We had a great week at HAI Heli-Expo, visiting industry stakeholders and new and exciting companies that will join us at Vertical Flight Expo this November to serve the European vertical market with the latest technology and services. If one thing is clear from our time at the event, it’s that the market is evolving fast and we’ll talk more and more about electric and vertical technologies for the future.
With this in mind, there’s a perfect opportunity to bring together the rotorcraft industry with those working with unmanned technology and that’s what we are going to deliver in November. Vertical Flight Expo will create a space for dialogue and business to happen, 100% focused on delivering more cost effective and safer missions across the different sectors (Emergency, Defence/Government, CAT, Renewables, Oil & Gas, Agriculture and Surveying among others).
Before we unveil some new exciting news about our event in Farnborough, let’s review the announcements from this week at Heli-Expo by some of our confirmed 2019 exhibitors:
- Boeing buys EFB app-maker ForeFlight. Boeing acquires ForeFlight the developer of the ForeFlight electronic flight bag app. “Aligns with Boeing’s growth strategy of complementing organic investments with targeted , strategic investments that poisiton the company for the long term growth” said the company.
- Dart Aerospace’s new 240 and 260 USG firefighting buckets presented this week. The new products give operators the option of using smaller buckets “with buckets ranging from 240 and 320 US gallons, we can satisfy a good chunk of the firefighting market”. Said Steve Ghaleb Dart’s vice president of commercial operations. Separately Dart is launching a new Skilight replacement window for the Leonardo AW139. The new unit is made from single layered polycarbonate and is available as a direct replacement for the manufacturer’s laminated acrylic window. Dart is providing a new high-capacity cargo net for Brazilian offshore operator Aeroleo Taxi Aereo. The net will be installed on 13 Leonardo AW139 helicopters in Rio de Janeiro based company’s fleet.
- Donaldson Aerospace & Defence has delivered its first advanced filtrations systems for the new medium-twin Bell 525 Relentless, including transmission oil assembles and inlet barriers filters (IBF).
- Essex Industries introduce its ambidextrous cursor grip for aircraft where there is not enough room for both right and left slew grips.
- Lord Corporation is bringing a new elastomeric tail rotor bearing (TRB) to the market for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 that promises longer intervals between visual inspection s and shorter downtime.
These are just a few of the companies returning to Vertical Flight Expo 2019. Make sure you pre-register to be up to date with all the news and announcements in the lead-up to the event. There’s still space available for you to showcase your tech to European rotorcraft and drone operators too – get in touch to find out more! We will be announcing some exciting new exhibitors very soon, so stay tuned for more info.