The Helicopter Association International’s annual Heli-Expo rotorcraft showcase, held last week in Dallas, saw a significant boost over last year’s edition.
The 100-percent-occupied show floor, which comprised 322,800 sq ft of exhibits and displays at the city’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Exhibition Center, set a new record for Heli-Expo. It featured 731 exhibiting businesses and organizations, up from 695 last year. The 62 aircraft on display represented an increase of seven from the 2016 edition held in Louisville, Kentucky.
The biggest boost, however, came in attendance, where the 17,778 show-goers exceeded last year’s tally by nearly 4,000. This marks a return of attendance to pre-recession levels.
The event, which wrapped up on Thursday, attracted more than 1,500 visitors to its 62 Rotor Safety Challenge sessions and 750 to the HAI professional student programs.
Next year’s event will be held from February 26 through March 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.