Rotorcraft Asia 2017 : Dedicated Event for Civil Helicopters to Meet Asia Pacific Demand

Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events, Organiser of Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia

Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events, Organiser of Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia

Singapore, 6 April 2017 – As Rotorcraft Asia 2017 will make its debut at Changi Exhibition Centre in a few weeks , ASEANflyer.com had a chance to interview with Mr Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events which is the organiser of Rotorcraft Asia 2017 and Unmanned Systems Asia 2017.  Mr Leck told us the story of organising this first of a kind and only civil helicopters trade show event in Asia Pacific.

Mr Leck started by telling us the reason of organising Rotocraft Asia and also told us the market trends that contributed to the creation of this event for the first time in the region that “As the first and only dedicated event for the global civil helicopter industry in Asia Pacific, Rotorcraft Asia 2017 aims to support the region’s rising demand for civil helicopters, and the emerging needs of industry players at a time when the industry is poised for growth. Today, the Asia Pacific region continues to drive global demand for new-build helicopters, having increased by 64% since 2005 according to Flightglobal Ascend. The region is also expected to account for the largest share, about 37% of the 10,375 civil helicopters, to be delivered globally by 2025 according to Ibid. The business and private (33%), and utility & multi-role (22%) sectors will generate over half of regional demand by 2025, while offshore support (13%), law enforcement (12%) and emergency medical services (8%) will account for a significant one-third of the market.”

From Experia Events’ perspective, Mr Leck sees that this event will bring worldwide companies in civil helicopter  industry together and the event will be platform for them to connect.

“The inaugural Rotorcraft Asia 2017 will bring together the bellwethers of the civil helicopter industry worldwide, and offer a strategic platform where Asia’s top industry players and government representatives can connect, exchange insights as well as engage in high-level discussions.

We are pleased to welcome some of the industry’s biggest companies including Airbus Helicopters, BBA Aviation, Bell Helicopter, Garmin, Honeywell Aerospace, L-3 WESCAM, RUAG Aviation, Safran Helicopter Engines Asia, Sikorsky, Standard Aero and Zodiac Aerospace, to Rotorcraft Asia 2017. There will be more than 80 participating companies at Rotorcraft Asia 2017” He said.

He also added that this event will be an opportunities for exhibitors and visitors  as it will be an effective strategic platform to leverage the wide spectrum of growth opportunities in the Asia Pacific civil helicopter and unmanned systems markets.

“Co-located with Rotorcraft Asia 2017, will be the inaugural edition of Unmanned Systems Asia 2017, the premier unmanned systems event in Asia. Both events have been co-located because of the increasing use of unmanned vehicles for civil and commercial applications including infrastructure, agriculture, traffic monitoring, surveillance and emergency response operations. Unmanned Systems Asia 2017 will showcase the vast spectrum of commercial and defence applications, cutting edge technologies and solutions in aerial, ground, surface and underwater unmanned systems.

The two events offer exhibitors and trade visitors an integrated and effective strategic platform to leverage the wide spectrum of growth opportunities in the Asia Pacific civil helicopter and unmanned systems markets.

On display at Rotorcraft Asia 2017, will be H160 by Airbus Helicopters and Bell 505 Jet Ranger X by Bell Helicopter. This is the first time the H160 will be featured in Southeast Asia at Rotorcraft Asia 2017.

The Unmanned Systems Asia Forum themed “The Future of Drones”, will focus on the air dimension aspect of drone applications. The Forum will present diverse views from industry experts as well as commercial users of aerial drones in different industries through a plenary session on Unmanned Traffic Management System and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle applications.

Another noteworthy attraction of both Rotorcraft Asia 2017 and Unmanned Systems Asia 2017 will be the VIP Buyers Programme, which will act as an effective forum for exhibitors to meet with rotorcraft and unmanned systems buyers. Through pre-arranged and facilitated meetings, exhibitors can use this dedicated face time to forge new partnerships as per their product interest so that their time at the exhibition will be fully maximised.

In addition to the leading companies and speakers who have affirmed their participation at both events, industry players including top executives, regulators and experts from 40 countries across 4 continents have also confirmed their attendance from 18 to 20 April 2017 in Singapore.”

There will also be conferences where new innovations will be introduced and discussions forums to help the community or the market develop civil helicopter usage which many keynote speakers will attend.

“In conjunction with the Rotorcraft Asia 2017 exhibition, a two-day strategic conference themed around the topic of “Innovation in Rotorcraft”, will focus on new technologies and solutions for rotary wing aircraft. Industry experts and business leaders will also share their views and insights on key topics, current issues and challenges faced by manufacturers and operators of rotorcraft.

The conference will also feature keynote speakers and top executives including Mr Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice President, Engineering & Chief Technical Officer, Airbus Helicopters; Mr J. Scott Drennan, Director of Engineering Innovation, Bell Helicopter; Mr Pascal Dauriac, Research and Technology Director, Safran Helicopter Engines; Mr Robert Gagne, Country Director, Global Sales, Defense, Space & Security, The Boeing Company; and Mr Chris Van Buiten, Vice President, Sikorsky Innovation, Sikorsky.” Mr Leck said.

Rotorcraft Asia 2017 will be held at Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore from 18 – 20 April 2017.

Civilian helicopter on a background an landscape – Image from Experia Events