During 2018 Safran Helicopter Engines celebrates its 80th anniversary. Founded in 1938 by Polish engineer Joseph Szydlowski, the original Turbomeca company opened for business in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, and in October that year its first aeronautical component, the S39 centrifugal compressor for a Hispano-Suiza engine, took off aboard a Dewotine D520.
From the very beginning, the company’s fortunes were closely aligned to that of the helicopter. Its Artouste II powered the maiden flight of the SNCASE SE.3130 Alouette II; the first serially-produced turbine-engine helicopter in the world. 60 years later, both airframe and engine are still flying, and part of the proud heritage of the worldwide helicopter community.
The company has always stayed at the forefront of rotorcraft innovation and names such as Turmo, Artouste, Astazou, Makila and Arriel are renowned throughout the industry.
With more than 100 million flight hours, the global Safran fleet adds to this 80-year legacy every day. Based in Bordes, Tarnos and Mantes-Buchelay in France, and in 14 sites worldwide, its engines have been selected to power almost all recent helicopter models, including the Airbus Helicopter H160 and Racer, Bell 505, Leonardo AW189K, Indian LUH, Chinese AC352 and South-Korean LAH.
All Safran Helicopter Engines team-members are very proud of its history and will celebrate the anniversary next September with its customers and friends.