The airplanes, accessories and services are central to any aviation show, and ABACE is no exception. But in the end, it’s really all about people. Meeting, greeting and making deals is the engine that drives the industry. It’s all about getting people face-to-face, which is what general aviation transportation does better than anything else.
It’s what an aviation show is all about: the airplanes. Each one sparks individual dreams of flight, and each one is unique in its own way.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and ABACE Convention News photographer David McIntosh’s images tell an impressive story. From well before the opening ceremony to the last hours of the show, the camera records impressions that stay with us.
ABACE 2014 brings top-level business aviation exposure to Shanghai’s Hongqaio International Airport. In the days leading up to the show, a small army of dedicated workers converged to ensure every display aircraft was shipshape. Photos: David McIntosh
The economic health of the rotorcraft industry can be measured by numerous factors, not the least the number of aircraft orders announced at Heli-Expo. This year’s event had several blockbusters and some other commercial surprises. On the whole, business is definitely looking up.
Helicopters make Heli-Expo go around and nothing catches the attendees fancy like aircraft they have never seen before, ones with cool new features and even ones with just really great paint jobs… except for classic models that get gray-haired vets reminiscing about the olden days. Here are 15 of the showstoppers at Heli-Expo 2014.
For more than 50 years, HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in the helicopter industry. The nine award categories reflect the diverse range of people who work in the rotorcraft industry, from pilots and safety practitioners, to flight instructors and those who use helicopters to serve their communities and save lives.
Conventions are both a big business in themselves and often provide an indication of the health of the industry being convened. If this is true, then Heli-Expo 2014, February 25 to 28, at the Anaheim Convention Center in California promises good news for the rotary-wing industry.
Helicopter Association International (HAI) officials expect to have more than 60 helicopters on display at Heli-Expo 2014. Here are just a few of them on their arrival at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is just across Harbor Boulevard from Disneyland.
Photos by Mariano Rosales.
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