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Friday, October 25, 2013

Presence of ‘Heli-Business’ Felt at NBAA

By Ernie Stephens, Editor-at-Large

Thursday brought to close the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) 66th annual meeting and conference. The three-day event drew a wide variety of professionals and companies involved in corporate air travel. And although the majority of the 1,100 exhibitors displaying aircraft and products in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s one million-square-foot hall were primarily focused on fixed-wing aviation, helicopter manufacturers and suppliers were there from the rotary wing industry.

Bell brought its first 429 helicopter with retractable tricycle landing gear, while Eurocopter displayed the first EC145 configured specifically for personal use. Robinson showcased one of its light, single-turbine R66s, in contrast to Sikorsky’s display of an S-76C++ medium twin turbine.

 

Sikorsky S-76C++ on display at NBAA. Photo by Ernie Stephens

 

“We’re delighted with the aircraft we had on display,” noted Dan Hubbard, senior vice president of communications for NBAA. “It has been a very strong three-day show.”

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