Leonardo at HAI Heli-Expo 2017


Agreements, ceremonies and stand presentations during Heli-Expo 2017


This year’s edition of Heli-Expo, the most important exhibition in the rotary wing sector, which took place in Dallas, Texas ended on March 9. This is a key event for the helicopter industry worldwide and is attended by experts, the main OEMs and companies offering services and solutions in the helicopter field.

Leonardo took part at the show presenting its flagship products at its stand, with a specific corner dedicated to Customer Support and Training (CS&T) and its new brand: TeamUp.


Many visitors had the chance to appreciate and deepen their technical knowledge of Leonardo’s helicopters. Moreover, it was also possible to experience via virtual reality, a search and rescue mission over sea waters carried out thanks to the intervention of an AW189, called “Lifted to Safety”. 


Leonardo’s stand also had a corner dedicated to Elbit Systems, which presented its flight vision systems for helicopter pilots and provided the opportunity to directly test the platform.

During the exhibition, Leonardo’s stand hosted many ceremonies and presentations.


The Ceremonies

Leonardo and Shanghai Zenisun strengthened their strategic cooperation in the Chinese civil helicopter market by renewing the existing Distributorship Agreement with Sino-US Intercontinental, part of Shanghai Zenisun, as the sole distributor in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) of Leonardo’s civil products. These include the AW119, AW169, AW139, and AW189. The two companies will also initiate joint efforts on local training and local completion centre capability setup.


Furthermore, a signing ceremony took place with Mexico’s Aerolineas Ejecutivas for the sale of one AW169 Corporate helicopter. The aircraft will be deployed for Corporate Executive transport and it is the first AW169 sold in the country.

During the show, Canadian Pratt & Whitney delivered a plaque to Leonardo Helicopters, to celebrate the delivery of the 2000th engine for the AW139, highlighting the important and long-lasting collaboration between the two companies.

Leonardo Helicopters delivered a plaque to Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard (TTAG) representatives as a token of appreciation for their excellent result in the search and rescue operations field. TTAG also received Heli-Expo’s Leonardo Humanitarian Award


At the exhibition, Alpine Aerotech was designated as a new Service Center in Canada for the AW139, AW109 and AW119.


The guest of honor at the Leonardo stand was Simone Moro, the well-known Italian mountaineer, who spoke about his recent experiences as a helicopter pilot, emphasising the importance of using helicopters in rescue  missions with extreme conditions, such as high altitudes in Nepal.

Stand Presentations

During the three-day show, Leonardo had dynamic booth presentations dedicated to specific technical matters related to its products, with testimonies by customers and operators who use Leonardo’s helicopters on a daily basis.


Leonardo Helicopters’ Customer Support & Training chose Heli-Expo as the occasion to present the new “TeamUp” brand. The new brand is a commitment to customers to work together to reach excellence, as its tagline confirms: Excelling Together.



During the exhibition, Susanne Hessellund, Managing Director of Bel Air, spoke about her positive operational experience with the company’s helicopter fleet, specifically the AW189s, employed in the Oil & Gas sector in the North Sea.

An update of the AW609 tiltrotor programme was provided, along with a presentation on the main safety features of the AW169 and AW189.

Maximum attention was paid to the AW169: the helicopter was at the centre of three different presentations, with a contribution from a Pratt and Whitney representative, who described the positive collaboration between the company and Leonardo Helicopters, highlighting the features and improvements of the AW169’s motors.