Helicopter Association International announced a new level of partnership and collaboration with the European Helicopter Association (EHA). This agreement solidifies a long-term relationship between the two associations for the international vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry. The agreement will take effect Jan. 1, 2022.
European Helicopter Association (EHA) and Helicopter Association International (HAI) made the announcement at the 2021 EUROPEAN ROTORS VTOL Show and Safety Conference in Cologne, Germany, on Nov. 16.
“The European Helicopter Association and Helicopter Association International share common priorities, interests, and goals in promoting safety, professionalism, and innovative advancements within the industry, as well as driving to improve the economic viability of the VTOL sector,” said Peter Moeller, chairman of EHA, which represents the helicopter community in 11 European countries.
“This partnership strengthens the already-close relationship between HAI and EHA and represents our commitment to work together to meet our aligned goals. We both want to see a VTOL industry with zero accidents that is able to continue its work on behalf of society while being economically vibrant, growing, diverse, and sustainable,” said James Viola, president and CEO of HAI.
The EHA and HAI teams have already combined efforts on several projects. On the international level, the two are both active in the Vertical Aviation Safety Team and within HAI’s International Partnership Program; at the regional level, HAI supported EHA in marketing and operational support as it organized the first edition of EUROPEAN ROTORS.