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The common goal of raising helicopter training standards by combining their strengths and experience in operating these aircraft has resulted in the announcement on June 14, of the first European network of independent helicopter academies. The Leading Helicopter Academies of Europe (LHA) has been established to raise standards by providing better services, training and support for governments and other helicopter companies. The LHA has set itself the goal of offering superior instruction to both aspiring and experienced pilots. Its aim is not just to develop piloting skills, but to also tailor talents to the professional needs and requirements of the helicopter market.
“As leading players, we now share our knowledge and experience across academies and national borders,” said Anette K. Haldorsen, LHA spokesperson and CEO of the European Helicopter Center in Norway. “Recognizing each other as suppliers of quality, working together we can now, across the board, offer training for all aspects of helicopter flight. It is first and foremost our students and customers who benefit from this, thanks to our joint experience, exchange and safety practices.”
With a combined fleet of 150 helicopters available, the LHA has cited that it can offer over 16,000 hours of training annually. Across its members, it has more than 80 flight instructors at various academies, including Norwegian-based EHC, which specializes in training pilots for the offshore industry; and HeliBravo, located in Portugal, which offers ideal weather conditions for student pilots year-round.