February 22, 2010
The Helicopter Association International’s annual Heli-Expo, taking place Feb. 21 through 23 in Houston, has thus far shown mixed signals, compared to previous conventions.
This year’s attendance, HAI says, is “within one to three percent of last year’s 17,000 attendees,” meaning visitors have so far trended downward. On the other hand, this year’s Heli-Expo attracted 595 exhibitors; last year, there were 570 exhibitors at the convention.
Heli-Expo features a vast array of industry exhibitors, but there are also safety, maintenance, pilot training, and technology seminars. A job fair is also conducted, complete with an event featuring industry outreach to students.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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