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History

Helite was founded in 2001 by Gérard Thevenot, an early pioneer in the light aircraft industry. Gérard won the French innovation cup for developing the first personal airbag system for light aircraft pilots, and subsequently continued developing the technology for motorcyclists and equestrians. Using his 35+ years of engineering experience, Gérard has continually improved the Helite system, making it the only motorcycle airbag in the world to obtain full CE certification.

Helite airbags have the quickest mechanical trigger and inflation device in the world, with full deployment in under 100ms. Helite uses electronic systems for the olympic ski team and other industries, but firmly believe that the mechanical system is the best choice for motorcycle riding. The mechanical system is reliable and can be reset inexpensively by the consumer. 

Helite has sold over 60,000 airbag systems worldwide. Rigorous testing in the laboratory and in the real world continues to affirm Helite as the world leader in personal airbag technology.

Since the airbag technology is applicable to many hazardous activities, HELITE has become an expert, dedicated exclusively to the development of individual protection systems.

Helite airbags are already used in a wide range of fields such as motorcycles, horseback riding, skiing, aeronautics, industrial and medical. 
Also very popular in high performance sports: 
- 12 Ski teams provided Helite airbags in the London Olympics 2012 
- The France team cross-country skiing at the Olympics in Sochi 2014 (including the three medalists gold, and silver)
 



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