Helihub’s Founder Jeremy Parkin on the Adaptation of the Rotary Industry during COVID-19

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Jeremy Parkin, founder of the world’s first helicopter industry news website (helihub.com) and now Parapex Media, returns for a second episode on Asian Skycast. This time he speaks with ASG’s Jeffrey Lowe on all things helicopter related. The two talk on how the industry & its sectors are coping with COVID-19, the impact on OEMs; the pandemic’s effect on specific aircraft types and on different mission segments. Jeremy then speaks on the O&G market, gives his comments on the promise the APAC market holds and lastly, discusses current trends like E-delivery that could remain with us after the pandemic.

Main Content

(02:12)

Parapex Media and how Jeremy keeps a close eye on the global changes in the helicopter market & industry

(03:26)

Helihub.com - Jeremy as a Pioneer in delivering helicopter news and the ‘man in the know’

(05:00)

The various factors currently impacting the rotary industry, from the collapse of oil prices, potentially record wildfire seasons, and the pandemic

(06:25)

Current status of multi-turbine, single-turbine, and piston market segments, each impacted differently by the pandemic

(06:37)

Why the piston market (dominated by private pilots & training schools) has been hit the worst

(08:20)

The other end of the market: multi-turbines less impacted due to long-term work & contracts

(09:34)

Single-turbine market … somewhere in between

(10:25)

Increased demand for corporate jets during COVID-19 may spill over into the helicopter charter market…but not too much

(11:48)

OEMs, like Airbus, have slowed production down and have had to change the way they delivery during the pandemic

(12:30)

More orders for the H145 and an 18 month backlog

(13:42)

Social distancing and travel restrictions’ impact on production rates: Q2 down but Q3 may be higher

(15:07)

How do you adapt when lockdown restrictions change day to day

(16:48)

The most resilient pre-owned helicopter types

(17:21)

How is the O&G sector coping with COVID-19?

(18:43)

Telling stats: a 20-year low for the number of O&G wells

(19:41)

More work in China due to drive for self-sufficiency

(20:01)

No demand for new aircraft as helicopters are parked around the world – 30 S92s

(20:29)

Heavy end of the market to suffer from low demand from O&G

(20:57)

Optimism from the H225, its grounding, and eventual comeback – a second life awaits

(22:50)

Which sectors pick up the slack when O&G utilization drops – Wind Farms!

(24:08)

The EMS & Law Enforcement markets – Carry On with some mods

(25:30)

Not the same idle fleet issues as the airlines

(25:57)

Long distant helicopters and the 609

(27:28)

The different outlooks for corporate charter and private flying

(29:00)

Jeremy’s comments on the APAC market and upcoming opportunities

(30:19)

Future of Sikorsky in China

(31:22)

Got to adapt

(32:05)

The interesting concept of E-Delivery & remote appraisals – long term trends or here to stay

(34:51)

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