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Drone, air taxis to take centre stage at upcoming Dubai HeliShow


Updates on aerodrome and heliport regulations will also be one of important features at the Dubai HeliShow 2020.

Business Bureau, Gulf Today

The Dubai Helishow, the biennial international helicopter technology and operations exhibition dedicated to the helicopter industry, is returning in 2020 on November 10-12 at the Royal Pavilion of E2 Dubai South Event & Exhibition Center, Al Maktoum International Airport. The event will be staged under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The upcoming show will highlight the new developments in the rotor industry, including the next-generation helicopters and air taxis; the futuristic vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) technologies; the future maintenance and repair organisations (MROs) in the region; and updates on aerodrome and heliport regulations. To be co-located with the Military & Homeland Security show, the 8th edition of Dubai HeliShow will also feature the Unmanned Arial Vehicle/Drone sector as a new addition to its Exhibition and Conference platform.

An exclusive three-day conference - another main highlight - will shed light on a vast range of topics, including ‘Urban Mobility and Next Generation Air Taxis;’ ‘The Electric and Autonomous VTOL Revolution;’ ‘Update on Aerodrome and Helicopter Regulations;’ ‘Integrating Drones Into Controlled Airspace – Challenges and Security Issues;’ ‘The Role of Rotorcrafts in Homeland Security;’ and many others.

The upcoming edition will feature key companies from the rotor, UAV/drone, and defence industries from around the world. With a global audience, the event will also be an excellent opportunity for industry stakeholders to highlight their recent achievements and advancements as well as meet and interact with prospective buyers from the Middle East.

Dubai South, which includes Al Maktoum International Airport, a key supporter and host of the show seeks to expand its aviation district in aircraft manufacturing and maintenance operations, a critical part of this growth will be in the Helicopter sector. Tahnoon Saif, CEO of Dubai South’s Aviation District, said: “the HeliShow 2020 will provide a unique opportunity to place together customers, suppliers and government officials to reflect the growing importance of the Helicopter sector within our regional aerospace, highlighting the latest developments and advancements, firmly putting it on the map as a place to do business.”

Ahmad Abulhoul, Managing Director, Domus Group, organiser of the show said: “With the increasingly important roles played by helicopters and UAVs/drones across a number of industrial, hospitality, and crisis management scenarios, including military, transport and cargo, firefighting, rescue, and offshore oil support, the upcoming edition of the highly successful Dubai HeliShow is already attracting a great deal of interest from international exhibitors, decision makers, government and defense officials, along with commercial customers, owners, users, and manufacturers.”

To name few of the earliest confirmed international companies participating at Dubai HeliShow 2020 are Cartivator/SkyDrive (Japanese company building a flying car and targeting to use it to light the 2020 Tokyo Olympic flame), TACOR Inc. (American Aircraft MRO company), Vita Inclinata Technologies (leading Load Stability Systems in USA), KosmosAvia (spare parts and components supplier for various Russian helicopters and aircrafts), Aviation Traders Limited ATL (aviation design and certification specialist from UK) and Flight Vector (American software created to fulfil the needs of the modern age flight communication centre).

It may be mentioned that the previous show in 2018 also witnessed the display of an array of latest helicopter technologies, amidst wide international participation from leading players in the field of civil and military helicopter technology and operations.

The show featured a series of in-depth discussions on main issues affecting the future of the helicopter industry on the local and international levels, in the presence of exhibitors, decision makers, government and defense officials, besides customers, and manufacturers from the industry. These meaningful discussions also highlighted the industry’s current and emerging challenges and explore new trends, prospects for fruitful partnerships and opportunities for growth, in line with the rapid technological developments in commercial, civil and military helicopter sectors.

The previous show attracted leading local and international industry players including Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai South, Dart Aerospace, Transmex Systems Int, Southern Cross Aviation, Flir Systems, Hartmann Specialised Vehicles Trading, DeVore Aviation / FEC Worldwide, Motor Sich Middle East FZE, Vertex Aerospace (L3), Thuraya, and Fujairah Aviation Academy, to name a few.

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