Heli Show, Brazil’s first in-person aviation fair this year, was held through Saturday as part of the São Paulo Boat Show. The three-day event was moved from the indoor convention center to the open air around the University of São Paulo’s rowing canal and held in strict compliance with sanitation protocols.
Exhibitors included LABACE stalwarts Helibras, Airbus Helicopters’s local arm; logistics firm AGS; reseller Gualter Helicopters; Helipark; insurance broker Vokan; and foreign trade specialist Razak. Organizer Gledson Castro of G2C Events held the first edition of Heli XP in May 2019, but the pandemic forced postponement and finally cancellation of the 2020 event. He was also the organizational manager behind the scenes at LABACE for many years.
Following Thursday’s opening, Castro said, “This will be the year’s only aviation event, and even on the first day we’ve been surprised by the number of visitors. Business aviation is in a very positive moment, with an increase in demand because of the reduction in airline service.”
Heli Show also maintained LABACE’s afternoon and evening hours, starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday, then continuing through 10 p.m. all three days.