The Helicopter in France, from its beginnings to the present day

23 May 2019
14 h 00 min | 17 h 00 min

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It was in France, in 1907, that the earliest attempts to fly “helicopter” type aircraft took place. It would then take nearly 30 years of research and testing to ensure that this complicated concept reached industrial stage, and 20 years more for the precursors of a future European helicopter industry to emerge. Today, rotary wing aircraft are indispensable in both civilian and military applications. France continues to play a major role in this sector.

Three lectures illustrate the historical and technical aspects of this saga. Their authors, AAE members, are former executives of Eurocopter, now Airbus Helicopters .

The beginnings of the helicopter industry in France

by Jean-Pierre Dubreuil, former director of Programmes at Eurocopter, AAE member

The helicopter in all its guises…

by Michel Hancart, former technical director at Eurocopter, AAE member

An “Ecureuil” at the top of Everest: story of an unbeatable record

by Bernard Fouques, former director of flight tests at Eurocopter, AAE member


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