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Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Rotorcraft Report: Lord Glenarthur Leaves British Helicopter Advisory Board

Joe West

Lord Simon Glenarthur has relinquished the position of chairman of the British Helicopter Advisory Board after a distinguished career in the British Army, the government, and industry.

The BHAB, founded in 1969, is the voice of the helicopter industry in the United Kingdom. Since he became chairman in 1992, the BHAB has seen many changes, such as the successful introduction of air ambulance and police helicopters and associated legislation, as well as changes in aviation law brought about by JAR OPS 2 in the United Kingdom and Europe.

After learning to fly helicopters in the army, Lord Glenarthur joined British Airways Helicopters in Aberdeen in 1975 at a time when the British oil industry was greatly expanding. He left after seven years flying S-61s and S-76s in the challenging North Sea environment. He was invited to join the government by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and held several junior ministerial posts before becoming a minister in the foreign office responsible for U.K. relations with Southeast Asia and Pacific Rim nations.

Since leaving the government, he has served in various directorships in industry and has consulted for Chevron UK and British Aerospace. He also has served as chairman of the European Helicopter Assn. and deputy chairman of the International Federation of Helicopter Assns.

His successor is Brian Humphries, who recently retired as managing director of Shell Aviation after a successful career with the Royal Air Force. Humphries is currently chief executive of the European Business Aviation Assn. 

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