
In the future, The Helitech International will be known as the Vertical Flight Expo in 2019. It will be re-locating to Farnborough International. Each year, it shares insights on the latest helicopter products, services, and education. We respect the track record the exhibition and similar organizations in arranging these kinds of events. The events play a huge part in driving the future of the helicopter industry together.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing everyone at Heli-Expo next year in Atlanta, 4–7 March.