The Eurocopter Group is a global helicopter manufacturing
and support company formed in 1992 from the merger the helicopter
divisions of French Aerospatiale and German DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (DASA).
In 2001, Eurocopter's worldwide and American market share were 40% and 30%
The Eurocopter Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EADS.
On Eurocopter aircraft the main rotor turns clockwise when viewed from
above, unlike most American rotorcraft. This requires the pilot to make
pedal movements that are the opposite to those learnt if previous flying
has been on an American aircraft.
Eurocopter also pioneered the use of the 'fenestron' - an enclosed
tail-rotor, which is more efficient and safer than the exposed version.