Any remaining doubts over whether the recovery in the civil helicopter market is for real were dispelled in a whirl of record orders, new product announcements and building backlogs at this year’s Heli-Expo. As if to underscore the rising tide of optimism, the show itself was busy, with attendance topping 19,200, eclipsing 2008’s record of almost 18,000. More than 650 exhibitors covered nearly 1 million sq. ft. of floor space; manufacturers brought in 60 helicopters for the show. ...

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