Last week, the whole helicopter industry descended upon Las Vegas, USA. HAI HELI-EXPO 2018, the world’s largest helicopter exhibition, was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center 26 February through 1 March, and over 17,000 helicopter companies, industry professionals, pilots and enthusiasts from different countries were there to discuss the bright future of the vertical lift industry. A vast space of 29775 m2 was filled with the exhibits of 705 companies. As Las Vegas is known for its world-class shows and entertainment, HAI HELI-EXPO and its 51 spectacular helicopters fit well into the bright lights and rhythm of Las Vegas.
So much great news has already been shared on the event and its outcomes. For example, Leonardo announced combined helicopter orders at HELI-EXPO, reaching a total of 17 aircrafts. According to HeliHub, these new orders are valued at almost 140 million euro, with several different customers spread across various countries, and representing a range of commercial and public service applications. One of the biggest stories of 2018 HELI-EXPO is Airbus’s new H160 medium-twin helicopter, as reported by AIN Online. Airbus Helicopters wrapped up Heli Expo 2018 in Las Vegas with orders for over 50 of the company’s wide range of helicopters for customers worldwide, wrote Helis. Events like these are an excellent opportunity for helicopter industry leaders and enthusiasts to interact, meet prospective customers and build new relationships. The topics highlighted by the event were relevant for all types of industry stakeholders and players, and it’s important to come together to discuss them and receive updates on the latest information in order to drive continuous development of the industry.
Of all the topics the event covered, safety was one of the key issues highlighted by aviation experts. Clearly, everyone in the industry is striving to develop and promote safety as a top priority. When it comes to safety issues and building a stronger helicopter industry, there is a clear joint mission that requires co-operation among all stakeholders. So many different parties from all around the world share this perspective.”
Coptersafety partnered with HELI-EXPO for the first time this year, and the investment has definitely paid off — both in terms of awareness and business. We were excited to network with other professionals, and we want to express a big thank you to all who came to visit our HELI-EXPO booth. We would not be where we are in business today without our wonderful customers worldwide. We were happy to introduce our next steps in improving helicopter operator safety performance by offering our mission-specific simulator training for a wider range of helicopter types.
“We strongly believe in the importance of simulator-based training. That’s why we have also made a significant investment in our helicopter pilot training. In addition to our brand new Airbus H145 and Leonardo AW139 level-D full-flight simulators, four new simulators are scheduled to arrive in 2018. The new additions joining our roster include a second AW139 simulator as well as H125, AW169, and AW189 simulators. With professional and detail-oriented simulator training available around the clock, we meet the many technical requirements of modern pilot training”, explains Jani Kaskinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Coptersafety.
“There is a high demand for customized and mission-based training. We offer our customers tailored visuals to support their individual training needs, which unlocks the full benefit of simulator training while optimizing operation effectiveness”, concludes Kaskinen.
The HAI HELI-EXPO is an annual event founded in 1962 to promote international networking across the industry. Each year, it shares insights on the latest helicopter products, services, and education. We respect the track record of HAI and similar organizations in arranging these kinds of events and driving the future of the helicopter industry together with all of us.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing everyone next year in Atlanta, 4–7 March.