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AgustaWestland take AW009 to ALEA 2016

AgustaWestland take AW009 to ALEA 2016

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

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jul-16

Key deliveries of W-3PL Głuszec and W-3RM Anakonda to Polish military

Key deliveries of W-3PL Głuszec and W-3RM Anakonda to Polish military

PZL-Świdnik, a Leonardo-Finmeccanica company, is pleased to inform that it is handing over to the Polish Armed Forces the last in the second series of four W-3PL Głuszec helicopters, which will bring the total number of Głuszec helicopters in the service of the Polish Army to eight. Moreover the handover of the first two out… Read more »

Source: PZL, 29-Jun-16

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Finmeccanica re-brands SW-4 as AW009, and signs LOI with police operator

Finmeccanica re-brands SW-4 as AW009, and signs LOI with police operator

On the first day of Heli-Expo 2016, the Helicopter Division of Finmeccanica presented an evolution of the light single-engine SW-4 commercial helicopter, now designated the AW009. The new model provides improved levels of comfort, reduced maintenance and operating costs as well as an all new integrated avionics suite, and in the future, the option of… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 02-Mar-16

AgustaWestland flies UK military unmanned concept demo

AgustaWestland flies UK military unmanned concept demo

AgustaWestland announced today that it has completed the UK Ministry of Defence’s Rotary Wing Unmanned Aerial System (RWUAS) Capability Concept Demonstration (CCD) contract it was awarded in 2013, including 27 hours of demonstration flying and 22 automatic simulated deck landings using its SW-4 RUAS Solo technology demonstrator. The flying element of the contract was carried… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Sep-15

04-Apr-15 EC-KIR PZL W3 Fernán Pérez, Spain

Date refers to the date that the wreck of this helicopter was found abandoned, and thus the accident could have happened earlier.  Helicopter found having crashed onto its starboard side with tail rotor separated. No marks on the ground around, and relatively light damage to cabin and cockpit area suggests either take-0ff or landing issue. … Read more »

04-Apr-15

Tuncang Investment Co Appointed Distributor for SW-4 in China

Tuncang Investment Co Appointed Distributor for SW-4 in China

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Tuncang Investment Co.,Ltd. has been appointed an official, non-exclusive distributor for the SW-4 light single engine helicopter in China. The distributorship agreement includes a commitment for ten SW-4s which will be manufactured by PZL-Świdnik in Poland. In the future Tuncang could also be appointed an Authorized Service Centre for… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 04-Mar-15

Italian Defence Minister visits PZL-Świdnik

Italian Defence Minister visits PZL-Świdnik

Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti visited PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, today in the occasion of her official trip to Poland. During her visit Minister Pinotti was introduced to the advanced technology products and manufacturing capabilities of the Polish company. Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said “The presence of such an advanced technological capability in Poland,… Read more »

Source: Agustawestland, 12-Nov-14

07-Aug-14 310921 PZL W-3 Sokol Marawi City, Philippines

Appeared to lose power in hover taxi for take-off  en route to Cagayan de Oro City and lost height, crashing to the ground – see full video

07-Aug-14

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Uganda orders GrandNew and W-3A Sokol for Law Enforcement

Uganda orders GrandNew and W-3A Sokol for Law Enforcement

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uganda has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin and one W-3A Sokol intermediate twin engine helicopter. These aircraft, which are to be delivered in 2015, will be operated by the Uganda Police to perform law enforcement missions across the nation. The… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Jul-14

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AgustaWestland’s PZL-Świdnik SW-4 Makes Big Impression At Heli Expo

AgustaWestland’s PZL-Świdnik SW-4 Makes Big Impression At Heli Expo

Making its very first appearance in North America at Heli-Expo 2014, which was held in Anaheim, California, from 25th to 27th February, the PZL-Świdnik SW-4 gained a lot of interest from visitors at the world’s largest dedicated helicopter exposition. The SW-4 was exhibited as part of AgustaWestland’s range of new generation helicopters including the AW109… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-Mar-14

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Final VIP Sokol delivered to the Polish Air Force

Final VIP Sokol delivered to the Polish Air Force

PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce it has delivered the fifth and final VIP transport Sokol helicopter to the Polish Air Force. The aircraft joined the other four Sokols already in service with the 1st Airlift Base in Warsawon 23rd December. All five helicopters, which have been delivered to the Polish Air Force this… Read more »

10-Jan-14

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16-Jun-13 PZL SW-4 Yinan, China (1F)

SW-4 on crop spraying operation crashed, killing the pilot

16-Jun-13

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W3A Sokol to be displayed at EHS

W3A Sokol to be displayed at EHS

European Helicopter Show is pleased to announce that thr Czech Armed Forces Chief of Staff has approved participation of W 3A Sokol military helicopter at EHS on the  11th May 2013

Source: EHS, 04-Jan-13

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Fifth and sixth Sokols delivered to the Philippine Air Force

Fifth and sixth Sokols delivered to the Philippine Air Force

PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that the second batch of Sokol helicopters in combat utility configuration has been delivered to the Philippine Air Force. The two additional helicopters follow the four Sokols delivered by PZL-Świdnik to the customer in February 2012. The second batch of Sokols are part of a contract signed… Read more »

Source: PZL-Świdnik, 06-Dec-12

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PZL-Åšwidnik at the Balt Military Expo

PZL-Åšwidnik at the Balt Military Expo

PZL-Åšwidnik SA, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce its attendance at the BALT-MILITARY-EXPO in GdaÅ„sk, organized under the honorary patronage of the Minister of National Defence. Held in GdaÅ„sk every two years, the BALT-MILITARY-EXPO is the largest and the most important event of its type to be held in Poland. Presenting state-of-the-art solutions for… Read more »

Source: PZL-Åšwidnik, 04-Jul-12

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Two firefighting helicopters crash in Spain

Two firefighting helicopters crash in Spain

A Bell 412 and a PZL Sokol crashed yesterday in Spain in separate incidents.  Both were firefighting.  The sole-occupant pilot in the Bell 412 was sadly killed, while both crew in the Sokol survived with injuries.  Both helicopters were operated by INAER. We will track updates in the two incidents in our accident pages.  HeliHub.com… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jul-12

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02-Jul-12 EC-JUN PZL Sokol Sierra Martes, Spain

Crashed 30 minutes after the Bell 412 firefighting accident.  One report states loss of tail rotor on approach to site at altitude of 20m.  Both occupants (aged 55 and 36) injured

02-Jul-12

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25 helicopters due for Philippine Air Force this year

25 helicopters due for Philippine Air Force this year

The Philippine Air Force recently announced during the Air Power Symposium 2012 held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia in Pasay City that it will take delivery of a further 25 helicopters before the end of 2012.  The statement is believed to be part of its preparation for the forthcoming 65th PAF anniversary… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jun-12

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AW149 shows its capabilities at PZL-Åšwidnik Plant

AW149 shows its capabilities at PZL-Åšwidnik Plant

PZL-Åšwidnik SA, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce it has performed an official presentation of AW149 military helicopter at its plant within the framework of the demonstration tour which has recently also seen the aircraft visiting and exhibiting in DÄ™blin and Warsaw. Representatives of local authorities, business and scientific communities of Lubelszczyzna, parliament members,… Read more »

Source: PZL-Åšwidnik, 25-Apr-12

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First batch of Philippine Air Force Sokols enter service

First batch of Philippine Air Force Sokols enter service

PZL–Świdnik SA, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that the first four Sokol helicopters for the Philippine Air Force were officially handed over to Voltaire Tuvera Gazmin, Secretary of National Defense, by MieczysÅ‚aw Majewski, President of PZL-Åšwidnik, during a ceremony held today at Clark Air Base 40 miles northwest of Manila. The aircraft will… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Mar-12

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PZL SW-4 crashes in Alaska on cold weather testing

PZL SW-4 crashes in Alaska on cold weather testing

A Polish-built SW-4 helicopter crashed Sunday afternoon at Fairbanks International Airport while on cold weather testing.  The National Weather Service aftercast showed the temperature was -36, and while they failed to say whether that was Fahrenheit or Celsius, it actually makes very little difference as the two scales cross over at -40. On HeliHub.com every… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-12

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15-Jan-12 SP-SSW PZL SW4 Fairbanks, US-Alaska

A PZL SW4 has crashed at Fairbanks International Airport while operating there for “Cold Weather Testing”.  3POB.  The incident happened at 2:23 p.m. and the temperature at the airport was minus 36 degrees that afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

15-Jan-12

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Polish military signs for 5 new and 14 upgraded helicopters from PZL-Åšwidnik

Polish military signs for 5 new and 14 upgraded helicopters from PZL-Åšwidnik

PZL-Åšwidnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce it has signed contracts with the Polish Ministry of National Defence valued at approximately PLN380 million net (€90 million) for the supply of five W-3WA Sokół helicopters and the upgrade of 14 helicopters. The manufacture and upgrading activities will be undertaken at the PZL-Åšwidnik factory in Poland…. Read more »

Source: PZL-Åšwidnik, 13-Jan-12

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Polish Air Force disbands 36SPLT VIP unit

Polish Air Force disbands 36SPLT VIP unit

In a ceremony on Tuesday at Warsaw’s Okecie Airport, the Polish Air Force VIP squadron 36SPLT (Specjalnego PuÅ‚ku Lotnictwa Transportowego = Special Air Transport Regiment) was disbanded. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Defence Czeslaw Mroczek, Chief of General Staff of the Polish Army General Mieczyslaw Cieniuch, Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. pil…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-12

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SW-4 type certified and flying on Brazilian register

SW-4 type certified and flying on Brazilian register

The Polish-built PZL SW-4 was last week put on the Brazilian register for the first time – the local demonstrator aircraft is now officially registered as PP-MHJ.  The helicopter has been in the South American country since at least August 2011, when it was presented at the LABACE (Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition)… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-11

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Polish Defence Minister visits PZL-Åšwidnik

Polish Defence Minister visits PZL-Åšwidnik

Tomasz Siemoniak, Minister of National Defence, has visited on Wednesday, September 14th, the factory of PZ-Åšwidnik SA, an AgustaWestland company. Minister was accompanied with Marcin Idzik, Under-Secretary of State. Ministers have looked at the new production and assembly line totally renovated thanks to significant investments. For the first time ever Polish MoD representatives have the… Read more »

Source: PZL-Åšwidnik, 20-Sep-11

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INAER to expand firefighting ops with more W-3A Sokols

INAER to expand firefighting ops with more W-3A Sokols

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that PZL-Swidnik has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with INAER of Spain to expand both companies’ businesses in the fire fighting market over the next ten years, in particular in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. The MoU is focused on the specialised W-3A Sokol medium twin… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Jun-11

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18-Jun-11 SP-SUI PZL Sokol Tabuyo, Spain

Unstable on take-off and crashed in a wood a few hundred metres from take-off point

18-Jun-11

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Philippines to receive eight Sokols, looks to upgrade MD 520s

Philippines to receive eight Sokols, looks to upgrade MD 520s

AgustaWestland subsidiary PZL Swidnik will deliver four W-3A Sokol transport helicopters to the Philippines by November this year, with another four in the second quarter of 2012.  The air force is also contemplating major avionics upgrades to its MD 520 light attack helicopters.

Source: Flightglobal, 31-May-11

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PZL-Åšwidnik and Rolls-Royce renew M250 engine supply agreement

PZL-Åšwidnik and Rolls-Royce renew M250 engine supply agreement

PZL-Åšwidnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a renewal agreement with Rolls-Royce to continue the supply of M250 turbines for the SW-4 single engine helicopter. The multi-year agreement will cover the provision of engines for the SW-4 in the world market, confirming confidence of the market opportunities for the type…. Read more »

Source: PZL-Åšwidnik, 20-Mar-11

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19-Mar-11 PZL Sokol Seosan, South Korea (1F)

The Korea Forest Service  helicopter carrying three crew members crashed into a reservoir in Seosan, some 277 km south of Seoul, at 6:47 a.m., a few minutes after taking off for an extinguishing operation in the nearby Mount Gaya region.  Believed to be HL9449

19-Mar-11

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24-Feb-11 SP-SYA PZL Sokol La Caldera National Park, Spain

Helicopter was doing work in the National Park, probably load lifting but the news reports thus far are unclear.  Serious injuries reported

24-Feb-11

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PZL- Åšwidnik delivers four W-3PL GÅ‚uszec helicopters to Polish Army

PZL- Åšwidnik delivers four W-3PL GÅ‚uszec helicopters  to Polish Army

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that PZL- Åšwidnik has delivered all of four upgraded W-3PL GÅ‚uszec helicopters, a multirole combat version of the W-3 Sokół, to the Polish Land Forces. PZL- Åšwidnik and the Polish Ministry of Defence signed a research and development phase contract in 2003 for a prototype W-3PL (GÅ‚uszec)… Read more »

Source: PZL- Åšwidnik, 12-Feb-11

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Lack of trained pilots grounds Chile’s Forestry PZL Sokol

Lack of trained pilots grounds Chile’s Forestry PZL Sokol

Having achieved local certification in Chile in September 2010, the National Forestry Commission’s PZL W-3 Sokol lies idle due to lack of trained pilots

Source: Pura Noticia, 06-Jan-11

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Philippines cancels $73M helicopter procurement

Philippines cancels $73M helicopter procurement

The Philippine government said Tuesday it had cancelled a 73 million dollar deal to buy military helicopters following allegations of collusion with a Polish defense contractor.

Source: Inquirer, 08-Dec-10

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Chile certifies PZL Sokol for local forestry department

Chile certifies PZL Sokol for local forestry department

A PZL W-3 Sokol has been in Chile since at least April 2010 on a Polish registration while certification issues are sorted. This process was finally completed in September, and local registration CC-ACJ was issued and it was noted as such on 30th September at Vina del Mar – Rodelillo Airport (photo here). The operator… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-10

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Philippines suspends $90m worth helicopter purchases amid corruption allegations

Philippines suspends $90m worth helicopter purchases amid corruption allegations

Tenders involved PZL Swidnik with a $60 million contract to supply eight combat utility helicopters, and MD Helicopters with six night-capable attack helicopters worth $29 million

Source: Saudi Gazette, 05-Oct-10

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Philippine lawmaker sees anomaly in PZL deal

Philippine lawmaker sees anomaly in PZL deal

Casiño said it was suspicious that 5 of the 6 interested bidders backed out of the bidding process. These included such big names in the industry like Boeing, Asia Aerospace/MD Helicopter Inc., Eurocopter, Elbit System/Joavi Phils. and the Russian Federation.

Source: ABS-CDS, 18-Sep-10

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Poland: Swidnik employees turn against AgustaWestland parent

Poland: Swidnik employees turn against AgustaWestland parent

Employee relations at AgustaWestland’s Polish plant in Swidnik are at a low after 500 redundancies were reported.  Employees are pointing to a union agreement which safeguarded jbos for six years after AW parent Finmeccanica bought the plant

Source: ilsole24ore, 29-Jul-10

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AgustaWestland group company signs 10 year partnership with Pilatus Aircraft

AgustaWestland group company signs 10 year partnership with Pilatus Aircraft

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is pleased to announce its partnership with PZL Swidnik S.A. for the assembly of PC-12 fuselage and wing cells. Following in-depth and extremely detailed assessments of various suppliers, Pilatus is confident that PZL Swidnik S.A. will prove to be a partner capable of meeting the highest standards of quality, and one with… Read more »

Source: Pilatus Aircraft, 05-Apr-10

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Philippines orders eight W3A Sokols from PZL

Philippines orders eight W3A Sokols from PZL

Philippine Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena told reporters the eight W-3A Sokol helicopters would cost P3 billion or roughly P375 million each

03-Mar-10

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31-Oct-09 SN-26XG PZL Kania Klukowicze, Belarus (3F)

31-Oct-09

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PZL-Swidnik Deliver 1000th Airframe To AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced that Polish helicopter manufacturer PZL-Åšwidnik delivered the 1,000th fuselage to AgustaWestland during an official ceremony held today in Åšwidnik, marking 13 years of successful co-operation between the two companies

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Oct-09

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PZL Swidnik unveils new members of W-3 Sokol family

PZL Swidnik has unveiled two projects based on the further development of its W-3 Sokol utility helicopter design.

Source: Flightglobal, 09-Sep-09

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Polish aerospace firm PZL Åšwidnik sold to AgustaWestland

Source: ISI Emerging Markets, 15-Aug-09

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First of two PZL SW-4 helicopters delivered to China

First of two PZL SW-4 helicopters delivered to China

An SW-4 helicopter has recently been delivered from the factory at Swidnik in Poland to China

Source: Aviaport, 08-May-09

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AgustaWestland raises offer for PZL Swidnik

Source: MSN, 29-Mar-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: PZL/Swidnik SW4 in Ukraine

Source: Ukraine Spotters, 25-Feb-09

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Rolls-Royce and PZL-Swidnik Explore RR500 Applications

Source: Rolls-Royce, 24-Feb-09

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AgustaWestland May Cancel Fuselage Sub-Contract With PZL After Being Dropped As Potential Buyer

AgustaWestland May Cancel Fuselage Sub-Contract With PZL After Being Dropped As Potential Buyer

“AgustaWestland is looking for potential suppliers of fuselages, which could take over production from PZL Åšwidnik if the plant is sold to a non-strategic investor,” said Matthew Harvey, director of AgustaWestland’s Polish office.

Source: Warsaw Business Journal, 19-Feb-09

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