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SonAir orders 2 AW139s for support operations in Angola

SonAir orders 2 AW139s for support operations in Angola

2-Aug-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced that SonAir Airline Services, S.A. (SonAir), owned by the Angolan national petroleum company Sonangol, has placed an order for two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The contract includes a comprehensive customer support and training package as well as options for an additional two aircraft. The AW139s will be used to carry out transport... Read more

Milestone adds Heliconia as customer with AW139 delivery

Milestone adds Heliconia as customer with AW139 delivery

28-Jul-2022Source: Milestone Aviation

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, has announced that it has delivered to Heliconia Group (“Heliconia”) a AW139 helicopter. The medium twin-engine helicopter will be based in Senegal and used to support the company’s offshore operations. Pat Sheedy, President & CEO, Milestone, said, “We are delighted to welcome Heliconia... Read more

Chinese offshore operator orders four AW139s

Chinese offshore operator orders four AW139s

26-Jul-2022Source: Leonardo

  China’s CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company (COHC) has signed a contract for four AW139 medium twin-engine helicopters, which will be utilised in country for offshore Oil and Gas Production (OGP) operations. The deliveries will be completed by first half of 2023, expanding Leonardo fleet operated by COHC to 10 helicopters with 8 AW139s, one AW169... Read more

Bristow wins ten year UKSAR 2G contract with S92, AW189 and AW139 fleet

Bristow wins ten year UKSAR 2G contract with S92, AW189 and AW139 fleet

21-Jul-2022

Bristow Helicopters Ltd (NYSE: VTOL) (“Bristow”), the global leader in innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, has been awarded a £1.6 billion 10-year contract for the Second-Generation Search and Rescue Aviation (“UKSAR2G”) program by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), an executive agency of the Department for Transport. Bristow will work in partnership with 2Excel... Read more

Malaysian Navy receives two new AW139s

Malaysian Navy receives two new AW139s

18-Jul-2022Source: TurDef

The two helicopters were handed over to RMN on July 1, 2022, in conjunction with the Kota Kinabalu Air Station opening at the RMN Eastern Fleet Command Headquarters at the TLDM Sepanggar naval base. See Full Story.  ... Read more

Malaysian Navy receives two new AW139s

Malaysian Navy receives two new AW139s

8-Jul-2022Source: New Start Times

  The acquisition of three AW139 helicopters by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) at the Eastern Fleet Command Headquarters here will further enhance operational capabilities in maintaining the security and sovereignty of the country’s waters, says Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. See Full Story. ... Read more

Poland orders 32 AW149s

Poland orders 32 AW149s

4-Jul-2022Source: Leonardo

PZL-Świdnik, the Polish company fully owned by Leonardo, has been awarded a contract by the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) worth 8.25 billion PLN gross (approximately EUR 1.76 billion) for the supply of 32 AW149 multirole helicopters. The contract was announced today during an official ceremony held at PZL-Świdnik’s facility today, in the presence of... Read more

Bristow signs Long-Term Support Agreements for AW139 fleet

Bristow signs Long-Term Support Agreements for AW139 fleet

1-Jul-2022Source: Bristow

  Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) announced it has signed long-term, favorable maintenance support agreements with Leonardo Helicopters for airframes and Pratt & Whitney for engines on the Company’s global fleet of AW139 helicopters. The legacy Era AW139 fleet was previously covered by a limited power-by-the-hour (“PBH”) support agreement with Leonardo for the airframes, while... Read more

New operator to take over Penzance Helicopters service

New operator to take over Penzance Helicopters service

27-Jun-2022Source: Sloane Helicopters

A new operator will take over the operation of the Penzance Helicopters service to the Isles of Scilly this winter, replacing current operator Sloane Helicopters. The helicopter service flies year-round between Penzance and the islands of Tresco and St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly and has been operated by Sloane Helicopters since it was... Read more

Alidaunia Enables SKYTRAC In-Flight Medical Data Transfer and Telemedicine Onboard AW139 and AW169

Alidaunia Enables SKYTRAC In-Flight Medical Data Transfer and Telemedicine Onboard AW139 and AW169

23-Jun-2022Source: SKYTRAC

  SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. (SKYTRAC), a global leader in aerospace intelligent connectivity and satellite communications (Satcom), today announced that Alidaunia S.R.L (Alidaunia), a leading Italian air ambulance, charter, and passenger services provider, has enabled SKYTRAC’s medical data transfer and telemedicine capability onboard their fleet of Leonardo AW139 and AW169 helicopters. In 2019, Alidaunia began leveraging... Read more

Allaero move into helicopter parts with A109A Mk.II acquisition

Allaero move into helicopter parts with A109A Mk.II acquisition

14-Jun-2022

UK-Based corporate aircraft parts support specialist Allaero, have recently acquired an Agusta A109 Mk.II. Since its creation in 1988, Allaero have established the largest independent stock of serviceable corporate aircraft rotables outside of the United States. In addition, they have created their own EASA/CAA and FAA approved MRO Repaero, which maintains and overhauled NiCad and... Read more

Leonardo AW139 fleet in Australia grows stronger

Leonardo AW139 fleet in Australia grows stronger

2-Jun-2022Source: Leonardo

  Leonardo has announced a further expansion of its fleet of AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters in Australia with an order for three aircraft as part of Western Australia’s Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service (ERHS) fleet modernization effort to provide enhanced airborne capabilities. The helicopters will be supplied by leading helicopter operator CHC Australia to carry... Read more

ATSB makes recommendation on TCAS training

ATSB makes recommendation on TCAS training

1-Jun-2022Source: Australian Government

  The pilot of an AW139 emergency medical service helicopter received a TCAS ‘resolution advisory’ collision alert while transiting airspace above Mangalore Airport en route to Royal Melbourne Hospital when a Piper Seminole aircraft conducted an unanticipated missed approach to the airport, an ATSB investigation report details. The report details that on the afternoon of... Read more

Leonardo’s VIP fleet set to grow in Europe

Leonardo’s VIP fleet set to grow in Europe

24-May-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo’s leadership in the world’s VIP/corporate multiengine helicopter market continues to grow with new orders announced today at EBACE 2022 (Geneva 23-25 May), including three AW109 GrandNew light twin, one AW109 Trekker and two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters with deliveries in UK, Italy and Germany in 2022 and 2023. Official distributor for UK & Ireland... Read more

Honeywell demos alternative navigation for GPS-denied environments

Honeywell demos alternative navigation for GPS-denied environments

5-May-2022Source: Honeywell

Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON) has successfully demonstrated several advanced alternative navigation technologies that are intended to help ensure seamless navigation, even when GPS signals are blocked, interrupted or unavailable. Testing took place on both an Embraer E170 aircraft and an AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter. Alternative navigation systems use sensors such as cameras, star trackers, radars and radios... Read more

Bestfly expands offshore fleet in Angola

Bestfly expands offshore fleet in Angola

11-Apr-2022Source: Leonardo

Bestfly is expanding its fleet of Leonardo helicopters configured for offshore transport missions in Angola. The recent order of Bestfly’s first fully owned AW139 intermediate twin engine, is expected to be delivered in the Q3 of 2022. This aircraft adds to two previously leased AW139s and four AW169 light intermediate twins purchased at the end... Read more

LCI and SMFL add 5 helicopters, taking lease fleet to 38

LCI and SMFL add 5 helicopters, taking lease fleet to 38

5-Apr-2022Source: LCI

LCI, a leading aviation leasing company, and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL), have acquired and committed to a further five next generation helicopters. These additional aircraft bring their total Joint Venture (JV) portfolio to 38 units valued at over US$420 million – a doubling in size in less than two years from... Read more

Leonardo announces contract for two AW139 with the US NNSA

Leonardo announces contract for two AW139 with the US NNSA

15-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo’s presence in the U.S. government continues to grow with today’s announcement of a contract for two AW139 aircraft by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA.). The NNSA through the Department of Energy has two locations: on the East Coast at Andrew’s Air Force Base in Maryland and on the West... Read more

THC orders up to 22 AW139s from Leonardo

THC orders up to 22 AW139s from Leonardo

14-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

THC (The Helicopter Company) and Leonardo are further reinforcing their collaboration in civil helicopter operations with the introduction of 16 AW139 intermediate twin engine aircraft for emergency medical service (EMS) and corporate transport missions across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Deliveries commence to start this year and shall be completed within the following three years.... Read more

Karolinska University Hospital contracts with Babcock for EMS AW139

Karolinska University Hospital contracts with Babcock for EMS AW139

4-Mar-2022Source: Karolinska University Hospital

Karolinska University Hospital will be the first in Sweden to have a new type of medical helicopter that can provide the sickest patients with advanced care, even in the air. The helicopter can bring patients from all over the country to Karolinska. A contract for the operation and delivery of an Agusta Westland 139 (AW... Read more

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue adds new custom fuel facility from IOR

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue adds new custom fuel facility from IOR

21-Feb-2022

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews in Brisbane have opened the pumps on a new fuel storage and management facility, custom built by fuel supplier, IOR. “This fuel tank will enable our flight crews to refuel their aircraft and be ready to respond to a critical mission, more efficiently,” RACQ LifeFlight Rescue General Manager of Operations, Brian... Read more

Hélity adds fourth AW139 to fleet

Hélity adds fourth AW139 to fleet

24-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Spanish scheduled passenger route operator Hélity has added a fourth AW139 to their fleet since starting operations in 2017. The announcement was made by CEO Antonio Barranco, speaking at Fitur – Feria Internacional del Turismo (International Tourism Fair) that was held in Madrid from 19-23 January. The specific aircraft is one of the earliest examples,... Read more

Bristow Helicopters finally exits Australia

Bristow Helicopters finally exits Australia

18-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

The Bristow group have for many years been synonymous with helicopter operations in Australia since the late 1960s, operating helicopters from Bell 206s right up to Sikorsky S92s. In recent years this fleet has declined after losing contracts, principally to CHC, Babcock and PHI. After losing their last offshore support contract with BHP, Bristow parked... Read more

AeroHP launches part sales service for helicopters

AeroHP launches part sales service for helicopters

2-Dec-2021Source: AeroHP

AeroHP LLC, an aviation services company, today announced it has added a new part-out and sales service line to its roster of service offerings in response to significant overcapacity in the helicopter market. The company began its first project with the parting-out of a VIP-configured Leonardo AW139 aircraft. The part-out process involves the identification of... Read more

Heli-Union extends PT6C-67C engine maintenance contract with P&WC

Heli-Union extends PT6C-67C engine maintenance contract with P&WC

16-Nov-2021

Pratt & Whitney Canada, a business unit of Pratt & Whitney, announced today its customer Heli-Union has signed a five-year extension to its Fleet Management™ Program (FMP™) for the 12 PT6C-67C engines powering its fleet of Leonardo AW139 helicopters. Heli-Union is based in France and operates in a number of locations around the world, including serving the... Read more

Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries to become Leonardo approved AW139 MRO

Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries to become Leonardo approved AW139 MRO

15-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) and Leonardo announced today at Dubai Airshow (14-18 November 2021) the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), that will strengthen the level of maintenance services for the growing fleet of AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Through this MOA, SAEI will enter a qualification... Read more

EASA approves Caverton training centre and Thales AW139 sim

EASA approves Caverton training centre and Thales AW139 sim

5-Nov-2021Source: Thales

Caverton has just been qualified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an official full flight simulator operator, using the Thales Level D, Reality H full-flight simulator product for the AW139 helicopter. It is the first Reality H system operational in Africa, and operated by Caverton. Developed in France, the AW139 Full Flight... Read more

India – LCI delivers two AW139s to Heligo

India – LCI delivers two AW139s to Heligo

21-Oct-2021

LCI, a leading aviation leasing company, has placed two Leonardo AW139 helicopters on long-term operating leases with its newest customer, Heligo Charters Pvt. Ltd. The state-of-the-art aircraft were recently delivered to Heligo’s base at Juhu Airport in Mumbai, from where they will provide crew transfer services for India’s largest energy company, ONGC. Nigel Leishman, Executive Vice President... Read more

Thai Aviation Services to replace S76Ds with AW139s

Thai Aviation Services to replace S76Ds with AW139s

7-Sep-2021Source: Milestone

The following announcement from Milestone comes as TAS is gradually getting rid of their five-strong Sikorsky S76D fleet.  Of these, two have been delivered to Caverton Helicopters in Nigeria and two of the others have not flown, one for two months and one for four months.  We understand one of the latter pair is destined... Read more

The Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter Service reaches the 20,000 hours milestone

The Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter Service reaches the 20,000 hours milestone

11-Aug-2021Source: Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter Service

On July 3, 2021, the Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter Service fleet of eight AW139 reached a major aviation milestone.   In just four and a half years, the fleet has flown 20,000 hours and completed more than 10,000 critical care missions at multiple sites, including canyons, crevasses, roadways, rivers, oceans, frozen lakes, cliffs and cruise ships.... Read more

Helicopter lessor wins UK Commercial Court summary judgment

Helicopter lessor wins UK Commercial Court summary judgment

10-Aug-2021Source: Hausfeld

The UK Commercial Court sided with the claimant in Iris Helicopter Leasing Limited v Elitaliana Srl [2021] 7 WLUK 499, in a claim under a lease of a AgustaWestland AW139 health and emergency services helicopter. The judgment is the latest in a series of decisions over the last 12 months where the Court has rejected frustration... Read more

London Heli Shuttle nominated in 2021 World Luxury Travel Awards

London Heli Shuttle nominated in 2021 World Luxury Travel Awards

2-Aug-2021Source: London Biggin Hill Airport

London Biggin Hill Airport (LBHA) has announced that the London Heli Shuttle has been nominated in the 2021 World Luxury Travel Awards.  Created  for business, corporate and private aviation customers, it transfers passengers from to and from central London in just six minutes. Operated on behalf of LBHA by Castle Air with its fleet of... Read more

Leonardo, Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps renew cooperation agreement

Leonardo, Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps renew cooperation agreement

12-Jul-2021Source: Leonardo

The enhancement of existing technologies to save human lives and the development of new operative and training solutions make helicopter rescues more efficient and safer when deploying rescue personnel. These objectives form the renewed agreement between Leonardo and the Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico – CNSAS), which... Read more

Abu Dhabi Aviation leases two AW139s to Bestfly

Abu Dhabi Aviation leases two AW139s to Bestfly

30-Jun-2021Source: Arabian Aerospace

Abu Dhabi Aviation has leased two new AW-139 helicopters to Angola operator Bestfly with the first helicopter being handed over to the Luanda headquartered company by Leonardo today. See Full Story. ... Read more

New AW139 lasts just two weeks with Omni in Brazil

New AW139 lasts just two weeks with Omni in Brazil

7-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

A newly delivered AW139 had an accident during a night training flight last week which will likely lead to the aircraft being declared a write-off. Delivered new from the US production line in Philadelphia, PR-OTF was ferried between 10 and 17 April through to the Omni base at Macapa in north-east Brazil. A week later,... Read more

06-Jun-21 VH-HMQ Leonardo AW139 Mangalore, Australia

06-Jun-21 VH-HMQ Leonardo AW139 Mangalore, Australia

6-Jun-2021

The AW139 was flying southbound toward Mangalore at 3,100 feet above mean sea level. At the same time, the PA-44 was conducting a practice instrument approach to Mangalore. The PA-44 commenced a missed approach from below 3,000 feet in a northerly direction toward Mangalore and the pilot broadcast that the aircraft would climb to 3,900... Read more

02-Jun-21 PR-OTF Leonardo AW139 Ocean Courage rig, Brazil

02-Jun-21 PR-OTF Leonardo AW139 Ocean Courage rig, Brazil

2-Jun-2021

Helicopter ended on its side after a landing on an offshore rig during a night training flight.  The crew suffered light injuries and evacuated the aircraft.   The offshore deck fire crew were on hand and extinguished a small fire which was causing smoke, but no flames. Helios photo... Read more

30-May-21 VH-TJK Leonardo AW139 Shelly Beach, Australia

30-May-21 VH-TJK Leonardo AW139 Shelly Beach, Australia

30-May-2021

While conducting a single-pilot EMS flight, the aircraft was flown into a confined area and unimproved landing site with the aid of night vision goggles. During the later stages of the approach, the aircraft drifted towards terrain. The crew aborted the approach and elected to conduct a precautionary out-landing about 1 km away. Inspection of... Read more

NHV launches Part-147 Technical Training Organization

NHV launches Part-147 Technical Training Organization

27-May-2021Source: NHV Group

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced it has established a brand-new maintenance training organization that will provide training and certification for aircraft technicians. NHV will offer aircraft type-related training, initially focusing on the Airbus H145 D2/D3, Airbus H175, Airbus AS365N3 and Leonardo AW139. Thanks to a collaborative partnership with the... Read more

Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139  Main Gear Box MRO Capability

Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139 Main Gear Box MRO Capability

3-May-2021Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announced today that it is working with Leonardo Helicopters to establish their AW139 Main Gear Box (MGB) MRO capability as an Authorized Component Repair Center for Leonardo. This new capability is being established at the Heli-One Canada facility in Delta, British Columbia, and... Read more

Caverton accepts first Level D helicopter sim in Africa

Caverton accepts first Level D helicopter sim in Africa

21-Apr-2021Source: Caverton Helicopters

In the presence of the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Cpt. Musa S. Nuhu and Mr Franck Riester, French Minister Delegate in charge of Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, Caverton and Thales sign the acceptance of the Reality H full-flight simulator configured for the AW139 helicopter, installed in Caverton’s brand-new training center located at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Nigeria.... Read more

QinetiQ add two AW109 Grands and an AW139 to testing and training fleet

QinetiQ add two AW109 Grands and an AW139 to testing and training fleet

20-Apr-2021Source: QinetiQ

Providing test pilots and flight test engineers with cutting edge resources and the very latest learning tools has helped to keep ETPS at the forefront of flight test training for both military and civil customers for over 75 years. QinetiQ’s latest £multi-million investment in three new helicopters will further extend the fleet of aircraft available... Read more

26-Mar-21 VH-TJH Leonardo AW139 Katoomba, Australia

26-Mar-21 VH-TJH Leonardo AW139 Katoomba, Australia

26-Mar-2021

While conducting a single-pilot EMS flight, the aircraft was flown to the hover and an NVG winch commenced. During the winch, the aircraft drifted and descended towards terrain. The aircraft was recovered in close proximity to obstacles and during the recovery, the helicopter sustained an over torque.... Read more

NHV wins 6 month Irish offshore contract

NHV wins 6 month Irish offshore contract

24-Mar-2021Source: NHV

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced a new contract with PSE Kinsale Energy Ltd in support of its decommissioning operations in the Celtic Sea. The transfer flights towards the Stena Spey drilling rig, about 50 km off the south coast of Cork, are expected to start in April 2021 for... Read more

CHC Partners with Shell and Leonardo to implement H-TAWS

CHC Partners with Shell and Leonardo to implement H-TAWS

17-Mar-2021Source: CHC

CHC Group—a global leader in helicopter services and maintenance, repair and overhaul provision—announces it has partnered with Shell Brasil and Leonardo Helicopters to launch the first global implementation of Leonardo’s Enhanced Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (H-TAWS) on the CHC AW139 fleet operating in Campos, Brasil for Shell. Committed to aviation safety leadership, Shell... Read more

04-Mar-21 VH-PVO Leonardo AW139 LaTrobe Valley, Australia

04-Mar-21 VH-PVO Leonardo AW139 LaTrobe Valley, Australia

4-Mar-2021

During cruise, the aircraft encountered instrument meteorological conditions while below the lowest safe altitude and the crew received a ground proximity warning system alert. The crew immediately conducted a climbing turn to avoid the terrain.... Read more

AW139 Wet Floor Achieves CAANZ STC

AW139 Wet Floor Achieves CAANZ STC

11-Feb-2021Source: Airwork

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ) Supplementary Type Certificate for a Light Weight, cost effective AW139 Wet Floor for EMS/SAR and Offshore configured Leonardo AW139 Helicopters. The Airwork standard fit Wet Floor for the Leonardo AW139 helicopter was designed in conjunction with the launch customer, CHC Australia, and is... Read more

Summit Aviation Now Serving Leonardo AW139 Owners and Operators

Summit Aviation Now Serving Leonardo AW139 Owners and Operators

5-Feb-2021Source: Summit Aviation

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has included the Leonardo AW139 helicopter to its Part 145 Certified Repair Station certificate. This newly added capability allows Summit to perform aircraft maintenance including inspections, overhaul, repair and/or modification for AW139 owners and operators. “We have been serving similar types of aircraft owners and operators... Read more

Leonardo celebrates AW139 20th anniversary

Leonardo celebrates AW139 20th anniversary

5-Feb-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo celebrates today the 20th anniversary of the AW139 helicopter’s maiden flight. The first aircraft took to the skies from the Company’s facility in Cascina Costa di Samarate, Italy on 3 February 2001. The helicopter flew for 45 minutes checking initial airworthiness tests, hovering, lateral and forward flight, handling qualities and subsystems. This soon confirmed... Read more

Babcock wins extension to North Sea SAR contract

Babcock wins extension to North Sea SAR contract

4-Feb-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock has been awarded a contract extension to continue delivering a lifesaving Search and Rescue (SAR) service in support of the men and women working in the North Sea. The four-year extension – which follows a previous one-year extension – will see the contract for the Aberdeen-based operation, which was due to complete this April,... Read more

Babcock reaches 20 000 hour milestone with Ambulance Victoria

Babcock reaches 20 000 hour milestone with Ambulance Victoria

4-Feb-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock Australasia has achieved a significant in-service milestone with Ambulance Victoria, with its AW139 helicopter fleet exceeding 20,000 flying hours at the five year anniversary of entering service. Since January 2016, Babcock has supplied five AW139s, plus a service assurance aircraft, to support Ambulance Victoria’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operations. Babcock Australasia’s Chief Pilot... Read more

AW139 will be Colombia’s new Presidential helicopter

AW139 will be Colombia’s new Presidential helicopter

12-Jan-2021Source: Leonardo

The Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter will be the new Presidential Transport helicopter in the Republic of Colombia. The aircraft, in a special VVIP configuration, is expected to be delivered in spring this year and will be operated by the Colombian Air Force. The supply of this helicopter will make the Colombian Air Force the... Read more

Wiking takes delivery of latest AW139

Wiking takes delivery of latest AW139

17-Dec-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced that WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH has taken delivery of a new AW139 7-tonne intermediate twin engine helicopter from Leonardo’s Vergiate facility, further expanding an existing fleet of three aircraft. The helicopter will be used to carry out offshore transport missions supporting energy industry operations in Northern Europe. WIKING has been an offshore transport... Read more

Taranaki oil and gas industry extends critical transport contract

Taranaki oil and gas industry extends critical transport contract

16-Dec-2020Source: PHI

New Plymouth will remain the central transport hub for workers on the offshore Taranaki gas field following the extension of an agreement between PHI International (PHI) and a consortium of global customers. PHI provides essential helicopter transfer services to the offshore oil and gas industry in New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, Ghana and Trinidad and... Read more

TAI marks composite landmarks, including AW139 production

TAI marks composite landmarks, including AW139 production

7-Dec-2020Source: TAI

While Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) develops original platforms that will shape the aviation industry of the future, it continues to produce composite components for the most preferred aircraft in the international market as an important company of the world’s aviation ecosystem. TAI has manufactured and delivered metal panel and critical aircraft components of 500 aircraft... Read more

Italian Air Force enhances emergency response and homeland security capabilities

Italian Air Force enhances emergency response and homeland security capabilities

4-Dec-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has announced today the recent delivery of the first HH-139B twin engine helicopter to the Italian Air Force, a customised variant of the bestselling AW139 platform, from its facility based in Vergiate. The aircraft is the first of 17 HH-139Bs and deliveries are expected to be completed by 2021, in order to further strengthen... Read more

Penzance Helicopters cancels schedules for over three months

Penzance Helicopters cancels schedules for over three months

26-Nov-2020Source: HeliHub.com

The helicopter link between Penzance Heliport on the the south west tip of the UK, and the Isles of Scilly, some 25 miles further south west, has been suspended due to the pandemic. Penzance Helicopters has announced all flights to Tresco and St Mary’s from Penzance Heliport have been cancelled until the spring 2021. The... Read more

Babock re-launches scheduled services in Spain with AW139

Babock re-launches scheduled services in Spain with AW139

27-Oct-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Babock Mission Critical Services Espana has launched a new service to rival Helity, who have had no competition to date. With an initial route between Malaga and Ceuta, the AW139 will fly six return routes every weekday. Babaock has created the new branding of HeliEST for these passenger services. Ceuta is a Spanish autonomous city... Read more

Spanish operator Helity adds new scheduled route

Spanish operator Helity adds new scheduled route

22-Oct-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Spanish operator Helity, which specialises in scheduled passenger operations, is to start a new route. Launching to the public on Monday 30th October, the airline will link the holiday resort of Malaga to the British territory of Gibraltar. This route and its schedules have been designed to facilitate connectivity between this city and Malaga in... Read more

THC wins AW139 contract from Red Sea Development Company

THC wins AW139 contract from Red Sea Development Company

22-Oct-2020Source: The Red Sea Development Company

The Helicopter Company will provide The Red Sea Development Company with one 14-passenger helicopter and crew for emergency medical services and operational requirements The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has awarded a contract to The Helicopter Company (THC) in Riyadh for the provision and operation... Read more

Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard to reactivate one of four AW139s

Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard to reactivate one of four AW139s

21-Oct-2020

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

MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

15-Oct-2020Source: Leonardo

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

Penzance Helicopters introduces AW139 to Isles of Scilly service

Penzance Helicopters introduces AW139 to Isles of Scilly service

11-Sep-2020Source: Penzance Helicopters

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

Global AirParts announces AW139 part out project

Global AirParts announces AW139 part out project

11-Sep-2020Source: Global AirParts

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

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

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

4-Sep-2020Source: EASA

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

Changes coming for heliport at Macau International Airport

Changes coming for heliport at Macau International Airport

24-Aug-2020Source: 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

Coptersafety appoints new AW139 Type Lead Instructor

Coptersafety appoints new AW139 Type Lead Instructor

12-Aug-2020Source: Coptersafety

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

Lifeflight’s AW139 fleet marks milestone

Lifeflight’s AW139 fleet marks milestone

7-Aug-2020Source: LifeFlight Australia

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

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

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

24-Jul-2020

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

Leonardo presents  AW139 enhanced capabilities

Leonardo presents AW139 enhanced capabilities

20-Jul-2020Source: Leonardo

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

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

6-Jul-2020Source: Ørsted

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

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

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

20-Jun-2020

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.... Read more

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

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

18-Jun-2020Source: HeliHub.com

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

FAA approves Coptersafety AW139 simulator

FAA approves Coptersafety AW139 simulator

8-Jun-2020Source: Coptersafety

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

Nigerian Navy receives AW139 helicopter

Nigerian Navy receives AW139 helicopter

29-May-2020Source: defenceWeb

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. ... Read more

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