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.
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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.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have captured the public imagination, and the unveiling of Israel Aircraft Industries’ Super Heron was the big news at the Singapore Airshow. Photo: Mark Wagner
The aerial demonstrations and outside aircraft displays get most of the glory, but it’s inside the halls where the business of an international trade show gets its traction. For the hard core, inside the aisles is where it’s at. Photos: David McIntosh
Along the shores of the Singapore Strait, the lineup of aircraft in the static display area covers a wide range of sizes, shapes and missions. Business jets large and small, airliners and military birds of prey are all part of the complement on hand. This overhead view shows just a small segment of the total number of aircraft on display. Photo: David McIntosh
The undoubted star of the 2014 Singapore Airshow is the all-new Airbus A350XWB, which arrived over the weekend from Europe (with a stopover in Qatar). The new widebody will appear in the flying display on Tuesday and Wednesday. The prototype on show here has completed more than 1,000 hours of flight testing since making its first flight last June.
The daily flying displays are the heart and soul of an air show. Here in Singapore, the home town heroes are the Black Knights of the Royal Singapore Air Force (RSAF). Flying F-16s in the team’s distinctive starred paints scheme, the solo performers thrill the crowd with heart-stopping head-on passes like this one. Photo: Mark Wagner
Saturday, a few days before the start of this year’s Singapore Airshow, the Republic of Singapore Air Force held a family day celebration at the Changi Airport show site. Service members were able to bring family members out to see the static displays and watch some of the performers practicing for the aerial demonstrations. In some cases, the thunder of jet engines made the strongest impression. Photo: David McIntosh