The pivotal role played by Eurocopter helicopters in Africa in homeland security, law enforcement, rescue missions and military support will be highlighted at the upcoming AAD Airshow, to be held in Pretoria, South Africa on September 19-23. To demonstrate the versatility of its range of aircraft, Eurocopter will present an EC130, an EC145 and an AS350B3 at the EADS static display (chalets 1 to 4), in addition to two 1:10 scale model.
There are more than 650 Eurocopter aircraft in service in Africa – some 31 percent of the continent’s total helicopter fleet – performing a wide variety of missions every day, including national security and border patrol duties, rescue missions, and corporate and offshore transportation.
“Through its significant presence in support of African countries and its commitment to providing them with support they can rely on, Eurocopter intends to remain a preferred supplier of for civil, parapublic and military applications,” said Olivier Lambert, Eurocopter’s
Senior Vice President for Sales and Customer Relations. “Designed and equipped with state-of- the-art technology, our helicopters are capable of accomplishing missions in the toughest operating conditions and in the most demanding of situations.” Africa, the Group guarantees technical support for helicopters are operated by armed forces and police services as well as by companies tapping into natural resources or offering corporate and VIP transportation services. They are also used for utility missions.
In pursuing the development of these activities, Eurocopter also draws on the training center built at Grand Central, near Johannesburg. The center provides technical training and and mechanics employed by its customers in the region. This past June, Eurocopter put its first helicopter flight simulator in the region into service at Kempton Park, near Johannesburg. Designed to provide training for pilots and flight engineers the South African Air training center, next to O.R. Tambo International
“Our investments underscore the determination and desire of Eurocopter Southern Africa to customers with first-class services and to consolidate our long-term commitment to Fabrice Cagnat, CEO of Eurocopter Southern Africa. seminars in Centurion, near law enforcement helicopter missions as its theme, will together around 100 representatives of agencies and police forces the world including the San Francisco Police Department, police services from Namibia and Botswana, and the French Gendarmerie, who be sharing their operational experiences and exchanging missions will evolve in the years to come. The second seminar, which will be customers and the Group’s experts and on flight safety and the latest developments in this field.