American Eurocopter manufactures, markets, sells, assembles, supports and provides training solutions for Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft in the United States. Since beginning operations in 1969, it has become a leading provider of helicopters for U.S. civilian, parapublic and military markets. Today more than 1,800 American Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft are flown by approximately 600 U.S. operators, including corporate and business customers, hospitals and emergency medical services, tourism operators, law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the world’s second largest aerospace and Defense Company. As a market leader, American Eurocopter has consistently maintained a 50% share of helicopter sales to the U.S. law enforcement sector, supplying some 48 law enforcement agencies from coast-to-coast. It also is the predominant supplier for tour, corporate and air medical services operators in the U.S., with users selecting American Eurocopter helicopters due to their large cabins, speed and excellent reliability. American Eurocopter has two major U.S. industrial locations, as well as a growing system of regional support centers and a nationwide network of technical representatives. Its headquarters and completion center in Grand Prairie, Texas is supplemented by a new production and manufacturing facility at Columbus, Mississippi’s Golden Triangle Regional Airport.