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and service to its Polish customers. We are confident that combining our sales efforts with professional technical support will result in growing the Bell fleet in Poland.”


Bell established the AMC network to reinforce its commitment to enhancing local support to customers, so they can quickly and efficiently continue their operations. Bell supports customers in more than 50 countries in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa.


Bell Adds First European Authorized Maintenance Center to Network


Bell Textron Inc. recently announced its first ever Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) in Europe. The new AMC will provide maintenance for the Bell 505 and Bell 407 and is located near downtown Warsaw in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland.


“We are excited to announce Bell’s first AMC in Europe,” said Duncan Van De Velde. “It’s important to ensure local support to our customers, and with this new Polish AMC, it provides Bell operators a sense of security that they can have maintenance or work performed on their aircraft that has been vetted and approved by Bell. We are glad Aero Club will be providing local maintenance and support to customers. This added support is in addition to the services Bell’s Prague Service Center offers for heavier maintenance needs.”


Aero Club is one of the largest general aviation maintenance stations in Poland. It started its operations in 2001 and was granted maintenance organization Part- 145 in 2004. Aero Club offers professional level of services and has long-standing experience in servicing various types of aircraft. Aero Club is a sister company with the same ownership as JB Investments Sp. z o.o., a Bell Independent Representative (IR) in Poland since 2007.


“We are proud to provide maintenance services for Bell,” said Jan Borowski, president of Aero Club and JB Investments companies. “It’s exciting to be a part of Bell’s AMC network and to continue its excellency of providing unmatched support


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HAI, New Orleans, and Industry Prepare for HAI HELI-EXPO 2021


HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 in New Orleans is still a few months away, but that doesn’t mean that preparations for the world’s largest civil helicopter show and exhibition are lagging.


The first stage of the show floor lottery closed in July, and over 300 companies — including most of the major OEMs — have already booked more than two-thirds of the available show floor. Housing for the show just opened this week, and over 10,000 room nights were secured the first day. Some hotels have already sold out.


“We fully expect to be able to hold HAI HELI- EXPO 2021 in New Orleans,” says James Viola, HAI president and CEO. “Our early numbers tell me there is an entire industry that is eager to come out of quarantine and get together to do business.


“We know people are concerned,” Viola adds. “It’s our job to manage the risk for attendees and exhibitors and ensure their safety during their visit with us, just as our members do for their customers.”


New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the site of HAI HELI-EXPO 2021,


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HAI staff and New Orleans and Company, the city’s tourism bureau, recently led a site visit for exhibitors that toured both in person and virtually the convention center, hotels in the housing bloc, and potential event spaces. The HAI Operations Department surveyed the convention center landing zone and then flew the route from the staging area at New Orleans Lakefront Airport to the landing zone.


Over 50 helicopters and more than 600 companies routinely fill the show floor at HAI HELI-EXPO®


has already been preparing to host in- person meetings safely. It recently became one of the first event sites to be accredited under the Global BioRisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Program as meeting the industry’s highest standards for cleaning and disinfection of infectious agents. “This means that cleaning is an ongoing priority for the convention center management, and their staff has been trained and equipped to do the job properly,” says Viola. “The HAI staff is also working with convention center staff to add additional cleaning time between sessions.”


. Additionally, the expo


features more than 100 industry meetings of all kinds: technical briefings, professional education classes, safety education sessions, forums, and workshops. “From networking to training, from gumbo to beignets, there will be something at this show for everyone,” Viola says.


“We’re expecting great things from New Orleans,” he adds. “This is an area that knows and loves us: helicopters are important to their economy, and they haven’t forgotten that helicopters saved hundreds of lives following Hurricane Katrina. They like hearing the rotors turn down there, and we’ll bring one of the largest fleets into the city since then.”


The dates for HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 are March 22–25, with the exhibit floor open to attendees March 23–25. The show kicks off at the welcome reception on the evening of March 22, which will be held aboard the Riverboat Louis Armstrong. Attendee registration for HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 opens on Oct. 27, 2020 at www.rotor. org/home/heli-expo.


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