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Old 27th Jan 2016, 19:31
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Booked my flights earlier today and don't see any problem travelling from the UK.
in and out via Chicago is not to expensive and leaving London at 12:15, I will be in the hotel by 10pm local time.
Looking forward to getting the chance to see what Kentucky has to offer, as it is a part of the US I would not usually visit.
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Old 27th Jan 2016, 23:41
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Louisville is not the safest city in the country, but neither are Vegas, Anaheim, Dallas, Orlando, Houston, or New Orleans (the other cities that have hosted in recent years) They stopped doing Miami 20 years ago after some attendees got robbed.

It is a pain for me heading west. I have two options for flights, both are crappy times, long layovers in Chicago or Atlanta, and expensive. However... I'm also looking forward to seeing a part of the country I've never spent any time in.

I travel Orlando, Vegas, LA, Dallas and Houston a few times a year each, so a change of scenery is welcomed.
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Old 28th Jan 2016, 22:08
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According to one HAI board member the city of Louisville just paid for it, to get Heli-Expo to the city, part of some new marketing plan for the city as suitable venue for conventions and expo's.
So if it wont be total disaster Louisville is going to stay..... money talks
You guys just have to get marinaded in Bourbon
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Old 10th Feb 2016, 23:24
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Looking forward to the show. Rented a beautiful 4 bedroom house by the expo center on Airbnb for the price of a small hotel room in Dallas. Having done a lot of Powerline construction and Aerial Saw work in Kentucky over the years, I think everybody will enjoy the area!! Especially the bourbon fans
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Old 12th Feb 2016, 12:17
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I hear at least one Company is planning to tour it's US customers after the show because so many have said they're not. A 13-14 hour flight just to get home with a long wait enroute will require a lot of bourbon to make it enjoyable!
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Old 18th Feb 2016, 10:18
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I do not recall HAI still pushing to fill vacant spaces among the exhibits this late in the process......

Today this landed in my In Box....

In less than one month, the Champions of Vertical Aviation will land in Louisville, KY, the City of Champions. Have you secured your exhibit space?

Join us at HAI HELI-EXPO 2016 to:
Discover new business opportunities in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast marketplaces
Showcase your brand and your products to thousands in the international aviation industry
Embrace the excitement of a new HAI HELI-EXPO destination: Louisville, KY!
Foster strategic partnerships with industry professionals from around the globe
Exhibit space is currently being assigned on a first-come, first-served basis

Have I just not noticed late marketing before.... or have they got lots of extra space this year?

Isn't there usually a queue for space cancellations.
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Old 18th Feb 2016, 13:56
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I will be there, on the Bell stand for the duration. Agree flights etc are not ideal, but lets hope its still a good show. Come by and say hello, probably best to ask for Gary not Longbox
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Old 18th Feb 2016, 17:48
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PA News..Some companies aren't going...others like Airbus have reduced their space....and some like long box have no choice!
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Old 18th Feb 2016, 19:09
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Weather forecast for the Sunday - Golf day - is snow.

Not too bad getting there from down here. Air NZ to Houston, then connection to Louisville, or via Sydney to Dallas then flight to Louisville.

For those attending Heli Expo stop by our HeliOps booth and grab one of the 100th Issue Anniversary posters we are giving away.

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Old 19th Feb 2016, 00:57
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Originally Posted by KiwiNedNZ View Post
Weather forecast for the Sunday - Golf day - is snow.

Not too bad getting there from down here. Air NZ to Houston, then connection to Louisville, or via Sydney to Dallas then flight to Louisville.

For those attending Heli Expo stop by our HeliOps booth and grab one of the 100th Issue Anniversary posters we are giving away.

In that case it's going to be a shock to the system after the last week in Singapore!
The few days layover in the UK will sort out that before I head west brrrrr!
And before anyone rushes to Singapore for a warm up this coming week be aware the rain has now started and is not expected to cease anytime soon!
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 15:24
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Ned,

Real golfers golf in the snow. That's why they make orange golf balls.
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 19:59
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weather forecast

https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USKY1096:1:US



cheers
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 12:25
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Snow eh? That should screw up flights coming in through the east coast!
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 14:05
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Ned, you won't possibly be able to send one of those posters to the same address where you already sent that beautiful calendar to?

Madrid for sure would love such a gesture
;-)

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Old 22nd Feb 2016, 15:20
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Latest weather forecast looks to be a little better, rainy, cold but no snow!
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Old 3rd Mar 2016, 12:34
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Well the predictions of those that said that this would be a weather disaster were way off the mark [although I have yet to punch out] and the weather - such as it was way worse in the UK than here.

Travel was no worse than some other locations. A flight connection is a flight connection and lots of people have to endure those for every edition of HAI.

But the event is sick.

As noted by others above lots of people did not make the journey and the footfall was well down. There will be a ready market in event specific bags ... you just take as many as you want... no need for a tear off slip of paper here.... We can only hope that the 'right' people were here for the exhibitors..... The books and guides are pulp.....

For they, the exhibitors may well not be happy.

It has come to light that the whole vast hall was given free to HAI and I have come across no-one that disputes that claim. But from the depths of the exhibitors have been a claim that rates this year are 10% up on last year. That may be a one off but the claim is floating out there. Where is there an inflation rate of 10%?

So on the basis of claim and rumour it seems that HAI did not pass on any of their windfall to their members.

But in the end what matters is whether good business was done.

And, even in these days of oil recession, it seems they did do good business .... so if they did indeed get it wrong ... this will all be forgotten and HAI forgiven.

As for the people of Louisville? First class. Welcoming and friendly.
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Old 3rd Mar 2016, 22:56
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I agree, the weather has been pretty poor, it affected the amount of demo flights we could do. Really cold! I found day one busy but not the normal, day two quieter and today pretty empty.
We signed for two aircraft and a PGB plan and other regions had signings. A few Brits on the stand, a lot of Irish, but mainly locals.
I have heard that it is contracted to be here three times over the next 10 years, so there will be more to come!
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Old 3rd Mar 2016, 23:28
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My daughter is there and is coming to get a drink off you !! I told her customers get free drinks all night long ...
Ps. When is the 505 coming to UK ??
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Old 4th Mar 2016, 00:19
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Was told by HAI people today that the deal to hold it three times over the next 10 years hasn't been inked, so may not happen. Dallas in 17 and Vegas in 18, not clear on 19 yet.
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Old 4th Mar 2016, 09:47
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So have HAI published the visitor numbers for the first two days or,like Helitech last year , kept them quiet?
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