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Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard to reactivate one of four AW139s

Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard to reactivate one of four AW139s

In June 2017 the Trinidad & Tobago Government decided to ground their fleet of four AW139 helicopters on budgetary grounds.  This week the Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, has announced that one helicopter is planned to return to use for the Air Guard of Trinidad and Tobago.  Speaking at a Standing Finance Committee meeting on Monday, Minister… Read more »

21-Oct-20

MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

Leonardo is pleased to announce that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) has taken delivery of its first AW139 helicopter.  The October 13 handoff included a small ceremony at Miami Executive Airport (TMB) in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Officials from the County, including Mayor Carlos A. Giménez, spoke at the event. “As a former firefighter, I’ve been very impressed… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 15-Oct-20

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Penzance Helicopters introduces AW139 to Isles of Scilly service

Penzance Helicopters introduces AW139 to Isles of Scilly service

Penzance Helicopters is (on 12th September 2020) introducing the Leonardo AW139 to the recently re-launched Isles of Scilly service, flying from Penzance direct to Tresco and St Mary’s. The best-in-class aircraft sets the benchmark for passenger safety and comfort. With 15 ergonomically designed seats and large cabin windows, it treats passengers to unobstructed views of… Read more »

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 11-Sep-20

Global AirParts announces AW139 part out project

Global AirParts announces AW139 part out project

Global AirParts, the leading provider of used, serviceable materials for Sikorsky S76 helicopters, commenced its first AW139 part out project. “The helicopter industry continues to face significant overcapacity with significant idle assets, many of which may never fly again. We have a proven track record of accurately identifying candidate aircraft for part-out and efficiently disassembling… Read more »

Source: Global AirParts, 11-Sep-20

Leonardo AW139 – EASA AD 2020-0191 : Equipment / Furnishings

Leonardo AW139 – EASA AD 2020-0191 : Equipment / Furnishings

A design deficiency has been identified, affecting some specific main cabin floor panel installations on AB139 and AW139 helicopters.  This condition, if not corrected, could, in case of an emergency landing, lead to failure of the affected seats, as defined in this AD, possibly resulting in injury to helicopter occupants. To address this potential unsafe condition, as… Read more »

Source: EASA, 04-Sep-20

Changes coming for heliport at Macau International Airport

Changes coming for heliport at Macau International Airport

Macau International Airport Company Limited (CAM) launched the kick-off meeting for the design phase of the Terminal 2 and Heliport of Macau International Airport (MIA) on 18 Aug 2020, marking a significant milestone for the Pac On project. The current designed passenger capacity of MIA is about 7.8 million. In 2019, the annual passenger volume… Read more »

Source: Macau International Airport, 24-Aug-20

Coptersafety appoints new AW139 Type Lead Instructor

Coptersafety appoints new AW139 Type Lead Instructor

Coptersafety has announced the appointment of Manuel Guillen as a new AW139 Type Lead Instructor. Manuel has been selected from within the organization as he’s been a full-time instructor at Coptersafety for many years. Guillen will take up his new position on the 1st of September. “Manolo has years of operational experience behind him and… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 12-Aug-20

Lifeflight’s AW139 fleet marks milestone

Lifeflight’s AW139 fleet marks milestone

LifeFlight Australia has reached a major milestone, clocking up 10 thousand flying hours in its fleet of Leonardo AW139 helicopters. The aeromedical service, which has a forty year history of saving lives in Queensland, Australia, operates ten RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and LifeFlight Surat Gas Aeromedical Service (SGAS) helicopters – including five AW139s. One month shy… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight Australia, 07-Aug-20

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24-Jul-20 VH-TJO Leonardo AW139 Goulburn, Australia

The ATSB is investigating the near-collision with terrain involving Leonardo Helicopters AW139, VH-TJO, 25 km East of Goulburn, New South Wales, on 24 July 2020. While conducting a single-pilot NVG EMS flight, the aircraft entered an uncommanded descent and drift. The aircraft was recovered in close proximity to obstacles and during the recovery, the helicopter… Read more »

24-Jul-20

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Leonardo presents AW139 enhanced capabilities

Leonardo presents  AW139 enhanced capabilities

Leonardo announced further enhancements for the AW139 intermediate twin engine market leader with the recently obtained EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certifications for the Honeywell Primus Epic integrated avionics Phase 8 software and the EGPWS (Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System) optional kit with offshore modes. The Phase 8 software release marks the introduction of an… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 20-Jul-20

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CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

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 »

Source: Ørsted, 06-Jul-20

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20-Jun-20 VH-EGK Leonardo AW139 Caboolture, Australia

During winching operations, the helicopter’s main rotor blades struck a tree. The crew returned to Archerfield, after which inspection revealed substantial damage to all main rotor blades, which were replaced by engineers.

20-Jun-20

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Penzance Helicopters flights to restart 4th July, plus AW139 update

Penzance Helicopters flights to restart 4th July, plus AW139 update

The Leonardo AW139 destined for the scheduled service between Penzance Heliport and the Isles of Scilly was one of the helicopter industry’s first #COVID19 casualties. The helicopter became quarantined in China early in 2020 when the pandemic took hold. Consequently the route started as planned on March 17 using two Leonardo AW109SP GrandNew helicopters, but… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-20

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FAA approves Coptersafety AW139 simulator

FAA approves Coptersafety AW139 simulator

Coptersafety’s CAE AW139 full flight simulator has been qualified to Level-D by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Simulator Program. Level-D qualification is only assigned to full-flight-simulators that meet the highest standards of the FAA. “We at Coptersafety are excited to expand our training capabilities, and with the addition of FAA qualified full flight simulators,… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 08-Jun-20

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Nigerian Navy receives AW139 helicopter

Nigerian Navy receives AW139 helicopter

The Nigerian Navy has taken delivery of a new AW139 from Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters, after the aircraft was ordered in 2016. See Full Story. 

Source: defenceWeb, 29-May-20

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COVID-19 – AW139 supporting COVID-19 operations in Canada

COVID-19 – AW139 supporting COVID-19 operations in Canada

During the spread of Covid-19, Leonardo has seen operators of its aircraft adapt, react and overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic across geographies. Air ambulance operators Ornge and STARS have managed to continue conducting life-saving missions across Canada throughout the emergency.   Both of these healthcare organisations have shared with Leonardo how they were… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 29-May-20

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LCI Helicopters launches $100 Million co-investment vehicle

LCI Helicopters launches $100 Million co-investment vehicle

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 »

Source: LCI, 07-May-20

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RBI Hawker completes industry first with AW139 main rotor blade repair

RBI Hawker completes industry first with AW139 main rotor blade repair

RBI Hawker recently received OEM approval for successfully completing the industry’s first leading edge abrasion strip replacement on the Leonardo AW139 main rotor blade at its facility in Dubai. The company is the only OEM authorized repair facility outside of Leonardo themselves to offer this critical repair. RBI Hawker supports Leonardo customers across the complete… Read more »

Source: RBI Hawker, 20-Apr-20

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Omni starts another PGS contract with both S76 and AW139

Omni starts another PGS contract with both S76 and AW139

Omni Táxi Aéreo recently started another contract with PGS, a reference company in the Seismic area, for its Offshore passengers transportation and MEDEVAC coverage. This is Omni’s sixth contract with PGS, for whom the company has been providing air transportation services in helicopters for over 15 years, reinforcing brand confidence and an excellent relationship between… Read more »

Source: Omni Táxi Aéreo, 17-Mar-20

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Caverton signs for AW139 simulator from Thales

Caverton signs for AW139 simulator from Thales

Helicopter services company, Caverton and Thales of France, has signed the Factory Acceptance of the AW139 Reality HFull-Flight Simulator, the first helicopter full flight simulator Level ‘D’ tobe installed in Africa. See Full Story.

Source: Daily Trust, 04-Mar-20

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Penzance Helicopters to launch with AW109 GrandNew due to Coronavirus

Penzance Helicopters to launch with AW109 GrandNew due to Coronavirus

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 »

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 24-Feb-20

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Honeywell and Leonardo upgrade AW139 with Synthetic Vision Navigation

Honeywell and Leonardo upgrade AW139 with Synthetic Vision Navigation

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) is providing Leonardo’s helicopter division with a significant cockpit upgrade — Honeywell’s innovative Primus Epic 2.0 — for its AW139 helicopters. Primus Epic 2.0 will deliver innovative and intuitive features that provide better maps, improved situational awareness at night and in marginal weather, and easier access through wireless connectivity, improving safety and… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 11-Feb-20

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Omni Táxi Aéreo picks Skytrac for Real-Time HUMS and Satellite Push-to-Talk solutions

Omni Táxi Aéreo picks Skytrac for Real-Time HUMS and Satellite Push-to-Talk solutions

OMNI Táxi Aéreo has selected SKYTRAC to provide both Real-Time Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) and Satellite Push-to-Talk (PTT) solutions on nine AW139s currently engaged in services contracts with PETROBRAS, the largest multinational Brazilian producer of oil and gas, to become the country’s first AW139s equipped with the industry-leading technology. “SKYTRAC has an excellent… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC, 04-Feb-20

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Leonardo announces the purchase of an AW139 Level D FF)S by Suzuyo & Co of Japan.

Leonardo announces  the purchase of an AW139 Level D FF)S by Suzuyo & Co of Japan.

Leonardo announced  the purchase of an AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) by Suzuyo & Co of Japan. The AW139 FFS will be manufactured by Leonardo in collaboration with CAE and installed at Suzuyo & Co facilities located in Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport and will be operated by its subsidiary Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 30-Jan-20

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Milestone Announces Leases of 7 Helicopters with Héli-Union

Milestone Announces Leases of 7 Helicopters with Héli-Union

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced the purchase and leaseback of three Leonardo AW139s with French helicopter services provider, Héli-Union. The acquisition of these aircraft expands Milestone’s fleet of owned and debt financed fleet of AW139 helicopters to more than 80. The company made the… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 29-Jan-20

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Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139 IGB TGB Capability

Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139 IGB TGB Capability

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 »

Source: Heli-One, 29-Jan-20

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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

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 »

Source: FlightSafety, 28-Jan-20

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Leonardo Philadelphia delivers 300th AW139

Leonardo Philadelphia delivers 300th AW139

Leonardo delivered on January 24 the 300th AW139 assembled at its Northeast Philadelphia facility. The aircraft is a Boeing MH-139A Grey Wolf assigned to the United States Air Force. The site, which serves as Leonardo Helicopters’ North America headquarters, has been operational since 1980 and employs over 700. Leonardo Helicopters Philadelphia also manufactures the AW119… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Jan-20

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US Air Force gives Leonardo MH-139 a name – the Grey Wolf

US Air Force gives Leonardo MH-139 a name – the Grey Wolf

Air Force Global Strike Command named the MH-139A helicopter “Grey Wolf” during a naming ceremony at Duke Field, Dec. 19. Gen. Timothy Ray, AFGSC commander, made the announcement, comparing it to the wild animal that bears the same name. The Grey Wolf is the first major acquisition for the command in its 10-year history. The… Read more »

Source: USAF, 20-Dec-19

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MDFR Orders AW139

MDFR Orders AW139

Leonardo announced that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) signed a contract for four AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform a range of missions—primarily fire suppression, emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR)—and will have special equipment including a cargo hook, rescue hoist and Bambi bucket. The first helicopter… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Dec-19

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Petroleum Air Services adds 6th AW139

Petroleum Air Services adds 6th AW139

Leonardo announced that Petroleum Air Services of Egypt will add a sixth AW139 intermediate twin helicopter to its fleet by year end. The aircraft will be used to perform offshore transport operations in Egypt. Leading operator Petroleum Air Services has been deploying AW139 helicopters in support of the Oil&Gas industry in the country since 2009…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Nov-19

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

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

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 »

Source: Robert Swan, 12-Nov-19

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Penzance Helicopters launches Travel Club discount for Isles of Scilly residents

Penzance Helicopters launches Travel Club discount for Isles of Scilly residents

Penzance Helicopters has launched its new Residents Helicopter Travel Club offering reduced fares for Isles of Scilly residents. The new and only Isles of Scilly helicopter service will fly direct from the purpose-built heliport in Penzance, from March 2020; flying to both St Mary’s and Tresco in just 15 minutes aboard a state-of-the-art, modern AW139… Read more »

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 12-Nov-19

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NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced that it has gained an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With this AOC, NHV again confirms its intention to strengthen its position in the UK offshore helicopter segment. The Group has currently inducted 7 aircraft under its UK… Read more »

Source: NHV, 28-Oct-19

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Civil helicopter market presence grows in South Africa

Civil helicopter market presence grows in South Africa

Leonardo announced today the signing of a Distributorship Agreement with Absolute Aviation Group in South Africa for the civil and commercial market. The Agreement, which has the potential to be extended to other Southern African nations in the future, includes the AW119Kx single engine, the AW109 GrandNew and AW109 Trekker light twins, the AW169 light… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-Oct-19

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Helity appointed AW139 Maintenance Centre by Leonardo

Helity appointed AW139 Maintenance Centre by Leonardo

Hélity reports that last week it was considered a Maintenance Center Recognized by the LEONARDO helicopter factory for its AW139 model. Since October 2017, the Company already had the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification, but this is an important step for several reasons. See Full Story.

Source: UrduPoint, 11-Oct-19

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Leonardo delivers its 1,000th AW139 helicopter

Leonardo delivers its 1,000th AW139 helicopter

Leonardo delivered its 1,000th AW139 helicopter. The event represents a historic achievement: the AW139 is the most important helicopter programme in the last 15 years at an international level, and it is also able to set a production record in the Italian aviation industry’s outlook. The 1,000th machine of this model was delivered to Italy’s… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Sep-19

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Russian operator Skypro adds fourth AW139

Russian operator Skypro adds fourth AW139

SKYPRO HELIKOPTERS LLC, part of the companies operating under the single SKYPRO brand, has expanded its Leonardo AW139 helicopter fleet to four aircraft. Thus, the company becomes the largest private operator of Leonardo AW139 helicopters in Russia. The new helicopter was made in Italy, has a cabin configuration of 8 seats and will soon begin… Read more »

Source: Skypro, 12-Sep-19

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Omni reaches over 100,000 hours flown in AW139 aircraft

Omni reaches over 100,000 hours flown in AW139 aircraft

Omni recently exceeded 100,000 hours flown in AW139 aircraft, a milestone in the company’s history. This helicopter model represents the ultimate in the offshore market, featuring low vibration and noise levels, integrated instruments that enable highly safe flights and the ability to comfortably carry 12 passengers with excellent safety standards. Omni entered the first AW139… Read more »

Source: Omni Táxi Aéreo, 23-Aug-19

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Era sets major AW139 operational milestone

Era sets major AW139 operational milestone

Leonardo is pleased to celebrate another outstanding operational milestone for its bestselling AW139 with Era’s fleet achieving 200,000 flight hours. This accomplishment includes 166,000 operating flight hours and 34,000 hours in support of leasing partnerships. A prime civil helicopter customer to Leonardo, Era is one of the leading helicopter operators in the world and the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 27-Jun-19

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SPECTO Aerospace appointed helicopter Blade Repair Centre

SPECTO Aerospace appointed helicopter Blade Repair Centre

Leonardo announced at Paris Air Show the appointment of SPECTO Aerospace as a Blade Repair Centre for the AW109 light twin and the AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter main and tail rotor blades in Europe, including Russia. The appointment follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Amsterdam in late 2018, allowing SPECTO Aerospace to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-Jun-19

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Wiking signs for two AW139s

Wiking signs for two AW139s

Leonardo announced the signing of a contract valued at 30 million euro for two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters with Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH of Germany. The aircraft, which are expected to be delivered in 2019 and 2020, will be used to perform offshore transport operations in Northern Europe, further expanding the AW139 fleet of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Jun-19

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Leonardo working with Suzuyo on first AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator in Japan

Leonardo working with Suzuyo on first AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator in Japan

Leonardo and Suzuyo & Co. Ltd. (Suzuyo) of Japan announced at the Paris Air Show today the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) for the purchase of an AW139 Level D FFS for the AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter in the country. The simulator would be installed in a dedicated facility at Mt. Fuji… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 20-Jun-19

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Italian National Fire Corps orders five more AW139s

Italian National Fire Corps orders five more AW139s

Leonardo announced new signed contracts for five additional AW139s to the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco, part of Ministry of the Interior), including integrated logistic support and training for crews and technicians. The orders, valued at over €75 million, add to the previously purchased three units, with two already delivered this year. The… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Jun-19

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Leonardo and the Italian National Fire Corps announce a major step

Leonardo and the Italian National Fire Corps announce a major step

With the delivery of the first two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters, Leonardo and the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco, part of the Ministry of the Interior) announced a major step forward in strengthening their collaboration delivering advanced, more effective emergency response services in Italy. The event, celebrated during an official ceremony held… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Apr-19

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P&WC adds Designated Maintenance Facility in China for AW139 operators

P&WC adds Designated Maintenance Facility in China for AW139 operators

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has appointed Citic Offshore Helicopter Co., Ltd. (COHC) in Shenzhen, China as a Designated Maintenance Facility to maintain PT6C-67C engines for Leonardo AW139 helicopter customers in China. COHC will offer line maintenance and Mobile Repair Team (MRT) services. “Listening to the needs of our… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney, 17-Apr-19

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Weststar AW139 and AW169 orders

Weststar AW139 and AW169 orders

Weststar Aviation Services, a leading regional offshore helicopter transportation services provider, and Leonardo signed a contract – valued at around 50 million euros – for three new-generation AW169 and two AW139 helicopters for offshore operations in West Africa and the Middle East. The contract signing ceremony was held today at the Langkawi International Maritime and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 02-Apr-19

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Coptersafety appoints a new full-time flight instructor

Coptersafety appoints a new full-time flight instructor

Donatelli Gerardo has become one of Coptersafety’s full-time flight instructors. He has an extensive career as a military, HEMS, Offshore, and SAR pilot. Moreover, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Sciences from the Federico II University in Naples. Donatelli has had a long pilot career. For the past 22 years, Gerardo has flown different… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 28-Mar-19

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Caverton Helicopters picks Thales for AW139 simulator

Caverton Helicopters picks Thales for AW139 simulator

Caverton, a key aviation and marine logistics player for the Nigerian oil and gas industry sector, aims to deliver AW139 Simulator training to pilots. This move is a key step forward in Caverton’s strategic move into flight simulation training services. They have chosen to rely on Thales’s AW139-configured Reality H Full-Flight Simulator to accomplish this… Read more »

Source: Thales Group, 20-Mar-19

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DART High Capacity Cargo Nets fit the bill for Aeróleo Táxi Aéreo

DART High Capacity Cargo Nets fit the bill for Aeróleo Táxi Aéreo

When Rio de Janeiro-based Aeróleo Táxi Aéreo(“Aeróleo”), a subsidiary of Era Group Inc.,needed a certified cargo-carrying solution for its fleet of AW139s,DART Aerospace (“DART”) answered the challenge, and with resounding success. Aeróleo has provided offshore transportation services in Brazil for over 40 years and recently enhanced its cargo carrying capacity for its 13 AW139s through… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 18-Mar-19

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Toll Helicopters and Seeing Machines have joined forces

Toll Helicopters and Seeing Machines have joined forces

Toll Helicopters and Seeing Machines have joined forces to launch a unique eye tracking technology trial this month as part of the Toll AW-139 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) at the ACE Training Centre in Sydney.   The trial is based on Seeing Machines’ Crew Training System prototype which incorporates modern eye tracking technology. The system supports aviation training instructors, pilots and crewmen with intelligent, evidence based data to provide detailed insights into pilot scanning techniques and situational awareness.  The 2019 trial will… Read more »

Source: Toll Helicopters, 14-Mar-19

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CHC Australia completes roll out of Leonardo AW139

CHC Australia completes roll out of Leonardo AW139

CHC Group announced that the Australian business unit has completed the roll out of six new generation Leonardo AW139 aircraft to replace the S-76 SAR helicopter fleet flying for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The final AW139 will be on base in East Sale by mid-March after the first aircraft was introduced in Victoria… Read more »

Source: CHC, 13-Mar-19

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DART launches its new AW139 Skylight Window

DART launches its new AW139 Skylight Window

DART Aerospace has officially announced the launch of its new AW139 Replacement Skylight Window. In order to provide improved durability to AW139 operators, DART’s Skylights are constructed from singlelayered and specially coated polycarbonate, which offers direct replacement to the current OEM laminated acrylic window. DART completed extensive DO-160 testing on the product, including extreme temperature,… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 12-Mar-19

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LCI Grows Australia-Based helicopter fleet

LCI Grows Australia-Based helicopter fleet

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has grown its Australia-based fleet of helicopters to 14 Leonardo AW139s with the arrival of two aircraft. The two AW139s are being transitioned by LCI customer, Babcock International Group company, from Aberdeen, United Kingdom to Karratha, Western Australia, where they will be operated by… Read more »

Source: LCI, 12-Mar-19

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Gulf Helicopters has selected SkyTrac to Equip AW139 and AW189 fleets

Gulf Helicopters has selected SkyTrac to Equip AW139 and AW189 fleets

Gulf Helicopters Company (GHC) has selected SKYTRAC real-time connectivity to drive efficiency in their Leonardo AW139 and AW189 HUMS and Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) programs. “HUMS and FDM are vital safety programs that can help catch, communicate and resolve emerging safety issues before they escalate. The SKYTRAC real-time connectivity solution will allow us to identify… Read more »

Source: Gulf Helicopters, 05-Mar-19

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Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-19

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Babcock wins five year Australia contract with two AW139s

Babcock wins five year Australia contract with two AW139s

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 »

Source: Babcock, 25-Feb-19

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Heli-Union wins long-term Perenco AW139 contract in Gabon

Heli-Union wins long-term Perenco AW139 contract in Gabon

The new contract is for the provision of crew change and medevac flights to Perenco facilities in onshore and offshore Port Gentil, Gabon. Operations commenced from Port Gentil airport in October 2018, with two medium type helicopters as primary and back-up helicopters. Jonathan Cosson, Deputy Managing Director of Heli-Union, said “Heli-Union has been operating in… Read more »

Source: Heli-Union, 12-Feb-19

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Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

Following the loss of the contract with Perenco, Babcock MCS Offshore have closed their base at Norwich and the four Leonardo AW139s which they operated from there have been dispersed. In the early days of January, two of the four AW139s based there (G-PERD and G-VINC) were ferried to Babcock’s facility in Aberdeen. The third aircraft,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Feb-19

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

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.  

02-Feb-19

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

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

29-Dec-18

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LA Fire Department adds 5th AW139 helicopter

LA Fire Department adds 5th AW139 helicopter

Leonardo announced that the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is set to introduce a fifth AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter into its fleet. The aircraft is expected to be delivered from Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility in Spring 2019 and will be used to perform a range of missions primarily including fire suppression, emergency medical service (EMS)… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Dec-18

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Italian National Fire Corps to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities

Italian National Fire Corps to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities

In a move to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities to more effectively counter the ever increasing risks of firefighting duties, the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco) has signed a contract for the supply of three AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The order, valued at around €45 million, also includes integrated logistic support… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Dec-18

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India approves Donaldson IBFs in AW139 and H130

India approves Donaldson IBFs in AW139 and H130

Remaining on the leading edge of helicopter growth in India, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) announced the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of India’s acceptance of its AW139 and EC130T2 Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) Supplemental Type Certificates. With the number of helicopters in India expected to increase… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 17-Dec-18

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Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

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 »

Source: London Biggin Hill Airport, 11-Dec-18

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Mitsui Bussan signs four-helicopter contract

Mitsui Bussan signs four-helicopter contract

Leonardo and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the official distributor in Japan for the AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopter models, announced a contract for four additional aircraft during an official ceremony held at the Japan Aerospace 2018 exhibition. This contract further strengthens the partnership between Leonardo and Mitsui, and is a key factor in the continued growth… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Dec-18

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ASESA strengthens helicopter fleet in Mexico

ASESA strengthens helicopter fleet in Mexico

Leonardo hosted Mexican helicopter operator ASESA today to celebrate their 4th AW139 purchase. The delivery ceremony was held at Leonardo’s North America headquarters in Philadelphia, USA, where AW119, AW139 and AW609 aircraft are assembled. The AW139 is the best-selling helicopter in its category with nearly 1100 sold. Its spacious cabin provides flexibility for a variety… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 05-Dec-18

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Nepalese Army Agusta AW139 makes maiden flight form Kathmandu

Nepalese Army Agusta AW139 makes maiden flight form Kathmandu

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 »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 04-Dec-18

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China approves Coptersafety simulators

China approves Coptersafety simulators

Helicopter training service provider Coptersafety has received certificates issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China(CAAC) for its current Airbus H145 and two Leonardo AW139 full-flight simulators (FFS). According to CAAC’s evaluation, Coptersafety’s simulators comply with level D requirements of CCAR-60 (China Civil Aviation Regulations Part 60). Level D is the highest certification level. In practice, this means… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 26-Nov-18

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Leonardo sells 15 AW139s into China, with 160 to follow

Leonardo sells 15 AW139s into China, with 160 to follow

Leonardo announced that Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Sino-US) of China has signed contracts for 15 AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The announcement was made during the China International Import Expo in Shanghai in the presence of the Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development, Labour and Social Policies Luigi Di Maio. The aircraft,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 09-Nov-18

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Victoria Police to replace Dauphins with AW139s

Victoria Police to replace Dauphins with AW139s

Victoria Police will be equipped with three new helicopters and an aeroplane in a significant boost to the air support provided to police across the state. The four new aircraft will be delivered in 2020 and will replace the existing fleet of four helicopters. The contracts to acquire the new aircraft were announced today. Acting Superintendent Mark… Read more »

Source: Victoria Police, 29-Oct-18

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LCI completes AW139 transition with Elitaliana

LCI completes AW139 transition with Elitaliana

Lease Corporation International (“LCI”), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has completed the transition of a Leonardo AW139 helicopter to enter service with Elitaliana S.r.l. (“Elitaliana”) in Italy. The helicopter, which is being converted for full emergency medical services (EMS) operations from Oil and Gas (O&G) operations, is the second of its type operated… Read more »

Source: LCI, 24-Oct-18

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Nepalese Army takes delivery of AW139

Nepalese Army takes delivery of AW139

The new purchase of Nepalese Army AgustaWestland’s AW139 Helicopter has arrived Tribhuvan International Airport to join the Rotary Wing fleet of Nepalese Army. The helicopter after making its maiden flight in Italy was transported in Nepal via containers in waterway and land way to be reassembled again for starting its service from Mid Air Base,… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 23-Oct-18

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HeliOffshore held the 2nd in a series of Human Hazard Analysis workshops

HeliOffshore held the 2nd in a series of Human Hazard Analysis workshops

HeliOffshore recently held the second in a series of Human Hazard Analysis (HHA) workshops intended to discover and devise ways to make the maintenance of helicopters safer by improving processes and the design of components. The workshop, which was held near Milan in Italy from 2-4th October, focused on Leonardo Helicopters’ AW139 aircraft. It brought together product… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 22-Oct-18

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Specialist Aviation Services ranked ‘Excellent’

Specialist Aviation Services ranked ‘Excellent’

Leonardo announced during an official ceremony held at Helitech in Amsterdam, that Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) has been appointed an Excellent Service Centre for the AW169 light intermediate and AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters in UK and Ireland. An established service centre for the AW169 and AW139 types in UK providing a range of support… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Oct-18

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