Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced this week it will partner with EAA to establish a new, dedicated "Heli Center" for the international helicopter community at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. The announcement came at the recently concluded HELI-EXPO in Orlando, Florida.
"We're excited welcome HAI and its Heli Center to EAA AirVenture beginning this year," said EAA president Rod Hightower. "Helicopters are an exciting and innovative part of aviation, and are a passion for thousands of aviators. We're glad to be welcoming more of those helicopter owners and pilots, and their aircraft, to Oshkosh."
Under the partnership, HAI will set up and operate the Heli Center, a pavilion on an 80-foot by 200-foot site near the flightline, just north of the HondaJet exhibit. The central location will feature helicopter-related exhibitors highlighting their products and services to attendees, aiming to re-introduce many fixed-wing fans to the helicopter.
HAI also will become a named sponsor of an AirVenture forums building and host helicopter-focused presentations and discussions there.
"HAI is dedicated to advancing the international helicopter community and we are proud to partner with EAA, which is committed to nurturing the spirit of flight throughout the world," said Matt Zuccaro, HAI president. "AirVenture Oshkosh provides an excellent opportunity to promote the unique contributions vertical flight offers to society and will complement our growing success with HELI-EXPO as well as our other exhibit and outreach efforts around the world."