This agreement solidifies a long-term relationship between the two associations for the international vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry, recognizing their aligned values and missions and formalizing their ability to collaborate on initiatives and programs.
EHA and HAI made the announcement at the 2021 European Rotors VTOL Show and Safety Conference in Cologne, Germany. EHA produced the show in collaboration with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Peter Moeller, Chairman of EHA, which represents the helicopter community in 11 European countries, made the announcement at the event-opening press conference.
Working more closely together
In announcing the partnership, Moeller said: “The EHA and HAI 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.
“Recently, our two associations have been looking at ways we can more closely work together by taking advantage of collaborative opportunities that draw on the best of each organization—those programs that we have already determined to be successful—so that we are able to work more efficiently in supporting our members and the industry.”
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.