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One of the most dynamic business-to-business trade shows celebrating the European vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) industry is coming to Madrid November 28–30, 2023. Thousands of vertical flight professionals will gather for the third annual EUROPEAN ROTORS show to conduct business worth millions of Euros.
The three-day show attracts hundreds of exhibitors from the helicopter and advanced air mobility (AAM) industries worldwide. More than a dozen helicopters are expected to fly in before the show and will be displayed on the exhibition floor at IFEMA Madrid, Hall 9. European Helicopter Association (EHA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Council (EASA), organizers of the event, also anticipate other aircraft—including prototypes of AAM aircraft—will be on display as well. ATAIRE, representing the Spanish helicopter industry, is the event’s country host, and US-based Helicopter Association International (HAI), an international trade association, is producing it. The first two EUROPEAN ROTORS shows were held in Cologne, Germany, in 2021 and 2022.
In addition to the exhibition floor, EUROPEAN ROTORS 2023 again also focuses significantly on education and training. The renowned EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium remains the flagship of EUROPEAN ROTORS broad conference programme, which focuses on the latest rotorcraft and VTOL developments. The educational programme is augmented by certified training sessions, best-practice seminars, hands- on presentations in the Rotor Safety Zone and workshops.
An educational opportunity – Rotorthon – exists for student teams. This program, including an online version and an in-person version, challenges students to solve or innovate some of the more pressing issues in the VTOL industry. Examples are concepts for the next generations of VTOLs, public acceptance of urban mobility, support for disaster relief, joint use of drones and rotorcraft for the same mission, and much more. Information on the program for 2023 will be available soon.
“EASA’s primary focus is safe flight throughout the European Union,” says David Solar, head of general aviation & VTOL department for EASA. “This event allows us to work directly with the manufacturers, suppliers, operators, and individuals that make up this industry. We use this show to collaborate with everyone on developing the latest and smartest safety programs.”
The 2023 edition will start with the EASA symposium, held on Monday, 27 November at the Madrid convention centre as a full day stand alone program. In addition, EASA will contribute to each conference topics presented on the stages in the hall and offer briefings during the show days just like in the years before.
“We cannot be more excited to bring this show to Madrid,” says Christian Müller, chairman of EHA. “Spain has a long and distinguished history of supporting helicopters and vertical flight. It was a Spaniard who developed a solution that allowed rotorcraft to fly, and the majority of helicopter flights in Spain today are public-service missions, including search-and-rescue, fighting wildfires, and air ambulance operations.”