The New England Helicopter Council traces its lineage to 1978 and the founding of the New England Helicopter Pilots Association (NEHPA). The Association's primary purpose was to enhance communication and safety within the helicopter community. Fueled by the economy in the vibrant 80's, the NEHPA expanded rapidly and provided forums, education programs and social events to benefit its members. Additionally, NEHPA became the interface between the rotary-wing community and state and federal agencies. In that role, the Association was instrumental in establishing helicopter routes within the Boston Metropolitan area and provided these agencies with constructive input for all helicopter operations.
With the growing role of rotorcraft throughout the region, in 1997 the NEHPA was reorganized as the New England Helicopter Council. Membership was expanded to include business executives, rotorcraft operators, industry suppliers and rotorcraft enthusiasts. After more than 25 years of service, the NEHC has become the coordinating point and primary advocate for the rotorcraft community within our six state New England region. It remains committed to fostering and promoting the safe use of rotorcraft in its full variety of applications and the continuous improvement of the infrastructure to support this use.
President Fred Bedard
Vice President Bill Carroll
Secretary Deirdre O'Connor
Treasurer Christian Valle
Greg Harville, Chairman
Deirdre O'Connor, Aero Club of New England
Brian Tague, Friends of Flying Santa
Philip Coghlan, Leonardo - Finmeccanica
Scott Dodge, Airbus Helicopters
Darin Howell, Bell Helicopter Textron
Rick Kenin, Boston MedFlight
Eric Petersen - Chairman, Membership Committee.