HeliDax is a privately-held company founded by DCI (Defense Conseil International) and INAER France (then part of Avincis) in 2008 and selected by the Government to supply the flight hours required for the basic and advanced training of French Armed Forces. Belgium Forces military helicopters pilots joined later.
HeliDax also performs maintenance operations of airframe and avionics with technical approvals from the DGAC (French Civil Aviation Authority): PART 145 (aircraft maintenance), PART M/G (aircraft airworthiness upholding) PART M/I (airworthiness certificates renewal), APDOA (design organisation approval), PART 21 G (manufacturing of approved spare parts), Engine workshop approved by TURBOMECA/Safran for level-3 maintenance,
HeliDax is based in the Light Army Aviation School in Dax and operates 36 EC120 modified to fit the specifics requirement of the French MoD.
As of February 2018, this fleet totalize 153.000 flight hours and have two shareholders: DCI and Babcock MCS France
In April 2019, Babcock sold its share (50%) to DCI
Cassiopée Flight Data Analysis Software, 08-Mar-19 : Heli-Expo 2019 Safran, HeliDax and AMS (Aircraft Maintenance Systems) partnership on first complete digital chain for helicopters based on Cassiopée flight data analysis for Maintenance Information System (MIS) software
HeliDax EC120 With Safran Health Monitoring, 27-Feb-18 : Heli-Expo 2018 HeliDax, a privately-held company that supply basic and advanced training of Franch and Belgian military helicopters pilots, signed a Health Monitoring contract with Safran for the EC120 fleet
30,000 flight hour mark reached by Helidax, 29-Feb-12 : Paris - Helidax, a subsidiary of DCI and INAER, announces that it has exceeded 30,000 flight hours on EC120 Colibri aircraft, in less than 2 years of operation. Helidax is the first public-private partnership (PPP) launched by the French Ministry of Defense in 2008. This partnership concerns the supply of helicopter flight hours, for 22 years, to the Army's light aviation school (EA-ALAT) in Dax.
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