Events and Housing at HAI HELI-EXPO 2017

We've got a great line up of events planned for in conjunction with the world's largest international helicopter exposition, HAI HELI-EXPO 2017. 

Come join us between March 5 and 9 in Dallas, Texas. See the Whirly-Girls Events list below for details. The schedule will be updated as the dates approach  -- keep checking back.  And remember, the main website for HAI HELI-EXPO is

You can purchase tickets for the awards banquet, education day lunch, and expo hall day passes through the Whirly-Girls. Check out the Donations and Dues page for more details, and contact Colleen Chen, VP of Operations at with any questions. 

Now is the time to book your accommodations for what promises to be a fantastic series of Whirly-Girl events, gatherings, and introductions.  And come visit our booth to chat, purchase merchandise, or volunteer! Should you have any questions, or require any special services, please do not hesitate to contact Colleen Chen, VP of Operations, at

Housing in Dallas

The Whirly-Girl hotel at HELI-EXPO this year is the Hampton Inn and Suites at 1700 Commerce Street in downtown Dallas. Scholarship recipients will be housed there, and we have a large block of rooms for other members as well. Note the Annual Awards Banquet and education day events will be at the Magnolia Hotel, several blocks away. We have reserved rooms for Whirly-Girls at these hotels plus several others. Here's the line up:

Whirly-Girls Lodging Hotel:
Hampton Inn & Suites, 1700 Commerce Street in downtown Dallas: $179 night/double,$189/triple

Whirly-Girls Events Hotel:
The Magnolia Hotel, 1401 Commerce Street in downtown Dallas: $196 night/double

Homewood Suites by Hilton,1025 Elm Street in downtown Dallas: $200 night/triple

HAI host hotel: Hilton Anatole, Market Center, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy, Dallas: $239 night/triple

Omni Hotel, 555 S. Lamar Street in downtown Dallas, adjacent to the convention center, $269 night/triple

Note: The Hampton Inn & Suites, Magnolia Hotel, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Omni Hotel have shuttle bus service within a 3-mile area in addition to the HAI-sponsored shuttle buses that run when the show opens Tuesday morning. 

The new housing service for HELI-EXPO is OnPeak. Rooms may be reserved through this special online pass: Prices shown are special room rates per night for the event and does not include tax. and should be made directly through the website. 

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

Questions about reservations? You can use the Help link on top right of the housing order pages for help, or call OnPeak directly: (855) 211-4898 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Central time, Monday - Friday. If you have an existing reservation, please have the information handy.


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Whirly-Girls Events

Sunday, March 5

  • Give it a Whirl!
    Families! Kids! Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and come on out to Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD) for an unforgettable experience! Come Explore helicopters up close, test your skills with simulators and RC helicopters, make things fly with numerous hands on aerodynamic activities, and find out just what being a helicopter pilot is all about!

    This year we are offering FREE HELICOPTER RIDES to kids. To register and learn more, visit our Give It A Whirl page. Still have questions? Contact Jessica Kanellos at
  • Booth #3305 Set Up
    Please give us a hand if you're available to help. For more information, contact Krista Thomas at
  • 2017 Whirly-Girls Annual Awards Banquet – Magnolia Hotel, 1401 Commerce Street in downtown Dallas
    Come join us in celebrating the 2017 scholarship recipients! Festivities will at 6:00 pm in the Pegasus Room. Purchase your tickets in advance!
  • Casino Night Fundraiser
    After the awards banquet, join the fun in our casino night fundraising event, starting at 8:00 pm in the Pegasus Room at the Magnolia Hotel.

Monday, March 6 -- All education day events will take place in the Griffin Room at the Magnolia Hotel

  • Annual Meeting at 11:00 am
    ONLY PRE-ORDERED LUNCHES WILL BE AVAILABLE, build-it-yourself deli sandwiches or veggie wraps. 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 2017 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 2016.
  • Education Day, including Kimberly Johnson of Texas Woman's University to discuss the Whirly-Girls archive, starting at 1:30 pm
  • Annual Hovering at 3:30 pm (Group photo will be taken promptly at the beginning of the session)
    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. 
  • HAI HELI-EXPO Opening Reception at the Hilton Anatole at 2201 North Stemmons Freeway at 7:00 pm
    Meet at 6:30 at the Hampton Inn & Suites to travel to the reception with other Whirly-Girls. Transportation not included. 

Tuesday, March 7 -- There are many HAI events on this day, some of which are outlined below.

  • 10:30 - 5 pm: Staff the Whirly-Girl booth and introduce scholarship recipients -- come to the Whirly-Girls booth to see great merchandise
  • Free Rotor Safety Challenge sessions will be taking place throughout the day. See for more details. 
  • Take advantage of the HFI Helicopter Industry Career Fair between 10:30 am and 5:00 pm at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. 

Wednesday, March 8

  • Staff the Whirly-Girl booth and introduce scholarship recipients -- come to the Whirly-Girls booth to see great merchandise
  • Free Rotor Safety Challenge sessions will be taking place throughout the day. See for more details
  • The HAI Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner will take place between 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at the Hilton Anatole. Separate ticket purchase required. 

Thursday, March 9

  • Booth pack up (4 PM)

Please visit the booths of sponsors and vendors who support the Whirly-Girls.

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