Paris, 25th April 2016– After less than one year of operation, DCI Helicopter International Training Centre exceeds the 1,000 flight hour mark with EC120 Colibri aircraft in their Calliopé configuration.
In line with DCI missions perimeter, the Helicopter International Training Centre aim is to transfer some French Army Aviation (ALAT) know-hows to France friendly countries. Thus it is considered as the French Armed Forces intermediary for foreign military crew training so that the former can focus on operational engagement. It is located within the French Military Pilots Training Schools (Dax and Le Luc-en-Provence).
In climb performance and in order to meet strong pilot training demand from friendly countries, H-ITC has recently acquired two DCI branded helicopters. Two other helicopters could join the fleet by the end of the year.
H-ITC courses are provided in English or in French, in partnership with French Army Aviation and HeliDax, DCI subsidiary in charge of supplying, through a public-private partnership, to French Armed Forces flight hours needed for their practice. DCI is also supporting its foreign trainees during their training in France: accommodation, food, transport and daily support.
“We are delighted with this achievement showing how relevant is this centre creation. The Helicopter International Training Centre aim is to transfer know-hows developed over the years by ALAT in the technical and tactical fields of air combat for the benefit of foreign trainees. We do so with new generation helicopters proudly owned by DCI.” declares Jean-Michel Palagos, DCI CEO and Chairman.