EUROPEAN ROTORS, Europe’s largest vertical flight trade show and exposition, is nearing the final planning stages for its third edition. For the first time, the event won’t be held in Cologne, Germany, but instead will travel to Madrid, Spain, Nov. 27–30, with the show floor open Nov. 28–30.
The show’s organizers, the European Helicopter Association (EHA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), are applying lessons they learned in 2021 and 2022 to expand the 2023 show and make it even better for both attendees and exhibitors.
“The attendees and exhibitors from the first two shows taught us that we need to think bigger,” says Christian Müller, EHA chair. “In addition to providing exceptional business opportunities, the purpose of EUROPEAN ROTORS is to bring the community together to exchange knowledge, learn from one another, and debate with one shared goal: to improve safety in vertical aviation operations.”
The first day of EUROPEAN ROTORS 2023, Monday, Nov. 27, focuses solely on safety, with the renowned EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Safety Symposium presented as a stand-alone event. The symposium is an exclusive benefit for show attendees, and admission requires a separate ticket.
“EASA’s primary focus is safe flight throughout the European Union,” says David Solar, head of the general aviation and VTOL department at EASA. “This event allows us to work directly with the industry’s manufacturers, suppliers, operators, and individuals. We use this show to collaborate with everyone on developing the latest and smartest safety programs.”
The symposium will provide attendees with several networking opportunities, including two coffee breaks and an evening social event.
Besides show organizers EHA and EASA, Spanish Helicopter Association ATAIRE is strongly supporting this year’s event, which will be held in Hall 9 of the IFEMA MADRID convention center, which is approximately 10 minutes from the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (LEMD). HAI serves as show producer for EUROPEAN ROTORS, leveraging its vast experience with its own show, HAI HELI-EXPO®.
EUROPEAN ROTORS benefits from the strong support of market-leading VTOL OEMs Airbus, Bell, Leonardo, and Safran. Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Robinson, and others have already registered as exhibitors.
Attendees can expect a dynamic show floor in Madrid. In a recent interview with Europe’s Cockpit magazine, Müller noted that early numbers for the 2023 event are promising. “We are overwhelmed by the interest in this show. This has to do with the fact that we have a platform in Madrid that not only appeals to the European helicopter industry, but also has a lot of interest from North Africa and South America, which we haven’t seen over the past few years.”
HAI President and CEO James Viola notes that the ticket sales shop is now open for online attendee registration and that exhibit spaces are still available on the show floor. “We are a global industry, and this event dovetails perfectly with our own show.”
Interested exhibitors and attendees can visit the EUROPEAN ROTORS website for additional information.