During the week of 5th October the helicopter industry descended on London for the annual gathering of key decision makers and influencers at Helitech 2015. The event, which takes place over three days, is dedicated to everything helicopter related.
Honeywell participated with a booth that showcased a variety of helicopter technologies designed to make helicopter flight more efficient, safer and more connected. For the first time, our HTS900 cutaway engine model was on display in Europe. This exciting engine provides power for the Eagle Copters 407HP retrofit, as well as powering the development program for the new SH09 helicopter from Kopter.
Alongside our engine technology, we also launched our new commercial helicopter virtual reality experience. Virtual reality is a totally immersive experience, where goggles and headsets are used to transport users into a virtual helicopter. Once in this virtual environment users can select their helicopter mission and whether they want to be a pilot, a passenger or an engineer. The experience contains a comprehensive overview of the technologies Honeywell can provide for helicopter operators in an interesting and engaging way. For example, our SmartView® technology is designed to help pilots to have a clear view, even in degraded visual environments. In the virtual helicopter experience users can see the difference that SmartView brings to their missions. We have had very positive feedback of the tool and we look forward to rolling it out more widely over the coming months.
Helitech also provided OEMs the opportunity to showcase their latest and greatest helicopter designs. On display around the halls included the H160 from Airbus Helicopters, and the Bell 505, both of which were at Helitech for the first time, as well as the AW169 from AgustaWestland. This focus on the future of helicopter flight was reflected around the show. Commenting on the event, Gerald Coste, Customer Business Director at Honeywell said, “It is exciting to see the next generation of helicopters being showcased at Helitech this year. It demonstrates the value of helicopters to many different mission profiles.” Gerald went on to say, “Our technologies are designed to support the current and future needs of helicopter operators. We have a broad range of technologies designed to make challenging helicopter missions safer, more efficient and of course – more connected. Our Aspire satcom solution for example is providing true connectivity solutions for helicopters, where rotor blades can make it difficult to maintain an effective connection. By understanding these challenges we are solving critical problems faced by our customers.”
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