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Airbus to support Sécurité Civile and Gendarmerie Nationale fleet

Airbus to support Sécurité Civile and Gendarmerie Nationale fleet

15-May-2024Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and Babcock have been awarded a contract to support 48 EC145s operated by the French Ministry of Interior. The 12 year contract that starts this year was signed with the Direction de la Maintenance Aéronautique (DMAé), the organisation in charge of maintenance for aircraft operated by the French government. “The Sécurité Civile and... Read more

HSM-79 Squadron and French Navy test MH-60S interoperability

HSM-79 Squadron and French Navy test MH-60S interoperability

14-May-2024Source: US Navy

Aviators and Sailors assigned to the “Griffins” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 79 and French Navy conducted initial interoperability testing on the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) and multipurpose frigate (FREMM) classes of French ships in Toulon, France, April 11-15. These first-of-their-kind tests, conducted by engineers from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Air Test... Read more

Lilium evaluating sites in France

Lilium evaluating sites in France

14-May-2024Source: Lilium

 Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet and global pioneer in Regional Air Mobility (“RAM”), confirmed that it is in advanced discussions with the French government on plans to expand its high-volume production capacity with an industrial footprint in France and on potential government subsidies and loan guarantees.... Read more

Safran signs engine support contracts with GDAT

Safran signs engine support contracts with GDAT

7-May-2024Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to France, and in the presence of Safran CEO Olivier Andriès and GDAT Group Chairman Peter Jiang, Safran Helicopter Engines has signed support-by-the-hour contracts with GDAT, to support the Makila engines powering its fleet of Airbus H225 helicopters, as well as the Arrano engines powering GD Helicopter Finance... Read more

Safran signs support contract with DRF Luftrettung

Safran signs support contract with DRF Luftrettung

1-May-2024Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a major support-by-the-hour contract with DRF Luftrettung for the engines powering its H145 helicopter fleet. This SBH® contract covers in-service support and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) for over 90 Arriel 2E engines. DRF Luftrettung is one of the biggest users of the Arriel engine in Europe. The contract will... Read more

Airbus Helicopters’ Racer takes to the skies

Airbus Helicopters’ Racer takes to the skies

25-Apr-2024Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters’ Racer demonstrator, developed in the frame of the European Research Clean Sky 2 project, has performed its first flight, in Marignane. The aircraft flew for about 30 minutes, allowing the flight test team to check the overall behavior of the aircraft. This important milestone launches the flight campaign which will take two years... Read more

Rotortrade unveils European Maintenance Center in Tallard, France

Rotortrade unveils European Maintenance Center in Tallard, France

4-Mar-2024Source: Rotortrade

Rotortrade, a global leader in the pre-owned helicopter industry, proudly announces the opening of its European Maintenance Center in Tallard, France. This groundbreaking facility is set to redefine helicopter maintenance services, providing comprehensive support to owners and operators, including CAMO and PART145 services. Full-Service Capabilities for All Major OEMs: The Rotortrade European Maintenance Center is... Read more

French military awards Priority 1 Air Rescue hoist training contract

French military awards Priority 1 Air Rescue hoist training contract

16-Feb-2024Source: Priority 1 Air Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), a world leader in helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) and Tactical mission operational training and support, is pleased to announce the award of a multi-year contract by French Ministry of Armed Forces Command to provide virtual SAR, Tactical, Aerial Use of Force/Gunnery , and NVIS simulation and training support services... Read more

EPNER Selects Loft Dynamics’ VR Simulator to Train Highly Qualified Test Pilots

EPNER Selects Loft Dynamics’ VR Simulator to Train Highly Qualified Test Pilots

16-Feb-2024Source: Loft Dynamics

Loft Dynamics, a leading virtual reality (VR) flight simulation training device (FSTD) manufacturer, announced that EPNER, the world-renowned and highly selective test pilot school in France, will acquire one of the company’s EASA-qualified simulators. EPNER will use Loft Dynamics’ Airbus H125 VR FSTD to safely and efficiently train their students in executing and evaluating maneuvers... Read more

Eola and Luxaviation announce helicopter alliance

Eola and Luxaviation announce helicopter alliance

31-Jan-2024Source: Luxaviation

EOLA, already present in helicopter services in Monaco and France through its subsidiaries Monacair and Héli Sécurité, acquires a minority stake in Luxaviation Group’s helicopter company Starspeed, a British company specializing in helicopter management for owners. EOLA provides helicopter passenger transport, helicopter management and maintenance services for owners. Starspeed, a subsidiary of the Luxaviation Group,... Read more

French Ministry of Interior orders 42 H145 helicopters

French Ministry of Interior orders 42 H145 helicopters

24-Jan-2024Source: Airbus Helicopters

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) ordered 42 new H145 helicopters at the end of 2023, on behalf of the Ministry of Interior, with deliveries set to start in 2024. Of these 42 helicopters, 36 are destined for the French rescue and emergency response agency, Sécurité Civile, while the French law enforcement agency, Gendarmerie Nationale, will use... Read more

Babcock to support Sécurité Civile H145 fleet

Babcock to support Sécurité Civile H145 fleet

1-Dec-2023Source: Babcock

Babcock and Airbus Helicopters have been awarded a new contract to support the Airbus H145-D3 fleet of the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile, an agency of the French Ministry of Interior who performs rescue services throughout France. The four-year contract, awarded by the French Ministry of Defence’s Directorate of Aeronautical Maintenance (DMAé), includes Maintenance... Read more

GetHeli and Alpes Hélicoptères forge flight-pooling technology partnership

GetHeli and Alpes Hélicoptères forge flight-pooling technology partnership

30-Nov-2023Source: GetHeli

Getting to the Alps is about to get a lot easier and more fun with a new helicopter service, born from a groundbreaking cross-channel partnership between British-based GetHeli and French-based helicopter airline Alpes Hélicoptères, part of Léman Aviation. This collaboration introduces an innovative flight pooling system, set to redefine air travel to the Alps, especially... Read more

GPMS Adds Léman Aviation to Certified Installer Network

GPMS Adds Léman Aviation to Certified Installer Network

29-Nov-2023Source: GPMS

GPMS International announced today that Léman Aviation has joined GPMS’s Certified Installer Network to bring its predictive, lightweight Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) known as Foresight MX to European operators. According to Ronnie Ries, GPMS’s VP of Marketing, the expansion into the region is driven by European operator demand and interest. “Based on the... Read more

Vislink to Showcase Public Safety Capabilities at the 2023 Milipol Paris Show

Vislink to Showcase Public Safety Capabilities at the 2023 Milipol Paris Show

7-Nov-2023Source: Vislink

 Vislink Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: VISL), a global leader in the collection, delivery, management and distribution of high-quality live video and data, will join an accomplished group of industry decision-makers at the 2023 Milipol Paris Show, a four-day conference highlighting security innovation internationally. This comes on the heels of Vislink’s acquisition of the majority assets of Broadcast Microwave... Read more

Airbus and Naval Group collaborate with DGA and French Navy

Airbus and Naval Group collaborate with DGA and French Navy

2-Nov-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and Naval Group, in collaboration with the French Armament General Directorate, DGA (Direction génerale de l’armement), and the French Navy, have tested the SDAM demonstrator (Système de Drone Aérien Marine/ Naval Aerial Drone System) from a multi-mission frigate (FREMM). The trials took place on board the French Navy frigate, Provence, in the Mediterranean... Read more

Tour de France helicopter support fleet to use SAF for first time

Tour de France helicopter support fleet to use SAF for first time

5-Jul-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

Helicopters play an essential role in the live broadcasting of major sporting events. The use of SAF (sustainable aviation fuel) is a powerful lever for reducing their carbon footprint. The Tour de France and HBG group’s helicopters are a case in point. HBG is a family-owned group with various brands, including Mont Blanc Hélicoptères and... Read more

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 delivers monitoring and surveillance for EMSA in France

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 delivers monitoring and surveillance for EMSA in France

29-Jun-2023Source: Schiebel

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) contracted Schiebel to support operations with its CAMCOPTER® S-100 for emission monitoring and maritime surveillance purposes in northern France on behalf of the General Directorate of Maritime Affairs, Fishery and Aquaculture (DGAMPA). Stationed at CROSS Gris-Nez, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 currently supports in emission monitoring and maritime safety, including environmental... Read more

Le Havre to replace marine pilot N3 Dauphin with new Airbus H135

Le Havre to replace marine pilot N3 Dauphin with new Airbus H135

22-Jun-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

Le Havre-Fécamp Pilot Station and Airbus Helicopters have signed a contract for the acquisition of an H135 to be used for marine pilot transfers. By the end of 2024, the H135 will replace an AS365 N3 Dauphin helicopter that has been in service for more than 12 years. The agreement also includes a 10-year support and service... Read more

Paris to be the first city to offer eVTOL services

Paris to be the first city to offer eVTOL services

21-Jun-2023Source: Volocopter

At the International Paris Air Show, Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM) and Groupe ADP, alongside the French Civil Aviation Authority and Paris region, stressed that Paris will be the first European city – and likely the first city in the world – to offer electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) services... Read more

Safran validates Eco Mode helicopter hybrid propulsion concept

Safran validates Eco Mode helicopter hybrid propulsion concept

19-Jun-2023Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has validated its Eco Mode hybrid propulsion system during ground tests in Bordes, France, in preparation for upcoming flight tests on the Airbus Racer high-speed helicopter demonstrator. The hybrid electric propulsion mode was tested for the first time in a configuration similar to the one that will be used on the Racer.... Read more

Universal Avionics opens new Toulouse office

Universal Avionics opens new Toulouse office

1-Jun-2023Source: Universal Avionics

Universal Avionics International has opened a new office in Blagnac, France. The company moved from its previous Toulouse office to a larger workspace in the InSitu Business Centre – Pythagoras Residence. The move extends Universal’s capabilities in Europe to meet growing demand in the air transport, business aviation, helicopter, and government/special mission markets. The business residence is in... Read more

VSR700 tested at sea in full operational configuration

VSR700 tested at sea in full operational configuration

16-May-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) tested the unmanned aerial system (UAS) VSR700 for the first time in an operational configuration from a ship at sea. At the beginning of May, the VSR700 performed 80 fully autonomous take-offs and landings from a civil vessel equipped with a helicopter deck, cruising off the... Read more

Airbus and China’s GDAT sign for 50 H160s

Airbus and China’s GDAT sign for 50 H160s

11-Apr-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

During French President Macron’s visit to China, Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with GDAT, one of China’s most prominent helicopter lessors and operators, for 50 H160 helicopters. This contract is the largest single order for the H160 on the civil and parapublic market since the helicopter was unveiled in 2015. The aircraft will be... Read more

Ascendance Flight Technologies raise $21M to accelerate development

Ascendance Flight Technologies raise $21M to accelerate development

30-Mar-2023Source: Ascendance Flight Technologies

Ascendance Flight Technologies, a startup dedicated to sustainable aviation, has raised €21 million. French Tech Souveraineté, operated by Bpifrance as part of the France 2030 plan, CELAD, Expansion Aerospace Ventures, SC Mahé, Adrien Montfort (CTO Sorare) via Snaw Ventures, and ARIS Occitanie have contributed to this funding round alongside historic investors Habert Dassault Finance, Céleste... Read more

Helidax H120 fleet chalks up 250,000 flying hours

Helidax H120 fleet chalks up 250,000 flying hours

21-Mar-2023Source: HeliDax

[electronic translation] In early 2008, HeliDax, a subsidiary of the DCI group, won the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract, initiated by the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, for the supply of helicopter flight hours for the benefit of the EALAT (School of Dax Army Light Aviation). This prestigious school trains, among others, pilots from... Read more

NH90 flies on sustainable fuel

NH90 flies on sustainable fuel

10-Feb-2023Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

With support from Safran Helicopter Engines, TotalEnergies, Airbus Helicopters, France’s defense procurement agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement – DGA) has carried out the first test flight of an NH90, during which one of its two RTM322 engines ran on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). This fuel was produced by TotalEnergies from used cooking oil using HEFA... Read more

Priority 1 Air Rescue awarded French military SAR training contract

Priority 1 Air Rescue awarded French military SAR training contract

10-Feb-2023Source: Priority 1 Air Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue awarded contract by French Ministry of Armed Forces to provide SAR and Tactical Mission Synthetic Training and Support. Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), a world leader in helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) and Tactical mission operational training and support, is pleased to announce the award of a multi-year contract by French... Read more

Volocopter Receives French-German Business Award

Volocopter Receives French-German Business Award

6-Feb-2023Source: Volocopter

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility, has won the 2023 Franco-German Business Award (Le Prix Franco-Allemand de L´Economie). The winner of the accolade was selected by a distinguished jury and presented by Marie Guillemot, Chairwoman and CEO of KPMG France. The awards ceremony was held on 2 February 2023 in Paris on the occasion... Read more

DGA tests VSR700 over water for French Navy program

DGA tests VSR700 over water for French Navy program

2-Feb-2023Source: French Military

In December 2022, the DGA validated the technical capabilities in the maritime overflight phase of the VSR-700 drone demonstrator, as part of the risk removal study for the SDAM program (aerial drone system for the Navy). The test campaign was conducted from the DGA Missile Testing site on the Ile du Levant (Var) by a... Read more

AirNova plans French vertiport network

AirNova plans French vertiport network

26-Jan-2023Source: AirNova

The eVTOLs are not yet authorized to fly in French airspace, but the vertiport market is already taking off. The Bordeaux-based company Airnova is proposing to create a network of these platforms throughout France, starting with the southwest. For the past four years, Bordeaux-based real estate developer Laurent Mathiolon has been working on a concept... Read more

DCI receives three Cabri G2’s from Helicoptères Guimbal

DCI receives three Cabri G2’s from Helicoptères Guimbal

20-Dec-2022Source: Guimbal

On the 24th of November, Groupe Défense Conseil International (DCI) received its first three Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopters, which form a new addition to its fleet in Dax, the French military helicopter training center. These new aircraft meet DCI’s need to strengthen its helicopter pilot training capabilities within its international training center (CIFH). To meet... Read more

Sogitec awarded contract for H160M Multi-Role Training Device

Sogitec awarded contract for H160M Multi-Role Training Device

9-Dec-2022Source: Sogitec

Sogitec has been notified by Airbus Helicopters of the contract concerning the simulation means for the training of the Guépard crews for the French Army, the French Navy and the French Air Force. With its expertise in Multi-Role Training Device (MRTD), recognized and appreciated by all its users, Sogitec confirms its position as a supplier... Read more

25-Nov-22 3A-MVT Airbus H130 Eze, France (2F)

25-Nov-22 3A-MVT Airbus H130 Eze, France (2F)

25-Nov-2022

Helicopter was inbound to Monaco Heliport from Lausanne, Switzerland, when it hit terrain at Plateau de la Justice near the Roman road close to the Col d’Eze, above the A8 autoroute – approximately 4 miles west of its intended landing point. Local press report that the two on board received fatal injuries – the 35 year-old... Read more

Volocopter launches vertiport testbed for European UAM testing in Paris

Volocopter launches vertiport testbed for European UAM testing in Paris

14-Nov-2022Source: Volocopter

Groupe ADP, Skyports and Volocopter commissioned Europe’s first fully integrated vertiport terminal for the urban air mobility (UAM) industry at the Groupe ADP, RATP Group and Choose Paris Region-run Re.Invent Air Mobility testbed at Pontoise-Cormeilles airfield. The launch of the terminal represents the start of a new era for urban air mobility, as the facility... Read more

Optima Aero Expands Presence in Europe

Optima Aero Expands Presence in Europe

8-Nov-2022Source: Optima Aero

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

French Navy takes delivery of H160 for SAR missions

French Navy takes delivery of H160 for SAR missions

23-Sep-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

  The French Navy has taken delivery of the first of six H160s that will perform search and rescue (SAR) missions. The aircraft is part of the interim fleet that will be delivered by the partnership formed between Airbus Helicopters, Babcock, and Safran Helicopter Engines. “The delivery of the first H160 to a military customer is... Read more

Airbus and HeliDax sign first HCare Classics support contract

Airbus and HeliDax sign first HCare Classics support contract

8-Sep-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

  French helicopter operator HeliDax and Airbus Helicopters have signed the first-ever HCare Classics support contract to optimise the availability of HeliDax’s H120 fleet. HCare Classics is Airbus’ new support package entirely dedicated to meeting the support needs of the company’s out-of-production legacy helicopters. An H120 operator since 2008, HeliDax relies on its fleet of... Read more

German operator wins French wind farm contract

German operator wins French wind farm contract

18-Jul-2022Source: HTM

At the end of a long tendering process, HTM was able to obtain a very special contract: The new built wind farm Saint-Nazaire (also known as “Banc de Guérande”) on the French coast of Brittany will be supplied by the German offshore service provider in the future. A milestone not only for the companies involved,... Read more

Skytrac satcom selected for French H160M program

Skytrac satcom selected for French H160M program

12-Jul-2022Source: SKYTRAC

  SKYTRAC, a global leader in satellite communications (Satcom) and intelligent connectivity solutions, today announced that Airbus Helicopters (Airbus), a global pioneer in the aerospace industry, has selected SKYTRAC’s SDL-700 Satcom system to provide mission-critical capabilities for the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger – HIL) French Armed Forces Programme. The French Armament General Directorate... Read more

Airbus delivers 7,000th H125

Airbus delivers 7,000th H125

11-Jul-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

  Airbus Helicopters has delivered its 7,000th helicopter from the Ecureuil family. The light single-engine H125, which was assembled in Marignane, France, was handed over to Blugeon Hélicoptères, a French company specialised in sling work at high altitudes. This new H125 will join Blugeon´s existing fleet of five H125 helicopters located at three different bases in the... Read more

Safran SkyNaute nav system to equip H160Ms for French military

Safran SkyNaute nav system to equip H160Ms for French military

15-Jun-2022Source: Safran

Airbus Helicopters has selected Safran Electronics & Defense to supply SkyNaute navigation systems to equip future H160M helicopters, developed as part of the HIL* joint light helicopter program. This contract follows the order from the French Ministry of the Armed Forces for 169 “Guépard” helicopters in December 2021. SkyNaute is an ultra-compact hybrid inertial navigation... Read more

NHV Group achieves 70,000 flying hours with the H175

NHV Group achieves 70,000 flying hours with the H175

31-May-2022Source: NHV

NHV Group is pleased to announce that our fleet of Airbus H175 has achieved over 70,000 flying hours, a whopping 50% of the total 140,000 H175 flying hours worldwide. Our success story with the H175 commenced in 2014, when NHV Group became the launching helicopter operator for this Super Medium Aircraft type. Initially, the aircraft... Read more

30-May-22 F-HMFA Airbus H125 Borse, France

30-May-22 F-HMFA Airbus H125 Borse, France

30-May-2022

During a flight between two construction sites, the pilot and the rear passenger, who was also a pilots, felt the helicopter sink to about thirty meters from the ground. The pilot decides not to attempt a recovery manoeuvre, given the presence of people on the ground near the landing area. The contact with the ground is... Read more

Leonardo opens new Paris helicopter service center

Leonardo opens new Paris helicopter service center

23-May-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced a further expansion of its helicopter customer support and training services in Europe with the establishment of a service center, headquartered at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. The new service center has already begun operations in mid-April and will act in strict coordination with Leonardo Belgium Logistics Hub, supporting the growing fleet of Leonardo commercial... Read more

Blade to acquire Monacair and two French heli operators

Blade to acquire Monacair and two French heli operators

23-May-2022Source: Blade Air Mobility

Blade Air Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLDE, “Blade”) a technology-powered global air mobility platform, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement (the “Agreement”) through its wholly-owned European subsidiaries to acquire the asset-light commercial passenger transport activities of three urban air mobility operators in Europe: Monacair SAM, Héli Sécurité and another leading helicopter operator in... Read more

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

Airtelis/RTE, Heliswiss Iberica, and Air Zermatt expand their HCare agreements

Airtelis/RTE, Heliswiss Iberica, and Air Zermatt expand their HCare agreements

19-Nov-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters reinforced its support and services with three European customers at the European Rotors trade fair in Cologne, Germany, further demonstrating the company’s commitment to providing solutions that respond to operator requirements. Airtelis/RTE: High availability to support powerline construction and maintenance An HCare global support customer since 2011, Airtelis/RTE is renewing its HCare Smart Parts by the... 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

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