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Helicopter Trade Show Cancelled

Heli-Expo 2021 has been cancelled due to continuing issues associated with the global COVID-19 pandemic.  The annual trade show was to be held in New Orleans from March 22 through March 25.

The decision to cancel comes less than a week after four major rotorcraft OEMs and other major industry entities decided they would not attend, according to the Helicopter Association International (HAI). 

Officials at HAI said, “While some in our industry have urged us to carry on with the show, the majority have recently expressed discomfort with the logistics involved in business travel at this time.  HAI appreciates hearing from our diverse VTOL community, and we are grateful for the honest feedback that we've received from our members, exhibitors, attendees, and other stakeholders.” 

HAI said registered attendees would receive full refunds for the show and any related professional courses; hotel reservations made through the organization’s housing vendor would be canceled; and exhibitors could either receive refunds, apply the amount to next year’s show in Dallas, or use it to support other HAI advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

HAI President James Viola apologized for the cancellation. “Like many others during this past year, we have had to adjust course in response to changing conditions,” he said.