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Cyrpus – Auditor General questions AW139 purchase

Cyrpus – Auditor General questions AW139 purchase

16-Mar-2016Source: In Cyprus

Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides has hit out against what he sees is a cover-up in the suspicious purchase of five AW139s from AgustaWestland back in 2008.  Cyprus bought three for SAR work, and two for their national Police force.  See full story... Read more

Philippines allocates $800K for AW109E spares

Philippines allocates $800K for AW109E spares

15-Mar-2016Source: PNA

The Philippine News Agency, a government department, has issued the following statement – noting that PHP37,507,894.33 translates today to US$ 801320.53 To ensure the maximum efficiency and mission-readiness of all its available aircraft, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) has allocated the sum of PHP37,507,894.33 for the acquisition of additional spare parts for its AgustaWestland AW-109... Read more

Era Helicopters to help develop EMS role for AW609

Era Helicopters to help develop EMS role for AW609

8-Mar-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Finmeccanica Helicopter Division has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Era Group Inc, for the development of the Emergency Medical Service variant of the AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor. Era is a major customer of AgustaWestland helicopters, both as an operator and a lessor – recently including two AW189s. The signing of the... Read more

First flight of AW109 Trekker announced

First flight of AW109 Trekker announced

8-Mar-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Finmeccanica Helicopters has announced the first flight of its AgustaWestland AW109 Trekker, the skid version of the AW109 light twin helicopter.  The aircraft took off from the company facility at Cascina Costa in Italy, flown by pilots Giuseppe Afruni and Giuseppe Segreto.  The development aircraft is was previously an AW109S Grand model, EASA (European Aviation... Read more

Pratt & Whitney Canada FAST system now available on AW139

Pratt & Whitney Canada FAST system now available on AW139

6-Mar-2016Source: P&WC

Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC’s) Flight Acquisition, Storage and Transmission (FAST™) solution is now available on Finmeccanica’s AW139 helicopter, providing a wireless turnkey solution that delivers actionable, preventative engine health information as well as flight data recorder (FDR) data collection and transmission to operators. The result is reduced pilot workload, operating costs and downtime through... Read more

Pratt & Whitney Canada extends TBO on PW210 turboshaft

Pratt & Whitney Canada extends TBO on PW210 turboshaft

6-Mar-2016Source: P&WC

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) today announced that it has extended the basic time between overhaul (TBO) for its PW210 turboshaft engines from 3,500 to 4,000 hours. This will increase time-on-wing and reduce maintenance costs by over 10 percent for operators. The extension applies to all PW210 engines currently in service and those to be... Read more

JSSI Launches Parts-Only Programs For AW139 and Bell 429

JSSI Launches Parts-Only Programs For AW139 and Bell 429

4-Mar-2016Source: JSSI

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, announced its Parts-Only Program is now available for the Finmeccanica (formerly AgustaWestland) AW139 and the Bell 429. “Last year we introduced the Parts-Only Program for the AS350 market and we are now excited to expand this offering... Read more

Greenwich AeroGroup completes first install of LiveAero system on AW139

Greenwich AeroGroup completes first install of LiveAero system on AW139

4-Mar-2016Source: Greenwich AeroGroup

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that it has successfully installed its LiveAero system on an AW139 at its Summit Aviation facility in Middletown, Del. “This is an exciting achievement for the LiveAero platform,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Greenwich AeroGroup Daniel Lafrance. “This satellite broadband connectivity solution is the best value in the... Read more

Heli-One to Offer AW139 Main Rotor Blade Repair in Stavanger

Heli-One to Offer AW139 Main Rotor Blade Repair in Stavanger

2-Mar-2016Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce plans to add in-house AW139 main rotor blade repair capability at its Stavanger, Norway facility. This new capability is expected to be fully implemented by July 2017. AgustaWestland has approved the capability and will begin training Heli-One’s technicians... Read more

Sino-US signs for 25 AW119Kx helicopters

Sino-US signs for 25 AW119Kx helicopters

2-Mar-2016Source: AgustaWestland

A contract for 25 AgustaWestland AW119Kx single engine helicopters has been signed with Sino-US. Deliveries are expected to start by June 2016. This contract includes a comprehensive support and training services package and is part of a framework agreement for 60 AW119Kx aircraft to be acquired through 2017. The helicopters will be operated by Kingwing... Read more

Shizuoka Air Commuter orders a second GrandNew

Shizuoka Air Commuter orders a second GrandNew

2-Mar-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The helicopter division of Finmeccanica has reported that Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation has ordered a GrandNew helicopter in air ambulance configuration for use in the Niigata Prefecture.  THe aircraft will fly as part of the national helicopter air ambulance programme “Doctor Heli” which covers all Japanese prefectures through a series of different operator. The company... Read more

Era Helicopters passes 100,000 flight hour landmark in AW139 fleet

Era Helicopters passes 100,000 flight hour landmark in AW139 fleet

2-Mar-2016Source: Finmeccanica

The Helicopter Division of Finmeccanica celebrated today with the Era Group, the longest serving helicopter provider in the industry and the largest civil operator of AgustaWestland helicopters, their tremendous operational success and achievement of 100,000 flight hours with their fleet of 40 AW139 helicopters operated across their group. Era operates and leases the aircraft in... Read more

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

2-Mar-2016Source: Finmeccanica

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

VIH Aerospace adds AW139 to Transport Canada approvals

VIH Aerospace adds AW139 to Transport Canada approvals

2-Mar-2016Source: VIH Aerospace

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services (exhibiting at Heli-Expo Booth # 1209) has now added the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter to its Transport Canada – Approved Maintenance Organization Certificate. With this addition, VIH Aerospace is now approved by the regulatory body to perform specific... Read more

Life Flight Network is first EMS operator to achieve both HAI-APS and IS-BAO Accreditation

Life Flight Network is first EMS operator to achieve both HAI-APS and IS-BAO Accreditation

2-Mar-2016Source: Life Flight Network

Today at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Conference in Louisville, KY, Life Flight Network (LFN) received recognition for earning two distinguished safety accreditations. LFN is the first air medical operator in the world to receive the HAI Accreditation Program of Safety (HAI-APS) designation for helicopter air ambulance operations. Simultaneously, LFN received International Standard for Business... Read more

Latest Rockwell Collins displays now in service in Era AW189s

Latest Rockwell Collins displays now in service in Era AW189s

1-Mar-2016Source: Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins’ latest solutions for helicopters will be playing a key role in the Gulf of Mexico as Era Group Inc., a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, has taken delivery of its first two Finmecannica AW189 heavy helicopters. “We congratulate Era – the first operator of the AW189 in the Americas... Read more

Bristow sells three AW139s to Waypoint on leaseback

Bristow sells three AW139s to Waypoint on leaseback

1-Mar-2016Source: Waypoint Leasing

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed a multi-aircraft agreement with Bristow Group Inc. (“Bristow”) for the purchase and leaseback of three AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. All three helicopters will operate offshore in crew change and limited Search and Rescue roles, on long-term contract in... Read more

Vector introduces ADS-B Out solution for AW139

Vector introduces ADS-B Out solution for AW139

29-Feb-2016Source: AgustaWestland

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that it is in the process of developing a new FAA-certified ADS-B Out solution for the popular Finmeccanica Helicopters AW139 medium twin rotorcraft. Vector’s ADS-B Out solution for the AW139 utilizes an L-3 Avionics Systems Lynx... Read more

First Italian CSAR AW101 enters service

First Italian CSAR AW101 enters service

25-Feb-2016Source: Finmeccanica

Finmeccanica and the Italian Air Force celebrated today the entry into operational service of their first AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, during an official ceremony at Cervia Air Base. A total of four HH-101A “CAESAR” helicopters, out of a total requirement of 15, have been delivered from the Finmeccanica Helicopter Division’s assembly line... Read more

Finmeccanica to give Panama a free AW139 to settle dispute

Finmeccanica to give Panama a free AW139 to settle dispute

25-Feb-2016Source: Reuters

The Panamanian government said on Tuesday it had agreed the cancellation of a $125 million radar contract with a subsidiary of Italy’s Finmeccanica SpA that had become mired in a dispute over alleged corruption. See Full Story... Read more

Dart Aerospace launches two new AW139 accessories

Dart Aerospace launches two new AW139 accessories

25-Feb-2016Source: Dart

DART Aerospace continues to lead in product development with the launch of high quality accessories for the AW139: The Heavy Duty Heli-Access-StepTM and the Quick Release Maintenance Step. DART’s AW139 Heli-Access-StepsTM are available in both heavy duty and lightweight options. Both variants are stronger than OEM passenger steps currently available, which are prone to cracking... Read more

Finmeccanica Helicopters partners with Nanyang Technological University

Finmeccanica Helicopters partners with Nanyang Technological University

22-Feb-2016Source: Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Finmeccanica, through its Helicopter Division manufacturing AgustaWestland products, signed a Memorandum of Understanding today at the Singapore Airshow 2016. The agreement confirms the intent of both parties to partner on helicopter production and technologies with the final aim to establish a collaborative technology research centre to be set up... Read more

Army Air Corps praise new Wildcat facilities at RNAS Yeovilton

Army Air Corps praise new Wildcat facilities at RNAS Yeovilton

12-Feb-2016Source: Army Air Corps

The new facilities to provide infrastructure to support the co-location of the army’s Wildcat Attack Helicopter Force at RNAS Yeovilton have been praised. Contract 2, which was completed at the end of last year, delivered technical facilities worth in the region of £14 million to facilitate the re-location of the Army Air Corps from Guttersloh... Read more

First customer AW169 arrived in UK today

First customer AW169 arrived in UK today

11-Feb-2016Source: AgustaWestland

HeliHub.com can reveal that this helicopter landed in the UK for the first time in the last hour – arriving at Redhill aerodrome at 13:57 GMT.  The related press release is below: Finmeccanica, through its Helicopter Division, handed over to Specialist Aviation Services its first AgustaWestland AW169 new generation intermediate class helicopter. The helicopter is... Read more

Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance AW169 expected today

Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance AW169 expected today

10-Feb-2016Source: Kent Online

A new state-of-the art air ambulance is set to be added to the trust’s fleet. See Full Story... Read more

New Director of Sales and Marketing at Sloane Helicopters

New Director of Sales and Marketing at Sloane Helicopters

7-Feb-2016Source: Sloane Helicopters

Sloane Helicopters is delighted to announce that John Parnell has joined the Company as Director of Sales and Marketing. John has had a wide-ranging 17 year aviation career starting as a UK military helicopter pilot, gaining invaluable operational and management experience. More recently, he has held senior executive helicopter sales and leasing positions. John was... Read more

UK Police evolves as two more bases close as planned

UK Police evolves as two more bases close as planned

2-Feb-2016Source: HeliHub.com

NPAS – the UK’s National Police Air Service – have closed two more bases as planned. NPAS Ripley closed, and their EC135 will be the third in the upgrade line at Bond Air Services. The first from that process was displayed at Helitech in October 2015, and the second is currently in progress. NPAS Sheffield... Read more

Guardia Costiera receives last of six new AW139s

Guardia Costiera receives last of six new AW139s

31-Jan-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Italy’s Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) have now received all six of their new batch of AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, replacing older Agusta-built Bell 412s.  The last pair were delivered on Friday 22nd and Thursday 28th January to Sarzana using callsigns “Nemo 9” and “Nemo 10”. Guardia Costiera previously had four AW139s, delivered late 2010 and early... Read more

Heli-One Completes First AW139 Exhaust Duct Repair in Poland

Heli-One Completes First AW139 Exhaust Duct Repair in Poland

29-Jan-2016Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, the world’s largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, announced it has completed its first proprietary repair in its Poland facility of an AgustaWestland AW139 first generation duct.  Heli-One’s facility in Rzeszow completed the repair for a third party customer, making it mission ready in just 10 days. Heli-One developed... Read more

First AW139 arrives for Croatian Police

First AW139 arrives for Croatian Police

26-Jan-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The Croatian Police last week took delivery of the first of two AW139 helicopters, with the second reportedly due in July 2016.   Flown to Zagreb Airport on Wednesday, the aircraft had actually quietly entered national airspace the previous evening and overnighted at Pula ready for its higher profile landing at the capital’s airport. The two... Read more

Linfox AW169 now in service in Australia

Linfox AW169 now in service in Australia

19-Jan-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Some three and a half years after AgustaWestland announced the order for three VIP AW169s, the first of these has now been delivered to Linfox Holdings – who supplied the image we are using in this article.   This marks the seventh new AgustaWestland helicopter in under fifteen years. Linfox is Australia’s largest privately owned logistics... Read more

First of ten AW169s for INAER now in flight test

First of ten AW169s for INAER now in flight test

15-Jan-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Multinational operator INAER has ten AW169s on order from the factory in Italy, and the first of these is now in flight test. In our photo by Marco Bianchi, the helicopter is seen in the typical livery of Italian air ambulance operations. INAER is strong in that market in both Spain and France with a... Read more

Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

13-Jan-2016Source: HeliHub.com

In 2015, we published a total of 3,298 news stories on HeliHub.com to keep the global helicopter industry fully up-to-date with the news from all corners of our planet – approximately 13 stories every working day of the year.  We publish a wide range of stories, some from press releases, others from postings made by... Read more

2016 Strategy Guide for top 6 military helicopter manufacturers

2016 Strategy Guide for top 6 military helicopter manufacturers

7-Jan-2016Source: ReportBuyer

Military helicopters have been an integral component of the force structure of armed forces globally and with increasing threat from terrorism & extremism; their significance for carrying out anti-insurgency based operations has grown further manifold in a complex, challenging, uncertain & rapidly evolving global geo-political environment. The demand & acquisition scenario for military equipment has... Read more

Ornge pilots testing NVGs

Ornge pilots testing NVGs

6-Jan-2016Source: The Hamilton Spectator

The pilots who fly Ornge’s air ambulance helicopters may soon have a new skill to guide them through the skies — the ability to see in the dark. See Full Story... Read more

EASA approves Aerolite medical interior for AW169

EASA approves Aerolite medical interior for AW169

5-Jan-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Aerolite has announced today that EASA have issued STC approval for an AW169 air medical interior.  The actual approval was completed in December 2015, but Aerolite have not stated if it was their delay in broadcasting the news, or EASA being slow with the paperwork. The STC is for the first of a family of... Read more

AgustaWestland name disappears

AgustaWestland name disappears

4-Jan-2016Source: HeliHub.com

AgustaWestland parent company Finmeccanica have surprised most industry observers by getting rid of the AgustaWestland name – with group chief Mauro Moretti announcing that all companies will be renamed with the Finmeccanica name. The formal launch of the corporate and legal activities in preparation for implementation of the group’s new organizational and operational model dates... Read more

Two AW139s inducted into Bangladesh Air Force

Two AW139s inducted into Bangladesh Air Force

17-Dec-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid a visit to Air Force’s Bangabandhu Base in Dhaka in Dhaka on Sunday 6th December to induct two new aircraft types.  Aside from the Yak-140 jet trainer (they have 24 on order), the more important part of the day was to launch the AW139 into military service in this... Read more

UK – Second SAR S92 arrives at Prestwick

UK – Second SAR S92 arrives at Prestwick

16-Dec-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow Helicopters is all set for the opening of two more UK SAR bases, with the second Sikorsky S92 arriving at Prestwick on Sunday. This means that both Newquay and Prestwick have their compliment of aircraft – two S92s each at the present time – in preparation for live operations. The Sikorsky S92s at Prestwick... Read more

Finmeccanica denies Boeing approached them to buy UK arm of AgustaWestland

Finmeccanica denies Boeing approached them to buy UK arm of AgustaWestland

14-Dec-2015Source: Reuters

Italy’s Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI) has not received any offer for the British arm of its helicopter business AgustaWestland and does not plan to sell it anyway, the aerospace and defense group’s chief executive, Mauro Moretti, said on Friday. See Full Story... Read more

Vector completes last Lynx overhaul

Vector completes last Lynx overhaul

8-Dec-2015Source: Vector

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, held a recognition ceremony on Friday 4th December to commemorate the last Depth maintenance event to be completed on a UK Armed Forces Lynx helicopter at the company’s Fleetlands site in Gosport. The event, which recognised the site’s 37-year support... Read more

Korean AW159 deliveries delayed by acceptance test issue

Korean AW159 deliveries delayed by acceptance test issue

7-Dec-2015Source: Yonhap News

A defect found in the recent testing of the British helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland’s Wildcat chopper halted the firm’s process of delivering the aircraft to South Korea, the defense procurement agency said Tuesday.See full story.... Read more

RA Aviation announces AW189 and AW139 Maintenance Docking Systems

RA Aviation announces AW189 and AW139 Maintenance Docking Systems

2-Dec-2015Source: RA Aviation

RA-Aviation, a global player in the design, engineering and manufacturing of high qualitysafe maintenance stands, assembly/production line platforms ground support equipment announced today the releasesofAW 189 and AW 139  maintenance docking systems. For further information please visit our website http://www.ra-aviation.no Oyvind Mork, Managing Director, is pleased with thecontinued success in developing products in co-operation with... Read more

Rega orders three AW169s

Rega orders three AW169s

2-Dec-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today that Swiss Air-Rescue Rega has placed an order for three AW169 light intermediate twin-engine and one GrandNew light twin-engine helicopters which will join the current fleet of a GrandNew and nine single-pilot configured Da Vinci helicopters. The aircraft will perform emergency medical service and search and rescue missions (EMS/SAR) all over Switzerland,... Read more

First of three AW169s for Linfox now in flight test

First of three AW169s for Linfox now in flight test

30-Nov-2015Source: HeliHub.com

In July 2012, AgustaWestland announced the sale of three corporate-fit AW169s to Linfox Holdings in Australia. The aircraft will be used to perform corporate transport missions in the Melbourne area of Australia. The order marked the entrance of the AW169 into the Australian corporate/VIP transport market. The first of these is now in flight test... Read more

AW169 testing continues with loadlifting in Big Bear Valley

AW169 testing continues with loadlifting in Big Bear Valley

26-Nov-2015Source: HeliHub.com

A local news outlet – Big Bear Grizzly – has reported that AgustaWestland were testing the AW169 at Big Bear City Airport last week.  This is located at Big Bear Lake, a mountain community 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest.  Altitude ranges from the airport at 6,752... Read more

Recently retired military chief summonsed over AW159 corruption allegations

Recently retired military chief summonsed over AW159 corruption allegations

26-Nov-2015Source: The Korea Herald

A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was summoned for questioning Tuesday in connection with alleged corruption surrounding a government deal to buy maritime helicopters from an Anglo-Italian company.See full story... Read more

First of two AW139s for Atlantic Airways now in flight test

First of two AW139s for Atlantic Airways now in flight test

25-Nov-2015Source: HeliHub.com

The first of two AW139s announced by AgustaWestland in June 2015 as sold to Atlantic Airways has been seen on flight test in Italy.  In our photo here by Marco Bianchi, the first example is seen with double hoist mounted to starboard. In their press release, AgustaWestland stated that the aircraft will be used to... Read more

Indonesia orders three AW101s for VVIP work

Indonesia orders three AW101s for VVIP work

25-Nov-2015Source: HeliHub.com

The Jakarta Post is reporting that the Indonesian Government have ordered three AW101 helicopters from AgustaWestland for VVIP work, quoting Air Force spokesman First Marshall Dwi Badarmanto saying that the aircraft had been included in the 2014-19 strategic plan.  The three helicopters will replace a single AS332 Super Puma, with the expectation that the scope... Read more

STARS and NJ State Police sign long-term AW139 training contracts

STARS and NJ State Police sign long-term AW139 training contracts

19-Nov-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today that long term training service contracts have been signed with customers operating AW139 intermediate twin helicopters in the United States and Canada. Signing a five year training contract, helicopter emergency medical services provider STARS, operating three AW139s throughout Western Canada, is extending its agreement with AgustaWestland to provide recurrent training for its... Read more

RACQ Careflight completes first AW139 mission

RACQ Careflight completes first AW139 mission

18-Nov-2015Source: RACQ CareFlight

RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s Brisbane-based crew completed its first mission on board the new AgustaWestland 139 (AW139) helicopter today. “After six weeks of intensive crew training, the AW139 helicopter officially became operational this morning,” CareFlight Operations Manager Matt O’Rourke said. The milestone flight was a hospital transfer for a 65-year-old woman suffering a cardiac condition. “A... Read more

UK CAA approves first use of white phosphor goggles

UK CAA approves first use of white phosphor goggles

16-Nov-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Aviation Specialties Unlimited and UK operator Specialist Aviation Services have obtained UK CAA approval for the use of White Phosphor night vision goggles on the MD Explorer. ASU president Jim Winkel says this is the first UK CAA approval for the use of White Phosphor NVGs.  ASU expects demand to increase as more UK operators... Read more

AW139 operators help Honeywell launch high-speed broadband for helicopters

AW139 operators help Honeywell launch high-speed broadband for helicopters

16-Nov-2015Source: Honeywell

Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) will now offer AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter owners its Aspire 200 satellite communications system, marking the first high-speed wireless broadband solution enabling reliable and fast data services aboard helicopters. Awarded a supplemental type certificate (STC) by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Aspire 200 system enables helicopters to utilize SwiftBroadband, an aircraft connectivity... Read more

Donaldson working with AgustaWestland on AW189 Inlet Barrier Filter

Donaldson working with AgustaWestland on AW189 Inlet Barrier Filter

15-Nov-2015

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense is working with AgustaWestland to design, develop and produce Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems to protect AW189 helicopter engines and auxiliary power units (APUs) from dirt, dust, salt and foreign objects.  EASA certification is expected in spring 2016, and will keep contamination from degrading the performance and reliability of its two,... Read more

UAE signs for three AW609s in SAR role

UAE signs for three AW609s in SAR role

11-Nov-2015Source: AgustaWestland

The Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the United Arab Emirates announced today it has selected the AW609 TiltRotor for search and rescue (SAR) missions. Delivery of the first three AW609 TiltRotors to the JAC, with three additional options,is expected to start in the 2019 timeframe. The Joint Aviation Command will be the launch customer for... Read more

Dubai Police celebrates 20 years of flying AW109s

Dubai Police celebrates 20 years of flying AW109s

11-Nov-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland congratulates the Dubai Police on achieving 20 years of successful operations and over 16,000flight hours with its fleet of AW109 light twin-enginehelicopters. A ceremony was held at the Dubai Airshow today to celebrate this major milestone. A leading helicopter operator in Dubai and a key law enforcement operator of AgustaWestlandAW109s, the Dubai Police has... Read more

Dubai Air Wing celebrates 20 years with AW

Dubai Air Wing celebrates 20 years with AW

11-Nov-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland congratulates the Dubai Air Wing on achieving 20 years of successful operations of its helicopter types for transport missions.An official ceremony was held at the Dubai Airshow today to celebrate this significant milestone. A leading helicopter operator in the United Arab Emirates and a key customer to AgustaWestland with almost 20 aircraft of various... Read more

Gulf Helicopters sets new milestones with AW139 and AW189 fleets

Gulf Helicopters sets new milestones with AW139 and AW189 fleets

11-Nov-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today that the AW139 intermediate twin and the AW189 super medium twin helicopter fleets operated by Gulf Helicopters of Qatar have set two major milestones. Their 17 AW139s used for offshore operations have now achieved 75,000 flight hours while the four AW189s delivered so far have exceeded 1000 flight hours performing long range... Read more

Falcon to Operate First AW169 in Middle East in Offshore role

Falcon to Operate First AW169 in Middle East in Offshore role

11-Nov-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today that the AW139 intermediate twin and the AW189 super medium twin helicopter fleets operated by Gulf Helicopters of Qatar have set two major milestones. Their 17 AW139s used for offshore operations have now achieved 75,000 flight hours while the four AW189s delivered so far have exceeded 1000 flight hours performing long range... Read more

Three North Sea energy firms collaborate on AW139 contract

Three North Sea energy firms collaborate on AW139 contract

5-Nov-2015Source: Petrofac

Petrofac, Faroe Petroleum and Eni Hewett have established an innovative cost saving partnership to drive efficiencies and commercial synergies across their UK operations in the Southern North Sea. The tripartite agreement sees collaboration between Petrofac (Duty Holder) and the respective equity owners and operators of the Hewett, Schooner and Ketch gas fields to share logistics... Read more

New Polish Government questions Airbus Helicopter H225M deal

New Polish Government questions Airbus Helicopter H225M deal

4-Nov-2015Source: Reuters

Poland has recently completed a round of national elections, and the Law and Justice (PiS) party are now in power.  The country’s potential foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski yesterday questioned the country’s initial deal with Airbus to buy H225M helicopters as the contract would only leave “leftovers” for Polish producers.   While a provisional deal for 50 H225M... Read more

AgustaWestland AW609 test flight – fatal accident

AgustaWestland AW609 test flight – fatal accident

30-Oct-2015Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com are sad to report the fatal test flight accident in Italy of AgustaWestland AW609 prototype N609AG, killing test pilots Pietro Venanzi and Herb Moran.  The pair are being praised in the Italian media for bringing the aircraft down in fields away from a town when it was widely reported as already being on fire... Read more

30-Oct-15 N609AG AgustaWestland AW609 Vercelli, Italy (2F)

30-Oct-15 N609AG AgustaWestland AW609 Vercelli, Italy (2F)

30-Oct-2015

We are seeing many reports in the Italian media of an AW609 accident with two fatalities – named here as Pietro Venanzi and Herbert Moran. “on fire in flight between Santhià and Tronzano, the province of Vercelli” seems to be the common link description at this time.  ... Read more

Falklands SAR AW189 test flying in full colours

Falklands SAR AW189 test flying in full colours

28-Oct-2015

The first of two AgustaWestland AW189s for Search and Rescue work off the Falkland Islands has started test flying in full colours, as seen below in this photo by Marco Bianchi.  The aircraft will be operational under a new ten year contract starting April 2016.  When AAR announced the contract win, the value was quoted... Read more

Bristow starts first contract in South Korea with AW139

Bristow starts first contract in South Korea with AW139

27-Oct-2015Source: Bristow

After many months of hard work and coordination to overcome numerous obstacles, Bristow began its first-ever commercial flight for a contract at Busan, South Korea September 25, 2015, marking an important milestone for the Asia Pacific Region. The company will utilize an AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter, along with a back-up Sikorsky S-76C+ from local partner HeliKorea... Read more

Wildcat becomes first helicopter to land at St Helena Airport

Wildcat becomes first helicopter to land at St Helena Airport

27-Oct-2015Source: Royal Navy

The Royal Navy achieved an historic milestone when HMS Lancaster’s Wildcat helicopter became the first rotary-wing aircraft to land at the island of St Helena’s new airport. Sitting 1,200 miles off the coast of African and 1,800 miles from South America, St Helena is one of the most remote islands in the world – but... Read more

Batch of AgustaWestland related domain names for sale

Batch of AgustaWestland related domain names for sale

26-Oct-2015Source: HeliHub.com

It has been pointed out to the HeliHub.com team that a batch of internet domain names are currently for sale – all relating to helicopter models made by AgustaWestland. Domains listed on this website for sale include AW101.com AW109.com AW139.com AW159.com AW169.com and AW189.com Anyone interested in buying these should make their own enquiries to... Read more

Children’s Air Ambulance launches TV fundraising

Children’s Air Ambulance launches TV fundraising

26-Oct-2015Source: UK fundraising

The Children’s Air Ambulance has launched a campaign to recruit regular donors to the charity using DRTV, its first use of TV. See Full Story... Read more

Royal Air Force to receive AW109SP GrandNew

Royal Air Force to receive AW109SP GrandNew

23-Oct-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Previously unannounced by AgustaWestland, it would appear that the Royal Air Force in the UK are soon to receive an AW109SP GrandNew.  In a sneak photo here, we can see the full standard 32 Squadron colour scheme including RAF roundels, the British flag on the tail and the squadron crest just below the cabin windows.... Read more

South African Red Cross orders three AW119Kx

South African Red Cross orders three AW119Kx

22-Oct-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today that the South African Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) of South Africa has signed a contract for three AW119Kx EMS-equipped helicopters to expand their existing fleet of five AW119Ke aircraft. The contract also includes an option to acquire five additional units. The initial three aircraft will be delivered from AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia... Read more

Honeywell wins avionics support deal for Weststar AW139 fleet

Honeywell wins avionics support deal for Weststar AW139 fleet

22-Oct-2015Source: Honeywell

Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has signed a three-year agreement with Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd, a global offshore helicopter transportation services provider based in Malaysia, to enroll 23 of its AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters in the Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan. The Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan, known as HAPP, is designed to shore up support for operator... Read more

CAE-Lider JV to expand with AW139 full flight simulator

CAE-Lider JV to expand with AW139 full flight simulator

21-Oct-2015Source: CAE

CAE, a world leader in aviation training, and Lider Aviacao, the largest helicopter operator in Brazil, today announced the expansion of the joint venture training program between CAE and Lider with the purchase of a CAE 3000 Series full-flight simulator (FFS) replicating the AW139 aircraft. The new AW139 FFS will be jointly developed by CAE... Read more

Life Flight Network AW119Kx fleet passes 10,000 Flight Hours

Life Flight Network AW119Kx fleet passes 10,000 Flight Hours

21-Oct-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today that Life Flight Network of the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West United States has exceeded 10,000 flight hours in their fleet of AW119Kx life-saving EMS (Emergency Medical Service) helicopters, just two years after initial deliveries to the customer and three years after the aircraft was outfitted with a glass cockpit and unveiled... Read more

Life Link III Signs for Seventh AW119Kx

Life Link III Signs for Seventh AW119Kx

21-Oct-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today that Life Link III of the Northwest United States has signed for a seventh EMS-equipped AW119Kx helicopter that will add to their growing fleet. The aircraft will be delivered from AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia facility by the end of 2015. Meeting the high standards set by Life Link III’s operational requirements, introduction of the... Read more

First Upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 Delivered to Royal Navy

First Upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 Delivered to Royal Navy

20-Oct-2015Source: AgustaWestland

Agusta Westland announced today that it had delivered the first of seven upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 helicopters to the Royal Navy as part of Phase 1of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP). Under the MLSP design and manufacture contract, awarded to Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland in January 2014, 25 AW101 Merlin HC Mk3/3A aircraft will be converted... Read more

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