Heli-Expo 2011

Sights and scenes from the Helicopter Association International's biggest show ever.

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Sikorsky's X2 technology demonstrator gave show goers a possible glimpse of the rotorcraft industry's future.
(Photos by Stephen Pope)
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Heli-Expo attendees could try their hand at the virtual controls of several flight training devices, such as this one built by sim maker Fly It.
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The Garmin G1000H cockpit in Bell's new Model 407GX light single-engine helicopter.
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Bell unveiled the Model 407GX on the the opening day of Heli-Expo. By the close of the show the company had sold 11.
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The EC145T2 unveiled by Eurocopter at Heli-Expo 2011 adds a fenestron tail, more powerful Turbomeca engines and more to the model.
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Heli-Expo featured glass galore, including this Honeywell Primus Epic cockpit in the AgustaWestland AW139.
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Swiss engineering firm Marenco unveiled a light single-engine helicopter called the SKYe SH09 Swisshelicopter.
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**Due for certification in 2015, the Marenco Swisshelicopter will feature rear clamshell doors and be able to seat up to eight passengers, the company said.
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Europcopter showed off a mockup of its under-development EC175.
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The biggest helicopter at Heli-Expo was the Ericson Air-Crane, a specially modified Sikorsky CH-54B appropriately named "Goliath."
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Bell offered demo flights in the new 407GX throughout Heli-Expo.
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Garmin's G1000H avionics system is remarkably well suited to helicopter operations, thanks to its specially refined synthetic vision and terrain and obstacle warning systems.