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Leonardo reports more AW169 and GrandNew sales in Brazil

Leonardo reports more AW169 and GrandNew sales in Brazil

Leonardo announced today that further orders from Brazilian executive operators have strengthened the company’s position in country and worldwide as a leading provider of corporate and VIP helicopters. Most recently, one GrandNew helicopter was sold to a VIP operator in Brazil, and three firm orders were placed for AW169s. These aircraft will join the large… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 15-Aug-17

Bristow adds offshore AW189 in UK – impacts SAR fleet too

Bristow adds offshore AW189 in UK – impacts SAR fleet too

Today, Bristow Helicopters is taking delivery of another AW189 from the Leonardo factory in Italy – serial 89002 and registered G-OENC. This will join the first two Bristow offshore AW189s G-OENA and G-OENB in the near future. The crew made a lunch stop at Clermont-Ferrand in France en route to the UK. The new aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Aug-17

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NY Environmental Protection Police buy AW119Kx

NY Environmental Protection Police buy AW119Kx

Leonardo announced today that the AW119Kx helicopter has been selected by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police for operations in support of water supply protection. Delivery of the aircraft is expected in 2018. As the largest single source water supply in the United States, the New York City water supply system is… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Jul-17

AW189 to support Oil&Gas operations in Russia

AW189 to support Oil&Gas operations in Russia

Leonardo announced today that an AW189 super medium helicopter will be operated by Aviashelf to perform transport operations from Sakhalin Island in Russia supporting the Oil&Gas industry. The aircraft will be supplied together with a support and training package with delivery expected in summer 2018. This latest result confirms the competitiveness of Leonardo’s modern solutions… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-Jul-17

Fuel Consumption Figure Drops for AW189

Fuel Consumption Figure Drops for AW189

Leonardo will soon be able to boast an official fuel consumption figure drop of their AgustaWestland AW189. Monitoring systems and flight recorders have shown that the super-medium-twin helicopter has had an improvement of 4-7%. This figure has also been validated via test flights by GE Aviation, who is the supplier of the CT7 engines reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-17

Norway set to place first police order for AW169

Norway set to place first police order for AW169

The Norwegian Police Directorate has chosen Leonardo Helicopters as the supplier of the country’s new police helicopters. The AW169 has been selected for the role, and it will contribute to the modernization of today’s helicopter operations.   The Police Directorate state that it is pleased with the new agreement. With a new central air station at Taraldrud, the new… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 13-Jul-17

Leonardo could move AW149 line to Yeovil UK

Leonardo could move AW149 line to Yeovil UK

The UK Ministry of Defence and Leonardo signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement for the work on future AW149 production. They had hoped the AW149 would be the replacement for the Royal Air Force’s Airbus Puma HC2 fleet, which will retire in 2025, reports Flight Global. Managing Director, Daniele Romiti, has said that should the agreement… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jul-17

SAS to undertake AW169 pilot training

SAS to undertake AW169 pilot training

Specialist Aviation Services is pleased to announce the addition of AW169 Type Rating courses to its portfolio of Leonardo Service Centre capabilities. SAS has gained this approval as more AW169’s enter service both in the utility and VIP sectors. SAS is now supporting four AW169 air ambulances across the south of the UK as well… Read more »

Source: Specialist Aviation Services, 10-Jul-17

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17 more Leonardo helicopters for China

17 more Leonardo helicopters for China

Leonardo and Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. announced today a further reinforcement of their strategic cooperation in the Chinese helicopter market. During an official ceremony held at the Paris Air Show, the parties announced the signing of a contract for the purchase of 17 helicopters comprising 2 AW119Kx single engine, 10 AW109 Trekker… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Jun-17

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LCI orders nine helicopters from Leonardo

LCI orders nine helicopters from Leonardo

Leonardo and Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, have today announced an order for an additional nine helicopters. The order is valued at over US$120 million and covers the entire family of new generation helicopters – the AgustaWestland AW139, AW169 and AW189. Deliveries will commence this year and continue into… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Jun-17

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Helikorea Orders 3 GrandNew Helicopters for EMS

Helikorea Orders 3 GrandNew Helicopters for EMS

The GrandNew light twin helicopter expands in the Republic of Koreawith the order of three units by HeliKorea for Emergency Medical Service. The order is a testament to the success of the type as the benchmark light twin EMS helicopter on the market. The first two helicopters will be delivered at the end of 2017 while the third will… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Jun-17

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Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

Leonardo announced yesterday the official opening of its AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport by Per-Willy Amundsen, Minister of Justice & Public Security. The training centre includes a new AW101 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) which will support the training of Norwegian aircrew and will also be available to other AW101 customers. The first… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Jun-17

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Canada plans to upgrade 412s, not replace them

Canada plans to upgrade 412s, not replace them

The president of Airbus Canada, Romain Trapp, has commented how their H145M would be a suitable replacement for the current CH-146 Griffon and in doing so they could save Canadian taxpayers over $1 billion over 10 years. Leonardo seems to also be contesting to replace the Griffon. Canada’s Liberal government has however released a new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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Leonardo joins IMP again for Canadian AW101 upgrade program

Leonardo joins IMP again for Canadian AW101 upgrade program

Leonardo Helicopters and IMP Aerospace & Defence (IMP) are pleased to announce that “Team Cormorant” has been re-established to support the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of EH101/CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicoptersand expansion of the fleet through the conversion of AW101-519 helicopters. Team Cormorant comprises Leonardo Helicopters, the Original… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jun-17

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Vector Aerospace supports Pakistan Navy Sea King

Vector Aerospace supports Pakistan Navy Sea King

Vector Aerospace Corporation (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has recently commenced a contract with the Pakistan Navy for the return to service of three Leonardo Helicopters (ex-Westland) Sea Kings at its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.  Work on the contract is being performed by Vector’s UK-based… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 09-Jun-17

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Sloane Helicopters expands Leonardo in UK and Ireland with AW169 and GrandNew orders

Sloane Helicopters expands Leonardo in UK and Ireland with AW169 and GrandNew orders

[HeliHub editor note – this press release is verbatim from Leonardo, so if you want to comment on the wording…..] Growing success of helicopters Sloane Helicopters in the United Kingdom and Ireland . At the air show EBACE in Geneva just ended, Sloane Helicopters , distribution company of AgustaWestland VIP aircraft for the region, has… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 30-May-17

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Team Cormorant re-established for Canadian AW101 Mid-Life Upgrade

Team Cormorant re-established for Canadian AW101 Mid-Life Upgrade

Leonardo Helicopters and IMP Aerospace & Defence (IMP) are pleased to announce that “Team Cormorant” has been re-established to support the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of EH101/CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters and the expansion of the fleet through the conversion of AW101-519 helicopters. Team Cormorant comprises Leonardo Helicopters,… Read more »

Source: IMP GROUP, 30-May-17

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Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

The Israeli Ministry of Defence has entered into negotiations with the Italian Ministry of Defence in order to purchase AW-119 training helicopters from Italy’s Leonardo. The new helicopters will replace their current Bell 206 training aircraft, which they bought in 1970. Bell and Airbus are also competing for the contract, offering GXP-407s and H-125s respectively…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-17

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50th anniversary of Mi-2 helicopters in the service of the Polish Armed Forces

50th anniversary of Mi-2 helicopters in the service of the Polish Armed Forces

PZL-Świdnik, a Leonardo Group helicopter manufacturer, is pleased to inform that on 20th May this year the celebrations commemorating the 54th anniversary of the establishment of the oldest helicopter unit in Poland, i.e. the 56th Air Base in Inowrocław, were held at Inowrocław-Latkowo airfield. A special event accompanying the feast was comprised by celebrations of… Read more »

Source: PZL-Świdnik, 29-May-17

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Centaurium takes delivery of its GrandNew helicopter

Centaurium takes delivery of its GrandNew helicopter

Leonardo announced today that Centaurium Aviation Ltd. of Switzerland has taken delivery of its AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter. The handover was celebrated during an official ceremony held at EBACE 2017 in Geneva. This specially-configured aircraft anticipating safety enhancing requirement like ADS-B Out, will be operated by Mountainflyers for heli taxi services from Bern… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-May-17

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Technical Approvals for Airlift AW169

Technical Approvals for Airlift AW169

On the 26th of April Airlift AS has been awarded from the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority of both Continuing Airworthiness and Maintenance Organisation Approvals on Leonardo AW169 helicopter in accordance with EU 1321/2014 (Annex I EASA Part-M and Annex II EASA Part-145). Airlift, first Norwegian organisation to add the AW169 to its approvals, is willing… Read more »

Source: Airlift, 18-May-17

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EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

Four AW169 helicopters have so far been delivered from the factory in Italy to British operator Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), but none are yet in service.  With the medical interior completion by SAS, various aspects of the work have required STC approval from EASA, and while that part would always be expected to take some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

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BAE Systems and Leonardo DRS Join Forces

BAE Systems and Leonardo DRS Join Forces

To provide military aircrews with enhanced protection from new and emerging threats, BAE Systems and Leonardo DRS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer advanced threat detection capabilities for U.S. Army fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The two companies will collaborate to develop an advanced infrared-based threat warning system to meet current and evolving operational… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 21-Apr-17

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Leonardo’s AW169 Helicopter selected by The Argentine National Gendarmerie

Leonardo’s AW169 Helicopter selected by The Argentine National Gendarmerie

Leonardo announced at the LAAD exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an order for an AgustaWestland AW169 by the Argentine National Gendarmerie in support of law enforcement and border patrol operations, expanding the presence of Leonardo in the highly competitive Argentinian government sector. Delivery of the AW169 to the Argentine National Gendarmerie is expected in the second half of 2017 and follows the first commercial AW169s to enter service in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo Group, 18-Apr-17

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Leonardo Offers AW139M for Czech RFP

Leonardo Offers AW139M for Czech RFP

The Czech Republic will soon be releasing a request for proposals (RFP) for a new fleet. They are looking for a multi-role rotorcraft that will meet the technical, cost and performance requirements. The procurement will also mean the replacement of the Mil Mi-24s. Leonardo has come forward with the proposal of its AW139M, saying that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Apr-17

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Panama’s SENAN AW139 Fleet Reaches Milestone

Panama’s SENAN AW139 Fleet Reaches Milestone

Leonardo announced today at LAAD in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that the fleet of six AgustaWestland AW139s operated by Panama’s Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) has achieved a 5,000 flight hour milestone. This result has been achieved in less than four years since the first AW139 entered into service with SENAN in mid-2013. SENAN has benefited from Leonardo’s well-positioned service network in North and Central America, including… Read more »

Source: Leonardo Group, 12-Apr-17

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AAROI-EMAC and Leonardo sign agreement on Helicopter Emergency Medical Service

AAROI-EMAC and Leonardo sign agreement on Helicopter Emergency Medical Service

A cooperation agreement between Leonardo, the main Italian industrial company and a world leader in the helicopter field, and AAROI-EMAC, association representing over 10,000 Physicians Anaesthetists of Critical Care, was recently signed in Vergiate, in Italy. Among its objectives there is the implementation of scientific, technical and organizational developments in the delicate and fundamental healthcare… Read more »

Source: AAROI-EMAC, 10-Apr-17

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AW119Kx demo tour with Simone Moro in Nepal

AW119Kx demo tour with Simone Moro in Nepal

Leonardo has just started a demo tour with its AW119Kx single engine helicopter together with Simone Moro, the only alpinist in history to have reached four 8,000 meter peaks in winter. Initial flying activities have been accomplished between March 24th and 28th and the tour is expected to be completed by mid-April. The goal of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 10-Apr-17

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AW139s Hit 5000 Hour Landmark for Panama

AW139s Hit 5000 Hour Landmark for Panama

After four years with Panama’s Servicio Nacional Aeronavl, AgustaWestland’s AW139 helicopters have reached the 5,000-flight-hour landmark. Chief Executive Officer, Mauro Moretti has commented how the relationship between Panama and Leonardo’s AgustaWestland is stronger than ever. They even expect the delivery of two additional AW139s later this year.

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Apr-17

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Leonardo provides helicopter for the Prince of Wales’ Tour of Italy

Leonardo provides helicopter for the Prince of Wales’ Tour of Italy

On the occasion of the recent tour to Italy by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, Leonardo provided a modern AW139 helicopter to allow rapid transport between some of the trip’s main locations in comfort and with the highest safety standards. The aircraft was used on April 1st and 2nd for transportation purposes to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Apr-17

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AgustaWestland AW119Kx goes on demo tour in Nepal

AgustaWestland AW119Kx goes on demo tour in Nepal

Two successful characters for a two-week demo tour in Nepal: the Leonardo AW119Kx helicopter and Simone Moro, the only alpinist in history to have reached four 8,000 meters peaks in winter. The goal of the demo tour is to demonstrate the operational capabilities of the AW119Kx at 24,000 feet, in order to carry out helicopter rescue missions at hitherto unimaginable… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Apr-17

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Modifications Needed for AW189 Bubble Windows

Modifications Needed for AW189 Bubble Windows

The European Aviation Safety Agency has ordered that changed be made to the “bubble windows” of AW189 helicopters. This was issued after the windows fell off during flight on two separate occurrences. They were designed so that in the event of emergency, they could be easily ejected. The European Aviation Safety Agency has said that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Apr-17

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Leonardo and Polytechnic University’s InnovationHub have sparked projects and studies Leonardo’s business sectors

Leonardo and Polytechnic University’s InnovationHub have sparked projects and studies Leonardo’s business sectors

One year on from the start of InnovationHub, the joint project between the Polytechnic University of Milan and Leonardo, created with the aim of promoting cooperation in research, development and innovation, numerous projects relating to Leonardo’s business areas are underway, concerning most of the company’s divisions. For Leonardo, this partnership represents an important collaboration to promote and pave the way… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 31-Mar-17

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AW189 enters UK SAR operations today

AW189 enters UK SAR operations today

The HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base in Lee-On-Solent will start flying the new Leonardo AW189 helicopter for SAR operations from 1 pm on Friday 31st March.   The new £20 million AW189 helicopters are painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours, and operated by Bristow Helicopters Limited on behalf of HM Coastguard…. Read more »

Source: HM Coastguard, 31-Mar-17

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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

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Leonardo attends Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace in Malaysia

Leonardo attends Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace in Malaysia

Leonardo attends the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) 2017 in Malaysia as a stronger regional player in aerospace, defense and security solutions. Guests at Leonardo’s chalet and static area (no. PC02) and its stand (HD78) will be able to find out about Leonardo’s aircraft, helicopters and naval and airborne systems. The company’s ATR 72MP,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Mar-17

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CAE-Lider joint venture strengthens its training partnership with Leonardo Helicopters

CAE-Lider joint venture strengthens its training partnership with Leonardo Helicopters

CAE-Líder, the joint venture between CAE and Líder Aviação, and Leonardo Helicopters announced today at the 2017 Heli Expo the signature of an agreement to designate CAE-Líder as the Recognised Flight Simulation Centre (RFSC) for the delivery of OEM quality AW139 flight simulator hours supporting training in South America. The recently deployed AW139 full-flight simulator… Read more »

Source: CAE-Líder, 10-Mar-17

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Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease to PT. Air Born Indonesia

Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease to PT. Air Born Indonesia

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed a lease agreement with PT. Air Born Indonesia (“Air Born”), a provider of air transportation services in Indonesia, for one Leonardo AW139 helicopter previously operated by CHC, which will go on long-term lease in support of mining… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 10-Mar-17

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Heli-One Poland Approved for Leonardo AW139 2nd Generation Exhaust Duct Repair

Heli-One Poland Approved for Leonardo AW139 2nd Generation Exhaust Duct Repair

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, announced that its Rzeszow, Poland facility has added capability for the Leonardo AW139 2nd Generation Exhaust Duct Repair. This proprietary repair can be performed in within 30 days and is a more affordable option for customers than replacement. Prior to the availability… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 09-Mar-17

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Leonardo expands presence of the bestselling AW139 in Japan with first VIP helicopter sale

Leonardo expands presence of the bestselling AW139 in Japan with first VIP helicopter sale

Leonardo announced today a further expansion of its already significant presence in the Japan’s helicopter market with new contracts and deliveries, bringing total orders close to 160 units and aircraft fleet to nearly 120 units to date. A private customer has signed a contract for an AgustaWestland AW139 in VIP configuration marking the entrance of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 09-Mar-17

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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

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LCI to lease three AW169s to NHV Norwegian subsidiary Airlift

LCI to lease three AW169s to NHV Norwegian subsidiary Airlift

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, today announces the lease of three Leonardo AW169 helicopters to Airlift, the Norwegian subsidiary of NHV Group. The three AW169s will be leased from LCI to support Airlift’s sea pilots transfer operations in Norway, with first deliveries are expected by the end of June… Read more »

Source: LCI Helicopters, 08-Mar-17

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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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Leonardo to offer Elbit Heli-ClearVision system on new aircraft

Leonardo to offer Elbit Heli-ClearVision system on new aircraft

Elbit Systems has signed a long-term agreement with Leonardo Helicopters to jointly market and equip Leonardo’s line of commercial helicopters with the latest Heli-ClearVision Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS). Heli-ClearVision comprises a set of wearable Head Up Displays and Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS), along with unique synthetic vision applications specifically designed for helicopters requirements. As… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 07-Mar-17

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Polish Armaments Group enhances cooperation with Leonardo

Polish Armaments Group enhances cooperation with Leonardo

On 2 March 2017 in Rome, Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) and the Italian company Leonardo signed a Cooperation Agreement for helicopters. This is mutual confirmation of the cooperation and continued dialogue on areas of potential industrial cooperation around production, servicing and maintenance of helicopters for the Polish Armed Forces. This agreement between Polish Armaments Group… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Mar-17

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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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Schiebel picks Leonardo radar for African Camcopter operator

Schiebel picks Leonardo radar for African Camcopter operator

Leonardo has announced, at the Avalon airshow in Geelong, Australia, that the company has been selected by Austrian-based Schiebel to deliver its active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar technology for the Camcopter® S-100 unmanned air system (UAS) being provided to the armed forces of a North African nation. The radar, Leonardo’s PicoSAR, will be used to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 05-Mar-17

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Leonardo and UK Military launch phase 2 of Unmanned program

Leonardo and UK Military launch phase 2 of Unmanned program

The UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Technology Office has placed a two year, jointly funded, Research and Development contract for a Rotary Wing Unmanned Air System, Capability Concept Demonstrator – “RWUAS CCD Phase 2”, with Leonardo in the UK. The contract aims to identify, develop and exploit the opportunities offered by… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-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

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Pakistan expands its AW139 fleet with new orders

Pakistan expands its AW139 fleet with new orders

Leonardo announced today that the Pakistan Ministry of Defence has placed orders for an undisclosed number of additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform utility and transport operations across the nation. Deliveries are expected to start in mid-2017. This latest purchase further expands the presence and success of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Feb-17

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British Wildcats Struggle with Data Transfer

British Wildcats Struggle with Data Transfer

The British Military have been using their new Leonardo Wildcat helicopters for two years, even though they still do not have a tactical data link (TDL) capability installed. This means the crew have had to use voice communication, via radios or other media such as USB sticks to transfer the needed information. Due to budget… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-17

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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

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Leonardo AW609 programme moves forward

Leonardo AW609 programme moves forward

The AW609 TiltRotor programme is expected to start icing trials soon following recent ground and flight testing activities. These advances have been made in support of FAA certification, which remains on track for 2018. The third prototype, based at Leonardo’s facility in Philadelphia, performed several weeks of unrestrained ground testing and, more recently, flight trials… Read more »

Source: Leonardo Group, 10-Feb-17

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Boeing Reassures Leonardo Helicopters of Job Security

Boeing Reassures Leonardo Helicopters of Job Security

The UK Government gave Boeing permission to build a new base in Boscombe Down as well as a contract for 50 Apache helicopters. Boeing has received some negative feedback from Leonardo Helicopters and their respective employee unions over job security in Yeovil. Nick Whitney, Boeing’s Spokesperson, has stated that they have no intention of moving… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-17

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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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Lockheed Martin awarded £269m CROWSNEST contract

Lockheed Martin awarded £269m CROWSNEST contract

Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriett Baldwin MP announced today that Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded a £269m Ministry of Defence contract for the CROWSNEST Airborne Surveillance Programme. The announcement was made during a visit to Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB), Portsmouth. The contract covers the Demonstration and Manufacture (D&M) phase and Initial Provisioning (IP)… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 26-Jan-17

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Rapid response helps Leonardo Helicopters achieve manufacturing deadline

Rapid response helps Leonardo Helicopters achieve manufacturing deadline

When the decision to bring a large rotor head part for the Lynx family of helicopters back in-house from an overseas supplier was taken by Leonardo Helicopters, the engineering team was faced with a large scale challenge, namely to find a machine not only capable of machining the 1.5 m by 1.5 m forgings, but… Read more »

Source: RK International Machine Tools, 23-Jan-17

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Poland Considers Helicopter Purchase

Poland Considers Helicopter Purchase

Poland’s Defence Minister has reported that they are considering purchasing 14 new helicopters, either from Airbus, Sikorsky or Leonardo-Finmeccanica. The 1 billion zlotys contract is part of Poland’s military overhaul that started after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. By 2022, the total cost of military renovation will come to 61 billion zlotys, reports Yahoo Finance…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jan-17

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Leonardo strengthens its position in the UK as it begins operating as Leonardo MW Ltd

Leonardo strengthens its position in the UK as it begins operating as Leonardo MW Ltd

“With the support of the UK Government, Leonardo is ready to invest and grow its business in and from the UK, committing to long-term innovative partnerships,” said Mauro Moretti, CEO and General Manager of Leonardo at a press conference in London today, following the amalgamation of Leonardo’s UK operations into a new, single entity Leonardo… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Jan-17

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Leonardo awarded £271 million AW159 WIST contract by UK

Leonardo awarded £271 million AW159 WIST contract by UK

Leonardo has been awarded a £271 million (approximately €320 million) contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver support and training services for their fleet of 62 AW159 Wildcat helicopters operated by the British Army and Royal Navy. The five-year contract was announced by Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister for Defence Procurement, during a… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-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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KONGSBERG and Leonardo sign agreements for NH-90 and AW101 helicopters

KONGSBERG and Leonardo sign agreements for NH-90 and AW101 helicopters

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) and Leonardo today signed a set of agreements related to Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of dynamic components (including various gear boxes) for the NH-90 and the AW101 helicopters. With the signing of these agreements, KONGSBERG will provide the MRO of dynamic components for a fleet of over 100… Read more »

Source: KONGSBERG, 11-Jan-17

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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

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SW-4 ‘Solo’ remotely piloted helicopter begins test campaign

SW-4 ‘Solo’ remotely piloted helicopter begins test campaign

With the first flight of the innovative remotely piloted helicopter SW-4 ‘Solo’ yesterday at the Taranto-Grottaglie Airport, Leonardo-Finmeccanica begins the test campaign in order to verify the aircraft’s operational characteristics and validate flight procedures, in both normal and emergency conditions. Mauro Moretti, CEO and General Manager Leonardo said: “The SW-4 ‘Solo’ is testimony of Leonardo’s… Read more »

Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica, 05-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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Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

Leonardo-Finmeccanica had their first successful test flight this week of their new remotely piloted SW-4 helicopter, dubbed the Solo. The successful test flight means they can now launch their test campaign. CEO and General Manager, Mauro Moretti, has said that the Solo is testament to the company’s innovation and commitment to the field of unmanned… 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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Leonardo contract for additional 30 EMS helicopters sets in China

Leonardo contract for additional 30 EMS helicopters sets in China

Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Chinese company Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment announced today the signature of a contract for 30 helicopters in EMS (Emergency Medical Service) configuration comprising the AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate and AW169 light intermediate twin engine models. The aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2017 and will be operated by Kingwing General Aviation, the parent… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 20-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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RUAG named Authorised Service Centre for the AW139 by Leonardo

RUAG named Authorised Service Centre for the AW139 by Leonardo

RUAG Aviation has secured Authorised Service Centre status for the Leonardo AW139 helicopter at its locations in Sion and Lugano, Switzerland. This authorisation confirms RUAG Aviation as a full support partner for the AW139 helicopter, including all maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), as well as warranty services. “The new type ratings for the Leonardo AW139… Read more »

Source: RUAG, 08-Dec-16

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Heli-One Poland Receives EASA Approval for Leonardo AW139 Base Maintenance

Heli-One Poland Receives EASA Approval for Leonardo AW139 Base Maintenance

Heli-One announced that its Rzeszow, Poland facility has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval to provide base maintenance service for Leonardo AW139 aircraft. Heli-One Poland’s facility, which opened in 2014, provides base maintenance support for Airbus AS332, H225 and H135 aircraft. Additionally, Heli-One offers component repairs, including AW139 exhaust ducts. The Rzeszow facility recently… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 08-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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