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Leonardo strengthens strategic partnership with Shanghai Zenisun

Leonardo strengthens strategic partnership with Shanghai Zenisun

Leonardo and Shanghai Zenisun Investment Co., Ltd (Shanghai Zenisun) announced today they will strengthen their strategic cooperation in the Chinese civil helicopter market by renewing the existing Distributorship Agreement with Sino-US Intercontinental, part of Shanghai Zenisun, as the sole distributor in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) of Leonardo’s civil products. These include the AW119,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 09-Mar-17

Era Partners with Leonardo Helicopters to Showcase AW189

Era Partners with Leonardo Helicopters to Showcase AW189

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, today announced that one of its AW189 helicopters will be on display at the 2017 HAI Heli-Expo, the world’s largest trade show dedicated to the international helicopter community. Era served as the launch customer for the AW189 helicopter in the Americas upon taking delivery… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 05-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

Bel Air AW189 helicopters exceed 6000 flight hours in North Sea operations

Bel Air AW189 helicopters exceed 6000 flight hours in North Sea operations

The two AgustaWestland AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters operated by Bel Air of Denmark have exceeded 6000 flight hours as of January, setting a new milestone while demonstrating exceptional availability and mission effectiveness performing long range offshore transport missions in the North Sea. This outstanding result was possible through the strong cooperation between the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 15-Feb-17

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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Leonardo JV in Russia adjusted as Rosneft confirms order for another 20 AW189s

Leonardo JV in Russia adjusted as Rosneft confirms order for another 20 AW189s

Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Rostec and Rosneft have announced the signing of an agreement for the future sale of additional twenty AgustaWestland AW189 commercial helicopters to RNAircraft, a subsidiary of the oil company Rosneft. The new helicopters will be used for transportation purposes. Aircraft deliveries are expected to start in 2018 with three units to be assembled in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Jun-16

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Leonardo adds AW169 and AW189 to Kaan Air distributor agreement in Turkey

Leonardo adds AW169 and AW189 to Kaan Air distributor agreement in Turkey

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced at EBACE this week that their Distributorship Agreement with Kaan Air of Turkey has been “renovated” – whether this means it lapsed it not clear.  Previously, the Kaan covered a range of models including AW119, AW109SP and AW139.  Leonardo has now extended this to include AW169 and AW189. With this latest achievement… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-May-16

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Lydd Airport made permanent base for UK SAR

Lydd Airport made permanent base for UK SAR

The Department for Transport has announced that Lydd Airport will be the permanent base for the UK Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter services in the south-east. The UK Search and Rescue Helicopter Service has operated out of Lydd Airport on a temporary basis since August 2015. The decision to make this arrangement permanent will enable… Read more »

Source: UK DoT, 18-Apr-16

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AAR starts SAR ops for UK military in the Falkland Islands

AAR starts SAR ops for UK military in the Falkland Islands

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces its Airlift division has commenced operations for Search and Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter (SH) services for the UK Ministry of Defence in the Falkland Islands. AAR Airlift Group, together with British International Helicopters (BIH) and Air Rescue Systems (ARS), is delivering turnkey SAR and Support Helicopter services to the British… Read more »

Source: AAR, 01-Apr-16

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Global AW189 fleet passes 10,000 flight hours

Global AW189 fleet passes 10,000 flight hours

Finmeccanica announced today that the fleet of 26 AgustaWestland AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters, in service with customers across four continents, has exceeded 10,000 flight hours. The milestone, achieved less than two years after the first aircraft delivery, marks a major commercial and operational milestone for the most successful helicopter in the all-new super… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 30-Mar-16

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Latest Rockwell Collins displays now in service in Era AW189s

Latest Rockwell Collins displays now in service in Era AW189s

Rockwell Collins’ latest solutions for helicopters will be playing a key role in the Gulf of Mexico as Era Group Inc., a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, has taken delivery of its first two Finmecannica AW189 heavy helicopters. “We congratulate Era – the first operator of the AW189 in the Americas… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 01-Mar-16

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Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

In 2015, we published a total of 3,298 news stories on HeliHub.com to keep the global helicopter industry fully up-to-date with the news from all corners of our planet – approximately 13 stories every working day of the year.  We publish a wide range of stories, some from press releases, others from postings made by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-16

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UK – Second SAR S92 arrives at Prestwick

UK – Second SAR S92 arrives at Prestwick

Bristow Helicopters is all set for the opening of two more UK SAR bases, with the second Sikorsky S92 arriving at Prestwick on Sunday. This means that both Newquay and Prestwick have their compliment of aircraft – two S92s each at the present time – in preparation for live operations. The Sikorsky S92s at Prestwick… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-15

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RA Aviation announces AW189 and AW139 Maintenance Docking Systems

RA Aviation announces AW189 and AW139 Maintenance Docking Systems

RA-Aviation, a global player in the design, engineering and manufacturing of high qualitysafe maintenance stands, assembly/production line platforms ground support equipment announced today the releasesofAW 189 and AW 139  maintenance docking systems. For further information please visit our website http://www.ra-aviation.no Oyvind Mork, Managing Director, is pleased with thecontinued success in developing products in co-operation with… Read more »

Source: RA Aviation, 02-Dec-15

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Donaldson working with AgustaWestland on AW189 Inlet Barrier Filter

Donaldson working with AgustaWestland on AW189 Inlet Barrier Filter

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense is working with AgustaWestland to design, develop and produce Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems to protect AW189 helicopter engines and auxiliary power units (APUs) from dirt, dust, salt and foreign objects.  EASA certification is expected in spring 2016, and will keep contamination from degrading the performance and reliability of its two,… Read more »

15-Nov-15

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Dubai Air Wing celebrates 20 years with AW

Dubai Air Wing celebrates 20 years with AW

AgustaWestland congratulates the Dubai Air Wing on achieving 20 years of successful operations of its helicopter types for transport missions.An official ceremony was held at the Dubai Airshow today to celebrate this significant milestone. A leading helicopter operator in the United Arab Emirates and a key customer to AgustaWestland with almost 20 aircraft of various… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Nov-15

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Gulf Helicopters sets new milestones with AW139 and AW189 fleets

Gulf Helicopters sets new milestones with AW139 and AW189 fleets

AgustaWestland announced today that the AW139 intermediate twin and the AW189 super medium twin helicopter fleets operated by Gulf Helicopters of Qatar have set two major milestones. Their 17 AW139s used for offshore operations have now achieved 75,000 flight hours while the four AW189s delivered so far have exceeded 1000 flight hours performing long range… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Nov-15

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Falklands SAR AW189 test flying in full colours

Falklands SAR AW189 test flying in full colours

The first of two AgustaWestland AW189s for Search and Rescue work off the Falkland Islands has started test flying in full colours, as seen below in this photo by Marco Bianchi.  The aircraft will be operational under a new ten year contract starting April 2016.  When AAR announced the contract win, the value was quoted… Read more »

28-Oct-15

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Batch of AgustaWestland related domain names for sale

Batch of AgustaWestland related domain names for sale

It has been pointed out to the HeliHub.com team that a batch of internet domain names are currently for sale – all relating to helicopter models made by AgustaWestland. Domains listed on this website for sale include AW101.com AW109.com AW139.com AW159.com AW169.com and AW189.com Anyone interested in buying these should make their own enquiries to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Oct-15

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Dubai Air Wing have AW189 on order

Dubai Air Wing have AW189 on order

HeliHub.com can reveal that the privacy-seeking Dubai Air Wing have at least one AgustaWestland AW189 on order, with serial #49023 noted recently test flying in Italy on the factory test registration I-EASN.  The helicopter appears to be fitted with retractable steps on each side of the cabin below the doors and courtesy lights above. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-15

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First AW189 for Vietnam Helicopter Corp now test flying

First AW189 for Vietnam Helicopter Corp now test flying

In December 2014, HeliHub.com ran a story from AgustaWestland announcing the sale of two AW189 helicopters to Vietnam Helicopter Corporation (Vietnam Helicopters/VNH), with both aircraft to fly medium/long range offshore transport operations. The first helicopter will be operated by VNH South by the end of 2015 while the second AW189 will be used by VNH… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Oct-15

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Bristow holds official launch ceremony for St Athan SAR base

Bristow holds official launch ceremony for St Athan SAR base

The launch of the St Athan civilian UK search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service was marked today (Thursday 15 October) in a ceremony held at the new SAR base at St Athan airfield. Bristow Helicopters Ltd is operating the search and rescue helicopter service for the UK on behalf of HM Coastguard. The UK limited… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 16-Oct-15

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AgustaWestland to open new plant in Brazil

AgustaWestland to open new plant in Brazil

AgustaWestland announced today that its Brazilian subsidiary AgustaWestland do Brasil is to undergo a major expansion with the building of a new facility in Itapevi, 30 km from Sao Paulo, which will include maintenance hangars with space that could accommodate a helicopter final assembly line, training centre with full flight simulation capability, bonded warehouse, workshops… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Oct-15

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Waypoint to acquire 18 AgustaWestland helicopters

Waypoint to acquire 18 AgustaWestland helicopters

AgustaWestland announced today that Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, has agreed to acquire an additional 18 helicopters from the AW Family, including the AW169 light intermediate, AW139 intermediate and AW189 super medium twin types. The aircraft are expected to be delivered from 2016 through 2019 and will operate… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 08-Oct-15

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Gulf Helicopters to expand and market MRO and Training Capabilities

Gulf Helicopters to expand and market MRO and Training Capabilities

Gulf Helicopters Company, one of the largest and leading Commercial Helicopter operator with global presence, continues to push for strategic growth through expansion of its newly established Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Facility and existing Training Academy. ‘Commercial Helicopters operators, whose core business caters to the Oil & Gas sector, are enduring with difficult times… Read more »

Source: Gulf Helicopters, 08-Oct-15

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Bel Air AW189s pass 2000 Flight Hour Milestone

Bel Air AW189s pass 2000 Flight Hour Milestone

AgustaWestland announced today that the two AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters operated by Bel Air of Denmark have recently exceeded 2000 flight hours,with the first aircraft reaching 1200 and the second unit achieving 1000, setting a new milestone while demonstrating exceptional availability and mission effectiveness. The first helicopter had exceeded 600 flight hours in… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Oct-15

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EASA only approves Limited Icing clearance on AW189

EASA only approves Limited Icing clearance on AW189

AgustaWestland announced today that the Limited Ice Protection System (LIPS) for the AW189 super medium twin engine helicopter has received EASA certification. The LIPS system will allow the AW189 to further enhance its all-weather capabilities, continuing the process to make the all-new super medium class helicopter suitable to operate in the most adverse and harsh… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Sep-15

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Bristow to import four more SAR S92s in place of AW189s

Bristow to import four more SAR S92s in place of AW189s

Bristow Helicopters in the UK continues to experience delays with the introduction of the AgustaWestland AW189, and has no plans to operate the type on the national Maritime and Coast Guard Agency contract until all of its issues are sorted. The contractual requirement is for 20 helicopters, two at each of ten bases, and the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Sep-15

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Russia certifies AW189

Russia certifies AW189

AgustaWestland announced today that the new AW189 super medium twin engine helicopter has obtained Russian Civil Certification. This achievement will allow the AW189 to be delivered to customers in Russia, opening up a further market  for the AW189, which is already in service in various countries including UK, Denmark, UAE, Qatar, Malaysia. The AW189 is… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Aug-15

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Russian oil company Rosneft orders ten AW189s

Russian oil company Rosneft orders ten AW189s

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today it has signed a contract for the sale of ten AW189 commercial helicopters to RN-Aircraft, a subsidiary of the oil company Rosneft. The contract foresees that the new helicopters will be used for transportation purposes. Delivery of the aircraft is expected between 2015 and 2017. Moreover, as already set out in the… Read more »

Source: Agusta Westland, 21-Jul-15

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Milestone Confirms Orders for Three More AW139s

Milestone Confirms Orders for Three More AW139s

AgustaWestland announced today that Milestone Aviation Group has signed a firm order for three additional AW139s that will be made available for lease to Milestone’s customers and operators globally. This contract is part of a multi-year commitment signed in September 2013 by Milestone Aviation to purchase up to 45 AgustaWestland helicopters and brings the total… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 10-Jun-15

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Lobo works with AAR on S92 and AW189 leases

Lobo works with AAR on S92 and AW189 leases

Lobo Leasing, a leading global helicopter leasing company, announced today that they have closed the first of a two-part lease agreement with expeditionary airlift services provider, AAR Airlift Group, a division of global aerospace and defense company, AAR. Collaborating with UK-based partner, H-LEASE, Lobo worked closely with AAR to develop a customised fleet planning solution to… Read more »

Source: Lobo Leasing, 09-Jun-15

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Bel Air’s First AW189 Helicopter Becomes Global Fleet Leader for the Type

Bel Air’s First AW189 Helicopter Becomes  Global Fleet Leader for the Type

AgustaWestland announced today that the first AW189 super medium twin engine helicopter operated by Bel Air of Denmark has become the global fleet leading AW189, exceeding 600 flight hours in just six months of operation while demonstrating exceptional availability and mission effectiveness. A total fleet of 16 AW189s have been delivered to date to customers… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 04-Jun-15

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Falcon Aviation Services take delivery of two AW189s

Falcon Aviation Services take delivery of two AW189s

Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services are about to receive the two AgustaWestland AW189s they have had on order since at least October 2014 when it was announced by the manufacturer.  The pair of helicopters – registered A6-FHB and A6-FHC – are currently en route from the factory in Italy to their new base in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-15

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More AW189 questions as Bristow UK considers extra Coast Guard S92s

More AW189 questions as Bristow UK considers extra Coast Guard S92s

Yesterday saw the Bristow UK SAR fleet of Sikorsky S92s reach the expected compliment of 11 – filling the plans for two allocated to each of five bases, and a further aircraft as a maintenance spare.  The eleventh aircraft G-MCGK was ferried Tuesday afternoon and evening from Southampton Docks via fuel stops at Southampton and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-15

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North Pole Investments Signs for One AW139 and One AW189

North Pole Investments Signs for One AW139 and One AW189

AgustaWestland announced today that North Pole Investments Inc. of Panama has signed a contract for one AW139 intermediate twin-engine and one AW189 super medium helicopter. The aircraft will be delivered by early 2016 and operated by Helistar de Aviacion of Colombia for offshore transport missions in support of the oil and gas industry. This contract… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 28-Apr-15

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Conklin & de Decker Announce Aircraft Cost Evaluator Release 15.1

Conklin & de Decker Announce Aircraft Cost Evaluator Release 15.1

Conklin & de Decker has announced the Aircraft Cost Evaluator Release 15.1, the industry’s most innovative tool for benchmarking operating and ownership costs for more than 585 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft.Aircraft Cost Evaluator has been the flagship product from Conklin & de Decker’s family of aircraft operating and acquisition data products for more… Read more »

Source: Conklin & de Decker, 23-Apr-15

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New exhibitors target Helitech International 2015 as the place to do business

New exhibitors target Helitech International 2015 as the place to do business

With just over six months to go, a growing number of new exhibitors are confirming their interest in participating at Helitech International 2015, Europe’s largest helicopter exhibition. Organised by Reed Exhibitions, this year’s event is being staged at ExCeL London from 6 – 8 October, in association with the European Helicopter Association. New exhibiting companies… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 27-Mar-15

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AW, CAE and PWN Excellence may put AW169 & AW189 Full Flight Simulators in Malaysia

AW, CAE and PWN Excellence may put AW169 & AW189 Full Flight Simulators in Malaysia

AgustaWestland announced today the signature at Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PWN Excellence Sdn Bhd and CAE to evaluate the introduction of both AW169 and AW189 Full Flight Simulators (FFS) in Malaysia. Under the MoU the companies will evaluate the market for AW169 and AW189 helicopters… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 18-Mar-15

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AgustaWestland Delivers Two More Corporate AW139s To Malaysian Clients

AgustaWestland Delivers Two More Corporate AW139s To Malaysian Clients

AgustaWestland announced today it has recently delivered two new AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to Malaysian clients recently to perform corporate and VIP transportation. These latest deliveries mark the continued success of the AW139 in the Malaysian and corporate transport markets where the new generation helicopter has become the outright market leader. Nearly 30 AW139s… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 18-Mar-15

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AgustaWestland Opens Regional Supply Centre in Aberdeen

AgustaWestland Opens Regional Supply Centre in Aberdeen

AgustaWestland celebrated the official opening of its new Regional Supply Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland on March 13th. The opening ceremony was held in the presence of local dignitaries and representatives from major operators and industry. Located close to Aberdeen Airport, the new facility has been operational 24/7 since January this year delivering spare parts to… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Mar-15

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Rockwell Collins brings innovative avionics to Bristow Helicopters for U.K. search and rescue program

Rockwell Collins brings innovative avionics to Bristow Helicopters for U.K. search and rescue program

Rockwell Collins’ newest technologies for helicopters will be playing a key role in advancing search and rescue services being provided by Bristow Helicopters Ltd on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for the UK’s search and rescue (SAR) program, commencing in April. Rockwell Collins’ flight decks are featured on the new fleet of specially… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 05-Mar-15

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Microturbo and Bel Air Aviation sign SBH Agreement for AW189 e-APU60

Microturbo and Bel Air Aviation sign SBH Agreement for AW189 e-APU60

Microturbo (Safran) and Bel Air Aviation A/S are pleased to announce the signature of a Support By the Hour (SBH) agreement for the e-APU60 on the AW189 helicopter. Bel Air operates a fleet of two AW189 in the Oil & Gas sector. This five-year SBH agreement will provide Bel Air a fixed amount per flight… Read more »

Source: Microturbo, 04-Mar-15

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AAR Signs Contract for Two AW189s for Falkland Islands SAR

AAR Signs Contract for Two AW189s for Falkland Islands SAR

AgustaWestland announced today it has signed a contract with AAR Airlift Group to provide two new generation AW189 helicopters to perform search and rescue in the Falkland Islands. AAR Airlift Group has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver search and rescue services in the Falkland Islands, and will use… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 04-Mar-15

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Heli-Expo caps a strong first quarter for LCI Helicopters

Heli-Expo caps a strong first quarter for LCI Helicopters

LCI Helicopters touches down at the 2015 HAI Heli-Expo with new lessee customer commitments and expansions of its helicopter fleet to meet sustained growth in demand. Further announcements are planned for this week in Orlando, with the company at HAI Stand 4604. In recent days, the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group has concluded… Read more »

Source: LCI, 03-Mar-15

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AW189 Certification Validated by the FAA

AW189 Certification Validated by the FAA

AgustaWestland today announced that the AW189 medium twin engine helicopter achieved FAA validation of its EASA certification, allowing deliveries and operations to begin shortly with customers in the United States. The vidation was received following US flight testing activities that took place in early 2015. The AW189 is ideal for long range and high capacity… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Mar-15

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UAE takes delivery of three SAR AW139s

UAE takes delivery of three SAR AW139s

AgustaWestland announced today the delivery of the next batch of three AW139 intermediate twin helicopters to the Joint Aviation Command of the United Arab Emirates (JAC). These aircrafts will be used to perform search and rescue missions in UAE. Additional three AW139s are expected to be delivered later this year. The delivery of the three… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Feb-15

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UK – Work starts on new Bristow SAR Base at Glasgow Prestwick

UK – Work starts on new Bristow SAR Base at Glasgow Prestwick

A ground-breaking ceremony on February 24, 2014, marked the start of construction of a new Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter base at Glasgow Prestwick Airport. The base will house two state-of-the-art helicopters operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, who will take over delivery of helicopter Search and Rescue services throughout the UK on behalf of the Maritime… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-Feb-15

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Toll to build and operate Australia’s first AgustaWestland-authorised training centre

Toll to build and operate Australia’s first AgustaWestland-authorised training centre

Australia’s largest provider of transport and logistics, Toll Group, has announced a deal with one of the world’s leading helicopter companies, Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland, to build and operate Australia’s first AgustaWestland-authorized training center. In December Toll announced it had secured a 10-year aeromedical contract with the NSW Health to service the southern half of NSW… Read more »

Source: Toll, 26-Feb-15

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AgustaWestland Aviation Services LLC to Expand Support Capabilities in the Middle East

AgustaWestland Aviation Services LLC to Expand Support Capabilities in the Middle East

AgustaWestland Aviation Services LLC (AWAS), an Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) and Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland joint venture, announced today it is expanding its range of support solutions serving the growing fleet of AgustaWestland helicopters in the Middle East. A three stage capability expansion plan will further grow AWAS’ range of support services in line with the continued expansion… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Feb-15

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UK – Bristow considering SAR from Lydd after Manston closure

UK – Bristow considering SAR from Lydd after Manston closure

Bristow were due to use Manston airport as a base for its south east SAR services, provided on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, from July 1 this year.  See full story

Source: Thanet Gazette, 20-Feb-15

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Transmission Test Stand Capabilities Introduced at AgustaWestland Philadelphia

Transmission Test Stand Capabilities Introduced at AgustaWestland Philadelphia

AgustaWestland today announced that transmission testing capabilities have been expanded at the Company’s Philadelphia facility, bringing full Maintenance Repair & Overhail (MRO) services for intermediate and tail rotor gearboxes closer to customers operating in the Americas. The multi-model intermediate and tail rotor gearbox test system is the result of design and installation collaboration with RedViking…. Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Feb-15

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US Army attending AW189 cold-weather testing in Michigan

US Army attending AW189 cold-weather testing in Michigan

The Army’s Redstone Test Center’s Aviation Flight Test directorate near Huntsville, Alabama, has sent a team to Sawyer to ice test the twin-engine AW189 helicopter.  See full story

Source: The State, 17-Feb-15

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LCI places $125M order for AgustaWestland AW139, AW169 and AW189

LCI places $125M order for AgustaWestland AW139, AW169 and AW189

LCI, the aviation leasing arm of The Libra Group, has today committed to expand its helicopter fleet with firm orders for a further 11 AgustaWestland aircraft valued at US $125 million (€110 million). The new aircraft, which are converted from options held by the helicopter lessor, are made up of a mix of AW139, AW169… Read more »

Source: LCI, 13-Feb-15

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AAR win 10 year Falkland Islands SAR contract

AAR win 10 year Falkland Islands SAR contract

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces its Airlift division has been awarded a contract by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence for Search & Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter services in the Falkland Islands. The contract is valued at approximately $275 million (approximately £180 million). AAR Airlift, together with British International Helicopters (BIH) and Air Rescue Systems… Read more »

Source: AAR, 20-Jan-15

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Scilly link with AW189s presented to UK Government

Scilly link with AW189s presented to UK Government

The reinstatement of the helicopter service between Penzance and Scilly has moved a “step closer” according to West Cornwall MP Andrew George following a recent meeting in Whitehall. See Full Story

Source: The Cornishman, 20-Jan-15

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Bristow builds on a strong heritage for a brighter future in Europe

Bristow builds on a strong heritage for a brighter future in Europe

With more than 1,000 employees and 60 years of experience in offshore operations, Bristow’s Europe Business Unit (EBU) has earned a reputation for safety and service. In recent months, new people have arrived and processes are being put into place to meet anticipated growth in both the oil and gas and search and rescue (SAR)… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 14-Jan-15

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New Generation AW169 Full Scale Production Underway

New Generation AW169 Full Scale Production Underway

AgustaWestland announced today that the new generation AW169 light intermediate 4.5-tonne class helicopter has entered full scale production, with the first aircraft now on the final assembly line at its Vergiate facility in Italy. The event marks a major milestone ahead of EASA certification, with deliveries to the first batch of customers set to start… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Jan-15

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AW189 production line to be set up in Russia

AW189 production line to be set up in Russia

State Corporation Rostec, Italy’s Finmeccanica and the oil company Rosneft have signed a tripartite agreement on strategic partnership. Under the agreement, the HeliVert plant near Moscow, a joint enterprise between Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland (subsidiaries of Rostec and Finmeccanica respectively) will launch production of medium AW189 helicopters, HeliVert currently produces medium commercial AW 139 helicopters… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jan-15

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AW189 SAR Variant Achieves EASA Certification

AW189 SAR Variant Achieves EASA Certification

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce it has achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the Search and Rescue variant of the AW189, paving the way for the delivery of aircraft for the UK search and rescue programme. The range of kits for the SAR mission that have now been certified by EASA for the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 05-Jan-15

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Carabineros de Chile Order an AW139

Carabineros de Chile Order an AW139

AgustaWestland announced today that the Carabineros de Chile has placed an order for an AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter. The aircraft, which will be delivered in the first quarter of 2015, will be used to support a wide range of missions including public order and safety, crime control, counter terrorism, drug control and border security… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 05-Jan-15

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“Gulf Helicopters confirms delivery of second pair of AW189s”

“Gulf Helicopters confirms delivery of second pair of AW189s”

Gulf International Services (“GIS” or “the group”; QE: GISS), the largest service group in Qatar, with interests in a broad cross-section of industries, ranging from insurance, re-insurance, fund management, onshore and offshore drilling, accommodation barge, helicopter transportation, and catering services, is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Gulf Helicopters, which has 2 AW189 helicopters… Read more »

Source: Gulf Helicopters, 15-Dec-14

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Vietnam Helicopter Corp orders two AW189s for offshore ops

Vietnam Helicopter Corp orders two AW189s for offshore ops

AgustaWestland announced today that Vietnam Helicopter Corporation (Vietnam Helicopters/VNH) has signed a contract for two AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters. These aircraft will perform medium/long range offshore transport operations. The first helicopter will be operated by VNH South by the end of 2015 while the second AW189 will be used by VNH North starting… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Dec-14

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Gulf Helicopters Celebrates AW189 Entry into Service

Gulf Helicopters Celebrates AW189 Entry into Service

AgustaWestland announced today that Gulf Helicopters of Qatar celebrated the entry into service of its first batch of AW189 super medium helicopters during an official ceremony held on November 23rd in presence of national authorities and representatives from the industry. Four AW189s have now been delivered and entered service, with two aircraft supporting offshore oil… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Dec-14

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AW189 Completes Successful North Sea Demo Tour

AW189 Completes Successful North Sea Demo Tour

AgustaWestland announced today that the new generation AW189 super medium twin engine helicopter has completed a demonstration tour in the North Sea. The tour was deemed a success with more than 60 attendees from leading oil & gas companies, operators and helicopter associations, taking the opportunity to assess the AW189’s outstanding capabilities. The tour, which… Read more »

Source: Agusta Westland, 01-Dec-14

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Gulf Helicopters AW189s supporting Libyan rig from Malta

Gulf Helicopters AW189s supporting Libyan rig from Malta

Gulf Helicopters have taken delivery of three AW189s to date, with a fourth not far away.  The first two of these are now based at Luqa in Malta.  HeliHub.com understands that the Qatar-baesd operator hasopters have a contract to support oil/gas rigs off Libya for Eni North Africa BV and that operations commenced on 24th… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-14

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