March 7, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
As Heli-Expo 2013 winds down, here’s a look at some of the numbers generated during the convention, held March 5 through 7 in Las Vegas.
3,200 pounds: max gross weight of the new Bell Helicopter 47GT-6
$750,000: list price of new Bell Helicopter’s 47GT-6
$4.3 billion: Bell Helicopter sales in 2012
188: Bell Helicopter deliveries in 2012
Up to 5,600: number of global deliveries of new civilian-use helicopters between 2013 and 2017 predicted in Honeywell forecast
27 percent: percentage of global demand for helicopters in the United States and Canada, according to Honeywell forecast
80-by-120 feet: size of the two-story Heli-Center at AirVenture 2013
1,100-horsepower: power of Turbomeca’s newest engine, the Arrano
30 Sikorsky helicopters: Order placed by Milestone Aviation Group 10: number of Vertol 107-II heavy-lift tandem-rotor helicopter being bought by Columbia Helicopters from the Swedish Department of Defense
More than 6.2 million: hours flown by Sikorsky S-76 helicopters since the model was introduced in 1977
30: order placed by Air Medical Group Holdings for Bell 206L4 and 407GX helicopters More than 3 million: flight hours achieved by the Eurocopter EC145/BK117 family
Helicopter Association International,
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