Following a successful inaugural display at last year’s Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference, the “Heli-Center” will return to WAI’s 24th Annual Conference, to be held from March 14 to 16 at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Helicopters from Air Evac Lifeteam and the U.S. Coast Guard will be on display at Heli-Center, and representatives with helicopter flight training provider Bristow Academy will also be on hand to speak with attendees. Two panel discussions–one focused on the transition from fixed-wing to helicopter operations, and the second offering advice for those interested in pursuing a career in rotorcraft–will be moderated by Helicopter Association International president Matt Zuccaro.
“WAI has primarily been centered around fixed-wing aircraft operations, but now with the helicopter booth we’re seeing that people are becoming more aware of the rotary aspect of WAI,” Sikorsky Aircraft test pilot and WAI volunteer Stacy Sheard told AIN. “There are always a lot of helicopter pilots and mechanics who attend, but they’re never really had representation before now.”
Sheard added that the number of women helicopter pilots wearing their uniform flight suits during the conference–a WAI tradition–has also grown in recent years. WAI is exhibiting at Booth C1829 at Heli-Expo ’13.