Recently Honeywell showcased its helicopter technology to operators in Australia. With more than 2,000 helicopters carrying out a wide range of mission profiles across vast swathes of the country, the Australian helicopter industry is a significant player on the global stage. To support this important sector the second edition of Rotortech – an event designed to champion all aspects of the Australian helicopter industry took place last week. Held in Queensland over three days, the event consisted of a free exhibition, open to all, as well as a targeted conference programme which covered a range of hot topics for operators.
At the show Honeywell offered visitors the chance to take a virtual helicopter flight with our virtual reality helicopter flight experience. On-board, users were able to interact with Honeywell technology designed to make flight safer, more efficient and more connected. Technology on board the virtual helicopter includes SmartView® which improves situational awareness and safety, even in the most difficult flying conditions, Aspire 200 which provides high speed connectivity in-spite of rotor-blade interference, and our HTS900 which is the latest generation engine technology designed to significantly improve fuel efficiency and provide more power for increased range and load capacity.
Honeywell technology was also on display with our partners. Over at Eagle Copters two of our engines were featured – HTS900 which powers the Bell 407HP, as well as the T53 which powers the Bell 412. Meanwhile at Airwork the LTS101 was showcased on the BK117 helicopter.
To coincide with the exhibition Honeywell also hosted its first operator conference in Australia. This day-long event saw more than 30 operators in attendance, including international visitors from Japan, Taiwan, US, Italy and New Zealand. Honeywell specialists presented sessions covering all aspects of helicopter flight including briefings on our safety suite, our connectivity solutions, power requirements and engine technology, as well as our avionics protection plan.
Commenting on the event, Mark Burgess, Vice President for Defense and Space Asia Pacific said, “Supporting helicopter operators is a core part of our business and our technology in this area is specifically designed to help solve some of the challenges faced in this very unique flying environment.” Mark went on to comment, “I am excited that we were present in the heart of the Australian helicopter community showcasing how Honeywell can help make helicopter flight safer and more efficient for operators”.
During the event Honeywell announced deals with Australian Helicopters, Toll Remote Logistics in Australia and SFS Aviation in Thailand, who have all signed up for the Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan (HAPP) which provides commercial helicopters, business aviation and general aviation operators a cost-effective and efficient solution to ensure their fleets are flight-ready. Tom Neumann, Director of Honeywell’s global helicopter business also announced the first Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Sky Connect Tracker III on the AW109/119 at the Rotortech conference.