Yesterday, the Police in Slovenia received a new Leonardo AW169 from the factory in Italy. Serial 69102 was delivered on an Italian test registration, but will take up the local mark S5-HPI in the near future. The helicopter is fitted with a hoist to starboard, but currently has no other obvious externally fitted items of role equipment. Information from the operator suggests it has a hook, a removable single-patient EMS interior, NVG capable
This delivery will certainly move the ability of this unit up a gear or two. Their current fleet is rather disparate, and would likely make any maintenance manager raise an eyebrow due to the number of different types
- one Agusta-Bell 212 (delivered 1980)
- two Agusta-Bell 206B JetRangers (delivered 1984)
- one Agusta-Bell 412 (delivered 1987)
- one Agusta AW109E Power (delivered 2004)
- one Airbus EC135P2+ (delivered 2007)
There is no immediate information on which of the above are in line for retirement, but Slovenian Police say that only one JetRanger and the A109 are currently serviceable and that the others are “under maintenance or refurbishment” without adding how long each had been (and will be) in that state.
Slovenian instagrammer sierra5net posted some images
of the aircraft online, and noted that a second example is due for delivery in 2021.
The images presented here are from the Slovenian Police.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com