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Old 1st Jun 2020, 21:33
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Anyone know anything about this ??

Seems like a lot of hype over something that bombed last time. This company Prsym seems to have bought it from Reed but they are making the same mistake - holding it at Excel centre. And their list of exhibitors is just the list of those who were at Vertical Flight Expo 2019 - and I doubt many of them will be back.

Helitech 2021

Introducing Helitech World Expo

Prysm Group is delighted to announce the launch of Helitech World Expo, Europe’s largest event for the helicopter sector.



Welcoming 300 exhibitors and over 3,000 visitors, Helitech World Expo will empower the industry to reimagine the possibilities and get the edge in technology innovation, by connecting with the products, people and ideas that will transform the VTOL community over the next five years.



With innovative features including the Live Fly-in, Training Simulator, The Showroom, and the Masterclasses Programme, anyone with a commercial interest in the helicopter sector should be at the event.


The new event will be held on the 14 & 15 April 2021 at the ExCeL Centre, London. Join us as we connect you with products, people and ideas to fully succeed in the helicopter sector.

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Old 1st Jun 2020, 22:10
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Should bring it back to my original neck of the woods at Duxford tbh..

So are the OEMs gonna play ball this time around or will it be left with European Rotors in Cologne?

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We tend to blame the failure of Helitech on not being at Duxford. I think we should see that the success of Helitech at Duxford as the success of the location rather than the event. Duxford is pretty unique and there are signs that even putting a helicopter show at a similar venue will not work either. ExCel is no worse that the RAI Amsterdam and yet that worked to a point. European Rotors the new European version of Helitech [dismembered] is scheduled for Cologne in November. That venue is as yet unseen but I see it as an ExCel/RAI in Cologne. No chance to fly in your personal helicopter even if there are airliners by then.

Industry is [apparently] supporting European Rotors despite it having all the wrong things with it that are cited for the ExCel/Farnborough event. No aerial access being the main gripe.

There is another helicopter show in the UK that has been attempting to take on the mantle of a new Helitech and that struggles. Heli-Expo may not have been to Duxford but it has tried various 'live airfield' venues over recent years [Wycombe and Sywell] that can be flown into by business or private flyers but it has not thrived. Nothing similar seems to work to well no matter where it is based. Unless the magic is wholly Duxford or Redhill before it.

The Helitech revival event last year at Farnborough did not work and neither did the event proposed for Silverstone a few years back. Despite it being cited as the prime reason that post Duxford failed, the Farnborough event offered a free fly-in option but few came [and I know the November weather was vile].

There is perhaps another important aspect that is rarely appreciated.

The key is the people that run the event and how they run the event. If either of those aspects is flawed neither industry or the people with come. As those usually nice people at HAI illustrated comprehensively a few years ago with a venue in Kentucky. It was financially a dead cert for the organisers but the attendees got a whiff of not being appreciated and did not enjoy a share in the organisers good fortune. They soon turned their backs. As a result no-one turned out in great numbers in 2016 and this year HAI was not in Louisville, Kentucky!
All things have a positive though. Those that did attend Louisville 2016 were able to have something like a dozen free Tote Bags each to take home.......

So Helitech World Expo could prevail but it mainly depends on the organisers understanding and appreciating the customer and putting on what the customer wants not what they, the organisers, think they want.



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What they donít seem to understand is that they had a great show at Redhill and Duxford which are both airfields and allowed visitors by air without restriction

they moved to excel, no fly in allowed visitors plummeted
then they moved to Farnborough visitors could fly in but it was extremely difficult and a lot of hoops to flyin Visitors really werenít welcomed

now back to excel which I wouldnít mind betting fails too

shame it was a good show
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Well said md 600 driver

I was a regular visitor at all of the Redhill and Duxford Helitech shows, thats when it was a proper show with up to 80+ helicopters flying in each day bringing in potential customers. The halls always seemed to be full of people, lots of static helicopters to look at etc.

The new organisers need to look at going back to the old way of allowing fly-in visitors... more people more customers. If not the organisers should drop the heli part of the title and just concentrate on the tech side. Like many others I know I am not going to visit until the helicopter gets the prime spot and visitors are able to fly in ! Its over to the organisers, after all helicopters are so versatile and you won't see any flying in an exhibition hall ! an airfield yes ?

I have a feeling this will fall on deaf ears ?
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I was asked to exhibit by the new people. They were trying to get smaller companies to exhibit with the promise of fly into Excel and ensuring a target audience would be there !
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Originally Posted by Hughes500 View Post
I was asked to exhibit by the new people. They were trying to get smaller companies to exhibit with the promise of fly into Excel and ensuring a target audience would be there !
Promise of fly in to Excel ? Have they got room for parking 80+ helicopters ? Duxford and Redhill did
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Its a common theme, but realistically, what percentage of attendees actually want to fly in?
With the exception of demo aircraft etc.
From the numbers required to make an event profitable, I would be amazed if that was a major factor to the success of an event.
Exhibiting is a huge expense, if anything, this is the problem.
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Its a common theme, but realistically, what percentage of attendees actually want to fly in?
With the exception of demo aircraft etc.
From the numbers required to make an event profitable, I would be amazed if that was a major factor to the success of an event.
Exhibiting is a huge expense, if anything, this is the problem.
The exhibitors want to see potential purchasers the percentage of potential purchasers in the attendees increase with flyin visitors these are proven potential purchasers , I personally bought two helicopters at Heli tech in the uk at Duxford and Redhill it was a place you could go and see most new helicopters that were for sale arrange test flights but also you could go and look at various enhancements,training and maintenance items for your existing helicopter
Being a northerner Getting to excel on a train takes over 3 hours there and over 3 hours To return Plus time getting to railway station and return so upto 4.5 hours each way which means a overnight stay or a very short visit
For door to door from home to excell would be 1.5 hours if flyin was available at excell
Surely the exhibitors need to do Good business at the show , it costs them a fortune to Exhibit and if they donít do additional business itís not worth them exhibiting ,
Redhill and Duxford was also a place where helicopter owners ,pilots,training businesses would be able to meet up and network ,you could also go and see representatives from the CAA
The show organisers need to learn from the past

when the show was at Duxford and Redhill and flyin was allowed all helicopter manufacturers and their agents were exhibiting along with all the other associated aviation exhibitors

when the show moved and no flyin Or very limited flyin was allowed Visitor numbers were low and Not many helicopter manufacturers and their agents Bothered to attend

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Its a common theme, but realistically, what percentage of attendees actually want to fly in?
Bellringer - did you ever go to Duxford ?? If so then you wouldnt need to ask that question.

Back in the Duxford days there were rows and rows of helos of people visiting Helitech, in fact a lot of them even came from across the channel as well. I even remember when we had a couple of Apaches visit

These aircraft came and went all day and provided a lot of traffic for the exhibitors. They had shuttle buses that would go back and forth around the airfield to pick up crews and pax. It really was something and they were all traffic for the exhibitors.

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This is what a helicopter show did look like and if the organisers take heed may look like again in the future !!







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Helitech (and it's 2019 rebrand Vertical Flight Expo) were run by Reed Exhibitions. The Sep19 event bombed, and Reed sold it to another expo company, who have resurrected the Helitech name in their rebrand. I'm yet to work out whether the new owners have figured that
(1) running a trade event two weeks before Heli-Expo may not be great timing. How many exhibitors will put their money into both events?
(2) given the event is back in a central London expo hall, the costs will be high for the organisers. They are not charging for entry, so they can only recoup their costs through expensive booth space. Will that work?
(3) the European Rotors event (this November) has tied up all the manufacturers because it has the full support of EHA and EASA. Will the manufacturers commit to two European events?
(4) the European Rotors event is being built around a long-running Rotorcraft Safety Conference, so it's not a "new event" as such and will already have some key people attending anyway.
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Originally Posted by helihub View Post
Helitech (and it's 2019 rebrand Vertical Flight Expo) were run by Reed Exhibitions. The Sep19 event bombed, and Reed sold it to another expo company, who have resurrected the Helitech name in their rebrand. I'm yet to work out whether the new owners have figured that
(1) running a trade event two weeks before Heli-Expo may not be great timing. How many exhibitors will put their money into both events?
(2) given the event is back in a central London expo hall, the costs will be high for the organisers. They are not charging for entry, so they can only recoup their costs through expensive booth space. Will that work?
(3) the European Rotors event (this November) has tied up all the manufacturers because it has the full support of EHA and EASA. Will the manufacturers commit to two European events?
(4) the European Rotors event is being built around a long-running Rotorcraft Safety Conference, so it's not a "new event" as such and will already have some key people attending anyway.
so things donít look good for it considering Heli expo dates
I for one will be going to New Orleans for the show just looking for some tickets if anyone has any spare


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Any updates? I had a gander at the recent website and theres no mention of the OEMs? I did speak to someone at Prysm last week and they kinda hinted it was work in progress to chat with the OEMs.

Also there might be 4/5 helos on static display inside and possibly a few outside, but again they stressed it was a B2B event. My impression is having any rotorcraft on display is not high on their prirority but I could be wrong. But in saying that I guess with post covid, be lucky to get anything up and running.

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Originally Posted by KiwiNedNZ View Post
Bellringer - did you ever go to Duxford ?? If so then you wouldnt need to ask that question.

Back in the Duxford days there were rows and rows of helos of people visiting Helitech, in fact a lot of them even came from across the channel as well. I even remember when we had a couple of Apaches visit

These aircraft came and went all day and provided a lot of traffic for the exhibitors. They had shuttle buses that would go back and forth around the airfield to pick up crews and pax. It really was something and they were all traffic for the exhibitors.

Cheers

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Amen! Duxford is the exact right place for many reasons! The place reeks of "Aviation".....and with Shuttleworth just up the road a bit....what more could one ask for....and throw in some of the Pubs in the area....and the B&B's.....always enjoyed going there.
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Originally Posted by helipixman View Post
This is what a helicopter show did look like and if the organisers take heed may look like again in the future !!







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now that is an Expo why anyone would want to try again at Excel where Reed have failed is beyond me.... SAS, agreed great pubs not so keen on the b&bís .... that said you probably had a great experience with one of those feisty landladyís up there!
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8 weeks to goÖ.

Still see this being advertisedÖ is anyone expecting it to go ahead in 8 weeks time? I wonder if anyone will travel for it, Brits seem happy enough abandoning their masks and enjoying their freedom whilst deaths hit 170 yesterday and over 26,000 new cases. NZ by contrast into full lockdown with one new caseÖ.

Itís obviously up to each country to make their own choices and within that framework subsequently the same for businesses and individuals too. Iím not trying to suggest one way or other is wrong or right. But - is it reasonable to assume that many will stay away or simply not be allowed to travel due to national or company policy? If so, is it not best to hold this at a later date so exhibitors and attendees can get full value from it?
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i think it will be quite safe from a Covid point of view as not many people go there now not like the old days before they changed the format

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Still see this being advertisedÖ is anyone expecting it to go ahead in 8 weeks time? I wonder if anyone will travel for it, Brits seem happy enough abandoning their masks and enjoying their freedom whilst deaths hit 170 yesterday and over 26,000 new cases. NZ by contrast into full lockdown with one new caseÖ.

Itís obviously up to each country to make their own choices and within that framework subsequently the same for businesses and individuals too. Iím not trying to suggest one way or other is wrong or right. But - is it reasonable to assume that many will stay away or simply not be allowed to travel due to national or company policy? If so, is it not best to hold this at a later date so exhibitors and attendees can get full value from it?
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European Rotors

I am on the fringes of the rotor world- mostly supporting Mi-17s- but we are starting to pay attention to the bigger industry as we are representing a firm selling predictive HUMS. That said, my friends in the industry seem to all be going to European Rotors in Cologne, 16-18 November 2021. My friend at an engine overhaul facility gave us a few of their passes so if it works out I'll be there this year.

I did go to HeliTech a few years ago and it was a solid show- and the musuem was fantastic.
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they were the good old days at duxford

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I am on the fringes of the rotor world- mostly supporting Mi-17s- but we are starting to pay attention to the bigger industry as we are representing a firm selling predictive HUMS. That said, my friends in the industry seem to all be going to European Rotors in Cologne, 16-18 November 2021. My friend at an engine overhaul facility gave us a few of their passes so if it works out I'll be there this year.

I did go to HeliTech a few years ago and it was a solid show- and the musuem was fantastic.
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