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Héli-Union Opens a New Branch in Pau, France

Héli-Union Opens a New Branch in Pau, France

Héli-Union is creating more than 30 new jobs by opening its doors in Pau, France. This new branch will become another branch of Héli-Union Industry providing heavy maintenance of helicopters. Héli-Union Pau is expected to be operational in May 2017. Héli-Union Pau will host one of Héli-Union’s main portfolios of industry-related service, which is regular… Read more »

Source: Héli-Union, 24-Apr-17

Airbus uses QR codes to collect customer feedback

Airbus uses QR codes to collect customer feedback

As part of its ongoing journey towards improving customer satisfaction, Airbus is implementing QR codes as a means of collecting customer feedback following each spare part delivery originating from Marignane, France. Upon receipt of a package, customers can scan the affixed QR code using their smartphone, displaying a webpage on which they can select their… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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New prototype on the ramp at Guimbal

New prototype on the ramp at Guimbal

​​HeliHub.com has become aware of a new prototype test flying with French manufacturer Hélicoptères Guimbal. The new aircraft is all white, and carries the French test registration F-WBGD in blue on the tail boom. On the tail fin, in the normal Guimbal style, is the serial number 2001 – “A Space Odyssey” to some, but… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Dec-16

DCNS and Airbus Join forces to design French Navy Aerial Drone

DCNS and Airbus Join forces to design French Navy Aerial Drone

DCNS, a world leader in naval defence, and Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, are joining forces to design the future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine – SDAM) programme. By pooling naval and aerospace skills and expertise, the teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Oct-16

DCNS and Airbus join forces for French Naval drone requirement

DCNS and Airbus join forces for French Naval drone requirement

DCNS, a world leader in naval defence, and Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, are joining forces to design the future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine – SDAM) programme. By pooling naval and aerospace skills and expertise, the teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will… Read more »

Source: DCNS, 22-Oct-16

CMC systems selected for Sécurité Civile EC145 upgrades

CMC systems selected for Sécurité Civile EC145 upgrades

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) is pleased to announce that the CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 GPS Landing System have been selected by the French Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) and by Airbus Helicopters, to upgrade the Sécurité Civile fleet of EC145 helicopters. The 35 helicopters that will be upgraded are deployed on Sécurité… Read more »

Source: CMC, 11-Jul-16

Monacair receives last of six new H130s

Monacair receives last of six new H130s

Monacair has received the last H130 of a contract for six units signed in September 2015. Like the previous five aircraft, the new helicopter will join the regular scheduled flight service that Monacair has set up between Monaco Heliport and Nice International airport. Monacair started this shuttle service in January this year after taking delivery… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 25-May-16

RTE pilot celebrates 30,000 helicopter hours as operator receives new H125

RTE pilot celebrates 30,000 helicopter hours as operator receives new H125

On April 21st, Airbus Helicopters delivered an H125 to RTE at a ceremony at its headquarters in Marignane, France. At this occasion, the company also celebrated a major milestone of one of RTE’s pilots who recently clocked in more than 30,000 flight hours, the majority of which on Airbus Helicopters Ecureuil aircraft. On February 4th,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 13-May-16

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Airbus to upgrade avionics on 35 EC145s for Securite Civile

Airbus to upgrade avionics on 35 EC145s for Securite Civile

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) to retrofit the avionics suite of the 35 EC145 helicopters operated by the Sécurité Civile, an agency of the French Ministry of Interior that performs critical search and rescue and medical evacuation services throughout the French territory. As part of this… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-May-16

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Helipaddy creates WW1 Memorial tour to demonstrate trip planning capabilities

Helipaddy creates WW1 Memorial tour to demonstrate trip planning capabilities

Helipaddy, the world’s largest moderated database of helicopter landing sites and points of interest, has started to create suggested helicopter tours as a way of demonstrating the capabilities and value of their system. The first itinerary around the significant First World War (WW1) locations of Northern France has been well received.  The suggested route will… Read more »

Source: Helipaddy, 18-Apr-16

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Airbus Helicopters opens 240 apprentice positions in France

Airbus Helicopters opens 240 apprentice positions in France

In April 2016, Airbus Helicopters is launching its work-study campaign by offering more than 240 new apprenticeship positions at its headquarters in Marignane, France and other regional offices. The positions are in various fields and for all educational levels. The headquarters in Marignane provide apprentices with a close proximity to production lines, allowing them to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Apr-16

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Helipaddy forges expansion link with Good Hotel Guide

Helipaddy forges expansion link with Good Hotel Guide

Helipaddy, the world’s largest moderated database of helicopter landing sites and points of interest, is expanding through a new collaboration with the Good Hotel Guide.  This will increase the already-impressive Helipaddy database with helipads at every relevant hotel in the Good Hotel Guide worldwide. The Helipaddy smartphone apps and website are being updated with around… Read more »

Source: Helipaddy, 08-Apr-16

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Paris-based operator Helixaero receives G2 Cabri

Paris-based operator Helixaero receives G2 Cabri

French operator Helixaero, based at Toussus-le-Noble airfield on the outskirts of Paris, has recently acquired a new Guimbal G2 Cabri direct from the factory in the south of the country.  The operator, who previously focused on Robinson R22 and R44 operations, now has serial 1135 in their fleet, as seen in the photos here. Helixaero… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Mar-16

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First flight for second H160

First flight for second H160

The H160’s second prototype took off today in Marignane, kicking off a busy 2016 for the H160 as it pursues its flight test program with two prototypes. The second prototype is the first H160 to fly with the Turbomeca Arrano engines. PT1 had accumulated more than 75 hours of flight testing by the end of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 29-Jan-16

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French Army orders six more NH90s

French Army orders six more NH90s

The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has ordered six additional NH90 helicopters in tactical troop transport (TTH) configuration, bringing the total amount of NH90 TTHs on order for the French Army Aviation to 74. “The French armed forces have deployed the NH90 operationally in Mali where its outstanding endurance, versatility and manoeuvrability have been greatly… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 08-Jan-16

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France orders another seven Tiger HAD attack helicopters

France orders another seven Tiger HAD attack helicopters

The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) has ordered seven additional Tiger HAD attack helicopters, bringing to 67 the total number of Tigers that will eventually be operated by the French Army Aviation. The additional Tigers will be delivered in 2017-2018. “The French Army Aviation have put the Tiger to the test in multiple theatres and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jan-16

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03-Dec-15 73-QL Cicare CH-7 Albens, France

Skid collapsed in heavy landing after striking wires – which the pilot had not seen due to being distracted by direct sunlight

03-Dec-15

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Airbus Helicopters signs 5 year EC145 support contract with French law enforcement fleets

Airbus Helicopters signs 5 year EC145 support contract with French law enforcement fleets

The SIMMAD (Structure intégrée du maintien en condition opérationnelle des matériels aéronautiques du ministère de la Défense, responsible for the maintenance and overhaul of French state-owned aircraft) has awarded Airbus Helicopters with a milestone contract for a global service solution covering the entire fleet of 50 EC145 operated by the French Gendarmerie Nationale and Sécurité… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Nov-15

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Avinco helps Mont Blanc Helicopteres acquire AS350B3 in record time

Avinco helps Mont Blanc Helicopteres acquire AS350B3 in record time

Mont Blanc Helicopters (MBH) recently closed the purchase of a fire fighting AS 350B3 with the crucial assistance of Avinco. Further to its recent appointment for a fire fighting mission in Corsica, Mont Blanc entrusted Avinco with rapidly securing the appropriate helicopter. Avinco successfully secured the machine within a record one-week lead-time, by providing full… Read more »

Source: Avinco, 11-Nov-15

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V-22 to be tested with French Aircraft Carrier

V-22 to be tested with French Aircraft Carrier

On September 28, 2015, the French Navy Naval Aviation Practical Experimentation Center (centre d’expérimentations pratiques de l’aéronautique navale – CEPA) validated during a closing conference the interoperability between Mistral class LHDs and the Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft. See Full Story

Source: Navy Recognition, 09-Nov-15

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05-Nov-15 F-GLSF Robinson R22 Andernos les Bains, France

On return from a local flight, pilot stabilizes the hovering helicopter, turns round before starting a fast forward about 5 m height. After about 300m the pilot the helicopter pitched up to stop hovering. He then receives a uncontrolled increase in engine speed and fails to reduce power. He loses control in rotation, the right… Read more »

05-Nov-15

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APU manufacturer Microturbo appoint new General Manager

APU manufacturer Microturbo appoint new General Manager

As from November 2nd, François Tarel is appointed General manager at Microturbo (Safran). He will replace Pierre-Yves Morvan who is taking up a new position in another company in the group, Snecma. François Tarel is an engineering graduate of Ecole Polytechnique in 1984 and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (France) in 1989. He joined… Read more »

Source: Safran, 03-Nov-15

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GIFAS to arrange the French pavilion at HeliRussia 2016

GIFAS to arrange the French pavilion at HeliRussia 2016

Next May at the HeliRussia 2016, French Association of Aerospace Industry (Groupement des industries françaises aéronautiques et spatiales, abbreviated GIFAS) will unite the French industrial companies at the dedicated French pavilion. IX International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2016 will be held from 19 to 21 May in Moscow at the “Crocus Expo” International Exhibition Centre…. Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 26-Oct-15

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24-Oct-15 F-GOLH Airbus EC130 Megève, France

Sightseeing flight – failed to take-off, lost height and rolled over on landing.  Only one of the 7 POB was not injured.  Registration to be confirmed – Type, Colour scheme and operator match to our records

24-Oct-15

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This is why every Bell 429 image has a legal notice

This is why every Bell 429 image has a legal notice

The eagle-eyed among  you will have noticed that every Bell image of a Bell 429 with skids has a legal notice across the bottom of it, saying “Le Bell 429 est seulement disponible avec train d’atterrissage à roues en France” (example image) This literally translates as “The Bell 429 is only available with wheeled undercarriage… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Oct-15

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France completes testing of V-22 on Helicopter Landing Deck

France completes testing of V-22 on Helicopter Landing Deck

On September 28, 2015, CEPA ( centre d’expérimentations pratiques et de réception de l’aéronautique navale – the Centre for Practical Experimentation and reception) held the closing conference regarding the interoperability between BPCs (bâtiment de projection et de commandement – protection and command vessel) and the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aboard the French Navy command ship Dixmude. This… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 01-Oct-15

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MonacAir dethrones Heli Air on Nice-Monaco route

MonacAir dethrones Heli Air on Nice-Monaco route

Big changes in the historical transport line Monaco-Nice. Heliair, which held most busy helicopter shuttle line in Europe for 40 years, lost market in favour of its sole competitor Monacair. See Full Story

Source: Life in Rivera, 24-Sep-15

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French Navy receives 15th NH90 NFH

French Navy receives 15th NH90 NFH

Airbus Helicopters, the French Defense procurement agency (DGA – Direction générale de l’armement) and the French Navy today marked the handover of the 15th NH90 NFH multimission naval helicopter, the first to be delivered in the final radar configuration (FRC), during a ceremony held in the facilities in Marignane. The DGA ordered 27 NH90 NFH… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Sep-15

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Monacair orders six H130s for Monaco – Nice shuttle

Monacair orders six H130s for Monaco – Nice shuttle

Monacair signed today an order for six H130s to set up an improved service of regular scheduled flights linking Monaco Heliport to Nice International Airport. The first commercial flight is planned for January 2016 with a flight every 15 minutes. Specializing in private helicopter management, Monacair has valuable experience in terms of VIP transport and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Sep-15

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16-Sep-15 F-HCSC Airbus AS350B3 Boisses, France

Two of Tignes ski patrol were seriously injured in the crash at 8.15am.   There were four trackers on board, in addition to the pilot and a mechanic, to be dropped to reactivate the remote avalanche triggering devices after maintenance period occurred this summer.

16-Sep-15

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French Army NH90 Full Flight Simulator Ready for Training

French Army NH90 Full Flight Simulator Ready for Training

SOGITEC INDUSTRIES announces that NAHEMA and the French Defense Procurement Agency (Direction générale de l’armement, DGA) have declared ready for training the French Army Aviation NH90 Full Flight Simulator (FFS). The FFS is operational at the French Army Aviation Academy NH90 Joint Training Center (Centre de formation interarmées, CFIA) in Le Cannet-des-Maures, south-eastern France. The… Read more »

Source: Sogitec, 04-Sep-15

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04-Aug-15 D-HBRM Hughes 500C Ramatuelle, France

Substantially damaged in autorotation landing after pilot noticed a decrease in engine power

04-Aug-15

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Heli-Union adds third Cabri to training fleet

Heli-Union adds third Cabri to training fleet

French operator Heli-Union has added a third Guimbal G2 Cabri to its training fleet. Based at Angouleme, Heli Union Training Centre took delivery of two Cabri helicopters in April 2013, and demand has led them to expand the fleet. The new aircraft is registered F-HUTD and is the 105th Cabri off the production line in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jul-15

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New dynamic testing method at Airbus brings helicopters to market quickly

New dynamic testing method at Airbus brings helicopters to market quickly

An astonishing new building was recently unveiled at the Marignane plant in southern France. Built in under a year, the giant cylinder known as DHC0–Dynamic Helicopter Zero–now makes it possible to perform dynamic integration testing for the H160 and future helicopters in the Airbus Helicopters range. Gary Clark, head of vehicle test and integration at… Read more »

24-Jul-15

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05-Jul-15 Elisport CH-7 Gruffy, France

Crashed into field and burned out.  Pilot seriously injured. Helicopter type to be confirmed

05-Jul-15

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France – Skycam Helicopters adds fourth GrandNew

France – Skycam Helicopters adds fourth GrandNew

Operator Skycam Helicopters is one of very few in France to fly helicopters built outside the country.  Products from the Airbus factory at Marignane (and its various predecessors over the years) have always found greater favour with operators right across France, and indeed Skycam do have two AS350B2 and one EC130T2. Skycam, however, have gone… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-15

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27-Jun-15 F-PPCO Rotorway 162F Montséret, France

Engine failed, and  helicopter fell onto its side during autorotation landing. Pilot and his passenger/wife got out OK

27-Jun-15

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Sagem to update French military fleets with Euroflir 350 optronic system

Sagem to update French military fleets with Euroflir 350 optronic system

Sagem (Safran) has been awarded a contract by French defense procurement agency DGA for a program to upgrade the capabilities of the Euroflir 350 optronic systems on the French army’s Cougar helicopters, and the Caracal fleet deployed by France’s special and conventional forces. The gyrostabilized Euroflir 350 optronic system will incorporate a new Matis infrared… Read more »

Source: Sagem, 25-Jun-15

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15th NH90 Caiman delivered to French Army

15th NH90 Caiman delivered to French Army

NHI celebrated today the Initial Operational Capability of the Belgian NH90s. This event took place today in the NHI pavilion in presence of Colonel Dejaeger Commander of the Air Component of Belgium and the NHI Directoire. After having ordered 4 Tactical Transport NH90s and 4 Naval NH90s and proceeded to the training of its aircrews,… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 18-Jun-15

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Airbus Helicopters to improve manufaturing efficiency with Dassault Systèmes solution

Airbus Helicopters to improve manufaturing efficiency with Dassault Systèmes solution

Dassault Systèmes (Paris:DSY) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Airbus Helicopters, a division of Airbus Group, has chosen Dassault Systèmes’ “Build to Operate” industry solution experience for more efficient and profitable manufacturing operations management of… Read more »

Source: Dassault Systèmes, 15-Jun-15

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18-May-15 OH-HNR MD Helicopters MD500D Bocognano, Corsica

During a low level flight prior to attending to vegetation near powerlines, pilot noticed a decrease in engine power.  The subsequent autorotation avoiding powerlines and buildings led to a hard landing and completely burnt out in post crash fire in the garden of a house.  2 POB seriously injured

18-May-15

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22-Apr-15 F-HLOU Robinson R44 Lyon, France

Date assumed given posting date of the incident on Facebook.  Helicopter had been peppered with over 100 lead shots from close range, causing damage the tail boom close to the root

22-Apr-15

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06-Apr-15 F-GLHC Robinson R22M Le Plessis Belleville, France

Substantially damaged

06-Apr-15

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French Navy signs off MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

French Navy signs off MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

Friday, March 13, 2015 was an important date for the NH90 Caiman in France as it became a combat helicopter in its own right following the statement by the General Staff of the Navy of an initial operational capability of firing the torpedo MU90 .  This is a major milestone for the torque capability FREMM / Cayman… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 17-Mar-15

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12-Mar-15 F-HOLA Guimbal G2 Plateau de Matheysine, France

The instructor explained that during a go-around after practice approach altitude on a field, the helicopter suddenly made several turns to the left around the yaw axis.  He managed to land in a snowy field at about 5400 ft.

12-Mar-15

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05-Mar-15 F-GOLT Robinson R44 Beaune, France

Extensively damaged – hired by PPL from Hélitravaux.  3 POB all to hospital.

05-Mar-15

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France – DCI opens a new helicopter training centre

France – DCI opens a new helicopter training centre

[electronic translation] DCI announces the opening of a brand new helicopter training International Centre (ITC-H) recorded in Dax located in the Drivers French Military Training Schools (Dax and Luc-en-Provence). The ITC-H curriculum are taught in English or French and in partnership with Light Aviation Army (ALT) and HeliDax. This new training center meets the high demand… Read more »

Source: DCI, 23-Feb-15

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Vector Aerospace apprentice wins prestigious award

Vector Aerospace apprentice wins prestigious award

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is delighted to announce that one of its apprentices has won a regional Apprentice of the Year award. James Clement (pictured), aged 23, who lives in Havant, has won the Outstanding Performance by a Final Year Apprentice award… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 17-Feb-15

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Tiger crews to continue to train with Rheinmetall simulation technology

Tiger crews to continue to train with Rheinmetall simulation technology

Crews of the Franco-German Tiger multi-purpose attack helicopter will continue in future to train with tried-and-tested simulation technology from Rheinmetall. The Düsseldorf-based Group recently booked an order to this effect worth several tens of millions €. In December 2014 the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement) contracted with… Read more »

Source: Rheinmetall, 16-Feb-15

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Thales to take €100m hit from DCNS losses

Thales to take €100m hit from DCNS losses

Over the past few months DCNS, in which Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) holds a 35% shareholding, has conducted a comprehensive review of the financial and contractual status of several activities and complex programmes, which have had difficulties. The main conclusions of these reviews have been communicated to DCNS governing bodies. On the basis of these… Read more »

Source: Thales, 25-Jan-15

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CAE wins OCCAR-EA/Tiger Helicopter Program training analysis contract

CAE wins OCCAR-EA/Tiger Helicopter Program training analysis contract

The Organisation conjointe de cooperation en matiere d’armement (OCCAR-EA), a European organization responsible for managing the through-life support of cooperative European defence programs, has awarded CAE a contract for the analysis of training needs for the German-French Tiger Helicopter Technical School located in Fassberg, Germany. The technical school is responsible for the theoretical and practical… Read more »

Source: CAE, 16-Dec-14

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50th 429 delivered in Bell’s definition of Europe

50th 429 delivered in Bell’s definition of Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of the 50th Bell 429 in Europe to an operator in the United Kingdom. The aircraft will be used to accomplish corporate/VIP transport across the region. [Ed:- see our analysis below by country] “The Bell 429 offers customers exceptional performance and a smooth, comfortable ride, and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Nov-14

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Vector UK to support French Navy Lynxes

Vector UK to support French Navy Lynxes

Vector Aerospace UK, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has announced the agreement of a long term contract to provide structural maintenance and technical support for the French Navy’s Lynx Mk.4 helicopter fleet. The company’s Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, has the only main build/repair jig for this aircraft type in the… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 19-Nov-14

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13-Nov-14 F-PGVH FAMA K209 Aubenas, France

The pilot landed on runway 36. During translation to reach the taxiway, the helicopter tilts right and a main rotor blade struck the ground. The helicopter is destabilized and collides with the ground. The two people on board were evacuated by a witness and the helicopter caught fire.

13-Nov-14

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Airbus to move helicopter production from Germany to France?

Airbus to move helicopter production from Germany to France?

Airbus is seriously considering building new helicopter programs in France rather than Germany in the future due to a restrictive export policy in Europe’s largest economy, the group CEO told Reuters.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 15-Oct-14

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02-Oct-14 HB-ZJC Eurocopter EC130 Bart, France (5F)

Helicopter took off from Lausanne, Switzerland and has crashed in France – reportedly just prior to landing at Montbéliard – Courcelles Aerodrome. Weather reported as foggy and press report says that pilot was looking for a gap in the cloud to land at the airfield.  Five of seven POB killed when helicopter landed on a… Read more »

02-Oct-14

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11-Sep-14 G-CDMG Robinson R22 France

The subject helicopter was noted at 5.15am local time on 12-Sep-14 on a trailer at Calais ferry port bound for the UK.  Given it is based UK, there must have been some reason that it was not flown back to the UK.  Incident date 11-Sep-14 thus approximate

11-Sep-14

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25-Jul-14 F-GMHZ Eurocopter EC120B Chateaublanc, France

Very heavy landing – remained upright but skids splayed out and main rotors chopped tail boom.  Photos here and here

25-Jul-14

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INAER France orders EMS Bell 429

INAER France orders EMS Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed purchase agreement with INAER France an Avincis Group operator for a Bell 429 in Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) configuration. The aircraft, the first Bell 429 sold in France, will be equipped with a fully customized EMS interior and state-of-the-art avionics. INAER will… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Jul-14

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Airbus appoints Vice President Post Merger Integration and Carve-Out Management

Airbus appoints Vice President Post Merger Integration and Carve-Out Management

Wow.  What a title.  Just imagine how wide his new business card will need to be!   The appointment of a new person at the top of Airbus Helicopters UK included mention of the new role for the previous UK head, Markus Steinke.  To repeat it here, and just to confirm that his new massively-long job… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Jul-14

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France – DCNS head to stand down early; Successor nominated

France – DCNS head to stand down early; Successor nominated

Patrick Boissier, Chairman and CEO of DCNS, has informed its main shareholders, the French State (through the Agence des participations de l’Etat) and Thales, that he intends to ask the Board of Directors to cut short his term, 5 months before the end of his tenure, to provide clarity on the designation of his successor,… Read more »

Source: Thales, 08-Jul-14

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ADSoftware delivers cloud aviation maintenance solution to Heliconia

ADSoftware delivers cloud aviation maintenance solution to Heliconia

Earlier this year, Moroccan and French helicopter operator, Heliconia, was looking for a software solution that could coordinate operations between its bases in France and Morocco in the quickest time possible. At the time, ADSoftware, the French aviation software provider, had just launched its latest Business Intelligence and Data Exchange Technology incorporating Predictive Maintenance applications… Read more »

Source: ADSoftware, 25-Jun-14

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Hélidax passes the 70,000 flight hour milestone

Hélidax passes the 70,000 flight hour milestone

Hélidax, a subsidiary of DCI and INAER, announces an extension of its activities to cover the armed forces’ training. In 2013, 400 hours for training crews from the 5th attack helicopter battalion in Pau (5th ATKHB) were performed on Hélidax EC120 aircraft, in the Calliope configuration. These training missions continue in 2014 with the supply of EC120… Read more »

Source: DCI, 21-Jun-14

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Airbus X3 technology demonstrator retired to a museum

Airbus X3 technology demonstrator retired to a museum

After opening the frontiers of flight during a record-setting test program, Airbus Helicopters’ X3 is now ready for its place in history as this high-speed helicopter demonstrator is welcomed for display at the French national musée de l’Air et de l’Espace (Air and Space museum) of Paris-Le Bourget. The X3 will be exhibited in the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters presents defense lineup at Eurosatory 2014

Airbus Helicopters presents defense lineup at Eurosatory 2014

The rugged, capable and mission-ready military rotorcraft lineup from Airbus Helicopters will be displayed at next week’s Eurosatory 2014 defense exposition near Paris, France, along with a focus on the latest innovation for its product family. “The rapid evolution of operational requirements, for missions that are carried out by armed forces worldwide, requires an answer… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jun-14

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Bell puts 429 EMS Demonstrator into Europe as weight issues continue

Bell puts 429 EMS Demonstrator into Europe as weight issues continue

On May 3rd, Bell’s 429 demonstrator was shipped into their European base at Prague in the Czech Republic.  Within four days it had arrived in the UK where it has been demonstrated to Bond Air Services this week and is expected to visit other operators in the air ambulance market as well.  The helicopter is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-May-14

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Over 20 student pilots on Dynali H3 EasyFlyer in France

Over 20 student pilots on Dynali H3 EasyFlyer in France

With the introduction of the microlight class of helicopter in France, Dynali has already secured a leading position in flight schools with over 20 student pilots in training for microlight helicopter pilot’s licences in three flight schools in different regions. Students are a mix of pilots with PPL/H licences wishing to add microlight licences, autogiro… Read more »

Source: Dynali, 11-May-14

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Avincis Group lease two EC135s from AgustaWestland

Avincis Group lease two EC135s from AgustaWestland

A few weeks back, two Eurocopter EC135T2+ helicopters arrived in the UK at the end of a ferry flight from Azerbaijan. Previously operated by Silk Way Helicopter Services on EMS work from January 2012, the two had been replaced by new AgustaWestland AW139s and taken by the Anglo-Italian manufacturer in part-exchange. They have now been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-14

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All regulatory hurdles cleared for Avincis sale to Babcock

All regulatory hurdles cleared for Avincis sale to Babcock

Babcock International Group PLC (“Babcock”), the UK’s leading engineering support services company, announced today it has received approvals from the Spanish Council of the National Markets and Competition Commission and the Portuguese Competition Authority in respect of the acquisition of the Avincis Group. All conditions to completion of such acquisition have therefore been satisfied. Completion… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 27-Apr-14

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First Air BP re-fuelling takes place at Cannes Mandelieu Airport

First Air BP re-fuelling takes place at Cannes Mandelieu Airport

Following the announcement made at this year’s Schedulers and Dispatchers in February that Air BP was to become the sole fuel provider at Cannes Mandelieu Airport, the first fuelling took place on April 8th. The first aircraft to be re-fuelled under the new arrangement was a helicopter from Cote d’Azur- based Azur Helicoptere.  Air BP… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 24-Apr-14

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Heli Protection Europe buys Entrol simulator based on Bell 412

Heli Protection Europe buys Entrol simulator based on Bell 412

Heli Protection Europe (HpE) has purchased an entrol H21 FNPT II MCC helicopter simulator, which is based on the Bell 412. This simulator will be installed in Italy and it will be used for a fully new and advanced pilot training process, including studies related to Human Performance and Limitation, Crew Resource Management and the implementation of new procedures…. Read more »

Source: Entrol, 14-Apr-14

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Airbus Group Named Preferred Employer By French Engineering Students in 2014

Airbus Group Named Preferred Employer By French Engineering Students in 2014

Airbus Group has been named the most attractive employer among students at France’s leading engineering universities, according to the 2014 surveys by renowned employer branding consultancies Universum Global and Trendence. For the 10th consecutive year, students at France’s top engineering universities (Grandes Écoles) selected Airbus Group as their “Ideal Employer” in the Universum Global Survey… Read more »

Source: Airbus Group, 14-Apr-14

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Garmin Introduces European FliteCharts

Garmin Introduces European FliteCharts

Garmin continues to expand its global aviation chart coverage with the release of European terminal charts, including instrument approach charts, SIDs, STARs, and airport diagrams. These charts are the most recent addition to the growing list of worldwide aviation charting products available from Garmin, which are compatible with select Garmin avionics and portables. Additional charts… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 06-Apr-14

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MBDA to develop next generation Anglo-French anti-ship missile

MBDA to develop next generation Anglo-French anti-ship missile

MBDA welcomes the signature of the Demonstration and Manufacture contract for the FASGW(H)/ANL (Future Anti Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy)/ Anti Navire Léger) missile on 26th March 2014. This jointly funded Anglo-French contract, valued at more than £500 million (€600 million) has been awarded to MBDA by the UK DE&S (Defence Equipment & Support) on behalf… Read more »

Source: MBDA, 31-Mar-14

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INAER wins six helicopter French EMS contract

INAER wins six helicopter French EMS contract

INAER France (INAER), part of the Avincis Group a world-leading provider of emergency aerial services, has won the a six-year contract to provide helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) for France’s Centre and Haute-Normandie regions. The French Ministry of Health is currently undertaking a new operating procedure based on regional contracts, and INAER has proven itself… Read more »

Source: INAER, 25-Mar-14

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