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Aersud Elicotteri signs for two H125 and celebrates the 200th Ecureuil H125

Aersud Elicotteri signs for two H125 and celebrates the 200th Ecureuil H125

On March 8, 2017, Aersud Elicotteri, Airbus Helicopters’ distributor for Italy, signed a contract for the purchase of two H125 rotorcrafts during the HAI Heli-Expo air show in Dallas, Texas. These helicopters will be tasked for aerial work missions and the deliveries are scheduled for early 2018. With this order, Aersud Elicotteri celebrates the 200th… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

Vector Aerospace signs contract with the Italian Guardia di Finanza

Vector Aerospace signs contract with the Italian Guardia di Finanza

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a two-year engine support contract with the Comando Generale della Guardia di Finanza (Italian Financial Police). The contract covers the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Rolls-Royce M250 engines installed on the agency’s fleet of NH500 light turbine helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 10-Mar-17

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Italian Guardia di Finanza pick TrakkaBeam A800 searchlight for new AW139s

Italian Guardia di Finanza pick TrakkaBeam A800 searchlight for new AW139s

Trakka Systems is pleased to announce that Italian Guardia di Finanza have selected the TrakkaBeam A800 tactical searchlight for their new fleet of six AW139 multi-mission helicopters. “We are extremely pleased that the Trakkabeam has been chosen by Italy’s elite financial and customs police force, the Guardia di Finanza, for their very capable new fleet… Read more »

Source: Trakka Systems, 09-Mar-17

Algerian Mi-26T2s in Transit

Algerian Mi-26T2s in Transit

The Algerian Air Force has a contract for 14 Mi-26T2s from Russian Helicopters. The second batch of deliveries have been seen in Italy in late January. They hope to conclude the deliveries by the end of 2017, reports IT Web. They also have a contract for 42 Mi-28NE attack helicopters from Russian Helicopters.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-17

Leonardo and CNSAS partner in mountain rescue R&D

Leonardo and CNSAS partner in mountain rescue R&D

With the challenge of further improving of the technologies that are already saving many human lives today and the development of new operative and training solutions to make helicopter rescue more efficient and the deployment of rescue personnel safer, Leonardo-Finmeccanica together with the Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e… Read more »

Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica, 05-Jan-17

Mecaer develops into international provider of landing gear

Mecaer develops into international provider of landing gear

Italy based Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) has rapidly grown to become a leading international provider of fully integrated landing gear systems for both the fixed and rotor wing markets. MAG is active across multiple sectors that include business, general aviation and high performance basic trainers. At this year’s NBAA convention, attendees can stop by the… Read more »

Source: Mecaer, 04-Nov-16

Dart Aerospace expands European network

Dart Aerospace expands European network

DART Aerospace expands its Approved Maintenance Center (AMC) network to Europe offering competitive aftermarket solutions. DART will hold a cocktail to celebrate the launch of this network expansion during Helitech International on booth 12C60, Tuesday October 11th at 15:00.  You are invited! Helicopter operators and private owners in this region now have the option to… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 12-Oct-16

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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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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Argentine military finally confirms purchase of 20 AB206s

Argentine military finally confirms purchase of 20 AB206s

The Argentine military reported late last week that the Secretary of Logistics, Emergencies and Cultural Management, Walter Ceballos, had announced the purchase of twenty AB206 JetRangers while visiting Italy last week.  The purchase includes ten GAU-17 machine guns and five stretcher units. During September and October of this year, nineteen of the twenty helicopters will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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First Airbus H125 arrives in Italy

First Airbus H125 arrives in Italy

The first Airbus H125 helicopter has arrived in Italy according to the blog of local enthusiast Damiano Gualdoni. Elitellina has taken delivery at their Sondrio base of serial number 8239 in an all-white scheme.  It arrived on French test registration F-WTAG and has the eventual Italian registration I-MGIO covered over in tape. Jeremy Parkin –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-16

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AgustaWestland to see THREE name changes in 12 months

AgustaWestland to see THREE name changes in 12 months

The change in a company name, or even a logo, is never something to be done lightly, as the loss of marketing mileage can be enormous.  The internet search engine aspect is more important these days too.  The loss of all the SEO capital built up in a company name and website address is not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-16

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Former AgustaWestland directors given jail sentences in bribery case

Former AgustaWestland directors given jail sentences in bribery case

An Italian appeals court sentenced former AgustaWestland director Giuseppe Orsi [pictured] to 4½ years in prison on Thursday for corruption and falsifying invoices, overturning a previous lower court ruling. while another former director Bruno Spagnolini was sentenced to 4 years in jail.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 08-Apr-16

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Bell sells first 407GXP into Italy

Bell sells first 407GXP into Italy

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is delighted to announce that the Bell 407 is continuing to gain traction in Italy with the sale of the first 407GXP to a private customer. “We are delighted with the traction that the Bell 407 is gaining in Italy,” said Roberto Farnese, Sales Director Western Europe, Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Mar-16

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First Italian CSAR AW101 enters service

First Italian CSAR AW101 enters service

Finmeccanica and the Italian Air Force celebrated today the entry into operational service of their first AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, during an official ceremony at Cervia Air Base. A total of four HH-101A “CAESAR” helicopters, out of a total requirement of 15, have been delivered from the Finmeccanica Helicopter Division’s assembly line… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 25-Feb-16

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Guardia Costiera receives last of six new AW139s

Guardia Costiera receives last of six new AW139s

Italy’s Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) have now received all six of their new batch of AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, replacing older Agusta-built Bell 412s.  The last pair were delivered on Friday 22nd and Thursday 28th January to Sarzana using callsigns “Nemo 9” and “Nemo 10”. Guardia Costiera previously had four AW139s, delivered late 2010 and early… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-16

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Hoverfly opens sixth base – in Venice

Hoverfly opens sixth base – in Venice

Italian opertor Hoverfly has announced the opening of their sixth base at Nicelli airport in Venice. The location of this city, famous for its canals of course, puts destinations in Slovenia, and Croatis within easy reach as well as Austria. Hoverfly also has bases at Rome, Naples, Capri, Castiglione Fiorentino and Milan. In the coming… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-16

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First of ten AW169s for INAER now in flight test

First of ten AW169s for INAER now in flight test

Multinational operator INAER has ten AW169s on order from the factory in Italy, and the first of these is now in flight test. In our photo by Marco Bianchi, the helicopter is seen in the typical livery of Italian air ambulance operations. INAER is strong in that market in both Spain and France with a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jan-16

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AgustaWestland AW609 test flight – fatal accident

AgustaWestland AW609 test flight – fatal accident

HeliHub.com are sad to report the fatal test flight accident in Italy of AgustaWestland AW609 prototype N609AG, killing test pilots Pietro Venanzi and Herb Moran.  The pair are being praised in the Italian media for bringing the aircraft down in fields away from a town when it was widely reported as already being on fire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Oct-15

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30-Oct-15 N609AG AgustaWestland AW609 Vercelli, Italy (2F)

We are seeing many reports in the Italian media of an AW609 accident with two fatalities – named here as Pietro Venanzi and Herbert Moran. “on fire in flight between Santhià and Tronzano, the province of Vercelli” seems to be the common link description at this time.  

30-Oct-15

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27-Oct-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Castelvetrano, Italy

Emergency landing made in public park

27-Oct-15

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Selex obstacle avoidance system goes live on Italian NH90s

Selex obstacle avoidance system goes live on Italian NH90s

Selex ES, is now on board an Italian Army NH90 TTH. The helicopter has just been delivered to the Italian Ministry of Defence. The validation activity was managed in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Defence’s Direzione Armamenti Aeronautici e per l’Aeronavigabilità (ARMAEREO). LOAM, developed and manufactured by Selex ES at its Genoa site, is… Read more »

Source: Selex, 22-Oct-15

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NH Industries delivers the 250th NH90

NH Industries delivers the 250th NH90

NHIndustries celebrated the delivery of the 250th NH90 military helicopter today. The event took place in Viterbo,Italy during the annual NH90 users conference in presence of Brigadier General Antonio Bettelli commander of Italian Army Aviation. “We are committed, at NHI, to delivering our helicopters on-time to our customers. The delivery of the 250th aircraft today… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 14-Oct-15

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AgustaWestland and LOM Praha sign cooperation MoU

AgustaWestland and LOM Praha sign cooperation MoU

AgustaWestland announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LOM Praha s.p. of the Czech Republic. Under the MoU the partners are paving the way for cooperation in the field of helicopter maintenance, training, servicing and support, as well as the designing and manufacturing of helicopter kits. The partnership would be firmly… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Sep-15

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AW609 claims 1000km record of 2 hours 18 minutes

AW609 claims 1000km record of 2 hours 18 minutes

The Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor set a speed record on a 1000 km ‘point-to-point’ journey. The aircraft, with its unique combination of the turboprop airplane’s speed and helicopter’s take-off and landing capabilities, flew from its Yeovil facility in southwest England to its Cascina Costa facility near Milan, Italy, a distance of 1161 km (721 miles /… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Sep-15

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06-Sep-15 I-CFAC Agusta-Bell 412EP Montecristo, Italy

Helicopter crashed heavily onto a sloping rock face, seriously injuring the pilot.  The other two POB only had minor injuries

06-Sep-15

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Italy suspends licence of helicopter pilot who dropped flower petals on mafia funeral

Italy suspends licence of helicopter pilot who dropped flower petals on mafia funeral

Italy’s civil aviation authority has suspended the license of the helicopter pilot who flew low over Rome to drop flower petals during the over-the-top funeral of a purported local crime boss that has outraged city residents. See Full Story

Source: Fox News, 27-Aug-15

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INAER puts H145 into service with SUEM 118 of Belluno

INAER puts H145 into service with SUEM 118 of Belluno

The latest evolution of the well-known helicopter EC145 of Airbus Helicopters, the H145 model, made its debut these days at INAER’s EMS base in Pieve di Cadore, officially entering into service for SUEM 118 of Belluno. The official ceremony of inauguration was organised on August 10th at the EMS base in Pieve, at the presence… Read more »

Source: INAER, 26-Aug-15

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26-Aug-15 I-COLK AgustaWestland AW139 Sassofortino, Italy

Winch cable broke after hitting a powerline during a HEMS winching operation; doctor Riccardo Bolognini and paramedic Roberto Marconiwere dropped from about 5 meters, and were taken to a hospital with multiple injuries. There was no damage to the helicopter itself

26-Aug-15

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21-Aug-15 I-GBVD Airbus AS350B3 Arzana, Italy

During fire fighting activities, the helicopter, equipped with bambi bucket, immediately after the first water drop experienced control problems. Trying an emergency landing in a nearby area 1 km away, the helicopter in the final phase of the flight, started an abrupt spin and crashed.  Helicopter was on contract to Forest Service of Sardinia. Only… Read more »

21-Aug-15

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31-Jul-15 I-CMCM Airbus AS350B3 Alpe Zocca, Italy (3F)

Hit mountain, and subsequent crash killed all three on board – pilot Folini Augustine, engineer Stefano Olcelli, and flight engineer Marco Gianatti

31-Jul-15

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29-Jul-15 I-GASF Schweizer 300C Gratosoglio, Italy

Helicopter written off in agricultural accident

29-Jul-15

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Final results of Italian Blade 2015

Final results of Italian Blade 2015

The latest flying event organised as part of the Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) was successfully conducted from 22 June to 3 July in Viterbo, Italy. More than 1000 personnel and 30 helicopters from seven countries attended this multinational training, the largest of its kind organised in Europe this year. Over the course of Italian Blade… Read more »

Source: EDA, 09-Jul-15

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AgustaWestland confirms HeliHub report on Guardia Costiera AW139 order

AgustaWestland confirms HeliHub report on Guardia Costiera AW139 order

On 18th June, HeliHub.com ran the story Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet On 6th July, AgustaWestland issued the following press release AgustaWestland announced today a major milestone in the modernization of the Italian Coast Guard’s helicopter fleet, with the delivery of three further AW139 intermediate twin aircraft and an order for two more aircraft. The… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Jul-15

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Finmeccanica wins Landing Helicopter Dock contract with Fincantieri

Finmeccanica wins Landing Helicopter Dock contract with Fincantieri

Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and reference player in the naval shipbuilding industry, and Finmeccanica, Italy’s leading manufacturer in the high technology sector, have been awarded the contract for the construction and equipment of one multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD) for the Italian Navy. The total value of the contract is over €1.1… Read more »

Source: finmeccanica, 06-Jul-15

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Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet

Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet

Italy’s Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) are in the process of expanding their fleet of AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, replacing older Agusta-built Bell 412s.  Two AW139s were delivered recently and Robert Swan from Freelance Aerospace Writers alerted us to the pair test flying from Sarzana using callsigns “Nemo 5” and “Nemo 6”.  Four more are due, two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-15

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EDA Helicopter Exercise Programme starts next week in Italy

EDA Helicopter Exercise Programme starts next week in Italy

Italian Blade 2015, the 8th training event organised under the framework of the European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), will start on 22 June in Viterbo, Italy. Gathering about 40 helicopters from seven different countries, it will be one of the largest exercises organised since the establishment of the HEP. Aircraft from Austria, Belgium,… Read more »

Source: EDA, 16-Jun-15

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entrol has certified H21 FNTP II MCC simulator in Italy

entrol has certified H21 FNTP II MCC simulator in Italy

The entrol H21 simulator, based on the Bell 412, has been certified as FNPT II MCC by ENAC (Italian Civil Aviation Authority). Thanks to this entrol has expanded its portfolio of simulators by adding one of the most famous helicopters in the world. The entrol H21, purchased by Heli Protection, recreates in detail the Bell… Read more »

Source: entrol, 30-Apr-15

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17-Mar-15 MM80722 Agusta-Bell 205A.1 Casera Razzo, Italy

17-Mar-15 MM80722 Agusta-Bell 205A.1 Casera Razzo, Italy

Heavy landing on snow, damaging the helicopter. two pilots and two technicians on board were not seriously injured.  Army code EI-351

17-Mar-15

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First Bell 407GX Sold to Italian Customer

First Bell 407GX Sold to Italian Customer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the sale of a Bell 407GX to Italy-based, Elicompany. The aircraft, configured for corporate and VIP transport and charter, will be the first Bell 407GX to operate in Italy, and was the first sale conducted by Bell Helicopter’s new office in Milan, Italy. The aircraft… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Mar-15

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08-Feb-15 I-AWCD AgustaWestland AW119 Valgriesenche, Italy

Caught by gust of wind on mountain landing – leading to loss of control and impacting terrain and injuring the pilot and two heliskiers

08-Feb-15

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23-Jan-15 MD Helicopters MD500E Frosinone, Italy

Training flight, accident while hover taxying

23-Jan-15

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Avincis rebrands as Babcock

Avincis rebrands as Babcock

Following the acquisition of Avincis Group (Avincis) by Babcock International Group PLC (the Group) in May 2014, the process to integrate the business into the Group has progressed well and it is therefore appropriate to reflect this by taking the Babcock name. Avincis will therefore now become Babcock Mission Critical Services (Babcock). The local companies… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 15-Jan-15

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06-Jan-15 I-LASW Airbus AS350B3 Pertica Bassa, Italy

During fire fighting operation, pilot experienced problems on the tail rotor and landed safely – another report suggests the cable holding the water bucket (empty at the time) contacted the tail rotor. Damages found on tail rotor and tail boom.

06-Jan-15

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Italy – Hoverfly to replace AS365 with AW169

Italy – Hoverfly to replace AS365 with AW169

AgustaWestland announced today that HoverFly of Italy has signed a contract for an AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter to perform passenger transport missions plus a comprehensive package of support and training services. This aircraft will replace an ageing AS365 helicopter providing the operator with greater mission capability and the latest safety features. The AW169… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 10-Dec-14

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Italian State Police AW139 deliveries completed

Italian State Police AW139 deliveries completed

AgustaWestland is completing the Italian State Police order for eight AW139s around now.  From the first delivery in May 2013 , the last three examples have all been test flying recently from the factory at Vergiate and other AW139s in the same production sequence have been delivered in recent weeks. Our research team have put… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-14

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First R66 arrives in Italy

First R66 arrives in Italy

The first Robinson R66 Turbine has arrived in Italy with Elifriulia, who have enjoyed considerable success over the years selling R22 and R44s in the country.  The helicopter is serial #0554 and will be registered I-RSIX Mornington Sanford Aviation are assisting Elifriulia with the introduction of the R66 in Italy and getting this first example… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Nov-14

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24-Oct-14 I-DUEK Airbus AS350B3 Trodena, Italy

During take off (aerial work ops) in a mountain and wooded area, the main rotor hit a tree.  Damages to the main blades, to the tail boom and the tail rotor.

24-Oct-14

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Italian Army Takes Delivery of Its First Two ICH-47F

Italian Army Takes Delivery of Its First Two ICH-47F

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Italian Army has taken delivery of its first two ICH-47F Chinook helicopters during an official ceremony held at Vergiate plant (Italy) today. The ceremony was attended by the Italian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Claudio Graziano, the Director of ARMAEREO Lt. General Domenico Esposito and representatives from the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-Oct-14

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21-Sep-14 I-PITO Eurocopter SA315B Rocca Pietra, Italy

Fell onto port side during landing

21-Sep-14

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18-Aug-14 I-AICO Airbus BK117C1 Val Badia, Italy

Main rotor blade strike in mountainous region during rescue. Helicopter landed safely with main blade tips suffering the most damage

18-Aug-14

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08-Aug-14 I-PAAD Eurocopter SA318C Gaby, Italy (2F)

Crashed into mountain during a thunderstorm killing pilot Domenico Praiale (55) and passenger Sara Piredda Piras (29).  Local reports suggest ​​poor visibility due to fog and clouds.  Helicopter was original an SA318 Alouette but had been extensively modified and was classed as a homebuild

08-Aug-14

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AgustaWestland and Italian Air Force Sign Training Services Cooperation Agreement

AgustaWestland and Italian Air Force Sign Training Services Cooperation Agreement

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has signed a cooperation agreement with the Italian Air Force for training services aimed at further strengthening their already well-established cooperation through the future set up of joint training services. The agreement follows the Letter of Intent signed earlier this year in March. The partners intend to co-develop… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 06-Aug-14

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27-Jul-14 I-LUPU Eurocopter AS350B3 Varco Sabino, Italy (2F)

Firefighting reconnaissance flight from Fassinoro.  Helicopter encountered difficulties and emergency landing procedure made – but hit a low level cable  shortly prior to intended landing point.  One killed in crash, second died during recovery operation.  Third and last occupant flown to hospital.

27-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters EC135 T3/P3 takes on the Alps

Airbus Helicopters EC135 T3/P3 takes on the Alps

The enhanced EC135 T3/P3 version of Airbus Helicopters’ EC135 twin-engine rotorcraft demonstrated its improved performance – especially in high-and-hot operating conditions – during a three-day demonstration event in the Italian Dolomites. Operating from the facilities of Helicopters Italia near the city of Trento, the helicopter conducted 14 customer and operator flights last week, confirming the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jul-14

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Terna choses AW109 Power for electricity infrastructure monitoring

Terna choses AW109 Power for electricity infrastructure monitoring

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Terna SpA of Italy has placed an order for one AW109 Power light twin helicopter. The aircraft, which will perform electricity infrastructure monitoring in Italy, will be delivered in 2015. The AW109 Power was chosen after a rigorous and demanding evaluation process by the customer thanks to its outstanding… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Jul-14

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Elitaliana signs for two AW109 Trekkers

Elitaliana signs for two AW109 Trekkers

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Elitaliana has signed a preliminary sales contract for two AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopters. Ordered in Emergency Medical Service configuration, the AW109 Trekkers will support Elitaliana’s expansion plans which includes operating from new bases in Italy and abroad, in addition to the ones already located in the Lazio… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Jul-14

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Bell appoints Regional Sales Manager for new Milan office

Bell appoints Regional Sales Manager for new Milan office

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the opening of a new branch in Milan, Italy. Effective immediately, Roberto Farnese will assume the role of Regional Sales Manager (RSM) in of the new office, responsible for overseeing marketing and sales activities within Southern Europe. “We are pleased to welcome the newest member… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Jul-14

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Finmeccanica board approves new Group Organizational and Operating Model

Finmeccanica board approves new Group Organizational and Operating Model

The Board of Directors of Finmeccanica, convened today under the chairmanship of Gianni De Gennaro, approved the guidelines to implement the new Group Organizational and Operating Model. The Model, illustrated to the Board of Directors by the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Mauro Moretti, encompasses in the new perimeter operating companies, 100% owned by… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 23-Jun-14

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Italian eyewear company Luxottica buys AW139

Italian eyewear company Luxottica buys AW139

Italian premium brand Luxottica will soon take delivery of an AgustaWestland AW139, recently seen test flying from the factory in Italy. With net sales exceeding €7.3 billion in 2013, over 73,000 employees and a strong global presence, Luxottica is a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and sales of premium, luxury and sports eyewear. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jun-14

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MD Helicopters appoints dealer in Italy

MD Helicopters appoints dealer in Italy

MD Helicopters Inc. has appointed G&G Aviation of Rome, as its italian sales representative for its entire range of single and twin engine helicopters. Based in Mesa, Arizona (U.S.A.) MD Helicopters current product range inherited the design and experience started over 50 years ago by Hughes with civil and military light helicopters like the Hughes… Read more »

Source: G&G Aviation, 10-Apr-14

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Garmin Introduces European FliteCharts

Garmin Introduces European FliteCharts

Garmin continues to expand its global aviation chart coverage with the release of European terminal charts, including instrument approach charts, SIDs, STARs, and airport diagrams. These charts are the most recent addition to the growing list of worldwide aviation charting products available from Garmin, which are compatible with select Garmin avionics and portables. Additional charts… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 06-Apr-14

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First Flight for Italian Air Force AW101

First Flight for Italian Air Force AW101

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first AW101 for the Italian Air Force, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, made its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility in the UK today at the presence of the Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Pasquale Preziosa, the Italian Ambassador Domenico Terracciano, the Director of… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Mar-14

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AgustaWestland and Italian Air Force sign LOI for training

AgustaWestland and Italian Air Force sign LOI for training

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and the Italian Air Force are pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent aimed at further strengthening their already well-established cooperation through the future set up of joint training solutions. The announcement was made on the occasion of the official ceremony for the maiden flight of the first… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Mar-14

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World’s first AW189 full-flight simulator ready for training

World’s first AW189 full-flight simulator ready for training

Rotorsim, the joint venture owned equally by CAE (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, today announced that a joint team from ENAC (the Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) has certified the world’s first AW189 full-flight simulator (FFS) to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators. The new CAE… Read more »

Source: CAE, 19-Mar-14

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Less autonomy for AgustaWestland as Finmeccanica pushes consolidation plans

Less autonomy for AgustaWestland as Finmeccanica pushes consolidation plans

The Board of Directors of Finmeccanica, convened today under the chairmanship of Gianni De Gennaro, examined and approved the project for a New Group Organizational and Operating Model applying to the Aerospace, Defence and Security  sectors (“A,D&S”). The New Organizational Model is in line with similar initiatives promoted by our main competitors aimed at effectively tackling the challenges… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 10-Mar-14

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Twelve AgustaWestland directors caught in Italian asbestos investigation

Twelve AgustaWestland directors caught in Italian asbestos investigation

Turin prosecutors have placed a dozen former and current directors of AgustaWestland under investigation in a probe into suspected health risks from the asbestos in helicopters supplied to the Italian armed forces and police  See full story

Source: Gazetta del Sud, 21-Feb-14

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16-Feb-14 T7-ZST Eurocopter SA315B Masera, Italy

At touch down the pilot experienced strong vibrations with damages to the helicopter

16-Feb-14

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Italian Navy contracts for Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Italian Navy contracts for Schiebel Camcopter S-100

The Italian Navy has selected the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) to provide support for its fleet, making it the first European Navy that has S-100 in operational use. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 has already proven efficient to the Italian Navy as it was the first UAS ever to fly from an Italian ship, the… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 11-Feb-14

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Head of Italian Army Aviation killed in training crash

Head of Italian Army Aviation killed in training crash

The Italian military has reported the untimely death of Major General Feltrinelli Calligaris, head of Italy’s Army aviation unit. The General was the instructor in an Agusta-Bell JetRanger which crashed on Mount Martha, near the Viterbo military base. Student pilot Lieutenant Paolo Tozzi was also killed in the accident. Major General Calligaris was appointed to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jan-14

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Italian Police Takes Delivery of its Fifth AW139

Italian Police Takes Delivery of its Fifth AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the Italian Police has taken delivery of a fifth AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter which will be based in Reggio Calabria. The contract, which was signed in July last year, includes a total of eight AW139 helicopters. Designated UH-139C, the Italian Police’s helicopters operate from bases in… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 09-Dec-13

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Italian Science & Technology museum opens major helicopter exhibition

Italian Science & Technology museum opens major helicopter exhibition

The “Leonardo da Vinci” National Museum of Science and Technology has this weekend opened a new permanent interactive exhibition on helicopters, created in partnership with AgustaWestland. The aim is to trace the history of the helicopter, discover his future and experience the thrill of flying it. Historical and contemporary objects tell the evolution of vertical… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Dec-13

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AgustaWestland AW101 rescues Indian national

AgustaWestland AW101 rescues Indian national

With the contract to supply twelve AW101s to the Indian Government a hot topic this week, an amazing coincidence gives us the title of the AW101 saving an Indian national. In what appears to be a pleasant coincidence for the manufacturer, the Italian Navy yesterday put out a press release about their latest rescue –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Nov-13

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Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

Engineering company Babcock International – who run Devonport and Rosyth military dockyards in the UK – is in advanced talks on a blockbuster £1.5bn takeover of Avincis Group.  See story 

Source: Sunday Times, 24-Nov-13

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