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EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium

10-12 November 2020, Cologne-Germany

The EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium is a unique forum in Europe to discuss the latest developments for rotorcraft from a safety perspective. This year, the Symposium will be integrated in the newly created EUROPEAN ROTORS Event. This event will be an official EU showcase focussing on VTOL developments and safety perspectives. This will be an annual event, taking place for the first time this year from 10th to 12th November. Thanks to our new partnership with the European Helicopter Association (EHA) we are building up to make a unique showcase which involves all the European Rotorcraft Community. 


This event is supported by OEMs, suppliers and operators to offer comprehensive programmes, conferences, workshops and training throughout the event.

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Thailand and the European Union cut the ribbon for a new office to support air transport in South East Asia

26 February 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand and the European Union celebrated closer ties with the unveiling of a new European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) office hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith and Mr Giuseppe Busini, Chargé d'Affaires a.i., the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand, cut the ribbon to open the office.


The new office will help further the partnership between the EU, Thailand and ASEAN, and support safer and more sustainable aviation under the ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the European Union (ARISE+) civil aviation project and the bilateral actions of the EU-South East Asia Partnership. These programmes are funded by the EU and implemented by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Europe’s technical body for safety and environmental protection.


Dr Chula Sukmanop, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand said, “Thailand and EU have strong relations in aviation. The new office will enhance the EU’s role in supporting all ASEAN member states.  CAAT is honoured to play a part in the development of sustainable aviation in our region.”


Mr Luc Tytgat, Strategy and Safety Management Director at EASA said, “We are very grateful to Thailand for welcoming us within their premises and for the support provided. These projects will help ASEAN ensure safer, cleaner and cheaper flights, whilst enabling more connections.”


The  EASA project office will facilitate the implementation of the ARISE Plus Civil Aviation Project and the EU-South East Asia Aviation Partnership Project, plus a third project, to be launched shortly, focused purely on mitigating climate change, through which EASA will support the effective implementation of the international Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) in ASEAN.

EU supports the take-off of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Thailand

11 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 11th May, a roadmap to enhance Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Thailand has been agreed between the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) and the National Institute for Emergency Medicine (NIEM) with the support of the European Union (EU).

Critical health care for heart-attack, stroke and accident victims revolves around providing proper health care during the first hour, as this has been proven to significantly increase the survival rate. Helicopters can play an important role in ensuring rapid transport of medical teams to the site, or evacuation of patients to suitable hospitals within that time, typically referred to as the ‘golden hour’.

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