Its History

Serving the Armed Forces since 2008

HeliDax is a private company chosen by the French government in 2008 to provide the flight hours required for basic and advanced training of helicopter pilots from the French Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force), the Gendarmerie and the Belgian Air Force.

HeliDax provides 36 H120 helicopters and the associated maintenance services. This first partnership contract ever launched by the French Ministry of Defence is based on performance and reduction of aircraft operating costs.

The company, based at the Army Aviation School Base (B.E. 6è RHC) located in Dax, has one shareholder today: DCI (Défense Conseil International).

2014 : diversification of activities

HeliDax has expanded its activities in the following areas:

  • At the international level, research, acquisition and modification of H120 helicopters for the benefit of third parties.
  • Customisation of H120 to the same standards as HeliDax fleet.
  • Continuing airworthiness of privately-owned aircraft.
  • General overhauls of H120 owned by third parties.
  • Design and manufacture of on-board stretchers for rescue helicopters.
  • Daily maintenance of privately owned H120s

2019 :
The company is growing

In January 2019, HeliDax demonstrated its ability to grow by winning the French Army Aviation maintenance contract for the 18 Fennec AS555N (twin-engine, armed helicopters) operated at the Army Aviation School Base (B.E 2è RHC) located in Le Cannet-des-Maures (Var).

This 10-year contract will be mainly executed from Le Cannet-des-Maures. Thanks to this contract, the company has recruited 26 people.

HeliDax has been awarded a contract to implement the 18 Army Aviation FENNEC helicopters (AS555N) based in Le Cannet-des-Maures (B.E 2è RHC), to maintain them in operational condition and to provide flight hours for the pilots.

The Aeronautical Maintenance Directorate (DMAé) notified this contract on January 21, 2019.

The Shareholder

DCI is the reference operator of the French Ministry of Defence for the transfer of French military expertise abroad to support the armed forces of friendly countries. DCI can boast the label "Formation Armées Françaises" (French Military Training Standards).

For 45 years, the DCI Group has been active across the spectrum of defence and national security by providing consulting, training and assistance services.

Thanks to its capability approach, DCI offers tailor-made solutions to ensure its customers have well-trained and skilled personnel as well as properly-maintained operational equipment.

The DCI group has its headquarters in Paris and several sites throughout the country. It is also present abroad, particularly in the Middle East with Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and in Asia, Malaysia, Singapore and India. DCI is pursuing its international expansion through innovative services with high added value by developing new partnerships.

With a workforce of more than 1,000 employees, the DCI Group generated €227.6 million in revenue in 2016.

HeliDax - 10th Anniversary

2008 - 2018

Ten years of success were well worth a celebration at the hotel Splendid, an Art Deco jewel in the city of Dax, where the company has been operating for 10 years.

The shareholder (DCI) and HeliDax welcomed the employees and all the partners who work every day to ensure the success of the public-private partnership and the development of the company.

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