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Leonardo Expands In The Philippines

Leonardo Expands In The Philippines

Leonardo’s presence in the Philippines is expanding with the recent delivery of an AgustaWestland AW119Kx and a GrandNew to corporate clients, with the scheduled delivery of the first AW169 sold in the Philippines and another AW139 in the next few months. Both the AW169 and AW139 will be used for VIP/corporate transport. These deliveries add to the success already achieved by the AW109 Power, in operation with corporate customers in the country. Leonardo has… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 27-Mar-17

Corporate and VIP operators across the Americas select AW139, AW169

Corporate and VIP operators across the Americas select AW139, AW169

The AgustaWestland AW139 and AW169 continue to be selected as preferred platforms by discerning corporate and VIP customers, with additional sales of both types accelerating in early 2017. An AW169 has been sold to a US corporate customer just as the company has recently achieved FAA certification of the type, with another sold to a… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 08-Mar-17

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Possible Stabilization for Oil and Gas Sector

Possible Stabilization for Oil and Gas Sector

The oil and gas sector has been under strain the last two years, causing the values of many large and medium helicopters to decrease. Although, things might take a turn for the better, reports Flight Global, and within the next year. Sector analyst, Ben Chapman has said it might take up to 18 months for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Feb-17

FAA certifies AW169

FAA certifies AW169

The AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin-engine helicopter has achieved validation by FAA of the United States of its certification, with deliveries to begin in USA this year. A versatile, new generation twin-engine light-intermediate category helicopter, the AW169 has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Feb-17

Indonesian Air Force Looks into AW-101 Helicopter Purchase

Indonesian Air Force Looks into AW-101 Helicopter Purchase

The Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has revealed that the Air Force is looking into purchasing an AgustaWestland AW-101 VVIP helicopter. The investigation of the purchase has been controversial, as the Military Chief General Gatot Nurmantyo and Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu were unaware of the interest in the purchase. The Air… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-17

Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Files Lawsuit Against Helicopter Manufacturer

Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Files Lawsuit Against Helicopter Manufacturer

On 8 February, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, on behalf of its clients, filed suit against AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. AgustaWestland is the North American distributor of Agusta A1091A and A109A MK II helicopters. These helicopters were identified last year by the FAA as being defective…. Read more »

Source: Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, 10-Feb-17

Babcock set to return two UK AW139s to lessor

Babcock set to return two UK AW139s to lessor

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore is preparing to return two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters to lessor Era Helicopters.  Registered G-PERA and G-PERB were imported to the UK in full Era colours in March 2011, and shortly after were repainted to the traditional red Bond Offshore Helicopters scheme – as the company was known at that time. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-17

This is why Leonardo gave Panama Two More AW139s

This is why Leonardo gave Panama Two More AW139s

After cancelling a radar contract with Panama, Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s subsidiary AugustaWestland has agreed to manufacture two AW139M military helicopters to compensate. The two helicopters will be military versions of AgustaWestland’s AW139 helicopters and will come to a cost of $15.5 million each. Both aircraft will be fitted with bullet-proof reinforcement and have twin engines. As well… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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Helipad Plans Scrapped for Alberta Health Services

Helipad Plans Scrapped for Alberta Health Services

The $3 million helipad plan for Banff’s Mineral Springs Hospital is no longer needed. Alberta Health Services was made aware of this when STARS air ambulance relocated their new Augusta Westland-139 helicopter from Calgary to Edmonton. The proposed helipad construction was scheduled to begin in 2016, but due to tendering costs it was delayed, much… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

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South Korea to Purchase 12 ASW Helicopters

South Korea to Purchase 12 ASW Helicopters

South Korea is currently considering purchasing 12 more ship borne anti-submarine warfare helicopters. They are looking towards Lockheed’s MH-60R, AgustaWestland’s AW159 and NH Industries’ NH-90. They plan for the new helicopters to be bought and delivered by 2022. Their fleet currently consists of 40 helicopters, made up of 8 AW159 helicopters, 8 Sikorsky UH-60Ps, 11… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jan-17

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Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

The Indian General Administration Department (GAD) will now be holding an open bidding for the purchase of a Rajasthan state helicopter, due to their deal with AgustaWestland not working out. The deal was put off when the manufacturers Bell and Airbus voiced reservations over the source tenders. They claimed that the Indian Government floated a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

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Unveiling of the First Oil and Gas AW169

Unveiling of the First Oil and Gas AW169

The Marina Mall Helipad in Abu Dhabi saw the first ever new generation offshore-configured Leonardo AW169 helicopter. The aircraft was presented to the Oil & Gas Community, with Falcon Aviation being the first to purchase the aircraft. It will be used for offshore oil and gas transportation, reports Arabian Aerospace.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

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Leonardo rolls out AW609 in Philadelphia

Leonardo rolls out AW609 in Philadelphia

Photos taken yesterday have emerged on the internet of prototype AC3 on the ramp at the Leonardo facility in Philadalphia, Pennsylvania.  Registered N609PA and all white with huge AW609 titles, the aircraft is clearly being prepared for a flight in the near future. In May 2016, Leonardo announced that AC3 had started ground runs at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jan-17

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AgustaWestland Executives Orsi and Spagnolini Win Re-trial

AgustaWestland Executives Orsi and Spagnolini Win Re-trial

Former Finmeccanica CEO, Giuseppe Orsi (pictured) and former AgustaWestland Chief, Bruno Spagnolini were arrested earlier this year on charges of corruption and falsifying invoices and were sentenced in April by a Milan appeals court. A retrial has been ordered by Italy’s top court as the two executives launched an appeal. The retrial causes serious implications… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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German Navy Plans for Sea Lynx Replacement

German Navy Plans for Sea Lynx Replacement

The German Navy has started to plan the retirement of their fleet of 21 Westland Sea Lynx helicopters. Before they can create a bidding process, they still have to formulate what requirements they are looking for in the replacements. The parties interested seem to be Sikorsky, AgustaWestland, Airbus and Leonardo-Finmeccanica. The decision will be delayed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

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India – Air Chief Marshal arrested for AgustaWestland contract

India – Air Chief Marshal arrested for AgustaWestland contract

Lawyer Gautam Khaitan, Air Chief Marshal S.P Tyagi and his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi were arrested this Friday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). They were allegedly involved in the Rs 3,700-crore Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter contract. The CBI has found out that RS 450-crore was paid as bribes for the 12 helicopters. The contracted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-16

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EXCLUSIVE – Royal Thai Army buys AW149 and six AW139s

EXCLUSIVE – Royal Thai Army buys AW149 and six AW139s

HeliHub.com can exclusively announce that Leonardo appear to have made their first AW149 sale, with an aircraft for the Royal Thai Army now being test flown.  Seen in Marco Bianchi’s photo here, which he has given us permission to use, the Thai military flash is seen on the tail of this otherwise anonymous aircraft.  A… Read more »

09-Dec-16

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Sloane Helicopters adds AW169 to its Part 145 maintenance approval

Sloane Helicopters adds AW169 to its Part 145 maintenance approval

As a Leonardo Helicopters Authorised Service Centre, Sloane Helicopters is pleased to announce that the AW169 has been added to its Part 145 maintenance approval for both line and base maintenance. Sloane is looking forward to supporting its first AW169 VIP helicopter in early December, utilising the extensive expertise of its engineering capability and investing… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 27-Nov-16

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Life Flight Network of US orders two additional AW119Kx helicopters

Life Flight Network of US orders two additional AW119Kx helicopters

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that EMS operator Life Flight Network of the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West United States has ordered two additional AgustaWestland AW119Kx aircraft. Totaling nineteen aircraft today, customer’s fleet of AW119Kx helicopters will increase to 21 by the end of the year. Leonardo Helicopters and Life Flight Network also celebrated 20,000 hours reached… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 27-Nov-16

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First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 makes its maiden flight

First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 makes its maiden flight

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today the first AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Mk4 successfully completed its maiden flight on 24th October 2016 at its Yeovil facility in southwest England. Leonardo is upgrading 25 Royal Navy Merlin Mk3/3A aircraft to Merlin Mk4/4A standard as part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) contract. The MLSP contract is valued at £330… Read more »

Source: Leonardo Group, 23-Nov-16

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AW169 obtains ANAC Certification

AW169 obtains ANAC Certification

The AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter has achieved basic certification by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) of Brazil with deliveries to soon begin. Of the more than 150 agreements signed for the AW169 to date, including firm orders, framework contracts, and options, over 20 of them are from operators in Brazil, with… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Nov-16

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AW169 obtains maximum gross weight increase certification by EASA

AW169 obtains maximum gross weight increase certification by EASA

The AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter has obtained certification by EASA for an increased maximum gross weight kit to 4,800 kg (10,582 lb) on October 31st. Operators will be able to benefit from up to 200 kg (441 lb) of extra payload compared to the standard 4,600 kg (10,141 lb) maximum gross weight… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Nov-16

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Italian Government grants €487 Million for next generation AW129

Italian Government grants €487 Million for next generation AW129

The Italian Parliament’s Defence Committee has agreed to grant a fund of €487 Million to the Italian Army to create a new helicopter that will take over from their current 1980s AW129 Mangusta attack helicopter. According to Daniele Marantelli, a PD member, the new combat helicopter will combine the efforts of local universities and research… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-16

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Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

Just in time for the Corps’ 352nd birthday, the Royal Marines new flying steed has taken to the skies for the first time. The Merlin Mk4 – much better adapted to operations at sea than the Mk3 it is replacing – will be the mainstay of Commando Helicopter Force for the next decade and beyond…. Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 01-Nov-16

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Spectrum Aeromed Equips AW139 for Remote Ornge Base

Spectrum Aeromed Equips AW139 for Remote Ornge Base

Spectrum Aeromed announced this week that the company’s medical interior was installed on an Augusta Westland AW139 for Ornge, the air ambulance service provider in the Canadian province of Ontario. The helicopter was deployed to a remote base located in Moosonee, Ontario Canada. “This aircraft will serve a vital role in serving the community surrounding… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 01-Nov-16

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New Hong Kong helicopter route into China

New Hong Kong helicopter route into China

In recognition of Chinese policy supporting general and business aviation, on Wednesday 2nd November 2016, an inaugural flight, coordinated by AsBAA and its sponsor members, from Hong Kong Shun Tak Heliport to Zhuhai Jiwan Airport will depart at 1200 and land at 1245. The commemoration of this momentous flight will take place shortly after from… Read more »

Source: AsBAA, 01-Nov-16

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Expansion for Weststar Aviation Services

Expansion for Weststar Aviation Services

Weststar Aviation Services (WAS) hopes to expand their business outside of Malaysia. They plan to expand in offshore oil and gas projects in South America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa. WAS is currently working within a seven-year PTT Exploration and Production contract in Thailand that started in 2014. The contracts allows them to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-16

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Leonardo confirms orders from Brazil for mulitiple AW169s

Leonardo confirms orders from Brazil for mulitiple AW169s

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that five firm orders have been signed for AgustaWestland AW169 helicopters by different Brazilian corporate and private customers. The announcement comes following an official presentation of the new generation model to nearly 100 pilots from across Brazil and held at the end of August, introducing capabilities, avionics and interior options available to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Oct-16

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Australia – Milestone to Lease AW139 to LifeFlight

Australia – Milestone to Lease AW139 to LifeFlight

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GE Capital Aviation Services company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it has recently leased a new, EMS equipped Leonardo AW139 helicopter to LifeFlight (formerly known as CareFlight) to support emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR) missions in Queensland, Australia. “We are delighted… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 25-Oct-16

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Leonardo selects Helitune RT-TipTrak for AW169 and AW189

Leonardo selects Helitune RT-TipTrak for AW169 and AW189

Helitune’s on-board rotor blade tracker, RT-TipTrak, has been selected as the standard blade tracker for installation on Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s ’ AgustaWestland AW189 and AW169 aircraft. Designed for internal or external mounting, RT-TipTrak measures helicopter rotor blade height and lead lag.  It is suitable for use either as an integral part of on-board HUMS or carry-on Rotor… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Oct-16

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Toll appointed by Leonardo to deliver AW139 simulator

Toll appointed by Leonardo to deliver AW139 simulator

Toll Helicopters announced today that it has signed agreements with Leonardo-Finmeccanica to deliver the new AgustaWestland AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator. This establishes Toll Helicopters as the operator of the only Authorised Training Centre for the Australasian region, delivering the full suite of Leonardo’s AW139 pilot training packages. The AW139 Full Flight Simulator, jointly developed… Read more »

Source: Toll, 21-Oct-16

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Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease to Heliconia

Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease to Heliconia

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has agreed a lease with Heliconia Group (“Heliconia”), a regional provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, for one Leonardo AW139 helicopter previously operated by CHC, which will go on lease to support of oil and gas operations… Read more »

Source: MorWaypoint Leasing, 21-Oct-16

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Helitune goes on board AW109

Helitune goes on board AW109

Helitune’s Vehicle Health Monitoring System (HT-VHM) recently completed three very successful 45 minute flight trials on an AgustaWestland AW109 with Castle Air in the UK.  HT-VHM was used to continuously collect and store vibration inputs, speed references, RT-TipTrak blade tracking data, GPS and Inertial data.  All 3 flights were a total success and without any… Read more »

Source: Helitune, 21-Oct-16

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Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease with HNZ

Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease with HNZ

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed a lease agreement with HNZ Group (“HNZ”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, for one Leonardo AW139 helicopter previously operated by CHC, which will go on long-term lease in support of oil and… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 13-Oct-16

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Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

The Rajasthan Government has had difficulty in raising enough funds to procure a new helicopter and state plane, as well as difficulty in selling their AgustaWestland 109E Power the General Administration Department (GAD) has had to resort to hiring from private parties, entering into a year-long contract. As reported by The Times of India, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-16

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Possible Closure for GKN Yeovil

Possible Closure for GKN Yeovil

GKN Aerospace’s firm in Yeovil, Somerset has taken a knock as Leonardo has decided to make production of all aspects of AW159 Wildcat production to an in-house operation. The Unite workers union has stated that the announcement has come as a big shock. The loss of contract has meant that GKN Yeovil will either be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-16

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Nigeria VIP flight transfers two VIP AW101s to Air Force

Nigeria VIP flight transfers two VIP AW101s to Air Force

The Federal Government has backed up their promise and delivered an AgustaWestland 101 and 102, from the Presidential Airforce, to the Nigerian Air Force. Channels TV reports that at the handing over ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Defence Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali whole-heartedly agreed with the decision to support the Nigerian Air Force in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-16

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LCI Experiencing busiest year ever at Helitech 2016

LCI Experiencing busiest year ever at Helitech 2016

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, is experiencing its busiest and most successful year to date in 2016, with its fleet, customer base and operation all rapidly expanding. The leading helicopter lessor now has 35 helicopters in its own lease portfolio, and expects to have a total of 40 in… Read more »

Source: LCI, 11-Oct-16

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Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance AW169 arrives UK for completion

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance AW169 arrives UK for completion

After more than a year in the planning, our new state-of-the-art helicopter, an AgustaWestland 169 is one step closer to becoming operational in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The helicopter was flown to the UK from Italy on Friday and is now secure in a hangar at Staverton, where our helicopter provider is based. It will remain… Read more »

Source: LNAA, 10-Oct-16

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Airlift wins Norwegian marine pilot contract with AW169s

Airlift wins Norwegian marine pilot contract with AW169s

Following a competitive tendering process, Airlift AS has been awarded a contract involving transport of Norwegian pilots to and from large vessels and vessels carrying hazardous and/or pollutive cargo serving the oil and gas terminals at Kårstø, Sture, Mongstad, Nyhavna and Melkøya. The contract was awarded in competition with several bidders, and the Norwegian Coastal… Read more »

Source: Airlift, 26-Sep-16

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Bel Air passes 5000 flight hours on AW189 fleet

Bel Air passes 5000 flight hours on AW189 fleet

Bel Air has just passed the first 5000 safe flight hours with our two AgustaWestland AW189 helicopters. This means that Bel Air remain AW189 fleet leader worldwide. In comparison the total fleet of 23 AW189 helicopters worldwide has flown just under 16000 hours. Bel Air took delivery of two AW189 helicopters from Leonardo Helicopters (formerly… Read more »

Source: Bel Air, 16-Sep-16

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Obituary – Santino Pancotti of AgustaWestland

Obituary – Santino Pancotti of AgustaWestland

Santino Pancotti, former technical lead for Agusta and AgustaWestland, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016. He was 75. Pancotti was born in Dec. 1940 and joined Agusta in 1958. Initially he worked on Bell 47s licensed from the Fort Worth manufacturer. As a junior designer, he worked on the development of the A102, A103,… Read more »

Source: AHS, 16-Sep-16

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UK SAR helicopters in new trial

UK SAR helicopters in new trial

HM Coastguard has a new eye in the sky from September 2016, as a Jetstream 41 turboprop aircraft is being trialled as part of a development to support our search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. The new plane is painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours and will be patrolling the southern and eastern seaboard…. Read more »

Source: HM Coastguard, 11-Sep-16

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Leonardo signs contracts for AW169 and AW109SPs in Latin America

Leonardo signs contracts for AW169 and AW109SPs in Latin America

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced on 1 Sep that five corporate helicopters have recently been sold to three customers in South America. The sales include one AgustaWestland AW169 and twoGrandNew helicopters to corporate customers in Argentina, and another two GrandNew helicopters to a corporate customer inVenezuela. All five aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2016. The… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 09-Sep-16

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Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

The Department for Transport bought 11 Sikorsky S92 and Agusta Westland AW189 helicopters from the American company Bristow for £1.9 billion, but the helicopters themselves are too large to land at hospital helipads. The hospitals Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol and Sheffield are being affected by the lack of helicopters available. Newcastle officials have brought the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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Leonardo adds second aircraft to Trekker development

Leonardo adds second aircraft to Trekker development

Leonardo Helicopters has recently added a second airframe to the development effort for their AW109 Trekker model. In simple terms this is a skid variant of the successful AW109 model The aircraft was bought in from Italian operator Esperia Aviation Services, and then converted to Trekker standard and repainted in a red version of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Sep-16

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Waypoint leases pre-owned AW139 to Canadian EMS operator

Waypoint leases pre-owned AW139 to Canadian EMS operator

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has acquired a pre-owned AW139 in EMS configuration on the open market and placed it on long-term lease to Ornge in support of EMS operations in Ontario, Canada. The aircraft is additional to Waypoint’s current AW139 fleet and order… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 30-Aug-16

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UK – New Scilly Isles helicopter service proposed with AW139s

UK – New Scilly Isles helicopter service proposed with AW139s

Plans are underway for the reinstatement of the popular scheduled helicopter service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. The helicopter flights will play a vital role in a multi-modal transport service for the islands.   A planning application for a new heliport on Jelbert Way, Penzance, is expected to be submitted this autumn following a… Read more »

Source: Penzance Heliport Ltd, 25-Aug-16

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Universal Wiring completes delivery of 750 miles of cabling for AW101 upgrades

Universal Wiring completes delivery of 750 miles of cabling for AW101 upgrades

Universal Wiring Systems announced that it had delivered 750 miles of electrical harnessing to complete the wiring phase of AgustaWestland’s Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP). The company has provided harnesses for 30 Merlin Mk2 helicopters, each comprising 25 miles (41km) of wiring, which completes the MCSP deliverables. Awarded in 2005, the programme upgrades 30 of… Read more »

Source: Universal, 17-Aug-16

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US Dept of Homeland Security sell their two AW139s

US Dept of Homeland Security sell their two AW139s

The US Dept of Homeland Security has sold their two AgustaWestland AW139s, as confirmed in recent days by an updated entry on the FAA register. The purchaser is listed as Guardian Helicopters of Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta. The operator’s website says that Guardian Helicopters was formed in 1995 in Fort Nelson B.C…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-16

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AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced that the first flying AW609 prototype has arrived in Philadelphia following a recent resumption of flight testing. Departing from Arlington, Texas, the aircraft’s flight plan included an overnight stop in Huntsville, Ala, before arriving in Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 10. With industrialization underway, Leonardo-Finmeccanica has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Aug-16

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Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

The Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of the 30th upgraded Merlin Mk2 helicopter from industry. Lockheed Martin UK joined representatives from the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence for a ceremony to mark the handover of the final airframe at Leonardo’s facility in Yeovil, Somerset. For the last ten years, employees from both… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 10-Aug-16

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Leonardo demos AW139 at MTOW up to 49 Celsius

Leonardo demos AW139 at MTOW up to 49 Celsius

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that the AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter showed outstanding hot and high altitude performance and mission capabilities during recent trials in Pakistan, reached on a ferry flight from Italy. The trials were conducted in the central desert area of Multan, where temperatures touched 49 °C with the helicopter still being able to… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 09-Aug-16

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Government of Pakistan orders AW139s

Government of Pakistan orders AW139s

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that the Government of Pakistan has signed a contract for an undisclosed number of AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to be used for transport and EMS missions. This event sets a major milestone for Leonardo and further expands the already successful presence of the AW139 and other models in the Country. This… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 09-Aug-16

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Italian Coast Guard orders two more AW139s, plus two options

Italian Coast Guard orders two more AW139s, plus two options

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced an order for additional two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters by the Italian Coast Guard. This latest contract will increase the customer’s fleet of AW139s to twelve. The AW139s will be used to perform a range of missions including maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR), and emergency medical services. The latest order also… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 09-Aug-16

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AW609 resumes test flights

AW609 resumes test flights

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has confirmed that the first AW609 TiltRotor prototype has resumed flight testing in helicopter and airplane modes. Flight testing activities will continue to take place in Arlington, Texas, with plans to soon fly the AW609 to Philadelphia and ultimately relocate the aircraft at the company’s facilities in Italy. The third prototype, assembled and ground… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 08-Aug-16

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FAA validates two AW139 cabin STCs for Mecaer Aviation Group

FAA validates two AW139 cabin STCs for Mecaer Aviation Group

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) announced it has validated additional STCs with the FAA for the AW139 in VIP configuration. Previously the STCs were validated with EASA. MAG responded to the growing demand for additional options in the United States for VIP configured AW139s containing a higher level of technology while reducing noise levels in… Read more »

Source: Mecaer, 05-Aug-16

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Leonardo gives Panama a free AW109 GrandNew to settle Selex radar dispute

Leonardo gives Panama a free AW109 GrandNew to settle Selex radar dispute

The Vice President of the Republic of Panama, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, visited Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s factory in Vergiate (Varese) recently, home to the company’s main helicopter final assembly lines. The Vice President of Panama and a senior accompanying delegation had the opportunity to view the industrial capabilities and modern range of products that make… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Aug-16

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Waypoint places two ex-CHC AW139s in Africa and Asia

Waypoint places two ex-CHC AW139s in Africa and Asia

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it will place two AW139 helicopters with new customers in Africa and Asia, respectively. The aircraft are currently being returned from CHC and will be re-deployed with the new customers in support of oil and gas operations. Waypoint also announced… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 03-Aug-16

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Royal Navy Lynx instructors awarded Trophy with support from CAE

Royal Navy Lynx instructors awarded Trophy with support from CAE

The Royal Navy’s instructors at the Lynx Simulator Facility at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton were recently awarded the Breitling Trophy for achieving the best overall performance during the annual Naval Flying Standards inspection. The inspection was conducted by the office of the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff – Aviation and Carriers (ACNS-A&C) for… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 01-Aug-16

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Safran to support Danish EH101 engines

Safran to support Danish EH101 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a seven-year contract with Denmark’s Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), to support 14 RTM 322-powered EH101 Merlin operated by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF). Over 50 engines will now be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP This agreement satisfies the RDAF requirement for optimum availability of engines… Read more »

Source: Safran, 01-Aug-16

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Coptersafety orders five new Full Flight Simulators

Coptersafety orders five new Full Flight Simulators

Coptersafety – an independent helicopter flight training service provider has today announced the order of five new Full Flight Simulators (FFS) and the construction of a new Flight Training Centre to a host variety of Full Flight Simulators. The centre will be located in the vicinity of Helsinki Airport, Finland next to the existing Coptersafety… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 28-Jul-16

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AgustaWestland take AW009 to ALEA 2016

AgustaWestland take AW009 to ALEA 2016

Leonardo-Finmeccanica is introducing the light-single AW009 helicopter to U.S. law enforcement units at this week’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association annual exhibition, taking place in Savannah, GA With continued strong interest from airborne law enforcement operators, Leonardo will launch several days of flight demonstrations and trials in August. The AW009, a commercial evolution of the SW-4… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jul-16

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General Dynamics integrates Link 16 datalink system on AW159

General Dynamics integrates Link 16 datalink system on AW159

General Dynamics Mission Systems–UK has worked closely with Leonardo Helicopters, previously known as AgustaWestland, to develop and integrate a Link 16 datalink system for the first export variant of the AW159 Wildcat helicopter. The advanced Link 16 datalink system is one of the most advanced for a rotary platform, providing a full Command and Control… Read more »

Source: General Dynamics, 20-Jul-16

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Leonardo to upgrade Portuguese Navy Lynxes

Leonardo to upgrade Portuguese Navy Lynxes

Leonardo announced at Farnborough International Air Show it recently received a contract award notification for the avionics and engine upgrade of five Lynx Mk95 helicopters currently in service with the Portuguese Navy. The contract is expected to be signed in the coming few weeks. Leonardo welcomes this further recognition of the outstanding naval & modern… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Jul-16

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Australian EMS operator renames – CareFlight becomes LifeFlight

Australian EMS operator renames – CareFlight becomes LifeFlight

A new era in Australian aeromedical care was ushered in this morning with CareFlight changing its name to LifeFlight. LifeFlight Chairman Rob Borbidge made the announcement in Brisbane and said the change of name reflected the growth and renewal phase which the company was undergoing. Mr Borbidge said all organisations changed and evolved and the… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight, 12-Jul-16

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Waypoint confirmed as lessor of VNH South AW189

Waypoint confirmed as lessor of VNH South AW189

The following press release from Waypoint follows this story from VNH South which we ran last week Waypoint Leasing announced that it has closed a lease agreement with Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (“VNH South”), for one AW189 helicopter, which will support Premier Oil offshore operations from Vung Tau, Vietnam. Philip Stransky, Waypoint’s Vice President, Sales… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Jul-16

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UK military signs new partnering arrangement with Leonardo Helicopters

UK military signs new partnering arrangement with Leonardo Helicopters

The new arrangement recognises the mutual relationship between the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland), and includes commitments to working together on year-on-year improvements in cost effectiveness. It also recognises our respective roles in enhancing national prosperity through exports, where success generates revenue for the company and helps sustain valuable UK jobs and… Read more »

Source: UK MOD, 12-Jul-16

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Leonardo celebrates delivery of 50th AW139 to Japan

Leonardo celebrates delivery of 50th AW139 to Japan

Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace of Japan are celebrating at Farnborough Air Show 2016 today the imminent delivery of the 50th AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter to Japan. The strength of the Leonardo Mitsui Bussan Aerospace partnership and market leading capabilities of the AW139 has seen the aircraft dominate markets that have traditionally been occupied… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jul-16

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EASA approves first AW169 sim at level D

EASA approves first AW169 sim at level D

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today the first Level D Full Flight Simulator for the new generation AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate helicopter obtained ENAC (Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile – Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and EASA certification on June 30th. Based at the Leonardo Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy, the new simulator will be used to deliver advance… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jul-16

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LifeFlight of Maine orders three AW109SP GrandNew helicopters

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today the sale of three GrandNew helicopters in EMS configuration to long-time US customer, LifeFlight of Maine. The new helicopters will transition into a mixed fleet of aircraft to deliver advanced in-flight patient care and transport to critically injured patients across the state of Maine. Equipped with a modern, comprehensive EMS interiorfeaturing a… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jul-16

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VNH South take delivery of second AW189 on six month lease

VNH South take delivery of second AW189 on six month lease

On July 5th 2016, Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) accepted a new AgustaWestland AW189 (serial 49029) at Vungtau airport after a ferry flight from Malaysia. VNH South has signed a lease contract on this helicopter for six months, along with a further option for another six months. This is a brand new helicopter which… Read more »

Source: VNH, 08-Jul-16

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Farnborough – Abaco rugged display computer to be shown on AW189

Farnborough – Abaco rugged display computer to be shown on AW189

Abaco Systems today announced that its customer, Leonardo Helicopters, would be demonstrating its AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter at the Farnborough International Airshow (Farnborough, UK: 11-15 July). The AW189 features Abaco’s DAQMAG2A high performance rugged display computer, which has been integrated by Leonardo into the AW189 helicopter to provide video capture, processing, and transmission. Qualified to DO-160G… Read more »

Source: Abaco, 06-Jul-16

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EASA approves AW189 FIPS Full Ice Protection System

EASA approves AW189 FIPS Full Ice Protection System

In the absence of any official announcement from Leonardo Helicopters, we can confirm that operator Bristow Helicopter has announced the EASA approval of the Full Ice Protection System for the AgustaWestland AW189.  In an SEC filing, they state the following:- On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a Major Change… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jul-16

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FAA approves Sky Connect Tracker III on AW109 and AW119

FAA approves Sky Connect Tracker III on AW109 and AW119

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Honeywell Aerospace a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Sky Connect Tracker III mission management system on the Leonardo Helicopter AW109 and AW119 models. These are the first of an expected 14 helicopter STCs for the Honeywell system that meets the 2018 air ambulance mandate and provides satellite tracking… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 29-Jun-16

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