Avicopter and Thales sign memorandum of understanding for strategic cooperation on the establishment of a helicopter pilot training center

November 6th, Zhuhai - today, during the Zhuhai Air Show in China, Avicopter, on behalf of the relevant investors of Aviation Industry Corporation of China Ltd, and Thales, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a joint venture helicopter pilot training center.

Avicopter is one of the world's leading helicopter manufacturers, developing, manufacturing and selling a wide range of helicopters for different markets.

Thales is a global leader in pilot and crew training solutions for civil helicopters. The Group has accumulated a rich experience in and ability to develop high-fidelity Full Flight Simulators (FFS) for various types of helicopters as well as helicopter pilot training courses and training schools, where they partner with operators and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)s.

With the development of the Chinese civil helicopter market, the importance of providing helicopter pilot training services to ensure the safety of helicopter flight and missions has become crucial. High quality pilot training service is an important condition to obtain helicopter customer trust and loyalty, and to secure safe flights for helicopter pilots.

Thales and Avicopter’s collaboration and mutual technical know-how will be able to bridge the gap between demand and supply of high-end equipment such as simulators and associated training services to meet the increasing demand for helicopter pilot training. The two groups will invest jointly to set up a helicopter pilot training center in China, and provide civil helicopter pilot training services, on multiple platforms, including AC312/313/352.

Avicopter and Thales have developed a shared and consistent vision to bring all necessary resources to successfully create a training center that will serve the needs of a new generation of Chinese helicopter pilots.

About Avicopter:
AVICOPTER, a large enterprise co-funded by Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Tianjin City, is one of the specialized business units under AVIC. Headquartered in Tianjin, AVICOPTER is a major helicopter manufacturer, focusing on the development, manufacture and supply of multiple types of helicopters, light multi-purpose aircraft and aviation propellers for various markets. The company’s capability has been fully cultivated in developing and producing types of helicopters in series and also undertaking international cooperative production of various aeronautical components and parts.
About Thales
The people we all rely on to make the world go round – they rely on Thales. Our customers come to us with big ambitions: to make life better, to keep us safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, our architects design and deliver extraordinary high technology solutions. Solutions that make tomorrow possible, today.  From the bottom of the oceans to the depth of space and cyberspace, we help our customers think smarter and act faster - mastering ever greater complexity and every decisive moment along the way. With 65,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €15.8billion in 2017.
About Thales in China
Thales provides innovative solutions for the infrastructure that forms the backbone of China’s growth. The Group has been active in China for more than 30 years and is trusted partner for the Chinese aviation and urban rail transportation industries. Thales employs 1,300 people in China, 95% of whom are Chinese nationals.