General Data Protection Requirements (GDPR)

Date: Tue May 15, 2018 2:08 pm



Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months you should be aware by now of the new regulations on data privacy that came into EU law on 25th of May 2018.

What is it about?
The GDPR seeks to create a harmonised legal framework for data protection throughout the EU and aims to give citizens back the control of their personal data, whilst imposing strict rules on those hosting and 'processing' this data, anywhere in the world. The Regulation also introduces rules relating to the free movement of personal data within and outside the EU, again to protect the privacy of EU citizens. If you are not a EU citizen we shall neverthless treat your data privacy in the way that is now required by EU law.

We have been careful to make sure that the data you provided to us when you joined the Club is kept securely and that we use it strictly for the Indended Purpose (of managing Membership) as stated in the Terms and Conditions of Use of this site. Your personal data is not passed on to any third parties or other companies and once your membership criteria have been verified we do not hold copies of the data you provided, other than your Username and a valid email address. We do not provide mail shots or newsletters, so there is no need to 'opt out' of anything. If we do start to make such things available then we shall ask you to 'opt in' and will provide the means for you to do so via this platform.


L'hélicoptère de la douane cloué au sol suite à un incendie

Date: Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:17 pm



Un des hélicoptères de la douane est cloué au sol après un incendie survenu en plein vol lundi après-midi (22 mai 2017). Aucun personnel n'a été blessé mais les syndicats craignent l'obsolescence de leur matériel.
Plus de peur que mal pour les douaniers de Martinique. Lundi après-midi, tandis qu'ils opèrent à bord de l'un de leurs hélicoptères, un incendie se déclare. "Ce sont des agents rodés à la manoeuvre. Toutes les mesures ont été prises. Ils ont eu un très bon état d'esprit. Ils ont surmonté le choc. Ils sont plus affectés par l'immobilisation de l'hélicoptère", raconte Séverine Badoux , secretaire generale UNSA Douanes.

Pour le syndicat se pose donc de nouveau le problème l'obsolescence du matériel des douaniers. "Comme nous l'avons déjà dit, c'est un point qui pose problème. Avec cet incendie on se retrouve de nouveau paralysé comme lorsque nous avions les deux anciens hélicoptères qui ne fonctionnaient que grâce à la bonne volonté de nos techniciens", explique Séverine Badoux


Special Briefing for HPilotC members on AIBN interim report

Date: Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:37 pm



April 28, 2017

Dear HPilot Club members,

As you’ll no doubt know by now, the Norwegian Accident Investigation Board has today released its interim report on the tragic H225 accident a year ago off the coast of Norway. Airbus Helicopters has been working closely with the Norwegian authorities, as well as other industry bodies, to get to the root cause. Today’s report is still an interim report.

The report stresses that the it is an interim report and that the AIBN will continue its investigations into the cause of the accident. Airbus Helicopters has a lot of confidence in this aircraft – the Super Puma dominates the oil and gas industry, as well as the global search and rescue fleet. So it’s been important for the company to work as hard and as closely as possible with the investigators every step of the way.

You will recall that he 2009 accident in Scotland involved an AS332 L2. Not all the relevant parts were recovered then, and so it wasn’t possible to build a clear and true picture of what happened. Today’s report from Norway acknowledges this, crucially saying that actions taken by Airbus after the 2009 accident “were based on the available knowledge and circumstances at the time.” It adds: “This knowledge was naturally limited for several reasons; most importantly, key elements of information were missing due to the fact that not all gear parts were recovered.”

The investigative work that Airbus and the AIBN have done on last year’s accident has moved a long way toward understanding the earlier crash. And this can only help improve safety and maintenance of the aircraft.

Like earlier reports issued by AIBN, today’s report reiterates that the investigations so far have shown the accident was a result of a fatigue fracture in one of the eight second stage planet gears in the Main Rotor Gearbox (MGB). The part that failed and how it failed have been identified, but the exact initiating cause of the fatigue fracture is still to be reproduced. It appears that the fracture propagated in a manner which was unlikely to be detected by the maintenance procedures and the monitoring systems fitted to LN-OJF at the time of the accident.

Since, as you all know, numerous Service Bulletins have been issued by Airbus and EASA. One of the central measures that Airbus Helicopters has taken is to change the roller parts within the gear box. Previously, Airbus used two suppliers for the roller bearings within the gearbox, which is a perfectly normal industry practice. Both 2009 and 2016 accidents involved helicopters equipped with the (#07) model.

It is now clear that the design of one of these roller bearings (#07) was causing more degradation on the gearbox than the other design (#06), and so all #07 roller bearings were replaced with #06.

The release of the latest interim report today is another step on the way to a final analysis by AIBN. Of course, as things become clearer over the course of the next week or so, we will be in a position to let you know more.

H Pilot Club Administrators


TechData page on the HPilote Club website

Date: Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:40 pm



Hi everyone,
We are pleased to announce the launch of our TechData page, available here on the HPilote Club website.
Here you will find information about Tech Data’s services, news and performances. We will keep you updated on the improvements of our tools such as O.R.I.O.N. and give you additional information about our documentation.
You can join us in the TechData Forum and share your questions, suggestions, expectations or experiences with us. Hope to see you very soon!


New EHEST Video : Decision Making

Date: Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:00 am



Hi everyone, the EHEST has published a new video, related to decision making.
You can find it here :


H130 Ground Rescue Booklet

Date: Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:45 am



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Hi everyone, last month AH published the H130 Ground Rescue booklet destined to firefighters and rescuers intervening on helicopters.
It was added to the growing collection that now includes H225, H155, H135 and H145.

I was curious as to how they were received by your local airport safety and whether there were suggestions.


Aviation Safety Roadshows

Date: Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:43 am




Hi everyone,
AH has started to offer Safety Roadshows to Customers. Over 40 were carried out this year already.

We had the opportunity to film the one we did last week with Surya Air and we'll be preparing shortly a video presenting this new initiative. Stay tuned for more !


Airbus Helicopters At The Monaco Yacht Show 2016

Date: Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:46 pm



Photos of the H-145 Mercedes-Benz VIP helicopter on display at the Monaco Yacht .


Airbus Helicopters At The Monaco Yacht Show 2016

Date: Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:46 pm



Photos of the H-145 Mercedes-Benz VIP helicopter on display at the Monaco Yacht .


Airbus Helicopters At The Monaco Yacht Show 2016

Date: Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:46 pm



Photos of the H-145 Mercedes-Benz VIP helicopter on display at the Monaco Yacht .


Airbus Helicopters At The Monaco Yacht Show 2016

Date: Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:46 pm



Photos of the H-145 Mercedes-Benz VIP helicopter on display at the Monaco Yacht .


Airbus Helicopters At The Monaco Yacht Show 2016

Date: Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:46 pm



Photos of the H-145 Mercedes-Benz VIP helicopter on display at the Monaco Yacht .


Airbus Helicopters launches the HPilot Club in Central Asia

Date: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:12 am



Airbus Helicopters launched the HPilot Club in Central Asia during the Helicopter Flight Safety Seminar held early June in Kazakhstan.

The Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering Joint Venture organised the first helicopter flight safety seminar in Central Asia, during which an HPilot Club evening was organised. It was a great moment for pilots (around 50 to 60) and technicians to exchange.

Airbus Helicopters and ECKE agreed on the elaboration of a Russian version of the HPilot Club website.

Currently, the HPilot Club has more than 1,200 members in 96 countries. Approximately 60% of them are pilots, 30% are mechanics and another 10% are crew members.


Airbus Helicopters takes an all-­‐new step in training!

Date: Wed May 04, 2016 7:58 am



Today with a new concept of training tutorial video they will make you fly… behind your screen! With these videos in real time situations, shot from the pilot seat, everyone can take a look at the inside of a cockpit, which is a once in a lifetime experience.

[b:3b833vm8]Engine fire[/b:3b833vm8] :

[b:3b833vm8]Hydraulic failure[/b:3b833vm8]:

[b:3b833vm8]Tail rotor control failure[/b:3b833vm8]:


Thanks to these tutorials Airbus Helicopters promises a better training experience for pilots. They are more modern and more dynamic than the old ones. This “from where I stand” point of view will make everyone able to understand properly and more clearly the things to do in case of a specific emergency. The four first launched videos introduce several emergencies: -­‐ Engine Fire -­‐ Hydraulic Failure -­‐ Tail Rotor control failure -­‐ Vortex Don’t wait any longer, and watch these tutorials now! We are excited to hear about your feedback in our online Forum!!


Airbus Helicopters boosts its HCare Material Support offer

Date: Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:05 am



- Simplified and reshaped offer to better serve customers
- New HCare Smart by the hour contracts
- HCare Easy Repair now covers more than 800 components

Louisville, Kentucky (USA), 3 March 2016 – Through the launch of HCare, Airbus Helicopters simplified and reshaped its material support services to provide a more easy-to-use service, performance guarantees, competitive pricing and larger coverage. The objective of the enhanced Material Support offer is to enable operators to be the most agile and competitive in the market place thanks to controlled costs, a reduced administrative burden, secured mission success and a reliable supply.

“The HCare Material Management offer is a key area in which we innovate to improve on a daily basis,” said Matthieu Louvot, Executive Vice President of Customer Support & Services at Airbus Helicopters. “HCare transforms the vast improvements we are making in our operations into firm commitments to our customers.”

The numerous enhancements include:

- The Easy Repair secured turnaround time offer, which now covers 800 components across the range, meeting the vast majority of customers’ repair needs

- HCare Smart “by the hour” contracts, which have been reshaped around customers’ evolving needs:

Lower minimum hours

Larger discounts during the warranty period

No buy-in needed for single-engine aircraft & flexible buy-in possibilities for light twin-engines

Binding performance commitments from Airbus Helicopters

Fleet availability support for larger fleets of more than 10 aircraft

HCare is fully tuned in to the expectations of light single and light twin operators and through this new offer, bringing them a crucial business edge on the marketplace.


H160 ready to take on the market at Heli-Expo

Date: Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:02 am



- Airbus Helicopters ready to sign letters of intent for the H160
- Development, industrialization and customer support on track for 2018 entry into service

Louisville, Kentucky, After its worldwide debut at Heli-Expo in 2015, Airbus Helicopters is now launching the commercialisation of the H160 with letters of intent available for potential customers.

“The public response to the H160 has been fantastic and we have started discussions with customers for different mission configurations for the H160” explained Guillaume Faury, President and CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “Development is now moving forward with two prototypes flying and a third one being built, meaning that we will soon be able to confirm the aircraft’s performance details that are essential to our customers,” he added.

Carrying out twenty percent more flight hours per month than previous developments at the same stage thanks to the System Helicopter 0 & Dynamic Helicopter 0 ground test facilities, the first prototype (PT1) has logged around 100 hours. The second prototype (PT2), that took off on 27 January, has started performance flight tests with Turbomeca’s Arrano engine. The third prototype (PT3) will join its fellow aircraft in 2017 and will essentially be employed to develop the different mission configurations, testing cabin interiors and optionals that will be available to customers.

At this year’s Heli-Expo, Airbus Helicopters is showing the H160 in a digital format, highlighting its inherent multi-role capacities. A dedicated virtual reality corner will allow future customers to visualize the H160 in different seating configurations for oil and gas missions, public services operations (such as medevac and law enforcement) and emergency medical services.

The H160 will pioneer a brand new industrial model, improving competitiveness and customer satisfaction with the final assembly being performed in 18 weeks instead of 36 for the previous generation. Having partnered with Latécoère Services for a state of the art integrated final assembly line for which the first station will be implemented at the end of 2016, the H160 is gearing up to its serial production. This automated moving flow line will be comprised of two production lines, each equipped with several workstations capable of assembling the different H160 configurations.

Airbus Helicopters associated key operators to the EASA-led MSG-3 process so that all inspection or maintenance requirements have been questioned, all intervals have been challenged, and the resulting maintenance schedule will significantly reduce the maintenance burden and improves aircraft availability. The H160 will be as simple to maintain as a light twin helicopter.

The H160 support and services strategy relies on the digital continuity development process implemented from the beginning of the program. Digital servicing enables a seamless management of operators’ evolving business whether it is airworthiness, maintenance, material management, or training. The H160 will implement a paperless multi-support philosophy, enabling a quick and accurate information exchange and allowing our customers to make decisions faster. With the recent signature of the full-flight simulator partnership with Thales and Helisim, Airbus Helicopters also wants to ensure best in class safety from entry into service for its future customers.

Make sure you stop by our stand #9651 at Heli-Expo
and take part in the H160 experience.


Hélidax reached 100 000 H

Date: Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:15 pm


Helitech 2015 - We were here !!!!

Date: Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:35 am



Helitech 2015


Helitech 2015 - We were here !!!!

Date: Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:35 am



Helitech 2015


EC145e Demo Tour launched in the US

Date: Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:40 am



EC145e “Back to Basics” Demo Tour

On August 24th, Airbus Helicopters and Metro Aviation launched an extensive North America demonstration tour of the EC145e. The EC145e, the newest addition of the proven EC145 platform, is a powerful, reliable and affordable light twin helicopter boasting a short delivery lead-time, excellent cost competitiveness, and increased useful payload.

More info: ... e-tour.asp