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The Aeroparc

  • Aeronautical Construction
  • Drones
  • Airbones systems
  • MRO Maintenance
  • Support to defence
  • Aeronautical Services
  • Materials
  • Interior fitting
 
Aeroparc
Aeronautical ConstructionBeginning in 1917, with the construction of 400 SPAD VII aircraft, the story continued with a long line of MB aircraft, later to become Dassault. Whether civilian or military, all Dassault aircraft are created and make their first laps at Aeroparc.  
DronesSecurity, aerial photography, surveillance, decision assistance for fire fighters, drones will soon be unavoidable. At Aeroparc, Thales is developing next to Dassault and the Technowest Technopole operates a civil drone test centre that is unique in France.
Airbones systems Man-Machine InterfaceInterfaces between man and aircraft: each day, 2,000 individuals strive to invent and create at Aeroparc: Flight instruments, cockpits, smart helmets, computers, "head-up" vision, radar, flight controls, etc. offering aeronautical performance and safety.
MRO MaintenanceFor every €100 spent on aircraft purchase, €200 are required for maintenance throughout the aircraft's service life.
Support to defence activitiesWith 4,000 people on-site, over the past years, Bordeaux Aeroparc has become the country's largest aeronautical support centre.
Aeronautical ServicesDGAC, training, data processing, safety, etc. no aircraft would be able to fly without these services, that are one of the lines of development of Bordeaux-Aeroparc
MaterialsWhether energy materials (propulsion) or complex thermo-structural composites, the materials that have been developed for the past 30 years at Bordeaux-Aeroparc have enabled space exploration.
Interior fittingA mixture of ancestral know-how and high-technology. Bordeaux-Aeroparc is a high-level aircraft interior fitting centre (presidential and Falcon aircraft). Three major VIP aircraft fitting companies are currently established here (DDassault, Sabena and Catherineau ), while industrial sites for two others are under construction (SDA and Prodec Metal), making Aeroparc the French VIP fitting centre.

Aeronautical Construction

Dassault Aviation«Further together» : each day, this determination becomes a reality at the DASSAULT AVIATION sites.
This world-renowned company has established its largest and most comprehensive industrial site at Aeroparc. More than 2,000 Falcons, 150 Rafales and 2,000 Mirages have left this plant.
DASSAULT AVIATION is preparing the future with its new generation of drones: the nEUROn and the MALE
SogermaArising from a European collaboration, ATR aircraft after built half in Italy and half (the wings) at Bordeaux Aeroparc, on the industrial site of EADS Sogerma. A French aerostructure specialist.

Logo AIRBUSAirbus recently announced the creation of a runway-edge plant for assembling the Efan aircraft .
This entirely electric aircraft made its maiden flight on 25 April 2014, in the presence of the minister A. Montebourg.

Drones

Thales is one of the world leaders on the market of electronic equipment for the aeronautical industry. Employing more than 2,000 individuals at Aeroparc, Thales designs and develops cockpit display systems (head-up, look-ahead and head-down displays, helmet-mounted gunsights, aircraft indicators and control station) and avionics suites for the world's major aircraft manufacturers. Thales is also recognised as being a centre of radar and system engineering and architecture expertise, bringing together combat equipment and system-related activities. More recently, Thales established all its drone system-related activities at Aeroparc.

LogoCESAFrance's leading civilian test centre, covering an area of more than 3,000 Ha, Cesa offers a secure airspace, trajectography facilities and assistance, along with a privileged international network (test centres worldwide, French directorate general for civil aviation, AETOS cluster, etc)



Logo SPL AeroparcBUSINESS CENTRE :
Our business centre hosts companies in their development stage, or in the process of becoming established, in the drone sector, such as Fly-n-Sense, R&Drone, 2MORO, HELILEO, France Frelon, Delta Drones, and Survey copter,

DASSAULT«Further together» : each day, this determination becomes a reality at the DASSAULT AVIATION sites. This world-renowned company has established its largest and most comprehensive industrial site at Aeroparc. More than 2,000 Falcons, 150 Rafales and 2,000 Mirages have left this plant.
DASSAULT AVIATION is preparing the future with its new generation of drones: the nEUROn and the MALE


Logo UAV Show

An international trade fair - UAV SHOW - is organised every two years (2014 - 2016). It brings together more than 2,000 drone sector stakeholders



Airbones systems

THALESThales is one of the world leaders on the market of electronic equipment for the aeronautical industry. Employing more than 2,000 individuals at Aeroparc, Thales designs and develops cockpit display systems (head-up, look-ahead and head-down displays, helmet-mounted gunsights, aircraft indicators and control station) and avionics suites for the world's major aircraft manufacturers. Thales is also recognised as being a centre of radar and system engineering and architecture expertise, bringing together combat equipment and system-related activities. More recently, Thales established all its drone system-related activities at Aeroparc.

MRO Maintenance

IMA
INSTITUTE OF AERONAUTICAL MAINTENANCE :
Attached to the Bordeaux Physics UFR (training and research unit), each year, some 300 students graduate from this runway-edge establishment, easily finding work in major aeronautical companies and industries.

SABENASabena Technics is an aircraft maintenance and fittings company involved in both the civilian and military sectors. The company's largest unit, employing 800 people, is at Aeroparc. It can accept both wide-bodied aircraft (A 380) and small specialist aircraft such as water bombers or military aircraft. The luxury fittings division fitted out the presidential Airbus.

ADS ShowADS SHOW :

Created in 2012 at Aeroparc, this trade fair is held every other year. Throughout Europe, the shrinking defence budgets constantly force military staff to refocus their core missions and to devise new support solutions for maintaining the operational capacities of their airborne forces.

With support costs currently estimated at between 5 and 7 billion euros in Europe alone, the outsourcing of all or part of airborne weapons systems MRO thus opens new perspectives for companies whose skills can be transposed to the military sector and vice versa.


Support to defence

Ministère de la DéfenseSIMMAD (Structure Intégrée de maintien en condition opérationnelle des matériels aéronautiques de la défense - Structure Integrated Maintenance in Operational Condition of Aeronautical Materials of Defence), the 1,000 individuals present at BA 106, or their partners, maintain the country's aircraft fleets in operational condition.

Ministère de la DéfenseCSFA (Commandement et soutien des forces aériennes - Airforce commande and support) supports airforces in France and on operations in the fields of logistics, infrastructure and information and communication systems.

Écusson BA 106BA106 : This air base covers 150 Ha on Aeroparc, alongside the airport runways, and accommodates 3,000 people. In addition to CSFA and SIMMAD, it includes an aeronautical infrastructure cluster and an operational cluster, along with many other units (such as the Gendarmerie unit, the centre for network and information management, the air fuel depot, etc)

Logo DGACAEPE
The Gironde site of Saint-Médard-en-Jalles, with its Saint-jean-d'Illac test site, specialises in the expert assessment and simulated flight testing of thrusters that are then used on missiles.

Aeronautical Services

DGACThe DGAC,(Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile - Directorate general for civil aviation)  regional centre employs 100 people in the fields of air navigation (SNA/SO), south west air traffic control (DSAC/SO), the centre for the management of national air navigation data (CESNAC) and the air information service (SIA)

DGADGA-EV (Direction générale de l’Armement  Essai en Vol - defence procurement agency, Test flight) manages a restricted airspace test area in partnership with the DGAC, in which civilian and military aircraft undergo flight testing for companies such as Airbus, Dassault, Sabena, Daher-Socata, etc)

NovespaceNOVESPACE :
A subsidiary of the CNES, Novespace conducts weightlessness parabolic flight campaigns on-board an Airbus A300 for aerospace customers and for scientific experimentation. Its flights are now open to the public (booking required)

CAECAE :
This Canadian company, the world leader in the field of simulation and training equipment, has opened a centre at Aeroparc and trains mechanics to work on Dassault aircraft.

Logo SPL Aeroparc

SERVICE CENTRE :

Our business centre is home to several aeronautical services companies (3D simulation, thermal analysis, navigation, training, aeronautical software, specialist consulting, etc.) destined to establish themselves at Aeroparc.

Aéroport de Bordeaux MérignacBORDEAUX - MÉRIGNAC AIRPORT
Its numerous free runway-edge plots, its two runways (> 3,000 metres) and the flight test centre, the international airport is a major partner of the Aeroparc project and represents a major attractor for aeronautical construction.

Materials

SafRan HeraklesHERAKLES :
The result of a merger between SNPE (Société des poudres et explosifs) and SPS (Snecma Propulsion Solide),
Herakles is the European specialist and the world no. 2 in solid propulsion (missiles and rockets). At two Bordeaux-Aeroparc sites of 150 and 400 Ha, the 2,200 Herakles employees produce :
thermo-structural composite materials (light and very strong), along with organic matrix composite materials. This know-how, arising from the cooperation between industrialists and university laboratories, has been developed for more than 30 years in Bordeaux.
production and loading of energy materials (Propergol, etc.).
The site also manages the destruction of end-of-life thrusters using an original bacteria-based process that does not produce any atmospheric emissions.

Airbus Defence & SpaceAIRBUS DEFENCE and SPACE :
A merger of Astrium, Cassidian and Airbus Military, the Bordeaux site produces, particularly in the materials field, various high-performance heat-shield systems for spacecraft atmospheric re-entry.

Interior fitting

SabenaSabena Technics  is an aircraft maintenance and fitting company. Its largest unit, employing some 800 people, is located at Aeroparc. The luxury fitting division focuses mainly on wide-body aircraft (Airbus, Boeing, etc.) and created and delivered the French presidential Airbus in 2012.


Dassault AviationThe historical cradle of Dassault Aviation, this world-renowned company has established its largest and most comprehensive industrial site at Aeroparc. Falcons, Mirages and Rafales all make their maiden flights from Bordeaux-Aeroparc. While its VIP aircraft fitting centre has been moved to Little Rock in the United States, Dassault has maintained a degree of expertise at its Mérignac site enabling it to create its most beautiful fittings.

SDA 33SDA33 :
With their skilled craftsmanship acquired over several generations, the Saguey family covers the seats and interiors of VIP aircraft with leather. SDA33 decided in 2013 to integrate Aeroparc and its new factory will be operation within a few months.




Prodec MétalPRODEC METAL :
With its expertise in electrolytic and chemical deposition processes, Prodec Metal treats both small and large parts, with simple or complex geometric surfaces, whatever the substrate and end use, be it decorative, mechanical or functional. This know-how derived from the gold and silver ware and jewellery sectors, has been beneficially transferred to aeronautics.
PRODEC has decided to establish its new 16,000 m² industrial site at Aeroparc.

CatherineauCATHERINEAU :
French leader in the interior fitting of VIP aircraft, Catherineau SAS designs, manufactures and fits furniture for VIP planes and helicopters. A family-run company since 1750, it creates the lightest furniture on the market by combining composite materials with veneers of the most precious woods.

 

ASD Industry (Bordeaux area)


310 companies

20 000 jobs

2 MD€ turnover of € 2 billion

Séparation

Facts & figures

1570 ha dedicated to aerospace high value activities

700 ha in the airport zone

110 subcontractors companies

7 key establishments and a vast network of subcontracting companies

1 Aeronautic Technopole consisting of two business incubators and a business centre

1 Institute of Aeronautics Maintenance, CR-IMA

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