Héli-Union partners with civil and military organizations to help them establish operations and gain autonomy.

Founded in 1961, Châteaufort, France–based Héli-Union provides a wide range of helicopter services to military and civil organizations around the world. During its more than 60 years in business, Héli-Union has operated in more than 60 countries.

Héli-Union’s scope of services includes technical and operational support, full-service helicopter operations, maintenance, and pilot and engineer/mechanic training. The company operates a multitype fleet of helicopters including the EC225, AW139, AS365 N3, S76C++, and H145 D3. Its expansive maintenance department includes line and heavy maintenance, spare parts and logistics support, consulting and project management, technician training, airworthiness management, and airframe design, repair, and modification.

A large percentage of Héli-Union’s customer base is in the oil-and-gas sector, where the aviation company provides personnel and cargo transportation. It also s aerial work, search-and-rescue, and air ambulance services. The company currently operates more than 40 aircraft around the world.

In addition to providing operational, maintenance, and training services and support, Héli-Union offers a  cooperation support service in which it works with a customer to set up and run the customer’s helicopter operations until the customer can run the operation itself.

Turnkey CO-OPERATION Solution
Héli-Union’s CO-OPERATION concept is a turnkey service for any civil or governmental entity anywhere in the world with or without helicopter experience.

A recent example of this service is a cooperative effort for NEMA Mongolia (National Emergency Management Agency of Mongolia) in partnership with the French Civil Security. When the partnership began in 2021, NEMA Mongolia had no helicopter experience, aircraft, pilots, or maintenance. Through the cooperative effort, Héli-Union provided helicopters in rescue configuration, pilots and maintenance training with instructors, a simulator, three years of full technical support, hangar and offices, spares, tools, and ground service equipment.

By 2023, NEMA Mongolia will achieve full autonomy, operating three rescue Airbus s, one Cabri training helicopter, and one flight training device (FTD) simulator. It will have 12 pilots, 12 mechanics, and 12 rescue personnel, each fully trained, and it will take over the hangar and office spaces.

Safety: Priority No. 1
Héli-Union makes safety its highest priority, undertaking initiatives to continuously improve safety across all operational areas. The company follows industry best practices and provides the human and financial resources necessary to guarantee that aeronautic activities are carried out in compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements. It also operates an in-depth safety management system that promotes a safety culture based on proactive and preventive risk management.

The company’s commitment to safety is also highlighted by its participation in the International Helicopter Safety Team, European Helicopter Safety Team, European Helicopter Safety Analysis Team, and Helicopter Association International.

Author

  • Jen Boyer

    Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.