19.03.2010 ILA-HeliCenter – Helicopters, Technologies, Missions and Trends
From 8 to 13 June the HeliCenter at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2010 will be more international than ever before. All the major helicopter manufacturers, subcontractors and equipment suppliers will be represented at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport, making the ILA 2010 the year’s most important European meeting place for the helicopter sector. The strong participation by the international helicopter market reflects not only the growing importance of the venue for this event in Berlin/ Brandenburg but also the optimistic expectations of the industry following two difficult years. With the scope of its exhibits, its own heliport and a dedicated conference programme the ILA HeliCenter is the ideal marketing platform for everything connected with helicopters and with their civilian and military applications now and in the future.
Representing every kind of mission
The ILA HeliCenter focuses on areas such as air transport, airborne rescue, civil protection and emergency services, after sales service, MRO, flight training and the entire range of military deployment. The exhibitors and their exhibits provide a representative cross-section of current helicopter missions. They include the latest products such as the NH 90 tactical transporter, the Tiger combat and support helicopter, the CH 53 GA heavy transporter, the latest police and rescue helicopters such as the EC 135, Bell 429 and MD 902, as well as models intended for VIP transport, for training and for commercial air services (among others the R 22 and R 44, EC 120, EC 155, BO 105). The presence of providers of cost-effective, efficient and on-time maintenance and repairs, as well as of training and advanced training for ground and flight crews with the aid of simulators reflects the growing importance of all of these aspects.
Germany – Europe’s pre-eminent helicopter market
The names of such inspired designers and innovative engineers as Focke, Flettner and Bölkow, to mention only three, are closely linked with the successful development of rotorcraft. On the basis of their efforts in the past there are now some 1,300 helicopters operating in Germany, around 500 of them with the armed forces, over 100 in airborne rescue, approximately 150 providing public safety services and 600 in commercial and private use. These figures confirm that Germany is the leading user of helicopters in Europe. Another indication of the appeal of the rotorcraft market for newcomers and the private sector has been the rapid increase in sales of UL and autogiros.
New market sector – meeting the challenge of environmental sustainability
Market forecasts remain positive: additional helicopter capacity will be needed to meet the requirements of new sectors, such as the servicing of off-shore wind farms. Military operators are planning to purchase helicopters for training purposes and for carrying out special missions. Civilian operators are considering replacement and upgrade programmes for ageing fleets. There has been a sharp rise in the demand for simulator equipment against a background of the increased pressure of costs. Another of the main themes will be the need for new designs and technology to improve environmental sustainability. A number of separate events dealing with these issues will form part of the accompanying programme of conferences. The HeliCenter at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2010 provides the ideal market place for such developments. The BDLI and Messe Berlin, the organizers of the Air Show, are cooperating for the first time with the German Helicopter Association DHV in planning the concept for the HeliCenter, in order to more effectively meet the requirements of all helicopter operators.
40 years of airborne rescue in Germany
Following trials over a number of years a permanent airborne rescue service using helicopters was introduced in Germany in the autumn of 1970. This pioneering achievement attracted worldwide attention and laid the foundations for an airborne rescue system which set the pattern right up to the present day for medical emergency services in many countries around the world. Forty years of airborne rescue in Germany is an anniversary that will also be given due recognition at the HeliCenter. Companies providing airborne rescue services from all over Europe, together with manufacturers and subcontractors specializing in such missions will be represented at the HeliCenter. The European HEMS and Air Ambulance Committee (EHAC) will be organizing a special conference programme dealing with this subject on the opening day of the ILA Berlin Air Show 2010.
Army Aviation Corps Training Alliance
The model for cooperation between the Army Aviation Corps and the industry was first introduced at last year’s ILA, where it met with such a positive response among exhibitors and visitors that it will again be featured at the HeliCenter this year. The combination of the best available material for military training has been tested under practical conditions and has proved to be highly effective. Another highlight will once again be the demonstration of an airborne landing operation by the armed forces, when military aviators will be providing an impressive demonstration of their capabilities and their high levels of training.
Conference programme with prominent speakers
The exhibition at the HeliCenter will be accompanied by a conference programme that has been planned to accurately meet the current requirements of helicopter operators. The subjects under discussion will include the challenges facing airborne rescue as well as “Future Rotorcraft Concepts and Technologies”, “Green Power”, “Future Challenges in Governmental, Commercial and Private Helicops” and the question of where to find the pilots of the future and the career opportunities that are open to them. The involvement of such leading conference organizers as EHAC, Rotorblatt, Aerokurier, EMW and BMI and the presence of prominent speakers at the ILA conference centre will ensure that this event is both successful and fascinating. All the details about the conference programme can be found at www.ila-berlin.com / Conferences.
Helicopter attractions for the public
The HeliCenter will not only be of interest to trade visitors but will also have plenty to fascinate all visitors who are helicopter enthusiasts, with civilian and military helicopters equipped for every kind of mission on show on the open air grounds. Visitors will be able to enjoy some spectacular aerial displays, including army aviators and the Red Bull helicopter aerobatic team, as well as helicopters and actors from various TV series.
Sightseeing flights by helicopter from the ILA grounds, lasting ten to twelve minutes, will be available each day in an AS 350 operated by Heli Flight Cottbus. Tickets will be on sale from the stand of the German Helicopter Association DHV at the HeliCenter.
Contact ILA HeliCenter
Mr Fritz Holzinger, Ph.: +49 (0)151 1422 9100,