At Babcock MCS France we count with over 30 years of experience providing Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) helicopters with guaranteed quality service and optimum flight safety.
This is evident with the 32,000 flight hours we fly year-on-year for SAMU, leader in Urgent Medical Aid Service in France. Only last year, nearly 13,000 emergency missions were executed by us. We run 30 bases across the country, hold a fleet of 70 operated aircraft and employ 260 people, with a recent addition of 80 crew members who have just joined our company in early 2016.
Babcock MCS France's HEMS aircraft are genuine mobile ICUs with a reaction and mobility capacity that enables them to reach places that are inaccessible to others in record time. Our helicopters are capable of travelling quickly, nimbly and safely to those places where it is difficult to use other means of transport in order to reach traffic accidents, execute mountain rescues or provide emergency transport between hospitals.
Our flight crew members work alongside with medical professionals in very challenging situations. They all play a crucial role on the overall success of missions as they are able to provide initial care right at site of an accident and they can assist and look after the patient whilst transporting them to hospitals.
We also have expertise on Maintenance in Operational Condition (MRO) activities, which requires our experienced engineers to develop maintenance tasks whilst our helicopters fly. Our reputable pilot training programme helps facilitate the development of great professionals in the aviation field.
Babcock MCS France delivered the maintenance in operational conditions, during more than 5 years, on 50 EC145 helicopters of the Sécurité Civile and Gendarmerie Nationale, and on 20 EC135 helicopters of the Gendarmerie Nationale and French Customs, and provided base maintenance on a part of the FENNEC fleet of the French Ministry of Defence (French Air Force and ALAT).
FOMEDEC, the French Air Force training support contract
France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement has awarded Babcock MCS France a contract to provide and maintain a training platform and related services for the French Air Force (l'Armée de l'Air).
The 11-year FOMEDEC contract will provide new training aircraft (Pilatus PC21), related simulators and modernised training facilities for the training of fighter jet crews to be performed by the Air Force itself in Cognac. The first aircraft will be delivered in 2018.
Helidax, a pioneering partnership in Europe
Babcock MCS France is also involved in a number of large projects which have helped to strengthen the position of the company as a leader in aircraft maintenance. The Helidax partnership is a prime example; this contract involved the provision of 22,000 flight hours per year for the initial training of French Army Pilots based at ALAT military training centre in Dax, Southwest France.
Helidax, a partnership between Babcock MCS France and DCI (Défense Conseil International), provided the ALAT military training centre with 36 helicopters (EC120B equipped with digital screens, automatic pilot and night flight), also guaranteeing the scheduled and maintenance operations.
- 30 years’ experience
- 260 employees in 2017
- 30 bases in 2017
- 70 operated aircraft (Babcock France and Helidax)
- 32,000 flight hours per year (Babcock MCS France and Helidax)
- 13,000 HEMS missions per year