AIRMED World Congress postponed
Significant financial risks for EHAC cause decision to postpone
Significant financial risks in the colocation with Helitech International exhibition are the reason for the unanimous decision by the EHAC Board to postpone the AIRMED World Congress. The recent information by Helitech owner and organiser Reed Exhibitions to offer a potentially similar education and conference programme for free lead to a more than competitive situation rather than a cooperation between Helitech and AIRMED. A potential decrease in AIRMED participants resulting from a complimentary and likely competitive Helitech conference programme strongly endangers the necessary funds from the delegate fees to cover the expenses of the AIRMED World Congress.
Also the European Helicopter Association (EHA) and major industry partners have strongly supported the colocation of and the cooperation between the two events. Together with them, it will be evaluated if and how a colocation would still be beneficial for both organizations in the future. The non-profit approach of AIRMED seems difficult to be harmonized with the Helitech International´s commercial orientation.
EHAC regrets that for 2017 no sustainable option is available under the given circumstances. Special thanks go to all experts who have already worked in numerous hours and meetings on the programme. All the ideas of the working groups will be kept as valuable inputs for the planning of the next event. And many thanks go also to our congress experts from Happening Events for their dedicated and highly professional support in all organisational matters.
Last but not least, EHAC – as a member of the EHA – intends to strongly support the activities of the EHA, and wishes EHA and all delegates an interesting and successful Helitech International event in London.
About AIRMED World Congresses
The key driver for improvements and innovative change has always been constructive criticism, be it in terms of medicine, management, flight operation, maintenance, design or development guidelines. For more than 30 years, AIRMED World Congresses have been organised to inform about the latest facts, share experiences and define the future in professional aeromedical services.