The BHA promotes the compliant, safe and considerate use of rotorcraft throughout the UK. Its activities are directed by a Council of Management. The BHA encourages European harmonisation through its membership of the European Helicopter Association. The BHA negotiates with government departments, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), on behalf of the industry.
The British Helicopter Advisory Board (BHAB) was formed in 1969 at the instigation of leading members of the UK helicopter industry who realised that it lacked a single authoritative voice speaking for the whole helicopter industry as was the case in other aviation sectors. At that time helicopter activity in support of off-shore oil exploration and production was expanding rapidly. In November 2008, the name of the BHAB was changed to the British Helicopter Association (BHA).
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