Heli-Expo is a stunning showcase of the rotorcaft industry with a host of aircraft on display, new aircraft launches and glimpses into the future of the industry. This year it’s predicted that over 20,000 people will go through the doors of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. It is by far the largest event of its kind and we believe it should be experienced by all rotorcraft professionals at least once in their career.
If you want to attend but are having problems justifying it, we hope this article may help. It might be too late for the 2017 event, however there’s always next year in Las Vegas.
There will be over 100 educational sessions, workshops, seminars and forums and here’s
•Effective Leadership in Business Aviation (1 day)
•Flying in the Wire and Obstruction Environment (2 days)
•Helicopter Operational Management (4 days)
Fees range from $100 to $3,160. They vary depending on the type of course, the duration, HAI membership status and when you register. There will be a range of manufacturer briefings from Rolls-Royce, Bell, Airbus, Leonardo, Sikorsky, Turbomeca, Lycoming, MD, Robinson, Honeywell, P&W & GE Aviation. Each briefing goes for 1 hour and they meet the FAAs requirements for renewal of inspection authorisation certificates.
The HAI Connect Pavilion will host three days of presentations and meetings that include industry updates, association gatherings and vendor product demonstrations.
Click here to view the full educational program
There’s a Lot of Networking on Offer
Make the most of the welcome reception, salute to excellence awards dinner, the HAI Connect Pavilion, or the HFI Scholarship golf tournament, to meet with your peers and to find out what other like-minded businesses are doing.
Keep up With New Products & Technologies
There will be over 700 exhibitors attending Heli-Expo this year; eager to show off the latest and greatest airframes, avionics and services. You can expect to see upwards of 60 helicopters on the expo floor. We will be talking about our latest Cellular IP Tracking technology at Booth 7456.
Click here to view a list of exhibitors
Click here for the exhibition floorplan
As part of the educational program there will be a HFI rotor safety challenge which consists of sixty-three safety events (1 hr each). Here’s a sample:
• The Vuichard Recovery: A Better Way Out of Vortex Ring State
• The Fright of Night Flight
• Top 10 Undesirable Attitudes
It’s free for attendees and exhibitors and if you attend six events you will receive a certificate of recognition.
Click here for the full program
The Wrap Up
It’s worthwhile to take time out of your career or business to keep up with the latest technologies, the latest practices and to see what other like-minded professionals and businesses are doing. It’s also a refreshing break from normality and it’s an experience you won’t forget.