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Safran renews MCO contract for French government engines for 10 years

Safran renews MCO contract for French government engines for 10 years

26-Apr-2022Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines and the French Aerospace Maintenance Agency (DMAé, Direction de la Maintenance Aéronautique) have renewed for 10 years their contract to maintain the French government’s helicopter engines in operational condition. Designated Saturne (Soutien Avancé des Turbines de l’Etat), the contract ensures the availability and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) of all 1,500 engines... Read more

Optima Aero creates European subsidiary

Optima Aero creates European subsidiary

1-Apr-2022

Optima Aero Europe will begin operations on May 4, 2022 in New Aquitaine, France, and more specifically in the Biarritz region. Optima Aero Europe, like its parent company Optima Aero Inc. located in Montreal, Canada, will dismantle end-of-life helicopters and provide reconditioned helicopter parts for Airbus, Leonardo and Bell Flight helicopters. EASA certified parts will... Read more

VSR700 trails autonomous capabilities at sea

VSR700 trails autonomous capabilities at sea

1-Apr-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has begun trialing autonomous take-off and landing capabilities at sea for the VSR700, an unmanned aerial system (UAS) being developed in the frame of the SDAM (Système de drone aérien de la Marine) programme, conducted by the DGA (Direction générale de l’Armement – the French Armament General Directorate) for the French Navy. Trials... Read more

Safran’s Euroflir 510: the Tiger helicopter’s new optronic sight

Safran’s Euroflir 510: the Tiger helicopter’s new optronic sight

4-Mar-2022Source: Safran

With the Tiger attack helicopter scheduled for a mid-life upgrade, Safran Electronics & Defense has won a contract to supply 85 Euroflir 510 optronic (electro-optical) sights from the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), on behalf of the French and Spanish defense procurement agencies. This gyro-stabilized optronic system, successor to the Strix sight, will be... Read more

France and Spain launch Tiger MkIII programme

France and Spain launch Tiger MkIII programme

4-Mar-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation), on behalf of the French and Spanish Armament General Directorate, the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) and the DGAM (Dirección General de Armamento y Material) has awarded a contract to Airbus Helicopters for the development, production, and initial in-service support of the Tiger MkIII attack helicopter upgrade programme. The... Read more

Airbus Helicopters opens new MRO Logistics Centre in Paris

Airbus Helicopters opens new MRO Logistics Centre in Paris

26-Jan-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Airbus Helicopters MRO Logistics Centre has begun operations in the AeroliansParis business park in Tremblay-en-France near Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport. The 13,400 m2 building, developed by BARJANE, was conceived to house all logistics activities related to helicopter component repair, including the receipt, screening, control, storage and distribution of MRO parts, at one site close to... Read more

Babcock France certified Part CAMO and Part 145 on H145 D3

Babcock France certified Part CAMO and Part 145 on H145 D3

19-Jan-2022Source: Babcock

Babcock France announces that it has received from the OSAC l Aviation & Sécurité its Part CAMO and PART 145 certificate of approval for the maintenance of its Airbus H145 D3 helicopter fleet at its Cannet-des-Maures site. Meeting the needs of its customers across the country, Babcock’s maintenance sites offer a full range of MCO... Read more

France becomes first H160 law enforcement customer

France becomes first H160 law enforcement customer

11-Jan-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has signed a contract, on behalf of the Ministry of Interior, for the procurement and maintenance of 10 H160s in a law enforcement configuration for the Gendarmerie Nationale. Linked to the contract for the procurement of 169 H160Ms for the French Ministry of Armed Forces, this order is part... Read more

France signs for first batch of 30 H160M helicopters

France signs for first batch of 30 H160M helicopters

23-Dec-2021Source: Airbus

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the development and procurement of the H160M in the frame of the Light Joint Helicopter programme (HIL). The contract includes the development of several prototypes and the delivery of a first batch of 30 aircraft (21 for the army, 8 for... Read more

French Sécurité Civile to expand fleet with two Airbus H145s

French Sécurité Civile to expand fleet with two Airbus H145s

20-Dec-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has ordered an additional two five-bladed H145s destined to equip the Sécurité Civile, an agency of the French Ministry of Interior that performs rescue and air medical transport services throughout France. This contract is a follow-up to the contract signed in 2020 for an initial batch of two H145s... Read more

SAF Hélicoptères acquires Starlite Aviation Group

SAF Hélicoptères acquires Starlite Aviation Group

30-Nov-2021Source: SAF Aerogroup

SAF announced the acquisition of Starlite Aviation Group, and consequently the formation of a global aviation group: SAF Aerogroup. SAF Aerogroup, whose main shareholders are Oaktree Capital Management and BPI France, is changing its business model to consolidate its position as the French leader and a major player in the helicopter and fixed wing service... Read more

Skyports to Develop Europe’s First Test Vertiport in Paris

Skyports to Develop Europe’s First Test Vertiport in Paris

29-Nov-2021Source: Skyports

Skyports, the world-leading designer, developer, and operator of vertiports (landing sites for eVTOL aircraft) is developing Europe’s first test vertiport in France, as a significant step towards launching commercial Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) services in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The programme is part of the Re.Invent Air Mobility initiative led by French airport... Read more

Rheinmetall and Thales extend Tiger simulator support contract

Rheinmetall and Thales extend Tiger simulator support contract

1-Nov-2021Source: Rheinmetall

Together with its partner Thales, Rheinmetall will continue to look after the helicopter simulators used for training crews of the Tiger attack helicopter. In summer 2021, a contract to this effect was awarded through OCCAR, the European procurement organization. This integrated service support contract, which for Rheinmetall represents sales in the low double-digit million-euro range,... Read more

Safran begins assembly of Arriel 2E in US

Safran begins assembly of Arriel 2E in US

19-Oct-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has opened a second assembly line at their facility in Grand Prairie, Texas for the Arriel 2E engine. The first assembled and tested Arriel 2E engines have been delivered to Airbus. These engines power the UH-72B delivered to the U.S. Army as part of the newest Lakota helicopter. Also installed in the... Read more

Airbus flight testing engine back-up system

Airbus flight testing engine back-up system

22-Sep-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, in partnership with the French Civil Aviation Authority DGAC, has started flight testing an engine back-up system (EBS) onboard its Flightlab. The project opens the way to a future hybridised propulsion system for light helicopters while delivering concrete flight safety improvements in the short term. The campaign’s main target is to enhance flight... Read more

12-Sep-21 F-ZBQG Airbus EC145 Villard-de-Lans, France (1F)

12-Sep-21 F-ZBQG Airbus EC145 Villard-de-Lans, France (1F)

12-Sep-2021

Helicopter was involved in the rescue of a mountain biker in the area of the Vercours ski resort near Villard-de-Lans.  Helicopter reportedly contacted cables and crashed, then consumed by fire.  One fatality, two serious (Pilot and SAMU Doctor) and two less serious injuries (two Gendarmes) – the latter four evacuated to hospital in Grenoble for... Read more

First helicopter engine runs using 100% sustainable fuel

First helicopter engine runs using 100% sustainable fuel

9-Sep-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines performed a world first at its Bordes facility (Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France); a helicopter engine run on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). During the test, a Makila 2 ran on a biofuel produced by TotalEnergies from residues and waste from the circular economy, specifically used cooking oil. A test campaign will now evaluate... Read more

Safran Arrano 1A obtains FAA certification

Safran Arrano 1A obtains FAA certification

12-Jul-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has received FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) type certification for its Arrano 1A engine, installed in the Airbus H160 helicopter. Arrano is a new-generation turboshaft in the 1,100 to 1,300 shp power range. It integrates the best in aero-engine technologies and offers a 15 % reduction in fuel consumption over other in-service helicopter... Read more

Safran Helicopter Engines introduce biofuel to its facilities

Safran Helicopter Engines introduce biofuel to its facilities

5-Jul-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

For the first time, Safran Helicopter Engines has run an Arrano engine using 38% of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its Bordes plant in SW France. This biofuel was produced from used cooking oil. The ground run marks the first step of a strategy to deploy SAF in engine test cells at all Safran Helicopter... Read more

Volocopter Flies at Paris Air Forum

Volocopter Flies at Paris Air Forum

23-Jun-2021

The pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), Volocopter, flew their Volocopter 2X electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at Le Bourget Airfield during the Paris Air Forum. With both, the flight demonstration of their Volocopter 2X and the VoloCity model onsite, the German UAM developer demonstrated the progress they are making to introduce eVTOL... Read more

SAF orders three H145s for EMS missions in France

SAF orders three H145s for EMS missions in France

21-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

SAF Group will be operating three more five-bladed H145s for emergency medical services (EMS) in France. These three aircraft will be based in Grenoble, Valence, and Montpellier. They will complement the three H145s already ordered by SAF in 2018 and 2020, the first of which was delivered recently and will be deployed for EMS missions... Read more

EHang debuts at the VivaTech 2021 conference in Paris

EHang debuts at the VivaTech 2021 conference in Paris

18-Jun-2021

On Wednesday, EHang Holdings Limited made its debut at the VivaTech 2021 conference in Paris to showcase safe, intelligent, and eco-friendly aerial mobility solutions and further promote UAM applications. VivaTech is Europe’s biggest startup and tech event. The fifth edition conference is held on June 16 – 19, 2021, in Paris, France at Expo Porte de... Read more

French Navy adds two more H160s

French Navy adds two more H160s

2-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has confirmed an option to Airbus Helicopters, Babcock and Safran Helicopter Engines for two more H160s for the French Navy. These aircraft will join the fleet of four H160s already contracted in 2020, the first of which is currently being assembled by Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, in the south... Read more

Tiger marks 30 years of flying

Tiger marks 30 years of flying

5-May-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

As the Tiger celebrates the 30th anniversary of its first flight, it’s time to look at how far the programme has come since 27 April 1991. Resulting from the successful cooperation between France and Germany, with Australia and Spain joining the programme in 2001 and 2003 respectively, the aircraft has proven its value as a... Read more

Thales TopOwl helmet picked for Special Ops NH90

Thales TopOwl helmet picked for Special Ops NH90

30-Apr-2021Source: Thales

NHIndustries has chosen the new-generation TopOwl Digital Display helmet from Thales for the special forces variant of the NH90 helicopter. This variant has been developed at the request of the French defence procurement agency (DGA) to meet the requirements of France’s special forces, and is also available to partner countries and other NH90 customers. This... Read more

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

14-Apr-2021

In a detailed press release under the brief title of “Business Update”, Babcock International Group not only reaffirmed the sale of their offshore business, but also indicated that all aerial emergency services businesses are under review.  The company admitted that the Avincis acquisition in 2014 has not delivered shareholder value with low returns on high... Read more

03-Apr-21 F-HPTI Guimbal G2 St-Georges-de-Reneins, France

03-Apr-21 F-HPTI Guimbal G2 St-Georges-de-Reneins, France

3-Apr-2021

Training flight – sloping ground –  student hovers and places the helicopter facing the wind. At fifteen meters above the ground, a clicking sound is heard by the crew and the instructor takes over. He made a U-turn to land where he had just taken off. During landing, landing slid downwind, the helicopter bounces then... Read more

Romania receives three EMS Airbus H135s

Romania receives three EMS Airbus H135s

10-Mar-2021Source: French Embassy

[electronic translation] Madam Ambassador, Laurence Auer, attended, alongside her German counterpart, Mr. Cord Meier-Klodt, the reception of the first three Airbus H135 Helionix helicopters , delivered in Bucharest to the General Aviation Inspectorate , which will be used for emergency medical operations . She was accompanied by the internal security attaché. Interior Minister Lucian Bode... Read more

Le Havre marine pilots lose AS365N3 cruise altitude to just 60 feet

Le Havre marine pilots lose AS365N3 cruise altitude to just 60 feet

1-Mar-2021Source: HeliHub.com

French aircraft investigators BEA are looking into a serious incident which occurred on 11th February off the French port of Le Havre. An Airbus AS365N3 operated by the Le Havre port authority was on one of their regular marine pilot flights, outbound to a ship in the English Channel (“La Manche” to the French) when... Read more

EHang Wins Urban Air Mobility Call from Paris

EHang Wins Urban Air Mobility Call from Paris

23-Feb-2021Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, has been selected as a key member of the Re.Invent Air Mobility initiative out of 150 applications from 25 countries to build the future urban air mobility (UAM) ecosystem in the capital Paris region of France,... Read more

Nordic Unmanned acquires two CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS

Nordic Unmanned acquires two CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS

2-Feb-2021Source: Schiebel

Nordic Unmanned has acquired two CAMCOPTER® S-100 systems. The first was delivered last week and the remaining will be delivered in Q2 2021. This acquisition comes after successful sulphur sniffer operations in Denmark and France. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 was also recently operated for the world’s first full-scale offshore UAV cargo delivery to the active oil... Read more

12-Jan-21 F-HAGO Schweizer 300CBi Eze, France

12-Jan-21 F-HAGO Schweizer 300CBi Eze, France

12-Jan-2021

Helicopter made an emergency landing on a mountain top and ended up nose down in the snow with its sliced tail boom pointing skywards and part of the tail rotor on the ground beside it  ... Read more

French Navy adds 4 Schiebel S-100 Camcopters

French Navy adds 4 Schiebel S-100 Camcopters

15-Dec-2020Source: Schiebel

Naval Group, on behalf of the French Navy, has accepted for operational use two further CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) with a total of four Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). They will be deployed on the Mistral-class amphibious helicopter carriers (Porte-Hélicoptères Amphibie – PHA) Tonnerre and Mistral. The acquisition comes after the successful integration of... Read more

08-Dec-20 F-HJAF Airbus EC135T1 Bonvillard, France (5F)

08-Dec-20 F-HJAF Airbus EC135T1 Bonvillard, France (5F)

8-Dec-2020

Helicopter was carrying an air rescue crew on a training mission when it fell from an altitude of (5,900ft). The surviving pilot raised the alarm at around 19:10 local time (18:10 GMT) after managing to escape from the helicopter. The crew onboard consisted of two pilots – one in training – along with two winch operators and... Read more

MBDA to develop the combat missile for the Tiger

MBDA to develop the combat missile for the Tiger

16-Nov-2020Source: MBDA

French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly has announced that MBDA is to develop the Future Tactical Air-to-Surface Missile (MAST-F) program as the main French Army air to ground armament for the Tiger combat helicopter. MBDA was selected after proposing to the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA – French Procurement Agency) its MHT/MLP concept... Read more

Airbus delivers 1,400th H135 to HEMS operator Mont Blanc

Airbus delivers 1,400th H135 to HEMS operator Mont Blanc

9-Nov-2020Source: Airbus Helicopters

In late September, the light twin-engine helicopter reached a major milestone: the company’s 1,400th H135 was delivered to the French operator Mont Blanc, adding to a fleet of more than 20 H135 and H145 helicopters in service with the operator to provide Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in France. The milestone capped off an over-20-year... Read more

British military Joint Helicopter Command sustain airpower operation in Mali

British military Joint Helicopter Command sustain airpower operation in Mali

30-Oct-2020Source: Royal Air Force

The British military Tri-Service Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) is leading the UK’s support to the French Counter Insurgency Operations in West Africa by conducting heavy lift helicopter operations. The deployment of Royal Air Force CH 47 Chinooks began in 2018 and it has been JHC that has sustained this operation for two years now by... Read more

New-generation Euroflir410 selected for NH90 TFRA & Special forces

New-generation Euroflir410 selected for NH90 TFRA & Special forces

21-Oct-2020Source: Safran Electronics & Defense

Safran Electronics & Defense has won a contract from Airbus Helicopters to supply new-generation Euroflir™410 observation systems for ten NH90-TTH Caiman helicopters deployed by French Special Forces. These new Standard 2 helicopters will allow French forces to handle the full range of utility missions. The new-generation Euroflir™410 is capable of detecting and identifying threats at... Read more

France signs contract for upgraded NH90 TTH for Special Forces

France signs contract for upgraded NH90 TTH for Special Forces

12-Oct-2020Source: NH Industries

NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker), have signed with the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA) a firm contract for the development of an upgraded version of the NH90 Tactical Troop Helicopter (TTH) for the French Special Forces (TFRA Standard 2). Under the terms of the production contract, the final batch of... Read more

Volocopter to full-scale eVTOL in Paris

Volocopter to full-scale eVTOL in Paris

2-Oct-2020Source: Volocopter

In the current context of environmental transition in air transport, economic recovery, and urban densification, Paris region, Groupe ADP and RATP Group aim to develop an urban air mobility industry branch, with a focus on the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL). The partners have therefore decided to bring together all the conditions to make... Read more

Schiebel and Nordic Unmanned Monitor Ship Emissions for EMSA

Schiebel and Nordic Unmanned Monitor Ship Emissions for EMSA

29-Sep-2020Source: Schiebel

Schiebel, together with partners Nordic Unmanned and the NORCE Research Institute AS, is operating the CAMCOPTER® S-100 to monitor ship emissions for French Maritime Authorities. The service providers for this French deployment cover ship sulphur emission monitoring in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes in the strait of Pas-de-Calais. The operation started on 23... Read more

Air bp renews contract at France’s Cannes Mandelieu Airport

Air bp renews contract at France’s Cannes Mandelieu Airport

11-Sep-2020Source: Air bp

Air bp, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, has renewed its contract with Cannes Mandelieu Airport (CQE/LFMD) in France, following six years of successful collaboration.  It will continue to be the sole supplier of Jet A-1 and Avgas at the airport. Cannes Mandelieu is the country’s second most important general aviation hub and one of Air bp’s 47 locations... Read more

26-Jul-20 F-GNLM Airbus AS350 Clermont-Ferrand, France

26-Jul-20 F-GNLM Airbus AS350 Clermont-Ferrand, France

26-Jul-2020

When hovering from the park point for take-off, the pilot loses control yawing to the left. The helicopter landed very hard. Investigators report aircraft destroyed... Read more

Leonardo AW109 Trekker chosen to support French EMS market

Leonardo AW109 Trekker chosen to support French EMS market

17-Jun-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced that the AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter has been chosen as the new helicopter to support Emergency Medical Service (EMS) operations from Rouen Hospital in Normandie, France. One aircraft, with a specially customised EMS interior, is expected be delivered by the end of 2020 from Leonardo’s Vergiate final assembly line in Italy,... Read more

COVID19 – EpiShuttle arrives in France for evaluation

COVID19 – EpiShuttle arrives in France for evaluation

27-May-2020Source: EpiGuard

The isolation pod known as the EpiShuttle has finally reached France for evaluation from professional caretakers and medical transport. France is still comping with a large amount of corona patients and high rates of critical cases. The EpiShuttle is already in service with The Royal Air Force in Scotland, The Royal Norwegian Air Force, the Royal... Read more

French Navy Tests New Navalized Version Of AS365 Dauphin SAR

French Navy Tests New Navalized Version Of AS365 Dauphin SAR

15-May-2020Source: French Navy

[electronic translation] This very first embarkation of a “N ” dolphin marks the culmination of the long shipyard of these aircraft which began in 2013. The navalization includes administrative and technical work which allows the aircraft to be implemented from the sea. This decision was taken in particular to prepare for the withdrawal of active... Read more

Safran to study biofuels production in southwest France

Safran to study biofuels production in southwest France

11-Mar-2020Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

  Safran Helicopter Engines is joining Euralis, Teréga, ACD (Aquitaine Chimie Durable), Chemparc, Agri Sud Ouest Innovation, Xylofutur, CCI Pau Béarn, Pau and Pays de l’Adour University and the Aerospace Valley consortium to study the feasibility of producing aviation biofuels in southwest France. A Letter Of Intent (LOI) has been signed in the presence of... Read more

Caverton signs for AW139 simulator from Thales

Caverton signs for AW139 simulator from Thales

4-Mar-2020Source: Daily Trust

Helicopter services company, Caverton and Thales of France, has signed the Factory Acceptance of the AW139 Reality HFull-Flight Simulator, the first helicopter full flight simulator Level ‘D’ tobe installed in Africa. See Full Story.... Read more

French Navy to receive four H160s in 2022 for SAR missions

French Navy to receive four H160s in 2022 for SAR missions

11-Feb-2020Source: Airbus

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) is to supply four H160s to the French Navy for search and rescue missions through a partnership between Airbus Helicopters, Babcock, and Safran Helicopter Engines. The French Navy will start operating these helicopters in 2022 for a period of ten years. This interim fleet of H160s will enable the... Read more

Airbus provide update on H160 military program

Airbus provide update on H160 military program

10-Feb-2020Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) are pursuing a new set of studies to further the militarisation of the H160 and to define its associated support ecosystem in the frame of the Joint Light Helicopter program (Hélicoptère  Interarmées Léger: HIL).  This contract launches pre-development activities for the military version of the H160, also called the Guépard by the French armed forces,... Read more

25-Nov-19 Airbus AS532 Liptako, Mali (11F)

25-Nov-19 Airbus AS532 Liptako, Mali (11F)

25-Nov-2019

Around 19:40, during the maneuver to prepare for the engagement of the enemy, the Cougar helicopter and a Tiger collided, crashing close to each other. None of the embarked soldiers survived. A rescue and safety operation of the accident zone is underway. Many ways of the Barkhane force are still engaged. Thirteen soldiers died in combat are... Read more

25-Nov-19 Airbus EC505 Liptako, Mali (2F)

25-Nov-19 Airbus EC505 Liptako, Mali (2F)

25-Nov-2019

Around 19:40, during the maneuver to prepare for the engagement of the enemy, the Cougar helicopter and a Tiger collided, crashing close to each other. None of the embarked soldiers survived. A rescue and safety operation of the accident zone is underway. Many ways of the Barkhane force are still engaged. Thirteen soldiers died in combat are... Read more

250th Enstrom 480 produced as manufacturer welcomes French dealer

250th Enstrom 480 produced as manufacturer welcomes French dealer

3-Oct-2019Source: Robert Swan

After an absence of some years, Enstrom Helicopter Corp now have an active new dealer in France. Rotor & Aircraft SA, based in Chartres, have taken delivery of the latest production example of the Enstrom 280FX. Serial number 2167, this aircraft was displayed at Heli-Expo in Atlanta following manufacture in March 2019. It was officially... Read more

Airbus and the French Ministry for Transport to perform first flight of hybrid light demonstrator

Airbus and the French Ministry for Transport to perform first flight of hybrid light demonstrator

28-Jun-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and the French Ministry for Transport (DGAC) have announced the launch of a research project aimed at demonstrating the use of a hybrid propulsion system on board a single-engine helicopter testbed. This initiative, which will lead to the first flight of a demonstrator in 2020, will focus on the integration of an electric... Read more

French Prime Minister meets Airbus apprentices

French Prime Minister meets Airbus apprentices

27-Jun-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

During a visit dedicated to highlighting the role of apprenticeships in the French aeronautical industry, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe met with some of the several hundred young apprentices that work at Airbus Helicopters. The Prime Minister was then invited to experience first-hand one of the next generation helicopters that they have contributed to during... Read more

France brings forward H160M Joint Light Helicopter programme

France brings forward H160M Joint Light Helicopter programme

28-May-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

The French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, has announced that the launch of the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger; HIL) programme has been brought forward to 2021. The HIL programme, for which the Airbus Helicopters’ H160 was selected in 2017, was initially scheduled for launch in 2022 by the current military budget... Read more

Babcock sells their half of Helidax – but was Brexit to blame?

Babcock sells their half of Helidax – but was Brexit to blame?

12-Apr-2019Source: HeliHub.com

In January 2008, the French Ministry of Defence launched its first private-public partnership (PPP) under a contract signed with Hélidax. This company has been equally owned by Babcock MCS France and DCI (Défense Conseil International). Babcock acquired their half through the purchase of Avincis, a group of companies which included INAER Helicopter France – which... Read more

Full Flight Simulator upgraded

Full Flight Simulator upgraded

10-Apr-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Full Flight Simulator (FFS) of Airbus Helicopters in Helisim (France) has been upgraded with the latest step 3 Helionix version delivered on new H175 aircraft. In addition to the improved similarity with the aircraft real life situations, this update includes new mission capabilities: • AFCS SAR (Search And Rescue) modes allowing to perform SAR... Read more

Aerial Firefighting Europe 2019 opens in French city of Nîmes

Aerial Firefighting Europe 2019 opens in French city of Nîmes

19-Mar-2019Source: Tangent Link

Aerial Firefighting Europe 2019 is the latest event in the expanding conference and exhibition portfolio run by Tangent Link. It follows the recent highly successful SAR conference in Australia and takes place on 19-20 March 2019 at Nîmes in France. Tangent Link prides itself in having a strategic partnership to underpin each of its conferences,... Read more

A new Enstrom 280FX for Training in France

A new Enstrom 280FX for Training in France

11-Mar-2019Source: Enstrom

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation was pleased to deliver their newest 280FX to the French training company, Golf Tango at Heli-Expo in Atlanta. Gérard Taunay, founder of Golf Tango was on hand, along with François Gatineau, CEO of Rotor and Aircraft, the Enstrom dealer in France. This new 280FX will be operated from Golf Tango’s main base... Read more

New Options for Enstrom Service in France

New Options for Enstrom Service in France

11-Mar-2019Source: Enstrom

The newest Enstrom Helicopter service center was announced at Heli-Expo in Atlanta. Copter & Boat’s Dream, also known as Copter Company in France, is owned by Eddy Pacalis and is based in Cournonsec, West of Montpellier on the Mediterranean Riviera where they maintain 30+ helicopters including 6 Enstroms. Doug Smith, Director of Product Support at... Read more

22-Feb-19 F-HSOX Airbus EC145 Bidarray, France

22-Feb-19 F-HSOX Airbus EC145 Bidarray, France

22-Feb-2019

Air Ambulance on approach to land – a sheet from a farm building broke loose and embedded in the blades of the helicopter, causing it to turn through 180 degrees, landing heavily from low level. The crew consisting of a doctor, a nurse, a pilot and a flight assistant were unharmed but shocked [Wrongly quoted... Read more

31-Jan-19 F-HRCR Guimbal G2 Pierrevert, France

31-Jan-19 F-HRCR Guimbal G2 Pierrevert, France

31-Jan-2019

During reconnaissance to land on a golf course, the helicopter suddenly rotates left on its yaw axis, falls from a height of 5 to 10 m by making several turns on itself, and collides with the ground on one of the courses of the golf course.  Two POB, one reported seriously injured, the other lightly... Read more

05-Nov-18 F-WSPM Rotorway Exec 162F Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, France

05-Nov-18 F-WSPM Rotorway Exec 162F Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, France

5-Nov-2018Source: https://www.bea.aero/index.php?id=40&news=20239&cHash=d4a41eef25ebe89914abb3a3ee24a125

The helicopter takes off in the wind. It reaches the altitude of about 20m and makes a 180 ° to head south. Shortly after this U-turn, the aircraft tilts to the left about 45 °, falls rapidly and hits the ground violently.... Read more

Enstrom announces 280FX Sale at Helitech 2018

Enstrom announces 280FX Sale at Helitech 2018

22-Oct-2018Source: Enstrom Helicopter Corporation

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation signed a contract at Helitech International to deliver a new 280FX into France.   The deal is being completed by their dealer, François Gatineau, CEO of Rotor & Aircraft Sarl.   This signing took place on October 17 at the Enstrom booth. This is the last step in the process to bring the Enstrom... Read more

Second trial success for MBDA

Second trial success for MBDA

4-Jun-2018Source: MBDA

MBDA’s Sea Venom/ANL missile has successfully completed its second development firing from a French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA – Direction Générale de l’Armement) Panther test helicopter at Ile Du Levant in southeast France.The firing, which took place on 18 April 2018, highlighted Sea Venom/ANL’s lock on after launch (LOAL) capabilities. It also validated its aptitude for low-altitude,... Read more

US and French forces participate in contingency training

US and French forces participate in contingency training

12-Mar-2018Source: US Navy

Naval Special Warfare forces and the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command conducted interoperability training with French amphibious assault ship LHD Tonnerre (L9014) and USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189) in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 6. This was the first mission for a French Mistral class LHD as a platform for U.S. special operations. The training... Read more

Kuwait begins anti-corruption investigation into Airbus H225M deal

Kuwait begins anti-corruption investigation into Airbus H225M deal

19-Feb-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Kuwait Government has launched an investigation into their deal with France. The contract, worth more than $1.1 billion, is for Airbus Caracal helicopters. However, Kuwait’s Anti-Corruption Authority has started investigating the deal since reports of a middleman demanding $71 million has come to light, reports Gulf Business.... Read more

Airbus delivers first Tiger HAD retrofit to the French Army Aviation

Airbus delivers first Tiger HAD retrofit to the French Army Aviation

3-Jan-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first Tiger retrofitted into the HAD version to the French Army Aviation, after having previously completed its formal acceptance process with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA). This retrofit from the HAP to the HAD version involves performing over 100 airframe modifications and installing over 1500 new parts and 250... Read more

France – DCNS Changes Its Name to Naval Group

France – DCNS Changes Its Name to Naval Group

12-Jul-2017Source: Naval Group

This new identity is a natural step in the Group’s history, aimed at supporting our ambitions to guarantee our exposure and credibility in international markets. Naval Group CEO Hervé Guillou said: “The creation of a strong, unifying brand, that embodies both our heritage and our expertise will enable us to meet two major objectives: continue... Read more

CAMCOPTER® S-100 completes successful qualification flights for French Navy

CAMCOPTER® S-100 completes successful qualification flights for French Navy

26-Jun-2017Source: Schiebel

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) once again convinced with its outstanding maritime capability when successfully completing qualification flights for the French Navy from 29 May to 3 June 2017. The flight trials were performed from the deck of the Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement (BPC) Dixmude, the newest of the French Navy’s... Read more

XTI Aircraft Company to Exhibit at Paris Air Show

XTI Aircraft Company to Exhibit at Paris Air Show

7-Jun-2017Source: XTI Aircraft

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) announced today it has been selected by the Paris Air Lab Programming Committee to exhibit at the Paris Air Show.  The exhibit space is hosted by the French Aerospace Industries Association in coordination with Starburst Accelerator, a major aerospace, defense and security investment fund and consulting firm.  In addition to exhibiting... Read more

Luxaviation Helicopters announces strategic partnership with Azur Hélicoptère

Luxaviation Helicopters announces strategic partnership with Azur Hélicoptère

26-May-2017Source: Luxaviation Group

Luxaviation Helicopters and Azur Hélicoptère are announcing today a new partnership which will bring a seamless private helicopter and jet experience to clients visiting the South of France. Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group (EBACE booth number T70), will work together with Azur Hélicoptère to provide helicopter transfers to clients’ end destinations in the... Read more

HeliRussia 2017 to feature the National French Pavilion

HeliRussia 2017 to feature the National French Pavilion

17-May-2017Source: HeliRussia

Five French manufacturers of components for helicopters will take part in the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2017, taking place from 25 to 27 May at the Crocus Expo IEC in Moscow. Esterline, Hutchinson, Nicomatic, Permaswage and Sela will exhibit at the National Pavilion of France, organized by the Business France national agency: Trade... Read more

Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

5-May-2017Source: HeliHub.com

At a recent briefing at the Airbus Helicopters production tactility at Marignane in Southern France, HeliHub.com was shown a new system which has been set up on the H125/H130 line to monitor the progress of each aircraft and provide significantly more management data. In very simple terms, each helicopter moves down the line every three days... Read more

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