Heli-Expo Sets Attendance Record

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Helicopter Association International says its annual Heli-Expo trade show will almost certainly set an attendance record despite the economic downturn. With one day still to go in the three-day event, held this year in Anaheim, this year's attendance total was just 52 people short of last year's record of 17,373. "Exhibitors reported high activity at their booths and vendors were able to interact with thousands of attendees on the floor," HAI said on its Web site.

Organizers said there were 585 exhibitors and a total of 65 helicopters on display on the showroom floor. The show covered a total of 259,400 square feet. HAI also elected three new members to the board of directors. They are David Chevalier, CEO of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters; Mark Gibson, vice president of Timberland Logging; and Torbjorn Corell, chief pilot of Southern California Edison.