Helidax celebrates 100,000 flight hours
Founded by DCI and Babcock MCS France, Helidax began in 2008 after the award of a contract by the General Armaments Department of the French government that includes the provision of 22,000 annual hours of flight training. Spread over 22 years, this is the first contract for outsourced flight training in France.
Out of the 36 Helidax aircraft, 32 are available simultaneously, every morning, for EALAT (International joint centre for helicopter pilots) trainees and 100% of means asked by the school have been met. Since May 2010, Helidax aircraft have participated in the training of more than 500 pilot trainees and instructors from different components of the French armed foces (land forces, navy, air force, gendarmerie) and of Belgian, Nigerian pilots and of instructors.
To celebrate Helidax’s milestone, a ceremony took place on 13th October and included the Chairman & CEO of Helidax, Mr. Jean-Michael Palagos, the Deputy CEO of Helidax, Frederic Goig, and the CEO of Babcock MCS, Bill Tame, as well as representatives from the French Government, Defense and Army, French Civil Aviation, EALAT Army school, and the DCI board.
Colonel Benoit Cirée, Army Aviation Academy commander, declares: “the outsourcing of flight hours and associated maintenance coupled with training by military instructors, core business of EALAT, is indeed a performance model! This combination is a major asset to prepare tomorrow’s fighting pilots to next generation helicopters. I am delighted by the success of this partnership which many look at with interest.”
The event took place at the EALAT school in Dax where the company is based. The base cons sts of 2 hangars and a workshop where more than 50 dedicated staff manage the repair/assembly shops, navigability, implementation and logistics activities.