By By Joe Ambrogne | March 25, 2015
On March 24, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., officials from the International Paris Air Show said that a sizeable presence was expected from helicopter industry companies at this year’s event.
Addressing the press were four officials from the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS), which organizes the show, including: Emeric d’Arcimoles, chairman and chief executive; Gilles Fournier, managing director; Nicolas Tran, marketing director; and Patrick Guerin, press center director. Also present was Kallman Worldwide President and CEO Tom Kallman, whose company is organizing this year’s U.S. Pavilion.
This year’s 51st Paris Air Show will be held on June 15-21. According to Fournier, major helicopter OEMs such as Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter, Russian Helicopters, and Sikorsky Aircraft will be present. He adds that, while its parent company Finmeccanica has significantly reduced its presence at the show, AgustaWestland is still expected to attend. There is no word, however, as to whether or not any helicopter flight demonstrations will be conducted, as they have been in previous years.
Kallman noted that the U.S. presence at this year’s show will be massive, in addition to the major OEMs. “Helicopter Association International (HAI), based here in Washington, will be present in the U.S. Pavilion along with a number of other companies,” he said. Many are organizations that recently exhibited at HAI Heli-Expo 2015, including Rockwell Collins, Curtiss-Wright, and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. The U.S. Pavilion will be 253,490 square feet, and is expected to house more than 250 companies.
GIFAS speakers have observed an upward trend in recent years regarding business aviation in the rotorcraft industry, and suspect that this may increase its presence at the show compared to previous years.
First established in 1909, and held biennially at Le Bourget Airport in northern France, the Paris Air Show is recognized as the largest and oldest aerospace event in the world, as well as a major driver of development in the aerospace sector. It attracts visitors, industry professionals, merchants, customers and press from around the world. It also features educational workshops and arenas for job seekers to network.
More than 2,000 companies held exhibitor space at the previous show in 2013, attracting more than 139,000 aerospace industry participants, more than 176,000 visitors from the general public, and almost 300 high-level official delegations from over 181 countries.
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