We are now just over six months away from this year’s edition of Helitech International – time flies! The team is in the midst of planning this year’s event and last month we travelled to Heli-Expo to speak to industry stakeholders about the challenges manufacturers, operators, suppliers and maintenance professionals face over the coming year. It’s these conversations that help us shape and ensure the whole show hits the right mark for visitors.
What was pleasing to hear was the optimism around the oil and gas market. I think John England at Deloitte summed it up perfectly by saying “2016 was the year of tough decisions and 2017 is the slow road back”. While we are some way away from seeing Brent crude oil reach the US$100+ per barrel price, the general consensus is that investment is not far away – as Douglas-Westwood suggest in its latest analysis.
As such, offshore will remain a key part of the programme at Helitech International 2017 and we’ll bring you the latest thoughts from some of the industry’s leading players.
Safety continues to be high on the agenda across the globe. Unfortunately, the recent crash in Snowdonia has simply reaffirmed the need to ensure that the highest standards are met in all sectors of the industry. Information sharing, maintenance, training and best practice all have a major role to play and many of Helitech International’s exhibitors will be bringing their latest innovations to London. The Seminar Programme will also feature a wealth of information on how operators and pilots can improve safety.
We’re delighted to be supporting the Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) again in 2017 with the Learning & Skills Zone at the show. The organisation aims to make all forms of aviation available to the masses. I think many people would agree with me that we need more young people in our industry and during the event ASP will present its manifesto and ways to tackle the misperceptions people have of the industry.
The Technical Workshops last year were hugely successful, with leading manufacturers and technology providers delivering some exceptional presentations that offered invaluable advice. We’re now putting together the 2017 programme and inviting exhibitors to submit proposals. If you have a great case study or would like to present a novel use of your systems or solutions please let us know here – remember sales pitches are not allowed!
The Helitech International 2017 programme will go further than what I have listed here and we’ll be talking UAVs, SAR, HEMS and much more. More details will become available over the coming months so please stay tuned and we hope to see you in London this October.
By Gillian Jenner, Editorial Director