Photos of helicopters arriving at HAI HELI-EXPO

More than 60 were on display inside the Anaheim Convention Center

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A Eurocopter Super Puma AS 332L arrives at HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California January 24, 2020. It is registered to Horizon Helicopters in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

Today I found time to go through some of photos from the Helicopter Association International HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California. Today, January 30, is the last day of the event that started on January 28. Most of the 60+ helicopters that are exhibited staged at the Fullerton Airport 6 miles northwest of the Anaheim Convention Center before flying to a parking lot just west of the Center.

At times there were dozens of helicopters parked at Fullerton waiting for their scheduled departure, occurring at 15-minute intervals. The convention center is across the street from Disneyland and the airspace is usually restricted over the Anaheim Resort District.

HAI HELI-EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center helicopter landing zone
The HAI HELI-EXPO landing zone at the Anaheim Convention Center. Google Earth/Fire Aviation.

Many of the helicopters had to have their rotors removed before they were towed through one of four exhibit hall doors. The largest door is about 40 feet wide by 25 feet high. The pilots were told to arrive with “minimum fuel”, enough to return to Fullerton while abiding by FAA regulations. Towed-in aircraft had to be purged of fuel.

The 60+ helicopters will depart from HELI-EXPO Thursday, January 30, beginning at 4:00 pm following the conclusion of the show, and Friday, January 31 beginning at 7:00 am. Anyone wanting to observe may be able to get a view of the activity through a fence on S. West Street on the west side of the convention center.

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A Eurocopter Super Puma AS 332L arrives at HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California January 24, 2020. It is registered to Horizon Helicopters in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
helicopter HAI HELI-EXPO arrival landing anaheim california
A Eurocopter Super Puma AS 332L arrives at HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California January 24, 2020. It is registered to Horizon Helicopters in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
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Helicopter arrivals at HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California January 24, 2020. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
helicopter HAI HELI-EXPO arrival landing anaheim california
An AgustaWestland AW139 arrives at HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California January 24, 2020. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
helicopter HAI HELI-EXPO arrival landing anaheim california
An AgustaWestland AW139 arrives at HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California January 24, 2020. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

The photos below were provided by HAI.

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CAL FIRE’s new Firehawk, Helicopter 903. It has not yet been officially accepted.
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Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Firehawk, Helicopter 21.
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San Diego Fire Department’s new Firehawk, Helicopter 3.

3 thoughts on “Photos of helicopters arriving at HAI HELI-EXPO”

  1. Caption error…it is a Super Puma which is an H-225. The AW-139 (LA City FD) is a different manufacturer altogether (Agusta-Westland) as you probably know 😉

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