First European Rotors Show cancelled due to coronavirus spread

PUBLISHED: 15:14 08 October 2020

European Rotors : Helicopter in front of Cologne Cathedral,

European Rotors : Helicopter in front of Cologne Cathedral,

Bildrechte: Messe Friedrichshafen

The show was due to be held this November 10 - 12 in Cologne but has been rearranged for November 18 - 18 2021

Due to latest developments in regard to the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, European Helicopter Association (EHA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have decided the first edition of European Rotors will not be held as planned from November 10 to 12, 2020, but will be postponed to November 16 to 18, 2021.

The organisers are already developing a concept for dedicated digital formats.

“The fact that Covid-19 cases are rising again so strongly within almost all of Europe has resulted in a negative domino effect,” says Peter Moeller, Chairman of the European Helicopter Association (EHA).

“With more than 100 confirmed exhibitors, a unique conference and training program, the always strong support from the industry and the national associations, we felt we were on track for the premiere of European Rotors.

“But with many European countries and regions which are key markets for the show becoming risk areas, it is very hard for attendees to travel to Germany due to the quarantine and travel regulations.”

The training element of the Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium will also need to be postponed. However, EASA will maintain part of the Symposium agenda in a digital format, alongside some European Rotors sessions.

“It is deeply disappointing that European Rotors will not be able to be launched as planned in 2020, but we need to accept the reality of the COVID-19 situation,” said David Solar, Head of VTOL at EASA. “We hope nevertheless that many people will join us for the virtual events and discussions that will take place online.”

Dr. Frank Liemandt, Show Director, explains: “We look forward to welcoming the rotorcraft branch next year from November 16 to 18, in Cologne. We will work hard with our partner Messe Friedrichshafen to make the live premiere in 2021 a huge success.

“In the meantime we are developing a concept to transfer parts of our planned programme into digital formats. Our aim is to provide the community with educational content, knowledge transfer and latest market information over the next months. Details will be announced shortly.”

The exhibitors, visitors, and partners involved in the show are currently being informed about the postponement.

Next year’s show will again be organised by the European Helicopter Association (EHA) in cooperation with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and with the support of the leading OEMs such as Airbus, Bell, Leonardo and Safran. Messe Friedrichshafen, organiser of the well-known AERO Friedrichshafen is the service provider for the show.

Further information is available at www.europeanrotors.eu.

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