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Europe sees launch of helicopter academies network
Leading academies will share their knowledge and experience across borders. Newly graduated pilots can use the network to find suitable career openings with governments and helicopter operators.
European Helicopter Center ceo Anette K Haldorsen.

The newly launched network of independent helicopter academies, the Leading Helicopter Academies of Europe (LHA), is committed to raising standards by combining each academy's strengths and industry knowledge. It aims to provide better services, training and support for governments, organisations and other helicopter companies; offer superior instruction to both aspiring and experienced pilots; and to not just develop piloting skills but also to 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. Recognising each other as suppliers of quality, working together, we can now offer training across the board 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,” says LHA spokesperson and ceo of Norway-based European Helicopter Center Anette K Haldorsen.

The LHA has a combined fleet of 150 helicopters, providing over 16,000 hours of training every year and offering over 80 flight instructors at 22 bases all over Europe, which means that pilots can learn to fly in all types of terrain and weather conditions, for all kinds of roles and missions from ab-initio to specialised operations, customised to specific requirements. The network supports the full spectrum of specialisms; professional qualifications, across a wide range of skills, ratings and missions (IR, MCC, PBN, ME, SPO, etc). Over 3,000 helicopter pilots have already been trained by members of the LHA.

All LHA members are EASA Approved Training Organisations or expert providers of advanced and specialised training services. It's the ideal way for newly graduated pilots to launch their career, because they can use this network to find suitable openings with governments and large helicopter operators. Also, members are always looking to work with the best young talents.

The 10 founding members of the Leading Helicopter Academies are European Helicopter Center (Norway), Heli Austria Flight Academy, Helibravo (Portugal), HeliCentre (Netherlands), Heli-Flight (Germany), Helicopter Groundschool (Belgium), Lion Helicopters (Czech Republic), Mountainflyers (Switzerland), Pole-Air (France) and Superior Air (Greece).

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