Continuing innovation

Continuing innovation

A message from Alain Flourens, Executive Vice President, Engineering

Alain Flourens, Executive Vice President, Engineering

Safety is in the DNA of Airbus Helicopters. It is our number one priority, governing everything we do.

Not only are all our engineers and technicians strongly committed to producing the highest level of trust in our products, but as CTO I see it as my own, personal, responsibility to help improve the safety of our helicopters.

After the H225 accident off Norway, as with every accident, we examined everything in minute detail.

It’s what we do - to discover how we can learn, how we can update our processes, design, technology, from development to manufacture, assembly and repair. Airbus Helicopters has invested, still invests, and will invest considerable time and resources in improving safety on the H225, and the rest of our fleet.

These continued enhancements see us setting new benchmarks; the new standards benefit our entire range.

On the H225, we also invited a working group of experts to share the findings external industry and research bodies. We had one goal in mind: to raise the overall bar in safety.

At Airbus Helicopters, innovation is geared towards safety and performance. Short term, mid-term and even long term, we aim to use our research to find applications to improve both safety and performance across all our helicopters. And, with them, the rest of the industry as well.


H225 Innovation Programme

Airbus Helicopters continues to look towards the future with the H225, with an ongoing focus on quality assurance, innovation in vibration detection and design improvements to the main gear box (MGB).


Quality assurance

Airbus is constantly reviewing and improving our processes for the handling and tracking of dynamic components. We have developed better solutions for documentation, maintenance feedback and IT solutions for improved traceability.


Early degradations detection through vibration monitoring

The vibration detection systems on the H225 are used to collect and analyse critical data to optimise the helicopter’s availability and safety. We are working on technologies to identify early indicators of defects very early in the degradation cycle and we are seeing some promising developments in this field


MGB shock detectors

Airbus has put in place a series of initiatives to improve the shock resistance of the MGB during transportation and to better report back anything that could have an impact on the MGB as it makes its way from point A to point B. On top of it, sensors that capture parameters such as temperature, lightning and shock level have been placed on the MGB and previous history of the part can be closely monitored. The packaging for the MGB now includes highly visible stickers that change colour if the crate sustains a certain level of force or shock.


New magnetic flow sensor (FFMP)

Airbus is working on implementing new technologies that will enable improved detection of spalling debris contained in the oil flow of the main gear box. The solution entails a magnetic plug to detect particles with a much higher degree of efficiency and effectiveness.



Airbus has developed and introduced specific training courses for maintenance personnel for the purpose of minimising any risk of inappropriate identification of metallic residues found by the detection system. Airbus has also completed trials, organised in collaboration with HeliOffshore and North Sea operators, in a new approach for identifying where ‘error proofing’ features are most needed in order to support maintenance engineers during the most critical tasks.


H225 safety improvements infographic

H225 Safety Infographic

Super Puma Information Centre

Super Puma Information Centre

LN-OJF accident investigation status

Super Puma family and fleet

Safety and the community

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