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US Navy exercises options for another 36 TH-73A

US Navy exercises options for another 36 TH-73A

16-Nov-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo welcomes the announcement made by the U.S. Department of Defense to award AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. a 171 million USD modification to the previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the US Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System. This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of an additional 36 TH-73A aircraft, with work expected to be... Read more

Leonardo AW109/AW119 – EASA releases Issue 22 of TCDS

Leonardo AW109/AW119 – EASA releases Issue 22 of TCDS

26-Aug-2020Source: EASA

EASA has released Issue 22 of the Type Certificate Data Sheet for the Leonardo AW109 and AW119. Issue 22 can be viewed here... Read more

19-Aug-20 N95RZ Leonardo AW109E Wauseon, US-Ohio

19-Aug-20 N95RZ Leonardo AW109E Wauseon, US-Ohio

19-Aug-2020

Tail rotor struck lamp post on landing... Read more

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

6-Jul-2020Source: Ørsted

World leader in offshore wind, Ørsted have today confirmed that CHC Helicopter has been awarded the contract for aerial transportation during the construction and operations phases of its Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. CHC will continue to work with UniFly to deliver flight operations for Hornsea One, covering the construction phase as well as the... Read more

ITP Aero wins engine MRO contract for CHC S-92s and AW189s

ITP Aero wins engine MRO contract for CHC S-92s and AW189s

19-Jun-2020Source: ITP Aero

ITP Aero has signed a contract with CHC Helicopter to provide comprehensive support for its fleet of CT7-8A and CT7-2E1 engines that are flown in its Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW189 helicopters. The contract spans five years and work will be carried out at ITP Aero’s Albacete and Ajalvir facilities in Spain. The contract includes... Read more

Triumph to supply mechanical controls for US TH-73 trainers

Triumph to supply mechanical controls for US TH-73 trainers

4-Jun-2020Source: Triumph Group

Triumph Group (NYSE:TGI) congratulates AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation (dba Leonardo Helicopters) on being selected by the U.S. Navy for the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program. Per the recently announced contract, Leonardo will produce 32, TH-73A helicopters, a variant of the AW119, for the AHTS Program. Triumph Systems & Support – Mechanical Solutions operating company is... Read more

LCI Helicopters launches $100 Million co-investment vehicle

LCI Helicopters launches $100 Million co-investment vehicle

7-May-2020Source: LCI

LCI, a leading helicopter lessor and the aviation division of the Libra Group, has strengthened its leasing platform with the establishment of a new co-investment vehicle with Thora Capital, LLC. and RIVE Private Investment as partners. The transaction covers six Leonardo AW139s and three Airbus H130 helicopters, all of which have long-term, secure debt financing... Read more

COVID-19 – Helity suspends all three scheduled routes

COVID-19 – Helity suspends all three scheduled routes

17-Mar-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Following a Royal Decree in Spain, Helity has been forced to suspend operations for all flights for the time being. The company will continue maintance provision, and their helicopters will be available to the authorities as required. They have even said their email is closed too, which seems unexpected in today’s connected world. Helity runs... Read more

Penzance Helicopters to launch with AW109 GrandNew due to Coronavirus

Penzance Helicopters to launch with AW109 GrandNew due to Coronavirus

24-Feb-2020Source: Penzance Helicopters

The new Penzance Helicopters service to the Isles of Scilly, is set to launch on schedule from March 17th 2020. This is despite a delay to the arrival of the new AW139 helicopter, caused by current Chinese export restrictions linked to Coronavirus control measures. Following manufacture in Italy, the aircraft had been on a short... Read more

Astronautics AFI 4700 RoadRunner EFI gains FAA STC for AW109E Power

Astronautics AFI 4700 RoadRunner EFI gains FAA STC for AW109E Power

11-Feb-2020Source: Astronautics

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) validation from the India Directorate General of Civil Aviation for A109E helicopters. “The FAA STC validation from India is another significant step in Astronautics helping helicopter operators around the world to realize the cost, ease,... Read more

Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139 IGB TGB Capability

Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139 IGB TGB Capability

29-Jan-2020Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is working with Leonardo Helicopters to establish AW139 Intermediate and Tail Gear Box (IGB, TGB) MRO capability as a Leonardo Helicopters Authorized Component Repair Centre. This new capability is being established at the Heli-One Canada facility in Delta, British Columbia and will give... Read more

FlightSafety to add new Level D sims for Airbus EC145 and Leonardo AW139

FlightSafety to add new Level D sims for Airbus EC145 and Leonardo AW139

28-Jan-2020Source: FlightSafety

FlightSafety International announces the expansion of its helicopter training programs and services with new Level D qualified simulators for the Airbus Helicopters EC145 and Leonardo AW139. “This significant expansion of the training programs and services we offer to helicopter operators reflects FlightSafety’s commitment to provide a broad range of conveniently located programs that our Customers... Read more

The Helicopter Company of Saudi Arabia takes delivery of its first AW139

The Helicopter Company of Saudi Arabia takes delivery of its first AW139

12-Nov-2019Source: Robert Swan

The Helicopter Company of Saudia Arabia (THC) was set up in 2018 as an independent company wholly owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF). Surprisingly, it is the first Saudi-owned independent commercial helicopter operator in the oil-rich kingdom, and its creation forms part of the PIF’s mission to support Saudi Vision 2030 by establishing... Read more

06-Nov-19 MM81487 Leonardo AW101 Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy

06-Nov-19 MM81487 Leonardo AW101 Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy

6-Nov-2019

Helicopter belonging to the  1° Gruppo Elicotteri of the Italian Navy crash landed aboard  Caio Duilio AAW (Anti-Air Warfare) Destroyer at the end of a night training flight. Helicopter on its side, 6 POB not seriously injured... Read more

Slovenian Police receive first of two AW169s

Slovenian Police receive first of two AW169s

18-Oct-2019Source: HeliHub.com

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... Read more

Korean CAA approves AW109 simulator

Korean CAA approves AW109 simulator

3-Jul-2019Source: Entrol

This FTD has been the first entrol simulator to be installed in South Korea, in the city of Daejeon. The FTD features a cylindrical visual system, a vibration system and South Korean data-base with satellite imagery and mission scenarios. It will be used for initial training, IFR, practice emergency procedures and mission operation.... Read more

Apollo Air Services to operate first AW109 Trekker in UK

Apollo Air Services to operate first AW109 Trekker in UK

24-May-2019Source: HeliHub.com

British charter operator Apollo Air Services have confirmed – via an Instagram post – that they will be operating the first Leonardo AW109 Trekker in the UK. The company, base at Carlisle Lake District Airport, already operate six AW109SP GrandNew, one AW109S Grand and one Airbus AS350B2, with additional bases at Cardiff Heliport and Leeds... Read more

Sloane extend Leonardo distributorship and sign for two more AW109s

Sloane extend Leonardo distributorship and sign for two more AW109s

23-May-2019Source: Leonardo

As the world’s leading manufacturer in the VIP multiengine helicopter market with a 40% share and the largest producer of corporate helicopters flying in UK, Leonardo is further growing its presence in this sector with the announcement of a further renewal of the Distributorship Agreement in UK and Ireland with its key partner Sloane Helicopters... Read more

First AW189 launched in Korea

First AW189 launched in Korea

18-Mar-2019Source: HeliHub.com

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has recently inducted their new AW189 multi-purpose helicopter.  It can be used for emergency medical services, as it is equipped with a defibrillator and artificial respirator. It is also equipped with a Bambi Bucket which will be used for fire-fighting, reports Korea Times.... Read more

Multiple GBAS Firsts for Esterline and Leonardo

Multiple GBAS Firsts for Esterline and Leonardo

4-Mar-2019Source: CMC

Esterline’s CMC Electronics (CMC) business unit and Leonardo are pleased to announce that Leonardo’s AW189 P5 prototype successfully completed multiple GBAS GLS approaches at the Zurich Airport in late 2018 using the CMA-6024 GPS/SBAS/GBAS Landing System Sensor Unit (GLSSU) as the precision approach sensor. Leonardo’s pioneering achievement has led the way towards certifying GBAS GLS precision approach... Read more

Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

3-Mar-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock has in the last week completed a fleet move that saw two helicopters moving from UK to Australia, and two coming back on the return flight. The move was completed by freight specialists Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA), using an Antonov An-124 aircraft.  After shipping two Leonardo AW139 helicopters from Prestwick UK to Melbourne in Australia, VDA... Read more

Continued Partnership between Spectrum Aeromed and North Memorial Health

Continued Partnership between Spectrum Aeromed and North Memorial Health

1-Mar-2019Source: Spectrum Aeromed

Spectrum Aeromed is proud to announce their continued relationship with North Memorial Health. Collaborating for over 20 years, Spectrum Aeromed and Minnesota-based North Memorial Health have a long-standing relationship. Most recently, Spectrum Aeromed worked to customize the interior of an AgustaWestland AW109S Helicopter. This was the seventh customization that Spectrum Aeromed has completed for the... Read more

Isles of Scilly spoiler operation runs out of steam

Isles of Scilly spoiler operation runs out of steam

28-Feb-2019Source: HeliHub.com

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company (“Steamship”) is reported saying that it will not be restarting its helicopter operation after its self-enforced winter break, leaving the route wide open for the new operator.  Led by the tenant of the island of Tresco, the new operation will fly a Leonardo AW139 helicopter between the new Penzance Heliport and the Scilly... Read more

Babcock wins five year Australia contract with two AW139s

Babcock wins five year Australia contract with two AW139s

25-Feb-2019Source: Babcock

Babcock Australasia (Babcock), the aerospace and defence company, is pleased to announce that its Offshore Aviation division has been awarded a five year contract with Santos Ltd (Santos) operating from Karratha, Western Australia. Commencing 1 July 2019, the contract facilitates the provision of two dedicated Leonardo AW139 aircraft to provide crew change, emergency support, 24/7... Read more

Israel orders seven Leonardo AW119Kx trainers to replace Bell 206s

Israel orders seven Leonardo AW119Kx trainers to replace Bell 206s

19-Feb-2019Source: Israeli AF

Last week (Thursday), Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the Italian Defense Ministry signed an agreement regarding the procurement of seven advanced military training helicopters for the Israeli Air Force. According to the agreement, the Ministry of Defense will purchase seven AW119Kx helicopters in a deal that will see the Italian Defense Ministry buy an equivalent... Read more

02-Feb-19 5N-CML Leonardo AW139 Kabba, Nigeria

02-Feb-19 5N-CML Leonardo AW139 Kabba, Nigeria

2-Feb-2019

Helicopter was carrying Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osibanjo and his aides, none of whom were seriously injured.  There was a total of 12 POB including crew.  Brown out on approach was contributory to the end result – helicopter on its starboard side.  ... Read more

29-Dec-18 Leonardo AW139 Jebel Jais, UAE (4F)

29-Dec-18 Leonardo AW139 Jebel Jais, UAE (4F)

29-Dec-2018

SAR helicopter hit zipwire, causing loss of control and immediate fall to the ground.  Post crash fire.  All four on board suffered fatal injuries. This report names the deceased as Pilots Saqr Saeed Mohamed Abdullah Al Yamahi and Hameed Mohamed Obaid Al Zaabi, Navigator Jasim Abdullah Ali Tunaiji Paramedic Mark Roxburgh... Read more

15-Dec-18 Leonardo AW109S Serra de Pias, Portugal (4F)

15-Dec-18 Leonardo AW109S Serra de Pias, Portugal (4F)

15-Dec-2018

The helicopter was returning to its base in Macedo de Cavaleiros, Bragança district, after carrying out a medical emergency mission to transport a seriously ill patient to the Santo António Hospital in Porto.  The accident was located some 4-5 hours after the helicopter was reported missing.  All four on board died in the accident, named in this... Read more

Malaysian Fire Dept starts AW189 operations

Malaysian Fire Dept starts AW189 operations

11-Dec-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department recently received two new AW189 helicopters form AgustaWestland Malaysia. Per unit, they cost around RM105 million. The addition to their fleet raises their helicopter numbers to nine, reports NST.... Read more

Falcon Aviation Services starts AW169 contract in Kuwait

Falcon Aviation Services starts AW169 contract in Kuwait

11-Dec-2018Source: HeliHub.com

In a press release timed to coincide with the opening of the MEBAA Middle East Business Aircraft Association show in Dubai, UAE based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) have provided more information on their new operation in Kuwait. At a newly built 160,000 m² heliport at Kuwait Oil Company’s premises, FAS commences a five-year onshore and... Read more

Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

11-Dec-2018Source: London Biggin Hill Airport

The London Heli Shuttle, operated by Castle Air at London Biggin Hill Airport, is extending its fleet to 10 helicopters with the addition of a new AgustaWestland AW139. The London Heli Shuttle was established in 2015 to offer the airport’s customers the fastest and most convenient route to central London. The service has been in... Read more

Nepalese Army Agusta AW139 makes maiden flight form Kathmandu

Nepalese Army Agusta AW139 makes maiden flight form Kathmandu

4-Dec-2018Source: Aviation Nepal

The factory new Agusta AW 139 Italian manufactured aircraft belonging to Nepalese Army made a maiden flight today from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) around 11:40 AM today marking a historical first flight of Agusta AW139 aircraft in Nepalese airspace. A successful test flight was done after the successful re-assembly of the aircraft today from its... Read more

Leonardo AW189 – FAA AD 2018-24-06 – Tailplane lower fitting

Leonardo AW189 – FAA AD 2018-24-06 – Tailplane lower fitting

30-Nov-2018Source: FAA

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Leonardo S.p.A. (Leonardo) Model AW189 helicopters. This AD requires replacing the tail plane lower fitting with an improved tail plane lower fitting. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks on the tail plane fittings of Model AW189 helicopters. The actions of this AD are intended... Read more

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder buys an AW169

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder buys an AW169

12-Nov-2018Source: HeliHub.com

A Leonardo AW169 has recently been sighted on a test flight near the factory in Milan in the colours of the Washington Redskins NFL team.  With the same stripes and the helmet logo on the tail, the scheme matches Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder’s two jets.  Under the company DSWA LLC, Snyder owns Bombardier Global Express... Read more

27-Oct-18 G-VSKP Leonardo AW169 Leicester, UK (5F)

27-Oct-18 G-VSKP Leonardo AW169 Leicester, UK (5F)

27-Oct-2018

Helicopter took off from Leicester City FC stadium and crashed shortly after in the adjacent car park.  Five fatalities named by police as Club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.... Read more

Bristow Caribbean marks 30,000 hour milestone in AW139 fleet

Bristow Caribbean marks 30,000 hour milestone in AW139 fleet

2-Oct-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow Caribbean, based out of Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago, has recently marked the milestone of 30,000 hours on AW139 operations.  Manufacturer Leonardo provided the banner in the image below, which Bristow posted on social media.  No press release was issued. Bristow has seven AW139s currently registered in Trinidad & Tobago of which... Read more

Era Group and Bel Air Aviation enter teaming agreement

Era Group and Bel Air Aviation enter teaming agreement

14-Sep-2018Source: Era Group

Era Group and Bel Air Aviation have entered into a teaming agreement. This new agreement means that the helicopter services offered by both companies will be further strengthened through a close cooperation. As the biggest commercial operator of AgustaWestland helicopters worldwide, Era will add fleet and support to the cooperation while Bel Air Aviation will... Read more

Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

19-Jul-2018Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is pleased to announce that Magpas Air Ambulance has selected the AW169 as its new generation helicopter. Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) will customise the aircraft with an advanced medical interior and will operate the helicopter on behalf of Magpas Air Ambulance, providing pilots and maintenance services. The announcement was made during the Farnborough International... Read more

Sloane Helicopters opens up Irish corporate market with AW109 GrandNew sale

Sloane Helicopters opens up Irish corporate market with AW109 GrandNew sale

19-Jul-2018Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and official distributor in UK Sloane Helicopters (Sloane) has announced that QME Mining Equipment Ltd (QME) of Ireland, a leading company in the supply of complete solutions to the Mining and Tunnelling industries worldwide, has signed a contract for an AW109 GrandNew helicopter. The aircraft will be used to perform VIP/corporate transport operations with delivery... Read more

EASA approves two AB412EP STCs developed by Patria

EASA approves two AB412EP STCs developed by Patria

9-Jul-2018Source: Patria

Patria’s Aviation Business Unit has been granted two Supplementary Type Certificates (STC’s) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These major changes are developed and certified to the Finnish Border Guard helicopter Agusta Bell 412EP to provide up to date communication and navigation functions in order to fulfil the latest European Airspace requirements. Further, these... Read more

Sloane Helicopters wins Irish EMS contract with AW109

Sloane Helicopters wins Irish EMS contract with AW109

14-Jun-2018Source: Sloane Helicopters

Ireland’s first community Air Ambulance will shortly be propelling its way to Ireland, after a contract signing this weekend. Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) – a charity dedicated to pre-hospital care – has signed a contract with UK based Sloane Helicopters. The helicopter will be operated by ICRR and is due in Ireland at the... Read more

Spectrum Aeromed Completes Production Amendment

Spectrum Aeromed Completes Production Amendment

22-Mar-2018Source: Spectrum Aeromed

Spectrum Aeromed announced that they have completed production on their newest Amendment: the AgustaWestland AW109SP STC with a lightweight air ambulance interior. Per the request of an industry-leading air ambulance customer, Spectrum designed and manufactured a new interior for their new AW109SP. Working closely with the medical crew and the aircraft manufacturer, Spectrum’s engineering team... Read more

Sloane Helicopters announced as new Penzance Heliport operator

Sloane Helicopters announced as new Penzance Heliport operator

14-Mar-2018Source: Penzance Heliport

Sloane Helicopters is one of the most respected operators in the UK and the family-owned business already enjoys strong Cornish connections Penzance Heliport Ltd will team with one of the UK’s leading helicopter companies to operate the new helicopter link between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. Flights between Penzance and the islands of Tresco... Read more

Spectrum Aeromed has STC Amendment for AW109SP

Spectrum Aeromed has STC Amendment for AW109SP

13-Mar-2018Source: Spectrum Aeromed

Spectrum Aeromed announced this week that they have completed production on their newest Amendment: the AgustaWestland AW109SP STC with a light weight air ambulance interior. Per the request of an industry-leading air ambulance customer operating in the Northeast, Spectrum designed and manufactured a new interior for their new AW109SP. Working closely with the medical crew... Read more

AgustaWestland Limited awarded patent for Gearbox lubrication

AgustaWestland Limited awarded patent for Gearbox lubrication

1-Mar-2018Source: USPTO

A helicopter tail rotor gearbox including a housing, an output shaft for connection to a tail rotor rotatably supported in the housing and having an open end therein, an input member rotatably supported in the housing, gearing providing a power transmitting connection between the input member and output shaft, a pitch control shaft for effecting a change... Read more

Sloane Helicopters signs for AW109 Trekker and another GrandNew

Sloane Helicopters signs for AW109 Trekker and another GrandNew

28-Feb-2018Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced during an official ceremony held at Heli-Expo (Las Vegas) today the signing of a contract with Sloane Helicopters of the UK for the purchase of one GrandNew and one AW109 Trekker light twin engine. The aircraft are expected to be delivered over the period 2018/2019 under the framework of the Distributorship Agreement, further... Read more

Transnet National Ports Authority orders two AW109s

Transnet National Ports Authority orders two AW109s

21-Feb-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has signed a R250 million contract with AgustaWestland for the manufacture, supply and delivery of two new AW109 helicopters. These helicopters will be used in Durban and Richards Bay, in their Helicopter Marine Pilotage Service. South Africa is one of the three countries in the world that offer this service.... Read more

Leonardo Withdraws Lawsuit

Leonardo Withdraws Lawsuit

19-Feb-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Two years ago, AgustaWestland filed a lawsuit against the US Army after they decided to Lakota helicopters from another competitor, Airbus, without holding a competition. This year however, they have decided to withdraw their lawsuit. A Leonardo representative has commented that they are, “disappointed that there was no competition in this case,” reports Navy Times.... Read more

Penzance HP team point out flaws in Steamship AW169 plans

Penzance HP team point out flaws in Steamship AW169 plans

16-Feb-2018Source: Tresco Estate

Following yesterday’s announcement of a new helicopter service between the UK mainland and the Scilly Isles, the team behind the operation from a new heliport at Penzance have put out a press release – detailed below in italics.  While it was clearly aimed as a spoiler, the Penzance team have pointed to what they believe... Read more

New Isles of Scilly helicopter link to use AW169

New Isles of Scilly helicopter link to use AW169

15-Feb-2018Source: Island Helicopters

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has announced the start of a new helicopter service from Land’s End Airport to the Isles of Scilly from May this year. Called Island Helicopters it will operate year-round up to six days a week from Land’s End Airport, with up to eight return flights a day. Fares start... Read more

Asahi Broadcasting Corporation chooses AW169

Asahi Broadcasting Corporation chooses AW169

7-Feb-2018Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the official distributor in Japan for the AW169 and AW139 helicopter models, announced today the signing of a contract with Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) for one AW169 light intermediate helicopter. The aircraft, replacing an older model, will be used to perform electronic newsgathering (ENG) operations, with entry into service expected... Read more

First AW169 operational in Nordics goes live with Babcock

First AW169 operational in Nordics goes live with Babcock

17-Jan-2018Source: Babcock

Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance (BSAA) is pleased to announce that it has launched the very first state-of-the-art AW169 helicopter in active Emergency Medical Service (EMS) duty in the Nordics. The helicopter is operated on behalf of Region Jämtland Härjedalen and it replaces the AS365N2 “Dauphin” that the company has operated in the region since 2006. Shortly... Read more

Airbus appeals Travis County AW169 choice

Airbus appeals Travis County AW169 choice

3-Jan-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Airbus has challenged Travis County’s decision to go with three of AgustaWestland’s AW169 helicopters to replace their EMS fleet. Airbus argues that the winning bid for the $34 million contract was a poor decision as it was more expensive than their offer. They also argue that the filtration systems for the engines and the cabin... Read more

SENER and Babcock complete fifth AB212 upgrade for Spanish Navy

SENER and Babcock complete fifth AB212 upgrade for Spanish Navy

8-Dec-2017Source: SENER

The engineering and technology group SENER and Babcock España, joint venture partners, presented the fifth upgraded Agusta Bell 212 (AB-212) to the Directorate General of Armament and Material (Dirección General de Armamento y Material, DGAM) of the Spanish Ministry of Defence as part of a total of seven units that came into service in 1974. ... Read more

NHSL adds EC135 and AW139 in Trinidad and Tobago

NHSL adds EC135 and AW139 in Trinidad and Tobago

27-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL) has recently introduced two new helicopters to their operations; an AgustaWestland AW139 and Airbus H135. The two new aircraft will go into service by December 1 2017, reports Newsday.... Read more

Qatari Amiri Air Force launches AW139 simulator

Qatari Amiri Air Force launches AW139 simulator

9-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Qatar’s Amiri Air Force were happy to open their new simulation centre for the AgustaWestland AW139. The simulations, developed by Turkish Havelsan, will train pilots and crew for different weather conditions. It is also said that it will cut training hours by 3,800, reports Kuna.... Read more

Queensland Government orders two more AW139s

Queensland Government orders two more AW139s

27-Oct-2017Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today that the Government of Queensland in Australia has placed an order for two additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircrafts are expected to enter into service by December 2018 performing emergency medical services and search and rescue missions over land and sea. The AW139s will replace two older helicopter models... Read more

AW169 helicopter scores first contract success

AW169 helicopter scores first contract success

18-Oct-2017Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Fort Worth, USA that Travis County, Texas has signed a contract for three AgustaWestland AW169s for its STAR Flight program as the county-based EMS provider upgrades its helicopter fleet to more modern and capable aircraft. Travis County will be the launch customer of the... Read more

Leonardo renews pre-owned sales agreement with Rotortrade

Leonardo renews pre-owned sales agreement with Rotortrade

11-Oct-2017Source: Rotortrade

Rotortrade Services, a leading independent helicopter distributor is in the process to sign the renewal of the agreement for a further 3 years as Leonardo Helicopter Division sole pre-owned helicopter distributor. Rotortrade has been exclusive worldwide distributor for AgustaWestland, now Leonardo Helicopter Division, for the past nearly 5 years and has sold 60 aircraft during... Read more

Denmark – Uni-Fly order two AW169s for wind farm support

Denmark – Uni-Fly order two AW169s for wind farm support

5-Oct-2017Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today the signing of a contract with Uni-Fly A/S of Denmark for two AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will enter service in the first quarter of 2018 to perform wind farm support operations for DONG Energy at Hornsea Project One, in the North Sea, 120km offshore from Humberside, UK.... Read more

Leonardo introduces the AW189K helicopter at Helitech 2017

Leonardo introduces the AW189K helicopter at Helitech 2017

4-Oct-2017Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today a further step to expand the range of capabilities available to the market with the introduction of the AgustaWestland AW189K helicopter. Under this designation, the successful super medium category type will feature the new generation 2,500 shp class Aneto-1K engine, unveiled by Safran Helicopter Engines at Helitech in London today. The AW189K... Read more

Biggin Hill Airport heli shuttle service grows to 6 AW109s

Biggin Hill Airport heli shuttle service grows to 6 AW109s

11-Sep-2017Source: London Biggin Hill Airport

Biggin Hill Airport’s London Heli Shuttle service, operated by Castle Air, is announcing it has grown its fleet to six AgustaWestland AW109 Grands. Since its launch in December 2015, the London Heli Shuttle service has completed 2,500 helicopter transfers. At just six minutes, the heli shuttle affords passengers the fastest transfer to and from the... Read more

Royal Bournemouth Hospital upgrades helipad

Royal Bournemouth Hospital upgrades helipad

18-Aug-2017Source: HELP

The first air ambulance landed on the Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s (RBH) new helipad yesterday, following a complete rebuild, funded by the HELP Appeal. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s AW169 landed on the new pad, which allows larger aircraft to land and to land during the night. The rebuild, which came to £119,000, was completely funded... Read more

SENER and Babcock complete fourth Spanish Navy AB212 upgrade

SENER and Babcock complete fourth Spanish Navy AB212 upgrade

10-Aug-2017Source: SENER

Engineering and technology group SENER and Babcock, joint venture partners, presented the fourth upgraded Agusta Bell 212 (AB212) to the Spanish Ministry of Defense as part of a project for extending the lifespan of AB-212 seven helicopters, which came into service in 1974, by at least 15 years. A crew from the Spanish Navy’s Third Aircraft... Read more

Bristow adds offshore AW189 in UK – impacts SAR fleet too

Bristow adds offshore AW189 in UK – impacts SAR fleet too

4-Aug-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

25-Jul-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Currenty in flight test at the Leonardo factory in Italy is an AW189 in full CHC livery.  However, it is not a brand new aircraft and we believe it may have been stored at the facility for over two years.  When seen in March 2015, serial 49022 was wearing the livery of Nigerian opertor Caverton... Read more

AW189 to support Oil&Gas operations in Russia

AW189 to support Oil&Gas operations in Russia

24-Jul-2017Source: Leonardo

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

Fuel Consumption Figure Drops for AW189

Fuel Consumption Figure Drops for AW189

14-Jul-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

Airlift takes over Norwegian maritime pilot transfers

Airlift takes over Norwegian maritime pilot transfers

12-Jul-2017Source: Nordic Rotors

On July 1, 2017, Airlift’s contract period starts with the Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket). For six years, Airlift will ship Norwegian maritime pilots to Large Class Vessels and ships carrying dangerous goods. The contract itself is valued at approximately a hundred million NOK a year. – July 1, 2017 is one big day and one... Read more

LCI orders nine helicopters from Leonardo

LCI orders nine helicopters from Leonardo

21-Jun-2017Source: 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

Mi-8AMTSHs Demonstration at MAKS-2017

Mi-8AMTSHs Demonstration at MAKS-2017

15-Jun-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Russian Helicopters have a section during the MAKS-2017 aerospace show to demonstrate the Mil Mi-8AMTSh Arctic helicopter. The first batch of Mi-8AMTSHs have been enlisted into service already by the Russian Defence Ministry. Russian specialists also tested the foreign produced AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter in the Arctic. The MAKS-2017 show is being held in Zhukovsky from... Read more

New Era For Air Ambulance Patients In Dorset and Somerset

New Era For Air Ambulance Patients In Dorset and Somerset

15-Jun-2017Source: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that its new AgustaWestland 169 (AW169) helicopter entered into service. This becomes the first AW169 to enter air ambulance operational service in the UK and is the culmination of years of planning and development.   The aircraft was selected following an extensive evaluation process.  Its outstanding characteristics,... Read more

Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

14-Jun-2017Source: Leonardo

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

UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

12-Jun-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Following our article “EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly“, HeliHub.com can now confirm that the first three AW169s enter service today after delivery from Specialist Aviation Services on Friday 9th.  Late in the afternoon the company flew a photo sortie with the aircraft for Kent, Surrey & Sussex, Dorset & Somerset, and Lincolnshire... Read more

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