Wednesday, August 9, 2017

World Helicopter Day 2017 : 20th Aug

On 20 Aug 2017 the helicopter industry will come together across the globe to celebrate these amazing machines - World Helicopter Day !

This day aims to raise awareness of the contributions that helicopters make to our society and celebrate the diverse range of people that design, fly and support them. The day is held on the 3rd Sunday of August each year. 2017 will be the third year of the event.

To the uninitiated helicopters can be confusing vehicles,that seem to defy gravity and the laws of physics. Developed within first 50years of flight, from then till today, helicopters are the vital part of aviation industry. Ability of helicopters to land or to takeoff from anywhere & to hover makes them special. 

Bell 429 - N429EA at Aero India 2017 - ©Devendra Kulkarni

Throughout the world every day there are people relying on helicopters off shore operations, search & rescue, defense, cargo transport, VIP transport, tourism, medical, firefighting, aerial survey, power-line maintenance, agriculture & many more. They serve every part of the world, from islands to high mountains of Himalaya & Swiss alps, from carrier ship to icy weather of Alaska.

“If a man is in need of rescue, an airplane can come in and throw flowers on him, and that’s just about all. But a direct lift aircraft could come in and save his life.”  – Helicopter pioneer Igor Sikorsky



While there are an estimated 56,200 helicopters worldwide & the industry employs more than 500,000 people.


Private - VT-BPO - AgustaWestland A-109S Grand - ©Devendra Kulkarni


Indian Air Force/Army - HAL Dhruv Helicopter during Aero India 2017 - ©Devendra Kulkarni


Register of all the events happening on this day worldwide can be found on this website : 




About Devendra Kulkarni

Plane Spotter & Aviation Photographer from India. Crazy about planes & flying machines, exploring new things over different domains such as Tech. Space. Aviation. Travel. Adventure. and many more.

Founder of Plane Spotters India - India's largest aviation enthusiasts community


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