Camcopter operators gather

Camcopter S-100 operators recently attended a three-day user conference to exchange best practice.

Around 30 operators of the Schiebel Camcopter S-100 recently attended a three-day user conference organised by the Austrian manufacturer. Customers using the vertical take-off and landing system attended sessions about the latest innovations on the system, networked and exchanged best practice.

Schiebel told AIR International: “[Those attending] consisted of operators and maintainers. Participants brought a lot of hands-on experience and indepth knowledge of working with the system regularly, providing valuable insights to Schiebel and to other delegates.

“Schiebel presented the latest innovations along with the R&D roadmap to give the delegates a sense of where we see the future of the S-100. The workshop sessions focused on different aspects and best practices of deploying the S-100 for various missions.”

Schiebel first held a user conference in 2012, but the applications in which the system is used have since expanded; this year alone it has been trialled by the Marine Nationale (French Navy) on the BPC Dixmude amphibious assault ship and in Norway by the navy, air force and coastguard. Schiebel said: “The system is never at a standstill with developments and optimisations taking place on a continuous basis. [The] latest innovations focused on the integration of new payloads and applications.” Mark Broadbent