HELI-EXPO 2014 Events

Whirly-Girls Annual Events and Hovering in association with HAI's HELI-EXPO:

February 24 - 27 in Anaheim, California

The main website for the HELI-EXPO event is www.heliexpo.com.

Our Board has been very hard at work to make sure that our events in 2014 are not to be missed.  The schedule will be updated as the dates approach  -- keep checking back.  Now is the time to book your outstanding accommodations for what promises to be a fantastic four days of Whirly-Girl news, talk and introductions.  Should you have any questions, or require any special services, please do not hesitate to contact Dianna Stanger, VP of Operations at WGvpops@whirlygirls.org.

Housing in Anaheim

The Whirly-Girl hotel at HELI-EXPO this year is the Cortona Inn & Suites Resort, located at 2029 S. Harbor Blvd in Anaheim, California.

Rooms may be reserved through this special online pass: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/WG. Special room rate of $129/night for the dates Feb 24-27, 2014 (That price does not include tax and should be made directly through the web site.)

If you are interested in sharing a room at HELI-EXPO, please send a note to Joni Schultz at WGMCoor@whirlygirls.org with your arrival and departure dates. We’ll match up Whirly-Girls to help save housing costs.

The hotel is conveniently location to the Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland, Walk to Disneyland Resort in 10-15 minutes. Enjoy large rooms, self parking and free deluxe Continental Breakfast. All rooms feature fridge, microwave oven, in-rooms safe, iron/ironing board and high speed internet access and more. Offering exceptional one bedroom Executive Suites and Kid’s Suites as well as Deluxe Rooms with King or two Queen beds. 100% Non-smoking rooms. Hotel is thoughtfully set-back off Harbor Blvd for a more peaceful and enjoyable stay. Hotel also offers a beautiful outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi. Located in our Lobby you will find our 24 hour Business Center and ATM Banking machine.

Continental Breakfast served from 6:30-9:30am. Enjoy complimentary in guest rooms and throughout hotel, Breakfast Room and Pool Area. Disneyland Park Hopper Passports available for sale at the Guest Service Desk. Visit the new Garden Walk Entertainment Venue within walking distance.

Questions about reservations? You can call Connections Housing directly -- they are the official HELI-EXPO housing company: 877-254-HELI (4354, toll-free within the U.S.) or +1-404-842-0000 (international)

Other Housing information can be found at: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=19334412




Whirly-Girls Activities

Sunday, February 23

  • Booth Set Up 
    Please give us a hand if you're available to help. For more information, contact Krista Thomas at wgvpm@whirlygirls.org

Monday, February 24 -- All events on this day will take place at the at the Anaheim Marriott by the Convention Center at 700 West Convention Way in Anaheim

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 noon:  Annual Business Meeting/Outlook Session
    All are welcome to attend our annual business meeting where we will hear reports from the Board members and count the ballots from this year's election. Remember – all members who have paid their dues through 2014 will be sent ballots to be counted at the business meeting. Those who have provided email addresses will be contacted electronically. The new Board will then be introduced. We will also welcome the new Whirly-Girls who joined in 2013.

    This meeting will include an outlook overview of where we are as an organization, and where we are headed. Come and provide your input!
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm: Annual Hovering
    All Whirly-Girls and guests will be invited to tell us (in three minutes or less, please) what's been happening over the course of the year. Come catch up on the news and share your story.
  • 2:30 - 4:30 pm: Accident Investigation with Lindsay Cunningham, WG #1662 

    Lindsay Cunningham has worked for American Eurocopter since 2005 and has served on the IHST and Global HFDM Steering Group to promote Flight Data Monitoring technology and utilization. She also participates as an adjunct instructor at the NTSB and for DOT/TSI Rotorcraft Accident Investigation Courses on behalf of American Eurocopter. All are welcome to attend.

  • 5:30 pm Social Hour and Silent Auction UPDATE
    This your opportunity to talk with old and new friends, buy a drink, and catch up while bidding on Silent Auction gifts at this special event to support the Whirly-Girls. PLEASE NOTE: this is a separate Silent Auction from the auction on the following day. Come bid between 5:30 and 6:30 pm, and collect your items before the banquet.
  • 7:00 pm Awards Banquet

    Please join us in congratulating the scholarship recipients for the new year and recognizing our sponsors. We will also be acknowledging the contributions of our volunteers through the Emeritus Circle Awards, and presenting the Livingston Award for lifetime achievement in the industry. This lovely event celebrates the women who are pursuing their dreams of helicopter flight as well as our sponsors and volunteers who support them. Banquet tickets must be purchased in advance of HELI-EXPO so we can order meals and arrange seating. See the menu at the bottom of this page for details.

Tuesday, February 25 -- There are many HAI events on this day, some of which are outlined below. 

  • 8 - 10 am:  HAI Breakfast
  • 10:30 am:  HELI-EXPO Exposition Hall Opens
  • 10:30 - 5 pm: Staff the Whirly-Girl booths 2606/2706 and introduce scholarship recipients
  • 10:30 - 5 pm: HAI Job Fair
  • 12:30-1:30 pm: HAI Pilot Mentoring Program
  • Whirly-Girls Silent Auction In front of booths 2606/2706 on the Convention Floor
    The Silent Auction is a great way to help support the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund while bidding on vacations, helicopter models, jackets, and other terrific items. Come bid on items while socializing. Final bids at 4:30; winners will pay for and collect their items before 5 pm.

    Raffle tickets will be sold at all WG events and on the convention floor for the Tuesday 4 pm drawing to win a GoProHero3+ Black Edition camera.

    Silent auction items include an amazing array of luxury vacation condos, jewelry, hand-crafted wooden helicopter models, artwork, a demo flight lesson, a Sportys gift certificate, and more.

  • 1:30 - 2:30: Industry Outreach to Students
  • 2:30 - 3:30: HFI Maintenance Tech Mentoring Panel

Wednesday, February 26

  • Booth activities

Thursday, February 27

  • Booth pack up (4 PM)

Please visit the booths of Vendors who support the Whirly-Girls.



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