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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Weststar Aviation starts operations in Morocco with two AW139s

Weststar Aviation starts operations in Morocco with two AW139s

Malaysian based Weststar Aviation continues their international expansion with a direct interest in operations just starting in Morroco. This country represents their third country and the first outside their Far East home region. Weststar Aviation are providing technical assistance to Heliconia Aero Solutions who are operating two AW139s on their Moroccan AOC with each party… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-14

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Indra working on EC175 simulator for Airbus Helicopters at Marignane

Indra working on EC175 simulator for Airbus Helicopters at Marignane

Pilot training with the first Level D full-flight simulator for Airbus Helicopters’ new EC175 rotorcraft will be available from this summer, using an Indra-built system located at the Airbus Helicopters Training Services facility in Marignane, France. Its near-term availability, announced today at the Heli-Expo 2014 convention in Anaheim, California, will enable pilot training to begin… Read more »

Source: Indra, 28-Feb-14

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AmSafe Bridport wins multipurpose helicopter transport system contract for French military

AmSafe Bridport wins multipurpose helicopter transport system contract for French military

AmSafe Bridport Limited has been awarded a contract from the French Direction Générale de L’armement (DGA) for its requirement for a multipurpose helicopter transport system [designated as système d’hélitransport polyvalent; (SHP)] for the French armed forces helicopter fleet. The SHP is a suite of specialist helicopter cargo lifting equipment capable of safely and efficiently transporting… Read more »

Source: AmSafe Bridport, 19-Feb-14

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MV-22 lands on French warship for first time

MV-22 lands on French warship for first time

At Sea – An MV-22B Osprey from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response lands aboard the French Mistral-class assault ship, Dixmude, to increase squadron proficiency while enhancing interoperability with the U.S. and their NATO allies during a bi-lateral engagement in the Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 8. The U.S. and French carrier qualification was the first… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 18-Feb-14

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17-Feb-14 F-HBVC Eurocopter EC120 Tabaille-Usquain, France

On approach to land when something caused main blades to slice tail boom, causing helicopter to crash from low level into a field .  The two occupants were not injured

17-Feb-14

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14-Feb-14 Cicare CH-7T Lalbenque, France (1F)

Helicopter crashed killing solo pilot Didier Deschoolmeester

14-Feb-14

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Bruno Guimbal wins award from aviation journalists

Bruno Guimbal wins award from aviation journalists

Bruno Guimbal, founder and CEO of Hélicoptères Guimbal and designer of the Cabri G2 two-seat helicopter, has won the Prix Icare 2014 (Icarus Award). The French association of aerospace journalists (Association des journalistes professionnels de l’aéronautique et de l’espace, AJPAE) on January 31 chose Guimbal in a vote during the association’s annual general meeting. Attributed… Read more »

Source: AJPAE, 03-Feb-14

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Airbus Helicopters’ Foundation partners with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Crisis Center

Airbus Helicopters’ Foundation partners with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Crisis Center

The Airbus Helicopters Corporate Foundation today expanded its humanitarian outreach, signing a high-level agreement on heliborne airlift support for French government-coordinated operations at international natural disaster sites and in other emergency situations. This accord establishes a partnership with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Crisis Center, and offers helicopter transportation services from operators chartered by… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jan-14

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New Zealand has fast-expanding Cabri fleet

New Zealand has fast-expanding Cabri fleet

In the last few weeks three more Guimbal G2 Cabri helicopters have arrived in New Zealand.  This includes a new build serial 1057 from the factory in France, which will become the fifth helicopter in the country to fly with the registration ZK-HCS.  [The previous “HCS” was a Cabri now re-registered to ZK-ICS.  Ed] Meanwhile… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-14

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Thales to join SAF Group at shared helicopter training facility

Thales to join SAF Group at shared helicopter training facility

Following training centre openings across the UK and France, and the planned opening in Norway in 2015, Thales will join SAF Group, one of the key European players in the helicopter market, at a shared training centre in Albertville in the French Alps. The centre will feature two state-of-the-art Reality H Simulators, the most advanced… Read more »

Source: Thales, 16-Jan-14

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French wine activists claim fatal R44 crash was no accident

French wine activists claim fatal R44 crash was no accident

In a typed letter which appeared in print in the French newspaper Midi Libre, the Agricultural Action Committee claimed that James Gregoire, who sold Château de la Rivière to Chinese businessman Lam Kok, “paid with his life for selling the vineyard to a foreign buyer exactly 10 days after we had warned him not to.”… Read more »

Source: Wine Searcher, 13-Jan-14

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10-Jan-14 F-GIZR Enstrom F28A Saint-Amans-des-Cots, France

10-Jan-14 F-GIZR Enstrom F28A Saint-Amans-des-Cots, France

Pilot observed a significant reduction in engine noise and a different regime. The helicopter slowly loses the height. The pilot decided to land in the countryside. A 2 meters on the ground, the device drops abruptly. One of the main rotor blades struck the ground in front of the camera then severed the tail boom.

10-Jan-14

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20-Dec-13 F-GPJG Robinson R44 Gironde, France (4F)

Four suspected died, of which one body found, when helicopter crashed into a river.  The occupants was Chinese billionaire Lam Kok, his son, an interpreter plus the pilot who had just sold his vineyard to Mr Kok

20-Dec-13

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Vector Aerospace UK repairs French Lynx

Vector Aerospace UK repairs French Lynx

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has delivered a repaired French Lynx Mk4 to the end customer. “I am pleased that we have quickly and effectively completed our first international Lynx Depth repair contract in collaboration with Eurocopter”, said Ross Powlesland, Operations Director for… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 18-Dec-13

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New CEO at French military contractor DCI

New CEO at French military contractor DCI

The board of directors of Défense Conseil International (DCI) is announcing the unanimous appointment of Jean-Michel Palagos as Chief Executive Officer of DCI. He is succeeding admiral François Dupont, who has reached the statutory age limit and who has been thanked by the board of directors for his actions at the head of the company…. Read more »

Source: DCI, 10-Dec-13

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04-Dec-13 F-GKMP Eurocopter AS350B3 Massif du Grand-Arc, France

Training situation – hydraulic failure exercise.  After the instructor has reset the hydraulic circuit, the pedals remain blocked causing loss of control and impact with terrain

04-Dec-13

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INAER France wins EMS contract in Burgundy

INAER France wins EMS contract in Burgundy

INAER France (INAER), part of the Avincis Group, a leading global provider of mission critical aerial services, has won the tender for the operation of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) helicopters in Burgundy, France. A few months ago, INAER won the EMS contract for the Provence Alp Cote D’Azur (PACA) region. These form part of the… Read more »

Source: INAER, 29-Nov-13

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29-Nov-13 F-PMRA Rotorway Exec 162F Bédoin, France

When showing off by the instructor, the motor stops at height of about 4 m. The instructor makes a running landing. The helicopter rolled onto its side.

29-Nov-13

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12-Nov-13 F-HTOM Eurocopter AS350B3 Serre Chevalier, France (2F)

Helicopter was involved in loadlifting work in connection with the construction of a ski lift

12-Nov-13

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INAER France wins EMS contract with five EC135s

INAER France wins EMS contract with five EC135s

INAER France, part of the Avincis Group, the world’s leading provider of aerial emergency services, has won the tender for the operation of SAMU helicopters in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region. The regional contract is the first of its kind for the French Ministry of Health. Five helicopters for PACA FROM 1st January, 2014 The… Read more »

Source: INAER, 06-Nov-13

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26-Oct-13 F-GPKA Robinson R22B Torreilles, France

Following a decrease in engine power, the pilot entered an autorotation. Upon landing at a solar power plant, the helicopter struck a photovoltaic panel and rolled onto its side.  Probable write-off

26-Oct-13

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14-Oct-13 F-HAJJ Eurocopter EC130 Antraigues sur Volane, France

Helicopter contacted power lines on take off from Antraigues sur Volane (07) for flight to Castle Cachard (07)

14-Oct-13

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Eurocopter and SME Partners Set to Roll Out Groundbreaking Eco-Design Tool

Eurocopter and SME Partners Set to Roll Out Groundbreaking Eco-Design Tool

Together with its SME and research partners, Eurocopter celebrates today the completion of the development of a groundbreaking eco-design tool at its industrial site in Marignane (Bouches-du-Rhône, France). The result of a collaborative project involving purchaser and suppliers, the new tool will allow the various stakeholders in the industrial chain to significantly enhance the environmental… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 27-Sep-13

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16-Sep-13 F-GXRF Robinson R44 Font-Romeu, France

Pilot allowed rotor speed to decay too low on final approach – hit ground hard and rolled onto its starboard side

16-Sep-13

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Guimbal receives Part 145 Certificate from EASA

Guimbal receives Part 145 Certificate from EASA

Following an eight-month cycle of audits, the French OSAC (Organisme de Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile), on the behalf of the EASA, have awarded their Part145 agreement to Helicopteres Guimbal. This new agreement complements their Part21-F and -G qualifications (Design Organization and Production Organization) and allows the manufacturer of the Cabri G2 helicopter to conduct maintenance… Read more »

Source: Guimbal, 14-Sep-13

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NHV extends two French EMS contracts by 8 years

NHV extends two French EMS contracts by 8 years

Belgian operator NHV have announced that they have retained the air ambulance contracts from Arras and Lille in Northern France. The company says that the award of this new contract demonstrates the continued confidence of their customers, noting that the Arras contract has been renewed for the third time since 2001, and the Lille for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Sep-13

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France testing MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

France testing MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

[Electronic translation]  A new milestone has been reached in the framework of the operational implementation of the Cayman Step B in the Navy: the first flight experiment with MU90 torpedo exercise. This flight was made on September 5 by the NH90 detachment CEPA/10S, and marks the beginning of the technical and operational evaluation of this… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 11-Sep-13

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UTC Aerospace Systems to support Helidax EC120 fleet

UTC Aerospace Systems to support Helidax EC120 fleet

UTC Aerospace Systems has signed a major contract with French company HeliDax SAS to provide aftermarket service for its fleet of helicopters – the largest EC120 worldwide fleet in operation today. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX). Actuation Systems will provide flight controls and hydraulic operational support based on… Read more »

Source: UTC Aerospace Systems, 05-Sep-13

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18-Aug-13 F-GHHT Robinson R22 Bourg-Jasseron, France

Engine failure, autorotation, rolled over on landing

18-Aug-13

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Second AS350 to join London Helicopter sightseeing tours

Second AS350 to join London Helicopter sightseeing tours

Following their launch on 1st May, The London Helicopter has had regular work offering sightseeing flights from The Barclays London Heliport in Battersea. Initially they were using an AS350B3 Squirrel G-ORKI, which will soon be re-registered G-LHTA to pick up the initials of London Helicopter Tours. Yesterday, a second Squirrel was added – this time… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-13

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28-Jul-13 N66001 Robinson R66 Mont Outheran, France

Main rotor struck tail boom during tailwind landing

28-Jul-13

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Eurocopter uses Airbus ProSky to perform 3D simulation

Eurocopter uses Airbus ProSky to perform 3D simulation

Eurocopter has inked a deal for Airbus ProSky’s Exact Landing Interference Simulation Environment (ELISE) simulation solution to model and validate pending construction on the grounds of Paris – Le Bourget. In particular, the study will focus on simulating the impact of six cranes on the localizer signal and explore the interactions between the cranes and… Read more »

Source: Airbus ProSky, 10-Jul-13

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06-Jul-13 F-HBEA Guimbal G2 Cabri Fleurac, France

HeliHub.com have been given the following statement on 10 July by the manufacturer:- “We at Helicopteres Guimbal are of course much worried that a recent accident involved a Cabri. We are even more frustrated to learn the distorted reports that appeared in the press. The following is what we know from our point and from… Read more »

06-Jul-13

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Turbomeca appoints VP of Continuous Improvement

Turbomeca appoints VP of Continuous Improvement

Chantal Grésillion (55) ENSMA graduate, began his career at Dassault Aviation Office of Computational Structural Mechanics in 1982. She joined the Research Department of Turbomeca in 1986 as an engineer in mechanical analysis until 1990. She then became head of technical brand until 2000. It is the responsibility of the expert service from 2000 to 2003 and was appointed… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 01-Jul-13

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Eurocopter appoints Head of Support & Services

Eurocopter appoints Head of Support & Services

Currently Head of Strategy & Company Development, Matthieu Louvot has been appointed Head of Support & Services within Eurocopter. He will be reporting directly to Dominique Maudet, Head of Global Business & Services. After having begun his career as an inspector at the General Inspectorate of Finance in the French finance ministry, Matthieu Louvot, 38,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Jul-13

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Eurocopter breaks ground for new Paris-Le Bourget industrial site

Eurocopter breaks ground for new Paris-Le Bourget industrial site

The green light for the start of construction on Eurocopter’s new industrial site, known as “Paris-Le Bourget”, was given today by Guillaume Faury, President and CEO of Eurocopter, in the presence of Claude Bartolone, President of the French National Assembly; Vincent Capo-Canellas, Senator Mayor of the city of Le Bourget and Chairman of the Communauté… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 21-Jun-13

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FLASH SONICS sonar enters service with French Navy NH90

FLASH SONICS sonar enters service with French Navy NH90

During the three-month long deployment of the FREMM frigate Aquitaine, the implementation crew for the NH90 helicopter from 33F Squadron had an opportunity to experience the operational capabilities of the FLASH SONICS system. The FLASH system (Folding Light Acoustic System for Helicopters) is an active low-frequency airborne sonar that has been requested by the French Defence Procurement… Read more »

20-Jun-13

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French Prime Minister visits Eurocopter at Paris Air Show

French Prime Minister visits Eurocopter at Paris Air Show

During the Paris Air Show’s annual inauguration by the Prime Minister of France, Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault took the time to stop by the Eurocopter booth this morning, making it to the static display just in time as a break in the morning thunderstorms allowed for a brief visit. He was greeted by Guillaume Faury, President… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 17-Jun-13

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Camcopter S-100 increases experience on French Navy patrol vessel

Camcopter S-100 increases experience on French Navy patrol vessel

Since the OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel) L´Adroit was officially made available to the French Navy in October 2011, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) was able to prove its highly efficient maritime capability repeatedly. The Gowind Class L’Adroit, build by DCNS, has been designed to operate, amongst other capabilities, a UAS, and by installing… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 17-Jun-13

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ERDF and Cassidian working on unmanned powerline inspections

ERDF and Cassidian working on unmanned powerline inspections

A cooperative experiment that has been on-going for about a year between French electricity distribution network operator ERDF (Electricité Réseau Distribution France) in the “Sillon Rhodanien” region and Survey Copter, a subsidiary of Cassidian, aims to define and develop UAV usage for the inspection of medium-high-voltage aerial power lines. The use of specially dedicated UAVs will… Read more »

Source: Cassidian, 17-Jun-13

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First Tiger HAD delivered to French Army

First Tiger HAD delivered to French Army

[electronic translation] The first helicopter Tiger HAD version (for Helicopter Support Destruction), was delivered to the base of the light aircraft of the Army in Le Cannet des Maures in the Var. On this occasion, the Army General Bertrand Ract Madouxlaan, Chief of Staff of the Army, boarded the new Tiger and welcomed this important event, “the… Read more »

Source: French Army, 06-Jun-13

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Turbomeca and HeliDax celebrate 50,000 flight hours for the Arrius 2F

Turbomeca and HeliDax celebrate 50,000 flight hours for the Arrius 2F

During one ceremony Organized by HeliDax, Turbomeca (Safran) Announced That icts Arrius 2F engines Have reached 50,000 flight hours on the 36 single-engine EC120 helicopters operated by HeliDax. Made available to EALAT ( French Army Helicopter Pilot Training School ) Thesis aircraft are to be used falling on the basic training of future helicopter pilots… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 04-Jun-13

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04-Jun-13 F-GSOE Eurocopter AS350B3 Livet-et-Gavet, France

Helicopter was involved in aerial work.  Helicopter struck63,000 volt powerline while turning, and caused local power failure.  Extent of damage to helicopter not yet known

04-Jun-13

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02-Jun-13 F-GMLZ Robinson R22 Brest, France

Helicopter crashed into the fuel pumps, ending upside down impaled on them.  No fire.  Two injured

02-Jun-13

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France orders 34 NH90 helicopters from NHIndustries

France orders 34 NH90 helicopters from NHIndustries

NHIndustries is 62.5 percent owned by EADS (EAD.PA) helicopter unit Eurocopter, 32 percent owned by Italian defence group Finmeccanica’s (SIFI.MI) AgustaWestland unit and 5.5 percent owned by Stork Fokker. (See Full Story)

Source: Reuters, 30-May-13

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20-May-13 Eurocopter EC145 Allier, France

Wire strike during low-level rescue operation to try and save a kayaker in flood waters.  Successful emergency landing in adjacent meadow without further damage.  Part of wire impaled in main blade(s)

20-May-13

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20-May-13 F-HHFA Eurocopter EC120 St Tropez, France

20-May-13 F-HHFA Eurocopter EC120 St Tropez, France

Crashed on a football pitch with the tail boom having been cut off.  Substantially damaged

20-May-13

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OCCAR: Tiger Programme Contract Notice

OCCAR: Tiger Programme Contract Notice

OCCAR, EDA’s partner in developing European defence capabilities, manages the Tiger Helicopter programme on behalf of Germany, France and Spain. In a common approach towards personnel training, the German-French Tiger Helicopter Technical School (Deutsch-Französisches Ausbildungseinrichtung TIGER – DFAT) opened in 2003 in Fassberg, Germany. The mission of the School is to provide training to French… Read more »

Source: EDA, 07-May-13

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Eurocopter delivers first Tiger HAD variant to the French military

Eurocopter delivers first Tiger HAD variant to the French military

Eurocopter’s first production Tiger helicopter in the HAD attack configuration was delivered to France’s DGA armament procurement agency today for operation by French Army Aviation units, providing a highly capable combat weapon system that is tailored to the world’s evolving battlefield conditions. This milestone followed DGA qualification of the Tiger HAD version on April 10,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 22-Apr-13

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Feadship prepare to deliver 99m yacht with enclosed helicopter hangar

Feadship prepare to deliver 99m yacht with enclosed helicopter hangar

Dutch shipyard Feadship is currently conducting pre-delivery trials on their largest superyacht to date – the 99m long ship known as “Project Dream”. In their press release they indicate that “Experience of a different kind underpinned some of the other special requests for this latest member of the Feadship fleet. Leveraging on the expertise accrued… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Apr-13

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French maintenance company Mat Aviation liquidated

French maintenance company Mat Aviation liquidated

Le Parisien newspaper is reporting that Mat Aviation, based at Toussus-le-Noble airfield on the outskirts of Paris, has been forced to close by the liquidator after many months of difficult trading. The move means that twenty employees have lost their jobs at the JAR145 maintenance company. The move is particularly disappointing move when the company… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Apr-13

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