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BHA Governance and Independence

Response to Jeremy Parkin,, request for a statement regarding BHA Governance and Independence. Are We Independent? From time to time, the British Helicopter Association is quizzed on how it can fairly and effectively represent its members. After all, it has a broad membership comprising large companies and some smaller independent operators with diverse focus […]

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Eric Brown Award 2015

The Eric Brown Award 2015 was presented to Peter Norton for his outstanding service as BHA CEO during the very difficult times for the industry when the national rules were superseded by EASA regulations.  Peter took over his position with BHA some years ago having completed a long career in aviation.  Despite some personal difficulties […]

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Eric Brown Award 2014

The 2014 Eric Brown Award was presented to Dr Simon Mitchell at the BHA Annual Dinner in November.  Simon has worked in the aviation industry for over 25 years, a career that includes 5700 professional helicopter flying hours and a PhD in Aviation Safety Management.  Simon is a visiting fellow and course director at Cranfield […]

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Eric Brown Award 2013

The Eric Brown Award 2013 was presented to Brian Humphries CBE for his invaluable and outstanding contribution to the helicopter industry during his chairmanship of the BHAB/BHA.  His influence and wise counsel have been of enormous benefit to our organisation and he has championed the most important rotary wing issues with the CAA and in […]

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Eric Brown Award 2012

The Eric Brown Award was not presented in 2012.

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Eric Brown award 2011

The Eric Brown award for 2011 was presented to Captain Rod Wood by Chairman Brian Humphries during the 2011 Annual Dinner at the Institute of Directors in recognition of his service to the helicopter training industry and his substantial support for the British Helicopter Association over many years.

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Eric Brown Award 2010

The Eric Brown Award for 2010 was given to Christopher Forrest, of PremiAir’s Group Operations in recognition of his contribution both on a professional and voluntary basis to promote the interests of the helicopter operators and users throughout the UK. Receiving the Award, which was presented by Captain Eric M Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, MA, […]

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Eric Brown Award 2009

The Eric Brown Award for 2009 was given to Captain Steve West-Oram of Bond Air Services in recognition of his lifetime contribution to our industry. The award was presented by Chairman Brian Humphries to Mr. Peter Bond, Group Chairman Bond Air services who represented Steve on this occasion at the annual BHA Dinner.

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Eric Brown Award 2008

2008 Captain Gary Spender The Eric Brown Award for 2008 was awarded to Captain Gary Spender for his work in the field of helicopter safety. Gary is a commercial pilot and IT specialist. Increasingly concerned by the number of fatal helicopter accidents in recent years, Gary launched the internet based initiative ‘Helicopter Safety’ in 2008. […]

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Eric Brown Award 2007

The Eric Brown Award for 2007 was awarded to Captain Robin Renton for his work on the creation and design of the BHAB Chief Pilots course. The course which is run jointly by the CAA and the BHA has received both national and international recognition for the value of its safety related benefits and has […]

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