On the fringes of Heli-Expo 2008 in Houston, Eurocopter organised
a meeting with the world of oil & gas. Operational safety was the theme
of this special seminar.
Even today, Eurocopter’s accident rate is significantly
lower than that of the competition, However, the stated
aim of the fleet safety department led by Jean-Pierre
Dedieu is to slash this rate by half over the next ten
years, not just for new helicopters but for the older
range as well.
“One of the things we will do is work directly with the oil
companies for whom safety is always a concern,”
explains Jean-Pierre Dedieu. “Hence the idea of
this seminar, which was held the day before Heli-
About 40 participants from some ten oil companies met
up in Houston in February. The meeting began with a
comprehensive briefing on the accident rates, with a
presentation of Eurocopter’s results in the oil & gas segment.
In the case of accidents due to technical defects
or maintenance errors, the Eurocopter accident rate is
three times lower than the average for its competitors,
whereas for accidents resulting from human error
during operations, the figures are the same.
“We also decided to offer these customers greater
access to technical information about our aircraft,”
continues Jean-Pierre Dedieu. “Representatives from
companies, particularly those based in the US who
are less familiar with Eurocopter, will be able to take
technical familiarisation courses for our helicopters.”
Finally, the working relationship forged by the seminar
addressed the issue of setting up new standards for
oil & gas equipment and for training crews and technicians,
which in time will further improve the level of
All participants felt that the seminar had been very
instructive, and the event is to become an annual feature
at the opening of Heli-Expo.