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 wasnt all about ogling the shiny stuff on the floor. Many participants left with an education and some had new jobs. At least 600 people took part in Helicopter Foundation Internationals Professional Education Series and the Heli-Expo job fair brought 800 jobseekers together with 35 employers.