Heli Expo India - 2017
The year 2008 was declared as "The year of Helicopters" by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to add special dimension to the importance of the helicopters and the need to strengthen the helicopter industry in India in multi-faceted role of the Helicopter in operations such as National Disaster Management, Police Surveillance, Fire Fighting Activities, Medical assistance, Search and Rescue operation, and Oil and gas pipe line surveillance has made the Helicopter indispensable to any administration at the district or state level. Apart, the role of the helicopter for, intercity travel, Tourism and Business Charters has also become significant and strategic in recent times for aviation sector development. In spite of intended focus of the Government, Helicopter Industry has not grown as was anticipated and still remains a matter of concern. Recently, Ministry of Civil Aviation has brought new impetus to this Industry by including helicopters under RSC-UDAN scheme and easing out old time regulations. To strengthen the initiative of Ministry of Civil Aviation and to provide focus on helicopter industry, PHD Chamber of commerce and Industry in association with Pawan Hans is organizing "Heli Expo India - International Civil Helicopter Conclave 2017" at Pawan Hans Heliport at Rohini, New Delhi on 4th and 5th November 2017.
Helicopter Industry Overview
India's civil aviation market is among the fastest growing in the world, but helicopter use remains very limited. From the time the first helicopter was flown in India in November 1953 and up to year 1986, the commercial use of helicopters in India remains limited to small aviation activity involved in communication and crop spraying. The formation of the Pawan Hans Limited in 1986 provided the first boost to the civil helicopter industry in India, which now holds and operates the largest fleet in the country with a defined mandate â€œTo become a market leader in Helicopters and Sea Plane services, to provide regional connectivity through small fixed Wing Aircrafts operations and provide repair/overhaul services at par with international standards.
Today, there are approximately 277 civil registered helicopters in the country, out of which approximately 100 helicopters are in commercial business. However, these numbers are woefully inadequate when compared with the world population of civil helicopters. As per the HAI statistics, out of a total world civil helicopter population of 38000, India accounts for less than one percent. In fact, India currently has fewer civil helicopters than even Switzerland. Brazil- a developing country like ours, the city of Sao Paulo (similar to Bombay and Delhi) itself has more than 500 helicopters. Despite these above statistics, the market and industry remains optimistic about the Indian Civil helicopter industry.
Ministry of Civil Aviation and DGCA have been working to promote general aviation and helicopter industry in particular by renewed focus on easing regulation and new civil aviation policy. The helicopter industry and general aviation has huge potential in area of heli tourism, law and order, disaster mmanagement, emergency medical services and intra-state/inter island connectivity besides MRO business under Make in India initiatives of GOI to serve the nation with true spirit as being a National Helicopter Carrier.
In the approaching years, Indian Helicopter industry projects itself to join the league of top countries offering helicopter services. Secondly, to grow the demand of helicopters nationally is another area to throw spotlight. Tourism and Medical evacuation are going to be major drivers of helicopters growth in India. We need to focus on capacity creation and increasing the number of helicopters; establishing new heliports are primary among them. Pawan Hans is thinking to explore new horizons and take Indian Helicopter industry to unimagined heights.
« India is among the five fastest growing aviation markets globally, poised to be the 3rd largest aviation by 2020.
« Cohesion with State Governments under the new Civil Aviation Policy for Rural & Air Regional Connectivity Scheme.
« Indian Helicopters Industry anticipated to increase their fleet size to reach 500 aircrafts by 2025.
« Plan to revive and operationalize around 300 Helipads in India over the next 5 years to improve Remote and Regional Air Connectivity.
« Development of the India market for the Helicopter industry (for disaster relief, tourism, medical evacuation and pilgrimage services) a growing business opportunity.
« Emphasis on advanced information technology in the growing Aviation industry.
« Greater focus on infrastructure development and increasing liberalization via large scale collaborations.
« Thriving Indian Tourism Industry with major increase in global and domestic air passenger traffic.
« Development of Heliports under Heli-Hub concept to ensure reliability and safely of helicopter operations.
Honeywell Aerospace expects that 4,800-5,500 civilian use helicopters will be delivered during next five years. In the Asian region, the players are focused on India and China. It is expected that in the next decade the Helicopter aviation industry in India will grow to more than 500 helicopters.
These are astounding figures.
Where is this demand coming from?
What are the demand drivers?
What policies are facilitating the Indian and regional aviation boom.
Rural Air Connectivity, a thrust of GOI.
These are a few questions that the industry would like to have answers for, in a simplified but comprehensive manner.
Why New Delhi
The city of New Delhi is not only India's capital but also a political and business hub of the country with numerous companies (national & International) dealing in diverse type of businesses and trade. The city other than being the commercial centre of North India is also one of the major aviation hubs in the country and a growing tourist and trade show destination. The capital is connected with all the other Indian cities as well as different countries across the globe with numerous international and domestic airlines, companies and allied industries also headquartered in New Delhi. Rohini Heliport, India's 1st integrated Heliport recently developed by Pawan Hans has a right fit for such global events.