Heli-Expo 2017: Here we go

This year Heli-Expo will be in Dallas, Texas. With more than 60 aircraft expected to be on display and over 700 international exhibitors – the show is looking to be as big and bold as ever.

The health of the oil and gas sector is sure to be part of the narrative of the show although there is a quiet optimism that is expected to resonate around the exhibition hall all along the supply chain.

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A buzzword which is bound to be flying around is innovation. Although it’s obviously not a new term or a surprising one, it does indicate what the larger companies have been up to during the economic downturn in the commercial helicopter market.

The usual faces will be there, in the form of the major OEMs, with Bell promising a ‘new look’.

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The company will be displaying its Bell 525 Relentless VVIP MAGnificent, Bell 429, Bell 407 GXP, along with the newly-certified Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.

Airbus Helicopters will have their H175, H145, H135, and H130 on display at HAI with H160 virtual experience. The H160 is anticipated to receive certification next year.

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The show will again be a hub of innovation, new products and upgraded platforms. Announcements are expected from the lessors to supplies, and won’t just be exclusive to the larger manufacturers.

Leonardo, MD Helicopters, Heli-One, Universal Avionics, Honeywell, Waypoint Leasing are just some of the names that have confirmed their presence at the event.

The real mark of success for Heli-Expo 2017 will be dictated by the deals, orders and sales as the market climbs out of a low, the show will hopefully be indicative of the forthcoming rise.

Shephard will be at Heli-Expo 2017 see our show news site for all the latest news and videos direct from Dallas.

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