BHA and Reed Exhibitions enter into an exclusive agreement to support Helitech

BHA and Reed Exhibitions enter into an exclusive agreement to support Helitech

17-Jun-2011 Source: Reed Exhibitions

The British Helicopter Association (BHA) and Reed Exhibitions have signed a two-year deal for BHA exclusively to support Helitech, which takes place this year at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, near Cambridge, from 27 to 29 September.

As part of the agreement the BHA will be chairing a guest forum during Helitech’s conference programme.

BHA Chief Executive, Peter Norton, said: “We recognise that Helitech has been supporting the European rotary wing sector for the last 25 years so we’re delighted to be cementing our relationship further with the Helitech team by endorsing its offering to all our members. It’s an important time in the rotary wing industry with several new regulations coming on board so it’s very valuable for us to have the opportunity to speak during this year’s conference to spread awareness of this.”

Helitech Exhibition Manager, Brandon Ward, said: “The BHA has been a staunch supporter of Helitech over the last quarter of a century – but a more formal agreement means that our relationship will allow both parties to benefit from our contacts and expertise in the industry. The agreement will also allow the BHA further resources to continue the great work that it currently does on behalf of its members and the industry. I am very happy that the BHA and its members recognise the value Helitech continues to deliver to the industry, and I am very excited about the new conference programme that the BHA are involved in.

The BHA guest forum takes place as part of the Helitech Conference on the morning of 29 September, kicking off with an introduction from Peter Norton, CEO of the BHA. The European Helicopter Association’s Chairman, Dr Vittorio Morassi, will give a European perspective on the issues and challenges currently facing the industry while one of EASA’s helicopter specialists, Bas van-der-Weide will discuss the latest implications of European helicopter safety regulations.

The Helitech Conference, which is proudly sponsored by Bell Helicopter, takes place over the afternoon of 28 September and the morning of 29 September. In addition to the BHA Guest Forum, this year’s conference will cover topics such as the challenges of servicing the growing fields of offshore wind farms and how the latest developments in rotary engines are helping to drive down cost and create better value for operators. To view the programme and book a free place visit

About Reed Exhibitions:
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 440 events in 36 countries. In 2009 Reed brought together over six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 35 fully staffed offices.

Reed organises a wide range of events, including trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and meetings. Its portfolio of over 440 events serves 44 industry sectors, including: aerospace & aviation, automobiles, beauty & cosmetics, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering & manufacturing, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewellery, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, marketing, business services & training, medical education, printing & graphics, security & safety, sports & recreation, and travel.

Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.

Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2008, Reed Elsevier made an adjusted profit before taxation of £1,205 million on turnover of £5,334 million.

About BHA:
The BHA is a non-profit making organisation, whose main objective is to promote the compliant, safe and considerate use of rotorcraft throughout the UK. Its activities are directed by a Council of Management. The BHA encourages European harmonisation through its membership of the European Helicopter Association to which it provides extensive material support.

The BHA also promotes the helicopter’s diverse roles and negotiates with government departments, the industry’s regulator the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), on behalf of the industry. Full Membership of the BHA covers commercial helicopter operating companies, corporate operators, public service operators such as Police, air ambulance, helicopter emergency medical services and Search and Rescue. It includes manufacturing and maintenance support companies. Associate Membership covers many other types of companies and individuals that have an interest in commercial or private helicopter operations such as pilots, engineers, users, insurers, consultants, brokers and helipad owners.

The BHA has a small administrative staff at its airport headquarters in Surrey, calling on its membership to provide technical and operational expertise in committee to better inform opinion when dealing with official bodies. The BHA has a small number of specialist advisors in the fields of aviation medicine, Customs and Revenue, legal matters and auditing.

Membership of the BHA indicates a willingness to contribute to the wider well-being of the helicopter industry. It also implies high safety and operating standards. For more information visit

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