AgustaWestland

09-Jun-17 VT-NRK AgustaWestland AW119 Badrinath, India (1F)

09-Jun-17 VT-NRK AgustaWestland AW119 Badrinath, India (1F)

9-Jun-2017

Helicopter had difficulties on take-off and it appears that a crew member jumped from the aircraft prior to it impacting the ground, but was hit by the rotor blades and died – named as Vikram Lamba.  Helicopter had its skids ripped off and all four main blades ended up much shorter than they should have... Read more

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

30-May-2017Source: Leonardo

[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

Centaurium takes delivery of its GrandNew helicopter

Centaurium takes delivery of its GrandNew helicopter

26-May-2017Source: Leonardo

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

21-May-17 Leonardo AW101 Hamr el Ain, Algeria (3F)

21-May-17 Leonardo AW101 Hamr el Ain, Algeria (3F)

21-May-2017

Helicopter crashed in open farmland on a night reconnaissance mission, killing three POB.  Post crash fire.  Reported location is right by significant amounts of high voltage lines converging on a power station site, and the Algerian Navy later confirmed (below) that the helicopter hit powerlines. The official statement in the news section of the Algerian... Read more

Technical Approvals for Airlift AW169

Technical Approvals for Airlift AW169

18-May-2017Source: Airlift

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

Rajasthan State Government Auctions off A109E Power

Rajasthan State Government Auctions off A109E Power

12-May-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Rajasthan Government has asked MSTC Ltd to auction their grounded AgustaWestland AW109E. They have agreed to e-auction the helicopter, but will charge a rate of 3% for it. The helicopter was grounded back in 2011, due to a clip in a rotor blade broke. As reported by Times of India, the reserve price of... Read more

EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

11-May-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

First Leonardo AW169 arrives in Sweden

First Leonardo AW169 arrives in Sweden

8-May-2017Source: Nordic Rotors

This weekend Sweden’s first Leonardo AW169 arrived in Östersund. This aircraft is the first in a batch of four AW169s ordered by Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance for its HEMS operations in northern Sweden. The new helicopters will replace the current AS365 Dauphin helicopters in Gällivare, Östersund and Lycksele this year. The forth one will be used... Read more

AW189 to enter offshore service in Brazil

AW189 to enter offshore service in Brazil

5-May-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The AgustaWestland AW189 has arrived in South America, and is expected to start offshore operations in the near future from Cabo Frio in Brazil, near Rio de Janeiro.  Operated by Aeroleo, part of the Era Group, serials 49025 and 49028 were shipped to Brazil in March and are going through a normal introduction project, getting... Read more

New Coastguard SAR Helicopter at Prestwick Airport

New Coastguard SAR Helicopter at Prestwick Airport

5-May-2017Source: Bristow Group

From early May, the south-west coast of Scotland will see a new Coastguard search and rescue helicopter in the skies. The new Leonardo AW189 helicopter is the first of two AW189s that will operate from the Coastguard base at Prestwick Airport. It will spend the next few months flying in the area on training missions... Read more

Russian Helicopters has made its first Mi-171E

Russian Helicopters has made its first Mi-171E

26-Apr-2017Source: Russian Helicopters

Under the terms of the contract, the reconfigurable version of the Mi-171E was manufactured to allow for its use both as a transport aircraft and in the VIP cabin configuration. As a transport aircraft, the Mi-171E is capable of carrying up to 27 passengers in the jump seats and up to four tons of cargo... Read more

Leonardo’s AW169 Helicopter selected by The Argentine National Gendarmerie

Leonardo’s AW169 Helicopter selected by The Argentine National Gendarmerie

18-Apr-2017Source: Leonardo Group

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

Onboard Systems contracted for AW169 and AW101 HEC Secondary Hook Kits

Onboard Systems contracted for AW169 and AW101 HEC Secondary Hook Kits

11-Apr-2017Source: Onboard Systems International

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has been awarded a contract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide backup HEC (Human External Cargo) hook systems for the Agusta Westland AW169 and AW101 aircraft. The backup hooks can be added onto the primary cargo hook system for... Read more

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

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

10-Apr-2017Source: AAROI-EMAC

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

AW139s Hit 5000 Hour Landmark for Panama

AW139s Hit 5000 Hour Landmark for Panama

7-Apr-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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.... Read more

AgustaWestland AW119Kx goes on demo tour in Nepal

AgustaWestland AW119Kx goes on demo tour in Nepal

4-Apr-2017Source: Leonardo

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

Leonardo Expands In The Philippines

Leonardo Expands In The Philippines

27-Mar-2017Source: Leonardo

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

Corporate and VIP operators across the Americas select AW139, AW169

Corporate and VIP operators across the Americas select AW139, AW169

8-Mar-2017Source: Leonardo

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

Possible Stabilization for Oil and Gas Sector

Possible Stabilization for Oil and Gas Sector

23-Feb-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

FAA certifies AW169

FAA certifies AW169

15-Feb-2017Source: AgustaWestland

The AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin-engine helicopter has achieved validation by FAA of the United States of its certification, with deliveries to begin in USA this year. A versatile, new generation twin-engine light-intermediate category helicopter, the AW169 has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets... Read more

Indonesian Air Force Looks into AW-101 Helicopter Purchase

Indonesian Air Force Looks into AW-101 Helicopter Purchase

14-Feb-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has revealed that the Air Force is looking into purchasing an AgustaWestland AW-101 VVIP helicopter. The investigation of the purchase has been controversial, as the Military Chief General Gatot Nurmantyo and Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu were unaware of the interest in the purchase. The Air... Read more

Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Files Lawsuit Against Helicopter Manufacturer

Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Files Lawsuit Against Helicopter Manufacturer

10-Feb-2017Source: Napoli Shkolnik PLLC

On 8 February, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, on behalf of its clients, filed suit against AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. AgustaWestland is the North American distributor of Agusta A1091A and A109A MK II helicopters. These helicopters were identified last year by the FAA as being defective.... Read more

Babcock set to return two UK AW139s to lessor

Babcock set to return two UK AW139s to lessor

2-Feb-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore is preparing to return two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters to lessor Era Helicopters.  Registered G-PERA and G-PERB were imported to the UK in full Era colours in March 2011, and shortly after were repainted to the traditional red Bond Offshore Helicopters scheme – as the company was known at that time. ... Read more

This is why Leonardo gave Panama Two More AW139s

This is why Leonardo gave Panama Two More AW139s

31-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

Helipad Plans Scrapped for Alberta Health Services

Helipad Plans Scrapped for Alberta Health Services

30-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The $3 million helipad plan for Banff’s Mineral Springs Hospital is no longer needed. Alberta Health Services was made aware of this when STARS air ambulance relocated their new Augusta Westland-139 helicopter from Calgary to Edmonton. The proposed helipad construction was scheduled to begin in 2016, but due to tendering costs it was delayed, much... Read more

South Korea to Purchase 12 ASW Helicopters

South Korea to Purchase 12 ASW Helicopters

20-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

South Korea is currently considering purchasing 12 more ship borne anti-submarine warfare helicopters. They are looking towards Lockheed’s MH-60R, AgustaWestland’s AW159 and NH Industries’ NH-90. They plan for the new helicopters to be bought and delivered by 2022. Their fleet currently consists of 40 helicopters, made up of 8 AW159 helicopters, 8 Sikorsky UH-60Ps, 11... Read more

Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

17-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Indian General Administration Department (GAD) will now be holding an open bidding for the purchase of a Rajasthan state helicopter, due to their deal with AgustaWestland not working out. The deal was put off when the manufacturers Bell and Airbus voiced reservations over the source tenders. They claimed that the Indian Government floated a... Read more

Unveiling of the First Oil and Gas AW169

Unveiling of the First Oil and Gas AW169

17-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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.  ... Read more

Leonardo rolls out AW609 in Philadelphia

Leonardo rolls out AW609 in Philadelphia

12-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

AgustaWestland Executives Orsi and Spagnolini Win Re-trial

AgustaWestland Executives Orsi and Spagnolini Win Re-trial

2-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

German Navy Plans for Sea Lynx Replacement

German Navy Plans for Sea Lynx Replacement

21-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

India – Air Chief Marshal arrested for AgustaWestland contract

India – Air Chief Marshal arrested for AgustaWestland contract

13-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Lawyer Gautam Khaitan, Air Chief Marshal S.P Tyagi and his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi were arrested this Friday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). They were allegedly involved in the Rs 3,700-crore Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter contract. The CBI has found out that RS 450-crore was paid as bribes for the 12 helicopters. The contracted... Read more

EXCLUSIVE – Royal Thai Army buys AW149 and six AW139s

EXCLUSIVE – Royal Thai Army buys AW149 and six AW139s

9-Dec-2016

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

Sloane Helicopters adds AW169 to its Part 145 maintenance approval

Sloane Helicopters adds AW169 to its Part 145 maintenance approval

27-Nov-2016Source: Sloane Helicopters

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

Life Flight Network of US orders two additional AW119Kx helicopters

Life Flight Network of US orders two additional AW119Kx helicopters

27-Nov-2016Source: Leonardo

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

First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 makes its maiden flight

First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 makes its maiden flight

23-Nov-2016Source: Leonardo Group

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

AW169 obtains ANAC Certification

AW169 obtains ANAC Certification

22-Nov-2016Source: Leonardo

The AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter has achieved basic certification by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) of Brazil with deliveries to soon begin. Of the more than 150 agreements signed for the AW169 to date, including firm orders, framework contracts, and options, over 20 of them are from operators in Brazil, with... Read more

AW169 obtains maximum gross weight increase certification by EASA

AW169 obtains maximum gross weight increase certification by EASA

22-Nov-2016Source: Leonardo

The AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter has obtained certification by EASA for an increased maximum gross weight kit to 4,800 kg (10,582 lb) on October 31st. Operators will be able to benefit from up to 200 kg (441 lb) of extra payload compared to the standard 4,600 kg (10,141 lb) maximum gross weight... Read more

Italian Government grants €487 Million for next generation AW129

Italian Government grants €487 Million for next generation AW129

8-Nov-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The Italian Parliament’s Defence Committee has agreed to grant a fund of €487 Million to the Italian Army to create a new helicopter that will take over from their current 1980s AW129 Mangusta attack helicopter. According to Daniele Marantelli, a PD member, the new combat helicopter will combine the efforts of local universities and research... Read more

Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

1-Nov-2016Source: Royal Navy

Just in time for the Corps’ 352nd birthday, the Royal Marines new flying steed has taken to the skies for the first time. The Merlin Mk4 – much better adapted to operations at sea than the Mk3 it is replacing – will be the mainstay of Commando Helicopter Force for the next decade and beyond.... Read more

Spectrum Aeromed Equips AW139 for Remote Ornge Base

Spectrum Aeromed Equips AW139 for Remote Ornge Base

1-Nov-2016Source: Spectrum Aeromed

Spectrum Aeromed announced this week that the company’s medical interior was installed on an Augusta Westland AW139 for Ornge, the air ambulance service provider in the Canadian province of Ontario. The helicopter was deployed to a remote base located in Moosonee, Ontario Canada. “This aircraft will serve a vital role in serving the community surrounding... Read more

New Hong Kong helicopter route into China

New Hong Kong helicopter route into China

1-Nov-2016Source: AsBAA

In recognition of Chinese policy supporting general and business aviation, on Wednesday 2nd November 2016, an inaugural flight, coordinated by AsBAA and its sponsor members, from Hong Kong Shun Tak Heliport to Zhuhai Jiwan Airport will depart at 1200 and land at 1245. The commemoration of this momentous flight will take place shortly after from... Read more

Expansion for Weststar Aviation Services

Expansion for Weststar Aviation Services

28-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Weststar Aviation Services (WAS) hopes to expand their business outside of Malaysia. They plan to expand in offshore oil and gas projects in South America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa. WAS is currently working within a seven-year PTT Exploration and Production contract in Thailand that started in 2014. The contracts allows them to... Read more

Leonardo confirms orders from Brazil for mulitiple AW169s

Leonardo confirms orders from Brazil for mulitiple AW169s

25-Oct-2016Source: Leonardo

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that five firm orders have been signed for AgustaWestland AW169 helicopters by different Brazilian corporate and private customers. The announcement comes following an official presentation of the new generation model to nearly 100 pilots from across Brazil and held at the end of August, introducing capabilities, avionics and interior options available to... Read more

Australia – Milestone to Lease AW139 to LifeFlight

Australia – Milestone to Lease AW139 to LifeFlight

25-Oct-2016Source: Milestone Aviation

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GE Capital Aviation Services company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it has recently leased a new, EMS equipped Leonardo AW139 helicopter to LifeFlight (formerly known as CareFlight) to support emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR) missions in Queensland, Australia. “We are delighted... Read more

Leonardo selects Helitune RT-TipTrak for AW169 and AW189

Leonardo selects Helitune RT-TipTrak for AW169 and AW189

21-Oct-2016Source: Leonardo

Helitune’s on-board rotor blade tracker, RT-TipTrak, has been selected as the standard blade tracker for installation on Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s ’ AgustaWestland AW189 and AW169 aircraft. Designed for internal or external mounting, RT-TipTrak measures helicopter rotor blade height and lead lag.  It is suitable for use either as an integral part of on-board HUMS or carry-on Rotor... Read more

Toll appointed by Leonardo to deliver AW139 simulator

Toll appointed by Leonardo to deliver AW139 simulator

21-Oct-2016Source: Toll

Toll Helicopters announced today that it has signed agreements with Leonardo-Finmeccanica to deliver the new AgustaWestland AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator. This establishes Toll Helicopters as the operator of the only Authorised Training Centre for the Australasian region, delivering the full suite of Leonardo’s AW139 pilot training packages. The AW139 Full Flight Simulator, jointly developed... Read more

Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease to Heliconia

Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease to Heliconia

21-Oct-2016Source: MorWaypoint Leasing

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has agreed a lease with Heliconia Group (“Heliconia”), a regional provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, for one Leonardo AW139 helicopter previously operated by CHC, which will go on lease to support of oil and gas operations... Read more

Helitune goes on board AW109

Helitune goes on board AW109

21-Oct-2016Source: Helitune

Helitune’s Vehicle Health Monitoring System (HT-VHM) recently completed three very successful 45 minute flight trials on an AgustaWestland AW109 with Castle Air in the UK.  HT-VHM was used to continuously collect and store vibration inputs, speed references, RT-TipTrak blade tracking data, GPS and Inertial data.  All 3 flights were a total success and without any... Read more

Leonardo to establish Authorised Training Centre in Australasia

Leonardo to establish Authorised Training Centre in Australasia

21-Oct-2016Source: Leonardo

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that it has signed Agreements with Toll Helicopters of Australia (Toll Group) for the support of their new AgustaWestland AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator and to establish Toll Helicopters as an Authorised Training Centre for the Australasian region. The AW139 Full Flight Simulator, jointly developed by Leonardo and CAE and installed... Read more

Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease with HNZ

Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease with HNZ

13-Oct-2016Source: Waypoint Leasing

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed a lease agreement with HNZ Group (“HNZ”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, for one Leonardo AW139 helicopter previously operated by CHC, which will go on long-term lease in support of oil and... Read more

Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

13-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The Rajasthan Government has had difficulty in raising enough funds to procure a new helicopter and state plane, as well as difficulty in selling their AgustaWestland 109E Power the General Administration Department (GAD) has had to resort to hiring from private parties, entering into a year-long contract. As reported by The Times of India, the... Read more

Possible Closure for GKN Yeovil

Possible Closure for GKN Yeovil

13-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

GKN Aerospace’s firm in Yeovil, Somerset has taken a knock as Leonardo has decided to make production of all aspects of AW159 Wildcat production to an in-house operation. The Unite workers union has stated that the announcement has come as a big shock. The loss of contract has meant that GKN Yeovil will either be... Read more

Nigeria VIP flight transfers two VIP AW101s to Air Force

Nigeria VIP flight transfers two VIP AW101s to Air Force

12-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The Federal Government has backed up their promise and delivered an AgustaWestland 101 and 102, from the Presidential Airforce, to the Nigerian Air Force. Channels TV reports that at the handing over ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Defence Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali whole-heartedly agreed with the decision to support the Nigerian Air Force in... Read more

LCI Experiencing busiest year ever at Helitech 2016

LCI Experiencing busiest year ever at Helitech 2016

11-Oct-2016Source: LCI

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, is experiencing its busiest and most successful year to date in 2016, with its fleet, customer base and operation all rapidly expanding. The leading helicopter lessor now has 35 helicopters in its own lease portfolio, and expects to have a total of 40 in... Read more

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance AW169 arrives UK for completion

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance AW169 arrives UK for completion

10-Oct-2016Source: LNAA

After more than a year in the planning, our new state-of-the-art helicopter, an AgustaWestland 169 is one step closer to becoming operational in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The helicopter was flown to the UK from Italy on Friday and is now secure in a hangar at Staverton, where our helicopter provider is based. It will remain... Read more

Airlift wins Norwegian marine pilot contract with AW169s

Airlift wins Norwegian marine pilot contract with AW169s

26-Sep-2016Source: Airlift

Following a competitive tendering process, Airlift AS has been awarded a contract involving transport of Norwegian pilots to and from large vessels and vessels carrying hazardous and/or pollutive cargo serving the oil and gas terminals at Kårstø, Sture, Mongstad, Nyhavna and Melkøya. The contract was awarded in competition with several bidders, and the Norwegian Coastal... Read more

Bel Air passes 5000 flight hours on AW189 fleet

Bel Air passes 5000 flight hours on AW189 fleet

16-Sep-2016Source: Bel Air

Bel Air has just passed the first 5000 safe flight hours with our two AgustaWestland AW189 helicopters. This means that Bel Air remain AW189 fleet leader worldwide. In comparison the total fleet of 23 AW189 helicopters worldwide has flown just under 16000 hours. Bel Air took delivery of two AW189 helicopters from Leonardo Helicopters (formerly... Read more

Obituary – Santino Pancotti of AgustaWestland

Obituary – Santino Pancotti of AgustaWestland

16-Sep-2016Source: AHS

Santino Pancotti, former technical lead for Agusta and AgustaWestland, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016. He was 75. Pancotti was born in Dec. 1940 and joined Agusta in 1958. Initially he worked on Bell 47s licensed from the Fort Worth manufacturer. As a junior designer, he worked on the development of the A102, A103,... Read more

UK SAR helicopters in new trial

UK SAR helicopters in new trial

11-Sep-2016Source: HM Coastguard

HM Coastguard has a new eye in the sky from September 2016, as a Jetstream 41 turboprop aircraft is being trialled as part of a development to support our search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. The new plane is painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours and will be patrolling the southern and eastern seaboard.... Read more

Leonardo signs contracts for AW169 and AW109SPs in Latin America

Leonardo signs contracts for AW169 and AW109SPs in Latin America

9-Sep-2016Source: Leonardo

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced on 1 Sep that five corporate helicopters have recently been sold to three customers in South America. The sales include one AgustaWestland AW169 and twoGrandNew helicopters to corporate customers in Argentina, and another two GrandNew helicopters to a corporate customer inVenezuela. All five aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2016. The... Read more

Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

9-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The Department for Transport bought 11 Sikorsky S92 and Agusta Westland AW189 helicopters from the American company Bristow for £1.9 billion, but the helicopters themselves are too large to land at hospital helipads. The hospitals Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol and Sheffield are being affected by the lack of helicopters available. Newcastle officials have brought the... Read more

Leonardo adds second aircraft to Trekker development

Leonardo adds second aircraft to Trekker development

1-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Leonardo Helicopters has recently added a second airframe to the development effort for their AW109 Trekker model. In simple terms this is a skid variant of the successful AW109 model The aircraft was bought in from Italian operator Esperia Aviation Services, and then converted to Trekker standard and repainted in a red version of the... Read more

Waypoint leases pre-owned AW139 to Canadian EMS operator

Waypoint leases pre-owned AW139 to Canadian EMS operator

30-Aug-2016Source: Waypoint

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has acquired a pre-owned AW139 in EMS configuration on the open market and placed it on long-term lease to Ornge in support of EMS operations in Ontario, Canada. The aircraft is additional to Waypoint’s current AW139 fleet and order... Read more

UK – New Scilly Isles helicopter service proposed with AW139s

UK – New Scilly Isles helicopter service proposed with AW139s

25-Aug-2016Source: Penzance Heliport Ltd

Plans are underway for the reinstatement of the popular scheduled helicopter service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. The helicopter flights will play a vital role in a multi-modal transport service for the islands.   A planning application for a new heliport on Jelbert Way, Penzance, is expected to be submitted this autumn following a... Read more

Universal Wiring completes delivery of 750 miles of cabling for AW101 upgrades

Universal Wiring completes delivery of 750 miles of cabling for AW101 upgrades

17-Aug-2016Source: Universal

Universal Wiring Systems announced that it had delivered 750 miles of electrical harnessing to complete the wiring phase of AgustaWestland’s Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP). The company has provided harnesses for 30 Merlin Mk2 helicopters, each comprising 25 miles (41km) of wiring, which completes the MCSP deliverables. Awarded in 2005, the programme upgrades 30 of... Read more

US Dept of Homeland Security sell their two AW139s

US Dept of Homeland Security sell their two AW139s

16-Aug-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The US Dept of Homeland Security has sold their two AgustaWestland AW139s, as confirmed in recent days by an updated entry on the FAA register. The purchaser is listed as Guardian Helicopters of Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta. The operator’s website says that Guardian Helicopters was formed in 1995 in Fort Nelson B.C.... Read more

AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

15-Aug-2016Source: AgustaWestland

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced that the first flying AW609 prototype has arrived in Philadelphia following a recent resumption of flight testing. Departing from Arlington, Texas, the aircraft’s flight plan included an overnight stop in Huntsville, Ala, before arriving in Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 10. With industrialization underway, Leonardo-Finmeccanica has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the... Read more

Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

10-Aug-2016Source: Lockheed Martin

The Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of the 30th upgraded Merlin Mk2 helicopter from industry. Lockheed Martin UK joined representatives from the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence for a ceremony to mark the handover of the final airframe at Leonardo’s facility in Yeovil, Somerset. For the last ten years, employees from both... Read more

Leonardo demos AW139 at MTOW up to 49 Celsius

Leonardo demos AW139 at MTOW up to 49 Celsius

9-Aug-2016Source: AgustaWestland

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that the AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter showed outstanding hot and high altitude performance and mission capabilities during recent trials in Pakistan, reached on a ferry flight from Italy. The trials were conducted in the central desert area of Multan, where temperatures touched 49 °C with the helicopter still being able to... Read more

Government of Pakistan orders AW139s

Government of Pakistan orders AW139s

9-Aug-2016Source: AgustaWestland

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that the Government of Pakistan has signed a contract for an undisclosed number of AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to be used for transport and EMS missions. This event sets a major milestone for Leonardo and further expands the already successful presence of the AW139 and other models in the Country. This... Read more

Italian Coast Guard orders two more AW139s, plus two options

Italian Coast Guard orders two more AW139s, plus two options

9-Aug-2016Source: AgustaWestland

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced an order for additional two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters by the Italian Coast Guard. This latest contract will increase the customer’s fleet of AW139s to twelve. The AW139s will be used to perform a range of missions including maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR), and emergency medical services. The latest order also... Read more

AW609 resumes test flights

AW609 resumes test flights

8-Aug-2016Source: AgustaWestland

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has confirmed that the first AW609 TiltRotor prototype has resumed flight testing in helicopter and airplane modes. Flight testing activities will continue to take place in Arlington, Texas, with plans to soon fly the AW609 to Philadelphia and ultimately relocate the aircraft at the company’s facilities in Italy. The third prototype, assembled and ground... Read more

FAA validates two AW139 cabin STCs for Mecaer Aviation Group

FAA validates two AW139 cabin STCs for Mecaer Aviation Group

5-Aug-2016Source: Mecaer

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) announced it has validated additional STCs with the FAA for the AW139 in VIP configuration. Previously the STCs were validated with EASA. MAG responded to the growing demand for additional options in the United States for VIP configured AW139s containing a higher level of technology while reducing noise levels in... Read more

Leonardo gives Panama a free AW109 GrandNew to settle Selex radar dispute

Leonardo gives Panama a free AW109 GrandNew to settle Selex radar dispute

4-Aug-2016Source: Leonardo

The Vice President of the Republic of Panama, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, visited Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s factory in Vergiate (Varese) recently, home to the company’s main helicopter final assembly lines. The Vice President of Panama and a senior accompanying delegation had the opportunity to view the industrial capabilities and modern range of products that make... Read more

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