Heli-Expo 2001: Photo Gallery »

click for more photos As Heli-Expo 2011 draws to a close, AVweb 's Russ Niles brings us gallery of photos from the HAI show in Orlando, Florida. More

Gulf ADS-B Deployment By December 2009 »

Acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell told delegates attending the annual HAI Heli Expo in Houston that Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) will be up and running for helicopters servicing offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico (and any other aircraft properly equipped) by the end of next year. Sturgell said the system designed by ITT is currently being evaluated and that’s the last step before oil platforms are equipped with the gear to make the ground portion of the system work. Houston Center will get responsibility for using the ADS-B information to separate traffic in the Gulf, which doesn’t have radar coverage. More

Record Crowds At Heli-Expo »

Helicopter Association International says a total of 17,373 people attended Heli-Expo in Houston from Sunday to Tuesday, setting a new record and leaving the record number of exhibitors tired but happy. A total of 573 companies displayed their wares at the event and there were 65 helicopters on the showroom floor, which covered 252,700 sq. ft. But it wasn’t all about ogling the shiny stuff on the floor. Many participants left with an education and some had new jobs. More

Helicopter Pilot Seeks Circumnavigation Record »

A Virginia helicopter pilot will try to set a record for flying a helicopter around the world by making the 19,865 nm flight in 14 days. Scott Kasprowicz set a record for flying from New York to Los Angeles earlier this year (15:09.10 with six fuel stops) in his AgustaWestland Grand. The trip will be made in a factory-standard Grand, with no range or speed modifications. “No team has tried to set the around the world record like this before and we're excited about both the challenges and the rewards of such an attempt," Kasprowicz said. More

Eurocopter Unveils New China-Built EC175 »

A new 16-passenger helicopter being built in a joint venture with Harbin Aviation Industry Group in China was unveiled at Heli-Expo on Sunday. A mock-up of the aircraft is on display at the show, and the aircraft is expected to fly in 2009. "With regard to our Chinese partner, Harbin Aviation Industry Group (Avic II), I have to say that our cooperation over a distance of some 10,000 km (6,215 miles) has been superb," said CEO Lutz Bertling. "Based on decades of shared experience from previous programs, we have reached maturity in pooling our competencies and distributing the workload evenly." More

Sikorsky Launches S-434 »

Sikorsky and its subsidiary, Schweizer Aircraft Corp., announced Sunday they are developing the next generation of the popular Schweizer 333 and that it will incorporate technology derived from the unmanned Fire Scout VTUAV. "The S-434 helicopter introduces a whole new level of flight performance," said Schweizer President Paul Schweizer. "With a four-bladed rotor system, increased power and a larger fuel tank, the S-434 helicopter will fly farther and faster while having a larger useful load than its predecessor." The single-engine helicopter is aimed at the law enforcement, commercial and military markets. More

Eurocopter Delivers First EC225 In U.S. »

American Europcopter announced at Heli-Expo that it had delivered its first EC225 to a U.S. customer. The EC225 is a heavy twin-turbine helicopter that draws on the company's experience with the Super Puma family of helicopters. Era Helicopters bought the helicopter for its offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico. "We are excited to be introducing the EC225 into the Gulf of Mexico as we continue our efforts to meet the demand for 'heavies' as exploration and production push further offshore," said Era spokesman David Stepanek. More

Honeywell Says Demand To Stay Strong »

The main players in the civilian turbine helicopter market delivered 813 aircraft last year, a 30 percent increase over the previous year, and that rate of growth is expected to continue, Honeywell predicts in its annual forecast of helicopter sales released at Heli-Expo. The company says medical and law enforcement sectors will account for 65 percent of the market, which will total 4,450 helicopters in the next five years. More

Sikorsky Unveils 250-Knot Helicopter »

Sikorsky Aircraft unveiled its X2 Technology Demonstrator Aircraft Sunday at Heli-Expo in Houston. The counter-rotating coaxial rotor design is aimed at delivering the high-speed cruise while keeping the low-speed handling, hovering and autorotation safety characteristics that operators want. "The X2 Technology Demonstrator is an integrated suite of technologies intended to advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter," said Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pinot. "As we continue to work to prove out and mature the technologies that will allow the X2 Technology Demonstrator to become a viable product, we are focused on testing its limits and finding out where this technology will take us." More