CHARLOTTE, N.C., 7 Sept. 2013. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), signed a major contract with French company HeliDax SAS to provide aftermarket services for its fleet of helicopters.
Engineers at UTC Aerospace Systems’ Actuation Systems business will provide flight controls and hydraulic operational support based on flying hours, including consignment stock at the HeliDax SAS facility to aid daily operations.
The French Ministry of Defense awarded a 22-year contract in January 2008 to HeliDax SAS for training military pilots. HeliDax is reported to have the largest EC120 worldwide fleet in operation today. The company needs to provide a maximum of 22,000 flying hours per year on their fleet of 36 EC120 helicopters renamed "Calliope" which are fitted with special training equipment, such as auto pilot, glass cockpit systems, and full night-vision imaging systems (NVIS).
Training was previously performed by the French army with Gazelles.
"Helping customers to support their strategies and provide innovative solutions to manage their maintenance spending, asset requirements and repair needs more effectively is at the heart of the business,” says Actuation Systems President Andreas Schell.