Bell Helicopter’s sales machine ran at full throttle here at Heli-Expo. Among the many orders announced was a three-ship Bell 430 contract signed by Dr. Wayne Hilliard, president of San Antonio Air Life of Texas.
HAI’s Manufacturers Committee, assisted by the HAI Acoustics and Fly Neighborly Committee, is introducing a new noise-abatement training CD here at Heli Expo’06. The CD emphasizes the importance of “flying neighborly” and specific noise-abatement procedures by helicopter model.
Over the past 18 months, Jet-Care International has witnessed a dramatic upturn in its helicopter engine condition program as manufacturers and operators see the potential to diagnose a problem before it becomes an expensive maintenance issue.
Heli-Expo 2006 set a record with 14,051 first-day registered attendees. In all, 521 exibiting companies sprawled across more than 221,000 sq ft of floor space here at the Dallas Convention Center, with 48 helicopters under roof.
Since Lynn Tilton bought MD Helicopters last summer and installed herself as CEO, she has spoken about being on a mission. She says she wants her company to grow to become number one in terms of customer service, in addition to building the safest helicopters in the world.
If sales are the standard by which the success of an aviation trade show is measured, Heli-Expo 2006 will go down as an unqualified triumph, with announced helicopter sales contracts tallying more than $620 million among all the major manufacturers.
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