Helitech becomes Helitech International

                         Helitech 2011
Reed Exhibitions, the organisers of Helitech has announced that the 2013 event will be staged at ExCeL London between 24 – 26 September.

Photograph: Helicopters in the static display at Helitech 2011

The event is being moved to raise Helitech to a new level of influence and attract a wider international audience. With its new positioning the event will provide an annual networking platform for exhibitors, visitors and industry bodies.

From 2013 onwards the event will be called Helitech International. The 2014 show is currently scheduled to be held in Berlin, Germany and thereafter at key locations around Europe to ensure that all major markets are engaged. The new Helitech International branding will ensure that the goodwill and professionalism associated with the Helitech name will underpin its evolution into a more globally focused event.

Event director, John Hyde, said “Helitech International 2013 will meet the demand from the civil and parapublic helicopter sectors for a global showcase of rotary wing platforms, equipment, technologies and services, together with a high calibre conference addressing the issues that are shaping the future of the industry. I am delighted to say that the new-look Helitech already has the support of AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopters, Eurocopter and Sikorsky, as well as the European Helicopter Association and the British Helicopter Association.”

Hyde continued “Helitech has been staged successfully in the UK for 25 years, but the message from industry – underlined by our research – is that we must recognise the ever increasing internationality of this sector whilst retaining our core base of companies and service providers. The ExCeL London venue will provide exhibitors and visitors with an attractive array of facilities, including an indoor static aircraft display and the opportunity for customer flights in exhibitors’ aircraft from a site just outside the exhibition hall. Local hotel accommodation provides easy access and offers affordable prices ranging from budget to luxury all within walking distance.”

Vittorio Morassi, chairman, European Helicopter Association, commented “We believe that Helitech is the only rotorcraft show of its type in Europe. The repositioning of Helitech in London in 2013 and thereafter at key locations around Europe will help boost the exhibition’s growth and success.”

“The most appealing factor of the Helitech re-positioning is the international dimension as this show becomes an all-inclusive European event”, confirmed Patrick Moulay, managing director, Bell Helicopter Europe. “As Bell expands its international footprint, the Helitech International venue allows us to reach more European customers than other events combined.”

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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