Helicopter Association International (HAI) is bringing a new feature to its upcoming Heli-Expo show: charter and tour flights to and from the vertiport next to the convention center. Heli-Expo will run March 7 to 10 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
HAI formed a partnership with Longhorn Helicopters to provide the services and established a website where these helicopter flights can be booked. The association added that it hopes to make this service a recurring feature at future Heli-Expos, as long as the flights are legally permitted.
“By bringing more helicopter services to our show, we are demonstrating the value of our entire industry,” said HAI president and CEO Jim Viola. “Our plan is to work with local partners each year to provide access for anyone who wants to avoid traffic or enjoy the local sights the best way possible—from the air.”
“Our pilots and helicopters are ready to go,” added Longhorn Helicopters operations manager Ashley Mikel. “We can take attendees on a sunset flight around the city or pick up visitors from hotels, businesses, or airports. Local residents already know how bad traffic can get. What better way to arrive at HAI Heli-Expo than in a helicopter?”