Airbus Helicopters, September 15, 2014 - Airbus Helicopters is participating in the 2014 edition of the biennial African Aerospace & Defence show, currently underway at Air Force Base Waterkloof near Pretoria, South Africa.
The show has attracted official military, para-public and commercial delegations from numerous African countries. More than 40,000 trade visitors will have attended the event by the end of this week, with about 140,000 South Africans expected to attend over the weekend for the public open days.
Airbus Helicopters products on static display include the AS350B3 and an EC635 flight test aircraft equipped with the stand-alone weapons system (SAWS), which is being developed jointly by Airbus Helicopters and Paramount, the South African defence and aerospace group.
In addition, Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the show. The company was established in South Africa just weeks after the late Nelson Mandela became the country’s first democratically-elected President in 1994.
AHZA CEO, Arnaud Montalvo said the company’s focus was on delivering comprehensive customer support services that reflected the Airbus Helicopter ethos. “Airbus is known worldwide for safe, reliable, top quality and competitive products. AHZA is committed to supporting our customers and operators with the best support and services”.
AHZA supports over 250 helicopters in service with more than 60 operators throughout Southern and Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. The company also provides training for air crew, engineers, technicians and mechanics at its main base at Grand Central Airport, which is conveniently located midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria.
AHZA has the capacity to support its customers at its Cape Town International Airport and at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport.
The company also operates Africa’s only full-motion Super Puma flight simulator, which is located near Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport.