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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
A Bell 412 and a PZL Sokol crashed yesterday in Spain in separate incidents.Â Both were firefighting.Â The sole-occupant pilot in the Bell 412 was sadly killed, while both crew in the Sokol survived with injuries.Â Both helicopters were operated by INAER. We will track updates in the two incidents in our accident pages.Â HeliHub.com… Read more »
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.Â The statement is believed to be part of its preparation for the forthcoming 65th PAF anniversary… Read more »
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 »
PZLâ€“Åšwidnik 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 »
A Polish-built SW-4 helicopter crashed Sunday afternoon at Fairbanks International Airport while on cold weather testing.Â 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 »
A PZL SW4 has crashed at Fairbanks International Airport while operating there for “Cold Weather Testing”.Â 3POB.Â 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.
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 (â‚¬90 million) for the supply of five W-3WA SokÃ³Å‚ helicopters and the upgrade of 14 helicopters. The manufacture and upgrading activities will be undertaken at the PZL-Åšwidnik factory in Poland…. Read more »
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 »
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.Â 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 »
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 »
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 companiesâ€™ 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 »
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.Â The air force is also contemplating major avionics upgrades to its MD 520 light attack helicopters.
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 »
The Korea Forest ServiceÂ 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.Â Believed to be HL9449
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 SokÃ³Å‚, 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 »
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 »
CasiÃ±o 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,Â Asia Aerospace/MD Helicopter Inc., Eurocopter,Â Elbit System/Joavi Phils. andÂ the Russian Federation.
Employee relations at AgustaWestland’s Polish plant in Swidnik are at a low after 500 redundancies were reported.Â Employees are pointing to a union agreement which safeguarded jbos for six years after AW parent Finmeccanica bought the plant
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 »
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
“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.