Helitech 2018: day 1 highlights

Helitech 2018: day 1 highlights

Special focus will be given for this year to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) missions: Airbus Helicopters showcases an EMS-configured H145 in operation with Dutch operator ANWB

AMSTERDAM - Helitech International air show 2018 officially started in Amsterdam. Special focus will be given for this edition to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) missions. Airbus Helicopters showcased a number of its main workhorses for HEMS, a segment the company leads with 60% of the in-service fleet, thanks to its long expertise and wide range of dedicated solutions.

On the stand (Hall 8, booth E60), will be an EMS-configured H145 in operation with Dutch operator ANWB. One of the companyís best sellers for such demanding missions thanks to its high performance and spacious cabin, this light twin helicopter is also extremely versatile and can quickly convert from EMS to other roles such as disaster relief or mountain rescue, thanks to its optional equipment and a plug-and-play design philosophy.

Show goers will be able to take a close look at a full scale mock-up of the H160 fitted in an EMS configuration. With the largest cabin in its class, wide opening sliding door and roll-in stretcher capacity, the H160 is the next generation high intensive care helicopter ideal for long distances critical patient or incubator transport.

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In the static display, visitors will have the opportunity to see a H175 equipped for oil & gas missions and operated by Heli-Holland. With 29 H175s now in service, having accumulated 40,000 flight hours, this best-selling super-medium helicopter has been endorsed by 14 oil companies across the world and itís setting new standards for offshore transport operations.

The company will also present an update on Airbusí Skywise offer for helicopters. Skywise is Airbusí cloud-based open data platform, capable of storing vast amounts of data from airlines, helicopter operators, manufacturers and suppliers, and turning it into actionable intelligence that could reduce operational interruptions, increase safety, and better anticipate maintenance actions.


Leonardo is displaying at Helitech in Amsterdam this week an AW169 light intermediate helicopter in an offshore wind-farm support configuration operated in the North Sea.

At Helitech last year in London, the company displayed the AW169 in an emergency medical services configuration.

Leonardo is one manufacturer capitalizing on the spike in offshore wind farm developments, targeting its AW139 and AW169 toward the sector.

The company secured its first offshore wind contract for the AW169 with Uni-Fly A/S of Denmark at Helitech last year. The order called for two AW169s to enter service in the first quarter of 2018 and perform wind-farm support operations for DONG Energy at Hornsea Project One in the North Sea.

In recent years, large offshore wind farms have sprung up worldwide. Of particular note are ongoing developments in the North Sea, off the east and west coasts of the United Kingdom and off the coasts of Germany, France and Denmark. In 2017, Europe added 560 new offshore wind turbines.

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