There are good times ahead for helicopter manufacturers, if the latest market forecasts are anything to go by. Forecast International recently projected sales of more than 14,000 helicopters worth some $30 billion in the next decade. If this year’s Heli-Expo is anything like last year’s–where sales tallies exceeded $730 million–the manufacturers will have to contend with backlogs that extend even farther into the future. Most of the major OEMs have some kind of new rotorcraft under development, and more announcements are being made here.
- February 18, 2008, 5:11 AM