The European helicopter industry is in an uproar over a French government move to limit rotorcraft activities in urban areas, saying implementation of the order would threaten the industry’s survival. The Ministry of Ecology, Energy and Sustainable Development—which under President Nicolas Sarkozy is in charge of air transport—published an order on Oct. 20, 2010, that severely restricts helicopter use in densely populated areas, except for air ambulance, civil protection or ...


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