Heli-Expo 2013

Here's a snapshot of what was on display at HAI's annual show.

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Helicopter OEMs at Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada were upbeat as a result of excellent show attendance and strong revenue numbers in 2012.
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MD Helicopters' CEO Lynn Tilton updates the media about the company's line of helicopters and announces that the Rolls-Royce M250-C47E, which was introduced at the show, will power the MD 540F.
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An AS350 B3e with a unique paint scheme by Brazilian artist Romero Britto on display at the Eurocopter booth.
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Bell introduced the 412EPI with a glass flight deck and Pratt & Whitneys PT6-9 engines at a press conference the day before Heli-Expo 2013 opened its doors.
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Four 10.4-inch LCD displays and Garmin's GTN 750 touch screen navigator are all part of the BasiX Pro flight deck in the Bell 412EPI.
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Enstrom selected Garmin's G1000H integrated avionics suite for its five-seat 480B helicopter.
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An Enstrom 480B equipped for law enforcement purposes was on display with the G1000H in the panel.
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Executives from Sikorsky and Milestone Aviation participate in a ceremonial signing ceremony at the Sikorsky booth after announcing total orders for 30 helicopters.
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In celebration of Sikorsky's 90th anniversary, vintage-clad ladies and gentlemen embellished the Sikorsky booth where an Igor Sikorsky-adorned S-92 helicopter was on prominent display.
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**A collage of photos on display at the Sikorsky booth includes this photo of Igor Sikorsky during an early teathered helicopter flight in his VS-300. **
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**Igor Sikorsky's son Sergei spoke eloquently of his father, who he described as a gentle man who never lost his temper. **
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A PT6T Twin Pack, complete with moving parts, on display at Pratt & Whitney's booth. The gear box on the left combines the power of the two engines for use in helicopters.
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**Swiss company Marenco displayed a mockup of a carbon-fiber helicopter, the SKYe SH09, which the company claims will fly within the next few weeks. **
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**The Marenco SKYe SH09 features a large rear door that simplifies loading of cargo, EMT stretchers or passengers, to name a few. **
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**Garmin displayed the recently announced helicopter-optimized GTN 750 navigator. A helicopter-specific obstacle database, which includes nearly 30,000 additional low altitude obstacles and a remote audio processor are some unique features of the new system. **
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**Garmin's GTN 750, optimized for helicopter use, is installed in a Robinson R44 for flight testing. **
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**Thales displayed a simulated display of TopDeck avionics suite, selected for the Sikorsky S-76D. The set up included a touch screen interface in the center of the panel, which is currently in development and includes fiingertip pinch to zoom and scroll capabilities. **
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Sikorsky displayed a simulator of its Rig Approach capability, which automatically guides a helicopter to a specific point and reduces pilot loads by 60 percent, according to Sikorsky. Rig Approach will be standard on the S-92 and S-76D once certification is complete, which is expected to happen in March or April.
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Scott's Bell 47 announced it will produce a turbine version of the Bell 47, the 47G-6, which is expected ot hit the market in 2016.
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**Rolls-Royce's RR300 will power the SB47 47GT-6 - a new version of the turbine Bell 47 in the background. **
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**Like many helicopter OEMs, Robinson Helicopters had a strong year in 2012 with 517 helicopters delivered. And if the traffic in the booth at Heli-Expo 2013 is any indication, 2013 is likely to be a good year, too. **