Eurocopter signs memorandum with the Civil Aviation University of China to develop training activities for new pilots in China

(PresseBox) (Zhuhai, China, ) Eurocopter today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC) for ab-initio pilot training activities. This agreement - which was unveiled at Airshow China 2010 in Zhuhai - will result in an intensification of training for future helicopter pilots, and will lead to the establishment of a working group to determine a timeline for different areas of cooperation.

Ab-initio training involves the preparation of pilots from the start, utilising students who have no previous helicopter flight experience. It enables a new generation of pilots to enter training that readies them for a professional helicopter aviation career.

"This agreement will allow China to establish a resource of qualified helicopter pilots and consolidate the local infrastructure for rotary-wing operations," said Wu Tongshui, President of CAUC. "We are very honoured to be part of this initiative, which constitutes a win-win solution for both our university and Eurocopter."

CAUC is a Tianjin-based national university, and is one of the largest aviation training schools under the authority of the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC). It was established in 1951 to provide civil aviation education and training for new pilots in China.

"For Eurocopter, teaming up with a renowned university and established pilot school in China will enable us to discover high calibre students and future helicopter pilots," added Philippe Crespo, Eurocopter's Vice President of Training Services. "Identifying this talent from the start will help us better accompany local helicopter operators and contribute to the development of the Chinese aviation industry, while ensuring the highest levels of safety.

In China, Eurocopter is the only foreign helicopter manufacturer to have an established presence in the country with a full-fledged subsidiary and multi-site offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. This network covers sales, customer support, logistics, training and other services.

"Eurocopter China pledges to continuously expand on its 40 years of privileged partnership with the Chinese helicopter industry," Bruno Boulnois, the CEO of Eurocopter China, said. "The signature of this pilot training agreement represents one more step in developing close collaboration with key local partners and customers in all areas."

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