|Airbus Helicopter logo|
Marseille Provence Airport|
|Key people||Guillaume Faury, CEO|
|Revenue||€6,3 billion (2012)|
The Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter Group) is a global helicopter manufacturing and support company. It is the largest in the industry in terms of revenues and turbine helicopter deliveries. Its head office is located at Marseille-Provence International Airport in Marignane, France, near Marseille. Airbus Helicopters's main facilities are at its headquarters in Marignane, France, in Donauwörth, Germany and in Albacete, Spain. The company was renamed Airbus Helicopters on 2 January 2014.
History[edit | edit source]
Airbus Helicopters, then named Eurocopter Group, was formed in 1992 through the merger of the helicopter divisions of Aérospatiale and Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG (DASA). The company's heritage traces back to Blériot and Lioré et Olivier in France and to Messerschmitt and Focke-Wulf in Germany.
Airbus Helicopters and its predecessor companies have established a wide range of helicopter 'firsts', including the first production turboshaft-powered helicopter (the Alouette II of 1955); the introduction of the Fenestron shrouded tail rotor (on the Gazelle of 1968); the first helicopter certified for full flight in icing conditions (the AS332 Super Puma, in 1984); the first production helicopter with a Fly-by-Wire control system (the NH90, first flown in full FBW mode in 2003); the first helicopter to use a Fly-by-Light primary control system (an EC135 testbed, first flown in 2003); and the first ever landing of a helicopter on Mt. Everest (achieved by an AS350 B3 in 2005).
As a consequence of the merger of the Airbus Helicopters former parents in 2000, the firm is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Group. The creation of what was then called EADS in 2000 also incorporated CASA of Spain, which itself had a history of helicopter-related activities dating back to Talleres Loring, including local assembly of the Bo105.
Today, Airbus Helicopters has six plants in Europe (Marignane and La Courneuve in France, Donauwörth, Ottobrunn and Kassel in Germany, and Albacete in Spain), plus 30 subsidiaries and participants around the world.
As of 2014, more than 12,000 Airbus Helicopters were in service with over 3,000 customers in around 150 countries.
Eurocopter sold 346 helicopters in 2010 and delivered 503 helicopters in 2011.
Products[edit | edit source]
- AS332 Super Puma - medium-sized twin-engined transport/utility helicopter
- AS350 Ecureuil/AStar - light single-engine utility helicopter
- AS355 Ecureuil 2/TwinStar - light twin-engine utility helicopter
- AS365 Dauphin - medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter
- AS532 Cougar - twin-engined, medium-weight, multipurpose helicopter
- Eurocopter Canada - MBB Bo 105 - twin-engined, medium-weight, multipurpose helicopter 
- AS550 Fennec & AS555 Fennec 2 - single- and twin-engined, light-weight, multipurpose helicopters
- AS565 Panther - military medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter
- EC120 Colibri (with Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation) - 5-seat, single-engine, single main rotor, light helicopter
- EC130 - light single-engine 'wide-body' helicopter
- EC135 - light twin-engine civil helicopter
- EC145 - twin-engine intermediate utility helicopter
- EC155 - long-range medium-lift passenger transport helicopter
- EC175 - medium-sized twin-engined transport/utility helicopter
- EC225 Super Puma - long-range passenger transport helicopter
- EC635 - military light multi-purpose helicopter
- EC665 Tiger - dedicated military attack helicopter
- EC725 Cougar - long-range tactical transport helicopter
- HH/MH-65C Dolphin - medium-sized search & rescue and drug interdiction helicopter
- NH90 - medium-sized, twin-engine, multi-role military, fly-by-wire helicopter (via 62.5% share in NHI joint venture)
- Surion - medium-sized twin-engined transport/utility helicopter developed in cooperation with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI)
- UH-72 Lakota - light utility helicopter in operation with the U.S. Army and Navy
- X3 rotorcraft - helicopter with two forward propellers to increase speed, having high speed and full hover vertical takeoff capability.
Note: On Airbus Helicopters aircraft designed in France, the main rotor turns clockwise when viewed from above, in common with rotorcraft deriving from Russia. Airbus Helicopters products developed in Germany have a main rotor which turns counter-clockwise when viewed from above, in common with American rotorcraft.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Legal Notice and Disclaimer." Airbus Helicopters. Retrieved on 24 January 2014. "[...]whose registered Office is located Aéroport International Marseille-Provence – 13725 Marignane Cedex - France"
- Airbus Helicopters
- Airbus Helicopters history
- "Landing on Air". National Geographic Adventure. 2005-09-01. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/0509/whats_new/helicopter_everest.html. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
- The Helicopter land on Everest with video
- "French Everest Mystery Chopper's Utopia summit". MountEverest.net. 2005-05-27. http://www.mounteverest.net/story/FrenchEverestMysteryChoppersUtopiasummit-VIDEOMay272005.shtml.
- Airbus Helicopters - Who We are
- Moorman, Robert. "Recovery: Real or imagined ?" p30, Rotor & Wing, March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
- BBC News 'Eurocopter debuts X3 rotorcraft'
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Airbus Helicopters.|
- Official Airbus Helicopters website
- Official Airbus Helicopters Events website
- Jane's Defence Weekly on US Army award of a utility helicopter contract to EADS North America
- Airbus Helicopters timeline at Helis.com
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