|AgustaWestland AW139 from SA|
There are some good things. I have been visited by many subscribers and friends - have chatted to many potential advertisers and subscribers, and there are some good machines here - like the AW139 left. But is does lack the buzz of HeliTech Duxford, and indeed HeliExpo. Hard to say why - might be the lack of outside air and flying helicopters.
Next year will be in Amsterdam. I've said I will go, but who knows how good that will be - I just hope there is room for some actual flying.
For the future Bell are excited that the JetRanger Lite is getting a LOT of interest. Gary Slater, the UK distributor, says that if he could already take deposits he would be rolling in it! I, like everyone else, am really looking forward to seeing the new machine.
Eurocopter has the T2s, both EC130T2 and EC145T2 are at the show. There have been a few problems with them, so no chance to fly them at the moment.
Sikorsky is also at the show. No Enstrom though, or Robinson, but a showing from Cabri, with a Swedish Guimbal on static display.
PremiAir has relaunched as a corporate charter company. The new MD was also trying to convince a skeptical press that Blackbushe is the new West London Heliport. Humm. I live in West London and it takes me an hour to drive to Blackbushe- work it out for yourself! At least Oxford London offers you a helicopter flight into Battersea.