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Paris Air Show: Musthane Showcasing its Helicopter Landing Mats

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SIAE 2017
International Paris Air Show Show
19 - 25 June 2017, Paris-Le Bourget, France
 
 
Paris Air Show 2017: Musthane Showcasing its Helicopter Landing Mats
 
At Paris Air Show 2017, French company Musthane is showcasing its range of tactical mobility equipment, including its helipads. Brownout and FOD (foreign object debris or damage) increase highly the maintenance costs of helicopters by affecting the rotor wings and the engines. Moreover a significant number of helicopter crashed occurred in forward area operations where helicopters had to land on non-prepared grounds.
     
Paris Air Show: Musthane Showcasing its Helicopter Landing MatsMusthane helicopter landing pad
     
When the time is lacking or the mission is for an unknown period, you will not have the appropriate infrastructure or a proper landing pad. In this case you need a mobile helicopter landing mat which is compact, lightweight and quick to deploy.

Musthane offers a high performance combat proven helicopter landing mat kit with the quickest and safest anchoring system available on the market.

This very unique solution, based on an innovative combination of polymers, composite materials and technical textiles, exceeds the performances of existing plastic or metallic rapid deploy mats thanks to its original design, made of a double-ply rubber coated fabric reinforced with composite rods.
     
Paris Air Show: Musthane Showcasing its Helicopter Landing MatsMusthane stand at Paris Air Show 2017
     
More than 4 years of research and development, resulting in more than 3 pending patents, were necessary to bring different solutions for improving highly the safety, the compactness and the speed of deploy.

This Helipad, specifically designed for being used in desert areas offers thanks to its double ply coated design, the best protection against brownouts and FODs. The Helipad offers, thanks to its pattern, a ground point of reference during day and night landings.

Moreover the reinforcements with composite rods allow the use of ground support equipment around the helicopter even on grounds of lower CBR (Californian Bearing Ratio). One of the major advantages of Mustmove® HELIPAD is the compactness and the low weight of the equipment.

In “transport” configuration, a 20mx20m full kit of Helipad is stored in a box of only 3m x 1,2m x 1,2m and weighs about only 1000 Kgs. This full kit can be transported by a helicopter and installed by 4 people in the desert in less than 3 hours.

Most of the existing Helipad solutions use metallic stakes of about 100 cm to fix the mats to the ground. The stakes are heavy to transport and might move from the ground due to the movements of the mats. Musthane has invented a new design of anchoring composed of an anchor, a flexible link and an arming & blocking device. The Mustmove® QS (Quick & Safe) anchoring system weighs only 200 grams and offers the best safety while fixed in the sand.