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
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
Helicopter Association International,
Prolific helicopter manufacturer Robinson saw lower sales in 2014 on weak global demand, but a new engine deal and some aircraft options indicate a strong future.
Declaring this “a time for disruptors,” flamboyant MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton vowed to keep her storied company moving forward into her second decade of ownership.
Bell Helicopter put a new engine in its 407, got a larger payload, and upgraded avionics. It attracted a new customer.
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