It’s official! HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 will be the largest ever produced. The trade show, held this year in Dallas, Texas, March 6–9, with exhibits open March 7–9, celebrates the commercial and civil helicopter industry with participants from around the world.
“The marketing people in Dallas like to proclaim ‘Big Things Happen Here’,” says Ed DiCampli, chief operating officer for HAI. “We agree: we now have our biggest show ever.”
HAI HELI-EXPO exhibitors have already booked 317,100 net square feet of show floor space, and that number is likely to climb even higher as HAI is still accepting booth registrations. This net square footage figure exceeds the show’s previous record, set in Las Vegas in 2013.
“We’ll have some of the largest helicopters in North America on display, and we’re also on pace for record attendance,” says Matt Zuccaro, president and CEO of HAI. “Combined with the figures for the show floor, it’s reasonable to say that our diverse industry is in a growth phase and people are excited to do business.”
HAI HELI-EXPO features exhibits from helicopter operators, aircraft manufacturers and suppliers of parts, accessories, and maintenance services, among others. Just like the exhibitors, attendees span the spectrum of the industry. Operators, pilots, mechanics, students, military service members, and helicopter aficionados attend the multiday event. Attendees can seek employment, attend safety and professional education courses, catch up with industry trends, or simply enjoy the displays on the show floor.
Exhibitors will display approximately 60 helicopters across the show floor of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, including a Boeing CH-47D Chinook, one of the largest helicopters commercially available in North America. Other aircraft expected to be on display include a Russian Mil-24 Hind helicopter, several commercial Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopters, and a variety of models from Airbus, Bell, Leonardo, MD, Robinson, Sikorsky, and other aircraft manufacturers.
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