Helite was founded in 2002, after Gérard Thevenot had spent almost 30 years in the Hang Gliding industry, as a pioneer, manufacturer and main engineer for his own company La Mouette.  The first idea behind Helite was to develop an airbag for hang glider pilots.  Gérard won a prestigious French innovation award, for his first airbag. His passion and dedication for safety grew quickly as many people were throwing out ideas about how great it would be to have a better protection for: motorcyclists, for horseback riders, for snowmobile riders and skiers.