PremiAir group managing director David McRobert says he is encouraged by signs that shows such as EBACE are beginning to have more of a rotary-wing element, although the economic downturn means the company has not taken a booth at this year's event.

"I'm pleased that rotary-wing manufacturers have taken more of an interest, but it is predominantly a fixed-wing show," says McRobert. "We'll certainly be promoting the network. One of the reasons we launched on 1 May is we wanted to catch the EBACE bounce.

"It was very pleasing that last year [at EBACE], along the main corridor where all the OEMs were based, it wasn't just Hawker Beechcraft and Gulfstream and Dassault, there was Bell, Eurocopter, Sikorsky and Agusta. Business aviation in our mind comes together through the world of the executive helicopter and the business jet, and I would like to see more manufacturers focusing on the executive helicopter world," he says.

Source: Flight Daily News