Marignane

January 28, 2010 - 8:54am

Eurocopter has improved its Dauphin to offer more modern avionics and enhanced passenger comfort. Certification of the new model, dubbed the N3+, is pegged for late this year.

Visually on the outside, the medium twin will differ from the previous models, as the installation of new radar equipment has prompted a redesign of the nose, which will now resemble that of the EC155.

December 29, 2009 - 7:02am

Eurocopter and equipment and service specialist Daher last month broke ground on a logistic center that is to open in the third quarter in Marignane. With other partners, the two companies are investing €68 million (about $100 million) in the MarLog project. MarLog will feature a 500,000-sq-ft warehouse and 71,000 sq ft of offices. Eurocopter is planning a “complete overhaul of the logistic flows,” in and out of the Marignane factory.

November 24, 2009 - 6:29am

Eurocopter on October 22 launched a reorganization effort to address a slump in orders and shortcomings in areas where until recently CEO Lutz Bertling had been trumpeting the company’s strength. Eurocopter’s goal with the so-called Shape program is to save money, simplify processes and further invest in future products. Shape succeeds Vital, which the company launched in 2005 to facilitate a swift production ramp-up.

December 1, 2008 - 6:52am

Harbin Aviation Industry (HAIG) on November 15 in Harbin, China, delivered the first EC 175 airframe to Eurocopter. HAIG is Eurocopter’s partner in the medium-twin helicopter program. The prototype will be assembled at Eurocopter’s headquarters in Marignane, France, and is scheduled to fly in the fourth quarter of next year. EASA certification is pegged for 2011, with approval from Chinese authority CAAC to follow in 2012.

November 18, 2008 - 11:09am

Harbin Aviation Industry (HAIG) delivered the first EC 175 airframe to Eurocopter on Saturday in Harbin, China. Harbin is the European manufacturer’s partner in the medium-twin helicopter program. The prototype will undergo final assembly at Eurocopter’s headquarters in Marignane, France, and is scheduled to fly in the fourth quarter of next year.

May 21, 2008 - 10:15am

Eurocopter president and CEO Jean-Francois Bigay has revealed plans to open HeliSim, a French-based helicopter training center with FAA level-D simulators for the AS 332, AS 365 and EC 155 helicopters by year’s end. HeliSim, to be located near Eurocopter’s factory in Marignane, France, is a joint venture between Eurocopter and Thales Training and Simulation.

September 26, 2007 - 12:24pm

Eurocopter is considering introducing fiber placement for helicopter composite fuselage manufacturing as a way to replace manual lay-up and reduce costs by an estimated 20 to 25 percent. A research project has yielded the first EC 155 rear section (tailcone and fenestron vertical tail) made by fiber placement. Engineers are testing the part at the firm’s Marignane, France research and development facilities.

March 8, 2007 - 4:56am

AgustaWestland last month announced that its sales in India are growing, with seven deliveries last year (not all new rotorcraft), four planned this year and another 12 over the 2008-2009 period. In addition, Hindustan Construction has ordered a second Bell/Agusta BA609 Tiltrotor. Hong-Kong-based Sharp Ocean is now AgustaWestland’s distributor for India, Sri Lanka and The Maldives.

December 26, 2006 - 5:18am

Dr. Lutz Bertling, former managing director of Eurocopter Deutschland, took over as president and CEO of Eurocopter in October last year and has also been appointed as a member of parent company EADS’s executive committee. He is the first German to head the Marignane, France-based manufacturer, founded as a Franco-German company in 1992.

November 8, 2006 - 6:45am

As AIN went to press Eurocopter CEO Fabrice Brégier was about to be officially named COO at troubled sister company Airbus. He had been at this position for 3.5 years. Widely expected to succeed Brégier was Lutz Berling, senior vice president in charge of government programs. He would be the first German to head the Marignane, France-based manufacturer, although Eurocopter was founded as a Franco-German company.

 
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