Our objective has always been clear: to offer our customers a helicopter that is best suited to their operational needs. An aircraft that allows them to perform their missions successfully and with maximum efficiency, all while ensuring the highest level of crew and passenger safety.

Bruno Even, CEO Airbus Helicopters

The Aviation Safety Centre is dedicated to raising the aviation safety awareness of all Airbus Helicopters employees based at Marignane (France). The centre is divided into several zones, four of which host the digital modules that form the core of the system. These digital modules cover four major themes for Aviation Safety: air accidents, organisational and human factors, FODs (Foreign Object Damage, foreign bodies that can cause damage) and risk management. 

Airbus Helicopters Aviation Safety Centre Module 1

Module 1: Air Accidents

Sharing the lessons learned following several accident investigations, as well as raising awareness of the management of major technical-operational incidents and the consequences of a helicopter accident for the company, is a cornerstone for improving aviation safety culture.

Airbus Helicopters Aviation Safety Centre Module 2

Module 2: Organisational and Human Factors

Human components (individual and collective behaviours, for example), organisational components (management, procedures, etc.), situational components (environment, working conditions, etc.), and technical components (constraints, technical means, etc.) have an influence on everyone’s daily job and therefore on aviation safety.

Airbus Helicopters Aviation Safety Centre Module 3

Module 3: FOD (Foreign Object Debris/Damage)

The risks and damage caused by FOD, the prevention of damage that can be caused by lost objects, and objects that can subsequently become factors in accidents are at the heart of this module, which has two goals: to raise awareness of FOD and associated risks, and to raise awareness of solutions to prevent FOD.

Airbus Helicopters Aviation Safety Centre Module 4

Module 4: Risk Management

It is vital for any organisation or company, whatever its field of activity, to implement a risk prevention and management programme. The aim of this programme is to constantly anticipate and take into consideration all the risks that its projects or activities are likely to generate. The goal is to explain what risk management is and what its objectives are: to identify all the factors that could constitute a danger within the entity, to identify the consequences linked to these dangers, to implement preventive or corrective actions within the entity in order to mitigate risks, to monitor these actions and to analyse their effects on aviation safety. 

Our objective is that all employees, including apprentices, temporary workers and on-site subcontractors in Marignane – about 10,000 people – are being trained in  the Aviation Safety Centre. We also aim to host customers and suppliers at the centre to further demonstrate Airbus Helicopters’ commitment to a safe flying culture.

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