Heli Expo


HELI-EXPO trade show is sponsored by Helicopter Association International (HAI) and focuses on the civil helicopter industry. In 2006, more than 16,000 people attended. Exhibitors numbered 526, and 49 aircraft filled the 512,000 square foot convention center.

At the Heli-Expo trade show, visitors can see a wide range of helicopters including some of the latest models as well as pre-owned aircraft. Manufacturers and suppliers of helicopter equipment and services will be there as well.

The HELI-EXPO is also an excellent opportunity to learn new things when you attend any of the many courses offered for participants. Safety courses include “Coping with Crisis 101—Managing an Aviation Disaster” and “Flying in the Wire and Obstruction Environments.” For helicopter pilots, there’s the “Flight Instructor Refresher,” “Helicopter Pilot Refresher,” and the “Mountain Flying Ground School.” Maintenance courses include “Helicopter Maintenance Management,” “Helicopter Vibration-Health-Usage Monitoring,” and “Human Performance in Helicopter Maintenance.” Several of the management courses include “Advanced Helicopter Operator Management ,” “Defining Direct Operating Costs,” “Helicopter Operator Management,” and “Tax Management for Commercial Operators.”

During the helicopter CEO forum you can hear what industry leaders think about what’s ahead for everyone. Technical briefings will be presented by Sikorsky, Bell, Lycoming, Honeywell and other notable manufacturing firms. Special events will include the HAI Annual Membership Reception, Membership Meeting & Breakfast, and the “Salute to Excellence” Awards Celebration.

HAI’s Human Resources Committee will be sponsoring a job fair during HELI-EXPO. For more information on that, call Nicole Sonberg at HAI Headquarters at
800-435-4976 or 703-683-4646. She can be reached by e-mail at nicole.sonberg@rotor.com. The HELI-EXPOs’ web site is http://www.heliexpo.com/ and for more information you can contact HAI at 703-683-4646 or e-mail the Director of Marketing and Expositions at marilyn.mckinnis@rotor.com.

The next Heli-Expo is scheduled to be held at the Orange County Convention Center, West Building in Orlando, Florida from March 1-3, 2007.

Special notes to those flying in to the event:
All pilots flying in to HELI-EXPO must attend a prior safety briefing and follow the Flight Operations Guidelines. For more information about flight operations or procedures prior to the event, contact Jack Drake, HAI’s Director of Safety & Flight Operations at 703-683-4646 His e-mail address is Jack.Drake@rotor.com.