International Helicopter Training Centre: Défense Conseil International reinforces training capacities through infrastructure refurbishment and helicopter acquisitions

Défense Conseil International (DCI), the reference operator of the French ministry of defence for the international transfer of French military know-how, is inaugurating new facilities at its International Helicopter Training Centre (CIF-H), in the presence of senior military officials from France and Kuwait. DCI is also reinforcing its fleet through the acquisition of three EC120 helicopters. The CIF-H is the second pilot school created by DCI, and the first in France. The French armed forces can thus respond to the strong demand for helicopter pilot training from friendly countries.

Innovative teaching methods, 100% success rate

The overall refurbishment of the CIF-H infrastructure, carried out over the past year, enables the integration of e-learning tools, simulators, serious games and real-time flight monitoring screens. This modern, comfortable and functional setup offers a quality environment for foreign trainees and helps to boost the success rate. The first CIF-H graduating class scored a 100% success rate in obtaining their French military helicopter pilot qualification.

The CIF-H offers courses ranging from initial pilot training to operational missions. Patrick Tanguy, Director of DCI-COFRAS, comments on the excellence of DCI training: “It requires constant adaptation, in order to offer our trainees a high-quality environment and a course content necessary to achieve their training goals and thus to maintain friendly and effective military cooperation. Thanks to the French Army light aviation unit (ALAT) school, the French armed forces are among the most effective in the world.” (…)

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