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On Aug. 19, 2018, the global helicopter industry will celebrate one of the world’s greatest engineering inventions with rolling events currently spanning five continents.
World Helicopter Day aims to raise awareness of helicopters’ contributions to society and celebrate the diversity of people who design, fly and support them.
Every day, thousands of people rely on helicopters for rescue, disaster relief, transport, firefighting, medical transfers, power line maintenance, tourism, agriculture and many other roles.
Few people get to see helicopters up close or have the opportunity to talk to the people who work with them. Planned events will give local communities the opportunity to inspect several different helicopters, discover more about how helicopters fly and learn about careers in the helicopters industry.
Events are currently organized in the following locations:
- Australia, Brisbane
- Australia, Newcastle
- Australia, Perth
- Canada, British Columbia
- Hong Kong
- USA, Arkansas
- USA, Pennsylvania
- USA, New York
- USA, California
- USA, Washington
- Scotland, Kinloss
- England, Somerset
- England, Leicestershire
- South Africa, Johannesburg
- Serbia, Belgrade
This is the fourth year that World Helicopter Day will be held, and interest is expanding each year and reaching more countries. Over 3,300 people have already registered their interest on the Facebook event post for the South African part of the celebrations alone.
More details on individual event locations are available on the World Helicopter Day website.
Industry organizations, helicopter companies and the public are encouraged to follow along online using the hashtag #worldhelicopterday and to post their favorite helicopter photos or photos from any of the planned events.
Helicopter companies, organizations or charities looking to hold an open day in their city as part of the day’s outreach program can submit their event details through the website for greater visibility.