The Heli XP show being held today and tomorrow at Helipark in São Paulo is Brazil’s second in-person event since the pandemic began. A total of 20 helicopters are on display at the event, with the Airbus/Helibras ACH145 and Leonardo Agusta AW109 marking their Heli XP debuts.
Helipark has made available part of its 230-meter (754-foot) runway for Heli XP demo flights. This year’s fair will fully occupy a hangar, a 75 percent increase from the first Heli XP in 2019. It is running from 1 to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow but is open only to industry professionals and invited guests.
A host of the usual LABACE exhibitors are present at Heli XP, including Helipark and competitors Helicidade and Helicenter; Lider Aviation; Bell representative TAM AE; logistics firm AGS; aircraft importers Razac, Sertrading, Timbro, and WM; helicopter dealer Gualter Helicopteros; caterers Sky Service and Marcia’s; and several MRO, insurance, and finance firms.
"We are very pleased with the adhesion of manufacturers and other players in the executive aviation sector to Heli XP,” said Gledson Castro, director of Heli XP organizer G2C Events.
Brazil has the world’s second-largest helicopter fleet and is first in daily operations. The event is associated with HAI and NBAA, with institutional support from the Brazilian Association of Helicopter Pilots and the Brazilian Association of Aeromedical Operators.