Helicopter Association International (HAI) has concluded the HAI Heli-Expo 2020 Anaheim, and this year’s show was packed with business deals, new technology, and safety and professional training.

The four-day event brought together thousands of attendees from around the globe, focusing their attention on all sectors of helicopter aviation and industry.

During the event, the attendees had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the 60 aircraft on display at the event, including an presentation of NASAs Mars Helicopter.

The event covered some 30.000m2 of show-room floor with 657 exhibiting companies. The aircraft on display ranged from small trainer helicopters to large executive class multi-engine aircraft as well as concept models and the latest models on the verge of certification. This years event also had a considerable presence of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones.

“HAI Heli-Expo is the one show for the commercial helicopter industry,” says Jim Viola, president and CEO of HAI. “People come from around the world to find something for their vertical lift business, and they find it here. If they wanted to buy a helicopter, receive safety training, meet vendors or suppliers of parts and services, or obtain professional education, they found it in Anaheim this year.”

Training is another important element of these events and this year was no exception. The event schedule included over 150 courses, workshops, seminars, forums and meetings. A free Rotor Safety Challenge session drew nearly 4000 attendees.

“We’re already looking forward to next year’s show,” added Viola. “Work is actually well under way for HAI Heli-Expo 2021 in New Orleans, where we expect our attendees to have an extraordinary time!”

The show dates in 2021 are March 22-25, with the exhibit floor open March 23-25.