Heli-Expo 2011: China Helicopter Exposition Gaining Momentum

 - March 7, 2011, 10:50 AM

The China Helicopter Exposition is gaining momentum for its inaugural event, September 15 to 18 this year in the coastal city of Tianjin.

Event organizer BCI Aerospace (Booth No. 503) of France is the lead in putting the event together, along with partners China Aviation Industry Corp. (AVIC), AVIC subsidiary Avicopter, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the Tianjin government.

Speaking yesterday at Heli-Expo 2011, Alain Ngoie, BCI Aerospace area manager, said it is the first aviation exposition in China dedicated exclusively to the helicopter industry and that more than 2,000 visitors are expected along with more than 100 Chinese exhibitors and another 100 exhibitors from outside China. Major manufacturers are already signed up for the show, he added, including such helicopter industry stalwarts as AgustaWestland and Eurocopter.

In addition to the exhibitor center, located at AVIC facilities in Tianjin, the exposition will also have a helicopter static display and feature aerial demonstrations.

The importance of the China Helicopter Exposition is underscored by growing helicopter operations in that vast country. Over the next decade, said Ngoie, China will need 1,500 helicopters.

He also pointed out that Tianjin, already a major seaport, is expected to develop into an aerospace industry and technology hub rivaling Shanghai. The city is just 60 miles from Beijing and connected by a high-speed train that makes the run in well under an hour.