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Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium 2020



Hall 8, Koelnmesse
Messeplatz 1
50679 Cologne, Germany

Date & time
The EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium 2020 will be an integral part of the new VTOL show EUROPEAN ROTORS

Day 1, 10th November 2020 14:00 – 17:30 
Day 2, 11th November 2020 14:00 – 17:30 
Day 3, 12th November 2020 09:00 – 14:00 

Participants are also welcomed to join for the official opening of the EUROPEAN ROTORS event on the 10th November 2020 from 10:00.

Description of the event
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.

Please have a look at the current conference programme, for more details.

Due to the integration of the Symposium into the European Rotors show, the format of this year’s edition will be different to previous years. Three half-day sessions (between 10 – 12 November) will allow participants to benefit from the newly organised trainings and workshops as well as to visit the fair.  
During the 1st session, a strong focus will be put on the European responses to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on safety and business-related risks. The theme of the 2nd session is hybrid and electric VTOL and EASA experts will present the current status of the Means of Compliance to support the Special Conditions in VTOL. For the 3rd session, we would like to invite you to submit your proposal for presentations. 

Call for papers – now open!

EASA invites you to submit your proposal for presentations. Subjects to address are current challenges and future developments in the field of Airworthiness and Certification Standards, Research & Development, safety initiatives and safety enhancement actions, and recent developments in the community including the COVID-19 crisis. 

Please send your suggestions, consisting of a title, presenter name and affiliation and an abstract (between 100 and 300 words), by 10 July 2020 to Clément AUDARD, EASA CT.3 - Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Department via e-mail at vtol [at] Following a review of the proposals, EASA will notify the authors of the selected papers. For more details, please have a look at the call for paper letter.

A registration to the EASA Symposium includes an entry to the fair. To purchase your ticket, please go to and select the Symposium on each day of the show. 

Student challenge “ROTORTHON”
EASA and EHA support the initiative of the student association EUROAVIA who will host the first “ROTORTHON” during European Rotors. Six teams of aerospace students will compete against each other in exploring and finding possible solutions on key safety topics and challenges the global rotorcraft community is facing. EASA is committed to invest in the next generation of aviation talents and we are proud to support ROTORTHON.

Registration to the challenge is now open for students! More detailed information can be found at EUROAVIA ROTORTHON.

Accommodation & Travel arrangements
Participants of the event need to take care of accommodation and travel arrangements themselves. However, for any accommodation enquiries please contact: 

Ms. Ingeborg Baumhögger
hotel-services [at]
Tel: +49 (0)221 821-3072

Join our special event by registering below and save the dates in your calendar.

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