The Eurocopter Corporate Foundation has launched its first outreach initiatives through agreements with two France-based non-governmental organizations: the Castel Mauboussin Association and Acting for Life.
By partnering with the Castel Mauboussin Association, which helps people with disabilities pursue careers in the aerospace industry, the Foundation will support the training of flight assistants for helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) flights – a new occupation now mandated by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
The new regulation, which requires the presence of one flight assistant per HEMS flight starting in 2014, will further enhance mission standards and flight security, creating approximately 130 new jobs in France. The Castel Mauboussin Association will train three disabled individuals with financial support from the Foundation over the coming year, beginning with a young woman in September.
Working with Acting for Life, the Foundation will support disadvantaged communities in developing countries, beginning with the implementation of a three-year integrated community development program in Mexico, where Eurocopter has been present for more than 30 years.
Launching this month, the project endeavors to improve local health and nutrition and foster economic development in the poverty-stricken Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range. Assistance for families will include access to training, micro-financing services, organic food plots, and clean sources of water collection. The model will then expand to other rural areas of Mexico.
“Supporting initiatives that promote youth development and help disadvantaged people and communities is at the heart of our values, whether it’s through the direct application of our aircraft for humanitarian aid, or by providing assistance for organizations making a difference on the ground every day,” said Eurocopter President & CEO Guillaume Faury. “These two partnerships take our commitments to new heights and represent the first of many that will be supported by our Foundation.”
The Eurocopter Corporate Foundation was created in 2012 as an independent, apolitical and non-profit legal entity that unites the company’s humanitarian activities under one framework with a focus on emergency response; aid for developing countries; aid for the ill, handicapped, and those living in extremely difficult conditions; and youth development through the transfer of aeronautical know-how.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 22,000 people. In 2012, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 6.3 billion Euros, orders for 469 new helicopters and a 44 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong international presence is ensured by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries. Eurocopter’s worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents supports more than 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,780 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 148 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business.