Helite was founded in 2001 by Gérard Thevenot, one of the French pioneer and entrepreneurs in the light aircraft industry. His thirst for invention and conscience for safety has pushed him into creating Helite. First created to develop more safety in the light aircraft sector, Gérard rapidly understood the crucial need for more security in all types of applications.
Helite was quickly solicited by a wide range of companies that requested Mr. Thevenot’s rare know-how for developing specific products for numerous applications.FORMING BUSINESS UNITS
The need for airbags in many sports and professional environments is urgent. Helite is solicited daily by companies and individuals that want to develop a better protection for their activity. Focusing only on one market would mean sacrificing many opportunities to help increase safety levels in a wide range of applications.
Helite works in B2B for notorious companies and administrations: The royal guardians of the king of Spain, the French civil protection, Siemens, Alstom, Michelin, Peugeot, Brembo…
Helite constantly innovates in Airbag jacket for motorcyclists. The two-wheeler market potential and number of users is very interesting for Helite to succeed in its mission: protecting as many people as possible from serious injuries.
The most successful product as of today is the Airbag vest for horseback riders. Indeed horseback riders tend to fall and hurt themselves a few times in their career, so quickly they understand the need for airbags. Helite launched a product for horseback riders because the demand was very important and the development of a reliable and effective product quiet simple. The height and the speed when a rider falls is moderate enough for the airbag vests to be very effective and cover the majority of the falls.
Gérard Thevenot has worked in the aeronautical field for 35 years. Developing a product for this application was a personal challenge and objective. The accidents are more scarce than with a motorbike or a horse, but the gravity of the injuries need to be and can be minimized. Light aircraft pilots now have access to more security!