Since 2014, HeliDax has been diversifying its activities. HeliDax is regularly approached by third party customers to customise their H120s on the same model as that made available to the French Armed Forces. It has also customised equipment for customers in Norway, Switzerland and Italy.
In 2017, the company converted helicopters in its workshops for a private operator based in Malaysia.
Installation of autopilots, digital displays, flight data recorders, radio set modifications: HeliDax is happy to export its expertise.
HeliDax also operates in Malaysia, at the recently founded flight training centre, where it also prepares the aircraft for their training missions.
Another example: HeliDax is also involved in engine maintenance for Safran Helicopter Engines (formerly Turbomeca), in Bordes (Pyrénées-Atlantiques).
HeliDax assesses these helicopters on site, advises the customers on how to proceed then customises the aircraft to allow its customers to launch their own flight training program.
"They are not competitors because we only handle maintenance," says Jean-Jacques Chesneau. Part of the income generated by this activity is transferred to the French State.
Stretchers for Intensive Care Units
HeliDax operates a fleet of 36 H120 helicopters specially modified to meet the specifications of the military user. It is worth noting that the new technologies implemented by Airbus and Safran have made it possible to significantly reduce fuel consumption, maintenance costs and noise emissions.
However, the main specificity of this unique fleet in the world lies in the modifications made by HeliDax to adapt the H120 to the specific requirements involved in the operation of a military aircraft.
A worldwide unique fleet of personalised helicopters
To meet French Army Aviation requirements, the following equipment is fitted on the H120 helicopters that are then labelled “NHE” (Nouvel Hélicoptère Ecole)
To provide these “upmarket” services, HeliDax can rely on human and material resources to meet the requirements of its customers: