China Inaugurates Helicopter Show
China is launching its own helicopter show. The China Helicopter Exposition 2011 (Booth No. 503) will be held September 15 to 18 in Tianjin and is sponsored by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and its Avicopter division. Currently China has a population of 1.4 billion but has only 200 civil helicopters. Avicopter has a major helicopter research and production facility in Tianjin and Chinese officials have previously stated the goal of eventually building indigenous heavy, medium, and light helicopters at the facility.