11-Mar-2011 Source: HAI
Helicopter Association International this week produced a fast-paced, record event with the 63rd edition of HELI-EXPOÂ®, held at the Orange County Convention Center here.
At HELI-EXPO 2011, manufacturers conducted more than 90 customer demonstration flights from the convention centerâ€™s own private heliport, which HAI oversaw during the show.Â A total of 625 companies and organizations exhibited at the show and registrations were on track to reach or exceed 20,000, both records.Â More than 50 helicopters were displayed on the show floor and a wide range of training and operational forums were conducted.Â HELI-EXPOÂ®, the worldâ€™s largest trade show dedicated to helicopters, occupied roughly 1 million square feet of exhibit floor and meeting space in the convention centerâ€™s North/South Building, more than any of HAIâ€™s past shows.
In addition to the customer demonstrations, HAI staff and volunteers oversaw the safe flight of 39 helicopters into the show on March 2-3 and out of it March 8-9 via a separate, temporary heliport set up in a parking lot behind the convention center buildingâ€™s north end.Â (The other helicopters at the show arrived by truck.)
â€œHELI-EXPO 2011 is solid proof of the international helicopter communityâ€™s strength, which is built on the helicopterâ€™s ability to meet the diverse needs of society,â€ said HAI President Matt Zuccaro. â€œHAIâ€™s members meet those needs safely every day, as we demonstrated with this yearâ€™s fly-ins and fly-outs at the show.â€
In addition to announcements of new and upgraded aircraft by helicopter manufacturers and many new orders that they, other manufacturers and vendors reported, HELI-EXPO 2011â€™s highlights included:
Next yearâ€™s show will be held Feb. 11-14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. Companies interested in exhibiting at HELI-EXPO 2012 should contact HAI at 703-683-4646 or visit www.rotor.com.