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Novaris adds new base at Genoa Airport

Novaris adds new base at Genoa Airport

19-Jul-2021Source: Genoa Airport

A helicopter based at Genoa Airport to serve customers who need fast travel between the Ligurian capital and the main tourist destinations of the Riviere, especially Portofino: it is the novelty of “Cristoforo Colombo” in the private flight sector. The company Novaris, which has already operated on the Ligurian territory both for air taxi services and... 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

Leonardo delivers HH-139B helicopter to the Italian Air Force

Leonardo delivers HH-139B helicopter to the Italian Air Force

28-Jun-2021Source: Leonardo

Italian Minister of Defence Lorenzo Guerini and Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Alberto Rosso attended the acceptance ceremony of an Italian Air Force HH-139B helicopter during an official visit to Leonardo’s helicopter facility in Vergiate (Italy). Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo General Manager Lucio Valerio Cioffi, and Leonardo Helicopters’ MD Gian Piero Cutillo... Read more

UMS Skeldar to start flight trials of ECARO V-150 UAV

UMS Skeldar to start flight trials of ECARO V-150 UAV

15-Jun-2021Source: UMS Skeldar

Europe’s leading provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms, UMS Skeldar, arrived this week at the Grottaglie Airport in Italy with its V-150 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) air vehicle ahead of a three-week flight test campaign with the Distretto Technologico Aerospaziale (DTA). The tests form part of the ECARO project which, among other... Read more

02-May-21 HB-ZQQ Leonardo AW109S Padua, Italy

02-May-21 HB-ZQQ Leonardo AW109S Padua, Italy

2-May-2021

Main blades struck canopy over fuel area at airport.  Rotor disc imbalance was serious enough for the main blades to slice the tail boom off The pilot had reportedly planned on refuelling at Ozzano but was unable to do so on arrival and flew on to Padua.... Read more

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

14-Apr-2021

In a detailed press release under the brief title of “Business Update”, Babcock International Group not only reaffirmed the sale of their offshore business, but also indicated that all aerial emergency services businesses are under review.  The company admitted that the Avincis acquisition in 2014 has not delivered shareholder value with low returns on high... Read more

31-Mar-21 I-MIAT Airbus H125 Bisaccia, Italy

31-Mar-21 I-MIAT Airbus H125 Bisaccia, Italy

31-Mar-2021

Helicopter was involved in loadlifting operations, and lost altitude suddenly , crashing into trees as seen below in the image from Vigili del Fuoco.  37 year old pilot was the only POB and was taken to hospital... Read more

27-Mar-21 MM81970 Leonardo AW169 Bolzano, Italy

27-Mar-21 MM81970 Leonardo AW169 Bolzano, Italy

27-Mar-2021

Substantially damaged in ground running incident prior to take-off (see video below).  The explanation is approximately as follows:-  Nose wheel is locked (should have unlocked in pre-taxi check list).  Pilot then tries to taxi and turn left but the aircraft doesn’t respond as expected.  After a pause, the nose wheel is unlocked, but without first... Read more

EHang partners with Giancarlo Zema Design Group for Italian Vertiport

EHang partners with Giancarlo Zema Design Group for Italian Vertiport

17-Mar-2021Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company announced to partner with an Italian architecture firm Giancarlo Zema Design Group (GZDG) to extend its air mobility solutions in the EU. With EHang’s passenger-grade AAV technologies and air mobility solutions, GZDG has designed and will... Read more

30-Dec-20 I-LGLG Airbus H125 San Martino, Italy

30-Dec-20 I-LGLG Airbus H125 San Martino, Italy

30-Dec-2020

Crashed in white-out conditions during landing, during which the main rotor disc hit the ground.  20 minutes after the accident the helicopter caught fire and completely burned out.  It is evident from images that the helicopter was written off in the accident (boom in multiple pieces) prior to the conflagration.  Pilot named in this report... Read more

Leonardo’s acoustic sub hunter technology adds dipping sonar in new demo

Leonardo’s acoustic sub hunter technology adds dipping sonar in new demo

22-Dec-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has recently proven the newly-expanded capabilities of its ULISSES acoustic anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system in a demonstration off the coast of Italy. During the demo, Leonardo showed how the Firefly, AQS-18, dipping sonar from L3Harris Technologies worked in concert with the ULISSES processor to automatically locate simulated enemy submarines and alert the crew to... Read more

Eliance launches two H145s for Madrid EMS contract

Eliance launches two H145s for Madrid EMS contract

5-Nov-2020Source: Comunidad de Madrid

[electronic translations] The Community of Madrid has renewed the two medical helicopters of the SUMMA 112 (the Medical Emergency Service of the Community of Madrid) destined to attend to emergencies that occur in the region. The new model of these aircraft, which came into operation on November 1, is the Airbus H145. It is a... Read more

Leonardo CEO Profumo given 6 year jail sentence and €2.5M file

Leonardo CEO Profumo given 6 year jail sentence and €2.5M file

20-Oct-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Last Thursday 15th October, an Italian court sentenced the former Chairman of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) bank, Alessandro Profumo, and the former CEO, Fabrizio Viola.  The pair have each been given six years in prison for irregularities regarding the financial accounts between 2012 and 2015, as well as a fine of 2.5M... Read more

Leonardo and ENAV join forces on digitalization, sustainability and safety

Leonardo and ENAV join forces on digitalization, sustainability and safety

7-Oct-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and ENAV signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) in Italy primarily aimed at modernising and making safer, efficient and sustainable the use of helicopters and air space leveraging the most advanced navigation technologies. The aim of the partners is to join forces and offer helicopter operators products and services in the advanced instrument navigation... Read more

President of Uruguay welcomes first SAR AB412

President of Uruguay welcomes first SAR AB412

18-Sep-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Yesterday, at “Carlos Curbelo” Naval Air Base in Punta del Este, a ceremony was held to welcome the first of two AB412s acquired by the Uruguay Navy. The event was attended by the President of the Republic, Dr. Luis Lacalle Pou, Defence Minister Dr. Javier Garcia, Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Defense Colonel Rivera... Read more

Italian Army to introduce next-generation capabilities with the AW169

Italian Army to introduce next-generation capabilities with the AW169

23-Jul-2020Source: Leonardo

The delivery of the first of two AW169 twin-engine training helicopters to the Italian Army heralds the start of a new programme – the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) – that will see our platform enable a step-change in capability to the operator and the country. The next-generation training helicopters will train crews in preparation for... Read more

Italian order highlights continuing success of ACH160

Italian order highlights continuing success of ACH160

16-Jul-2020Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) has won a new order for its latest ACH160 helicopter, announced just days after the H160 achieved certification. This new order, placed by an experienced Italian operator for use on private and corporate flights mainly inside Italy, means the ACH160 has been ordered by customers in eight countries across North America,... Read more

Leonardo delivers its first basic training AW169 to the Italian Army

Leonardo delivers its first basic training AW169 to the Italian Army

13-Jul-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today the delivery of the first of two AW169 basic training twin engine helicopters to the Italian Army during an official ceremony held at the 2nd Rgt. AVES ‘Sirio’ based in Lamezia Terme in the presence of representatives from the operator and industry. The second aircraft is expected to be handed over in... Read more

Kopter SH09 helicopter test flights go ahead in Sicily

Kopter SH09 helicopter test flights go ahead in Sicily

24-Jun-2020

Leonardo, through Kopter Group AG (Kopter), has announced that the flight test activities of the third prototype of the SH09 single-engine helicopter (designated P3) have restarted in Pozzallo, Sicily, in Italy last week. The Kopter flight test & prototype maintenance teams arrived in Pozzallo earlier this month to prepare P3 and perform all necessary technical... Read more

Babcock MCS Italia loses first appeal over €51 Million fine

Babcock MCS Italia loses first appeal over €51 Million fine

20-May-2020Source: Babcock

Babcock, the aerospace and defence company, has been informed that its subsidiary Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia S.p.A (“BMCS Italy”) was unsuccessful in its first instance appeal against a decision by the Italian Competition Authority (the “ICA”) to impose a fine in respect of a publicly -available “tariff list” dating back to 2001. BMCS Italy... Read more

COVID-19 – Italian Air Force HH-101A used for bioncontainment transport

COVID-19 – Italian Air Force HH-101A used for bioncontainment transport

26-Mar-2020Source: Leonardo

“The Italian Air Force’s Leonardo HH-101A Caesar helicopter, assembled in Yeovil, Somerset, is being pressed into civil action for pandemic-response transportation operations in Italy as the country manages the impact of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The Italian Minister of Defence, Lorenzo Guerini, has made the AW101 variant available to Italian civil authorities during this... Read more

Babcock adds another EMS H145 in Italy

Babcock adds another EMS H145 in Italy

18-Feb-2020Source: HeliHub.com

On February 1, 2020, the fourth helicopter used in the helicopter rescue in South Tyrol entered service. In addition to Pelikan 1, Pelikan 2 and Aiut Alpin Dolomites, the additional aircraft with callsign “Pelikan 3” will be based in Lasa in Val Venosta to strengthen the EMS coverin the western part of the South Tyrol... Read more

Leonardo delivers AW169M to Italian Guardia di Finanza

Leonardo delivers AW169M to Italian Guardia di Finanza

18-Nov-2019Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has delivered the first of 22 latest-generation AW169M light intermediate twin-engine helicopters for Italy’s Guardia di Finanza. The handover event was held at Leonardo’s Vergiate plant on 12 November. The initial delivery is linked to a contract worth 280 million euros, which was signed at the end of 2018, it also includes a complete... Read more

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

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

6-Nov-2019

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

New General Manager for Airbus Helicopters in Italy

New General Manager for Airbus Helicopters in Italy

24-Sep-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

[electronic translation] Airbus Helicopters has appointed Alexandre Ceccacci General Manager of his own customer assistance center in Italy. The appointment of Alexandre Ceccacci follows the recent acquisition by Airbus of Aersud Helicopters, historical distributor of Airbus Helicopters in Italy. Airbus has thus consolidated the its presence in an important market that currently has 250 Airbus helicopters... Read more

Airbus develops its presence in Italy

Airbus develops its presence in Italy

22-Jul-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has strengthened its footprint in Italy with the acquisition of its distributor and 50-year partner Aersud Elicotteri. Headquartered in the North of Italy, near the city of Verona, Aersud has played a key role in the development of the country’s helicopter market. It has successfully increased Airbus Helicopters’ market share in Italy, particularly... Read more

Italian National Fire Corps orders five more AW139s

Italian National Fire Corps orders five more AW139s

19-Jun-2019Source: Leonardo

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

SH09 third prototype flies higher and faster in Sicily

SH09 third prototype flies higher and faster in Sicily

17-Jun-2019Source: Kopter

In March 2019, Kopter transferred its third prototype (P3) together with a team composed of 20 flight test engineers, pilots and mechanics to Sicily to set up an additional flight test base in Pozzallo. Pozzallo provides the perfect operational conditions to conduct the SH09 intensive flight test campaign needed in the frame of certification. It... Read more

P3 Prototype continues test flights in Sicily

P3 Prototype continues test flights in Sicily

3-Jun-2019Source: Marenco

P3 has been flying in Pozzallo, Sicily, since March and has completed its first block of flight tests. An average flying rate of 9 flights per week has been achieved with P3, which is already going successfully through its first scheduled inspection without any major findings. The performed flights, which involved a series of manoeuvres... Read more

Leonardo opens a new facility in Pisa

Leonardo opens a new facility in Pisa

18-Feb-2019Source: Leonardo

Leonardo opened today its new facility in Pisa (Italy) dedicated to the development and production of the AWHERO Rotary Unmanned Air System (RUAS). During the official ceremony, also attended by national and local authorities and representatives from the industry, the first pre-production aircraft was also officially unveiled. Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo said: “I am... Read more

25-Jan-19 I-EDIC Airbus AS350B2 La Thuile, Italy (7F)

25-Jan-19 I-EDIC Airbus AS350B2 La Thuile, Italy (7F)

25-Jan-2019

Mid-air crash between AS350B2 I-EDIC and a Jodel D140 fixed wing F-PMGV, resulting in seven fatalities between the total of nine on board the two aircraft.  Helicopter pilot was named here as Maurizio Scarpelli, accompanied by mountain guide Frank Henssler and three others, one of whom survived. In the fixed wing were four people, the French instructor named... Read more

Italy Saves €450M from Defence Contract

Italy Saves €450M from Defence Contract

15-Nov-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Italy is planning on cutting €450 million from their 2019 planned defence spending in order to help support tax and social welfare cuts. A detailed plan will be released in the coming days but for now they have revealed that the money will be coming from suspending their purchases on NH-90 aircraft for both the... Read more

Leonardo awarded contract for 22 of the new AW169M

Leonardo awarded contract for 22 of the new AW169M

13-Nov-2018Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced the signing of a contract with Italy’s Guardia di Finanza for 22 new generation AW169M twin engine helicopters. The contract, valued at 280 million euro, includes a comprehensive support and training package which could be further extended with optional services valued at an additional 100 million euro. Deliveries are expected to start in... Read more

New AW109 and AW139 service centre at Milan Linate Airport

New AW109 and AW139 service centre at Milan Linate Airport

16-Jan-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Leonardo, together with SEA Prime, has planned to open a new AW109 and AW139 maintenance facility at Linate Airport, Italy. This is part of Leonardo’s plan to provide support services around the world, reports Business Airport International.  ... Read more

Italy orders 8 more AW139s for public service and security operations

Italy orders 8 more AW139s for public service and security operations

12-Dec-2017Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today further orders for its AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter for public service and security operations in Italy, with contracts for eight aircraft valued at approximately 112 million euro. The Italian Coast Guard has signed a contract for two AW139s to perform search and rescue missions, with deliveries to be completed by the... Read more

Milestone leases two AW169s to Alidaunia in Italy

Milestone leases two AW169s to Alidaunia in Italy

10-Oct-2017Source: Milestone Aviation

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (Milestone), the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it has entered an agreement to lease two AW169 helicopters to Alidaunia S.R.L. of Italy, to support their emergency medical services (“HEMS”) in Italy. Alidaunia has provided HEMS services in Italy for more than 20 years and Milestone is proud to... Read more

Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

29-May-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Israeli Ministry of Defence has entered into negotiations with the Italian Ministry of Defence in order to purchase AW-119 training helicopters from Italy’s Leonardo. The new helicopters will replace their current Bell 206 training aircraft, which they bought in 1970. Bell and Airbus are also competing for the contract, offering GXP-407s and H-125s respectively.... Read more

10-May-17 N480W Enstrom 480 Pfunders, Italy (1F)

10-May-17 N480W Enstrom 480 Pfunders, Italy (1F)

10-May-2017

Helicopter had started the day in Pisa, flying north and refuelling at Bolzano.  On next leg to Salzburg it encountered some difficulties and one report suggests it was on fire before reaching the ground and burning out in a ravine.  Sole occupant pilot fatally injured – reported as a 75 year old Austrian national... Read more

Leonardo provides helicopter for the Prince of Wales’ Tour of Italy

Leonardo provides helicopter for the Prince of Wales’ Tour of Italy

6-Apr-2017Source: Leonardo

On the occasion of the recent tour to Italy by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, Leonardo provided a modern AW139 helicopter to allow rapid transport between some of the trip’s main locations in comfort and with the highest safety standards. The aircraft was used on April 1st and 2nd for transportation purposes to... Read more

Aersud Elicotteri signs for two H125 and celebrates the 200th Ecureuil H125

Aersud Elicotteri signs for two H125 and celebrates the 200th Ecureuil H125

13-Mar-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

On March 8, 2017, Aersud Elicotteri, Airbus Helicopters’ distributor for Italy, signed a contract for the purchase of two H125 rotorcrafts during the HAI Heli-Expo air show in Dallas, Texas. These helicopters will be tasked for aerial work missions and the deliveries are scheduled for early 2018. With this order, Aersud Elicotteri celebrates the 200th... Read more

Vector Aerospace signs contract with the Italian Guardia di Finanza

Vector Aerospace signs contract with the Italian Guardia di Finanza

10-Mar-2017Source: Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a two-year engine support contract with the Comando Generale della Guardia di Finanza (Italian Financial Police). The contract covers the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Rolls-Royce M250 engines installed on the agency’s fleet of NH500 light turbine helicopters,... Read more

Italian Guardia di Finanza pick TrakkaBeam A800 searchlight for new AW139s

Italian Guardia di Finanza pick TrakkaBeam A800 searchlight for new AW139s

9-Mar-2017Source: Trakka Systems

Trakka Systems is pleased to announce that Italian Guardia di Finanza have selected the TrakkaBeam A800 tactical searchlight for their new fleet of six AW139 multi-mission helicopters. “We are extremely pleased that the Trakkabeam has been chosen by Italy’s elite financial and customs police force, the Guardia di Finanza, for their very capable new fleet... Read more

Algerian Mi-26T2s in Transit

Algerian Mi-26T2s in Transit

2-Feb-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Algerian Air Force has a contract for 14 Mi-26T2s from Russian Helicopters. The second batch of deliveries have been seen in Italy in late January. They hope to conclude the deliveries by the end of 2017, reports IT Web. They also have a contract for 42 Mi-28NE attack helicopters from Russian Helicopters.... Read more

Leonardo and CNSAS partner in mountain rescue R&D

Leonardo and CNSAS partner in mountain rescue R&D

5-Jan-2017Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica

With the challenge of further improving of the technologies that are already saving many human lives today and the development of new operative and training solutions to make helicopter rescue more efficient and the deployment of rescue personnel safer, Leonardo-Finmeccanica together with the Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e... Read more

Mecaer develops into international provider of landing gear

Mecaer develops into international provider of landing gear

4-Nov-2016Source: Mecaer

Italy based Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) has rapidly grown to become a leading international provider of fully integrated landing gear systems for both the fixed and rotor wing markets. MAG is active across multiple sectors that include business, general aviation and high performance basic trainers. At this year’s NBAA convention, attendees can stop by the... Read more

Dart Aerospace expands European network

Dart Aerospace expands European network

12-Oct-2016Source: DART Aerospace

DART Aerospace expands its Approved Maintenance Center (AMC) network to Europe offering competitive aftermarket solutions. DART will hold a cocktail to celebrate the launch of this network expansion during Helitech International on booth 12C60, Tuesday October 11th at 15:00.  You are invited! Helicopter operators and private owners in this region now have the option to... Read more

Obituary – Santino Pancotti of AgustaWestland

Obituary – Santino Pancotti of AgustaWestland

16-Sep-2016Source: AHS

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

Italian Coast Guard orders two more AW139s, plus two options

Italian Coast Guard orders two more AW139s, plus two options

9-Aug-2016Source: AgustaWestland

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

AW609 resumes test flights

AW609 resumes test flights

8-Aug-2016Source: AgustaWestland

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

Argentine military finally confirms purchase of 20 AB206s

Argentine military finally confirms purchase of 20 AB206s

31-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The Argentine military reported late last week that the Secretary of Logistics, Emergencies and Cultural Management, Walter Ceballos, had announced the purchase of twenty AB206 JetRangers while visiting Italy last week.  The purchase includes ten GAU-17 machine guns and five stretcher units. During September and October of this year, nineteen of the twenty helicopters will... Read more

First Airbus H125 arrives in Italy

First Airbus H125 arrives in Italy

9-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The first Airbus H125 helicopter has arrived in Italy according to the blog of local enthusiast Damiano Gualdoni. Elitellina has taken delivery at their Sondrio base of serial number 8239 in an all-white scheme.  It arrived on French test registration F-WTAG and has the eventual Italian registration I-MGIO covered over in tape. Jeremy Parkin –... Read more

AgustaWestland to see THREE name changes in 12 months

AgustaWestland to see THREE name changes in 12 months

5-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The change in a company name, or even a logo, is never something to be done lightly, as the loss of marketing mileage can be enormous.  The internet search engine aspect is more important these days too.  The loss of all the SEO capital built up in a company name and website address is not... Read more

Former AgustaWestland directors given jail sentences in bribery case

Former AgustaWestland directors given jail sentences in bribery case

8-Apr-2016Source: Reuters

An Italian appeals court sentenced former AgustaWestland director Giuseppe Orsi [pictured] to 4½ years in prison on Thursday for corruption and falsifying invoices, overturning a previous lower court ruling. while another former director Bruno Spagnolini was sentenced to 4 years in jail.  See full story... Read more

Bell sells first 407GXP into Italy

Bell sells first 407GXP into Italy

4-Mar-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is delighted to announce that the Bell 407 is continuing to gain traction in Italy with the sale of the first 407GXP to a private customer. “We are delighted with the traction that the Bell 407 is gaining in Italy,” said Roberto Farnese, Sales Director Western Europe, Bell... 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

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

Hoverfly opens sixth base – in Venice

Hoverfly opens sixth base – in Venice

22-Jan-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Italian opertor Hoverfly has announced the opening of their sixth base at Nicelli airport in Venice. The location of this city, famous for its canals of course, puts destinations in Slovenia, and Croatis within easy reach as well as Austria. Hoverfly also has bases at Rome, Naples, Capri, Castiglione Fiorentino and Milan. In the coming... 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

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

27-Oct-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Castelvetrano, Italy

27-Oct-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Castelvetrano, Italy

27-Oct-2015

Emergency landing made in public park... Read more

Selex obstacle avoidance system goes live on Italian NH90s

Selex obstacle avoidance system goes live on Italian NH90s

22-Oct-2015Source: Selex

Selex ES, is now on board an Italian Army NH90 TTH. The helicopter has just been delivered to the Italian Ministry of Defence. The validation activity was managed in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Defence’s Direzione Armamenti Aeronautici e per l’Aeronavigabilità (ARMAEREO). LOAM, developed and manufactured by Selex ES at its Genoa site, is... Read more

NH Industries delivers the 250th NH90

NH Industries delivers the 250th NH90

14-Oct-2015Source: NH Industries

NHIndustries celebrated the delivery of the 250th NH90 military helicopter today. The event took place in Viterbo,Italy during the annual NH90 users conference in presence of Brigadier General Antonio Bettelli commander of Italian Army Aviation. “We are committed, at NHI, to delivering our helicopters on-time to our customers. The delivery of the 250th aircraft today... Read more

AgustaWestland and LOM Praha sign cooperation MoU

AgustaWestland and LOM Praha sign cooperation MoU

29-Sep-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LOM Praha s.p. of the Czech Republic. Under the MoU the partners are paving the way for cooperation in the field of helicopter maintenance, training, servicing and support, as well as the designing and manufacturing of helicopter kits. The partnership would be firmly... Read more

AW609 claims 1000km record of 2 hours 18 minutes

AW609 claims 1000km record of 2 hours 18 minutes

15-Sep-2015Source: AgustaWestland

The Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor set a speed record on a 1000 km ‘point-to-point’ journey. The aircraft, with its unique combination of the turboprop airplane’s speed and helicopter’s take-off and landing capabilities, flew from its Yeovil facility in southwest England to its Cascina Costa facility near Milan, Italy, a distance of 1161 km (721 miles /... Read more

06-Sep-15 I-CFAC Agusta-Bell 412EP Montecristo, Italy

06-Sep-15 I-CFAC Agusta-Bell 412EP Montecristo, Italy

6-Sep-2015

Helicopter crashed heavily onto a sloping rock face, seriously injuring the pilot.  The other two POB only had minor injuries... Read more

Italy suspends licence of helicopter pilot who dropped flower petals on mafia funeral

Italy suspends licence of helicopter pilot who dropped flower petals on mafia funeral

27-Aug-2015Source: Fox News

Italy’s civil aviation authority has suspended the license of the helicopter pilot who flew low over Rome to drop flower petals during the over-the-top funeral of a purported local crime boss that has outraged city residents. See Full Story... Read more

INAER puts H145 into service with SUEM 118 of Belluno

INAER puts H145 into service with SUEM 118 of Belluno

26-Aug-2015Source: INAER

The latest evolution of the well-known helicopter EC145 of Airbus Helicopters, the H145 model, made its debut these days at INAER’s EMS base in Pieve di Cadore, officially entering into service for SUEM 118 of Belluno. The official ceremony of inauguration was organised on August 10th at the EMS base in Pieve, at the presence... Read more

26-Aug-15 I-COLK AgustaWestland AW139 Sassofortino, Italy

26-Aug-15 I-COLK AgustaWestland AW139 Sassofortino, Italy

26-Aug-2015

Winch cable broke after hitting a powerline during a HEMS winching operation; doctor Riccardo Bolognini and paramedic Roberto Marconiwere dropped from about 5 meters, and were taken to a hospital with multiple injuries. There was no damage to the helicopter itself... Read more

21-Aug-15 I-GBVD Airbus AS350B3 Arzana, Italy

21-Aug-15 I-GBVD Airbus AS350B3 Arzana, Italy

21-Aug-2015

During fire fighting activities, the helicopter, equipped with bambi bucket, immediately after the first water drop experienced control problems. Trying an emergency landing in a nearby area 1 km away, the helicopter in the final phase of the flight, started an abrupt spin and crashed.  Helicopter was on contract to Forest Service of Sardinia. Only... Read more

31-Jul-15 I-CMCM Airbus AS350B3 Alpe Zocca, Italy (3F)

31-Jul-15 I-CMCM Airbus AS350B3 Alpe Zocca, Italy (3F)

31-Jul-2015

Hit mountain, and subsequent crash killed all three on board – pilot Folini Augustine, engineer Stefano Olcelli, and flight engineer Marco Gianatti... Read more

29-Jul-15 I-GASF Schweizer 300C Gratosoglio, Italy

29-Jul-15 I-GASF Schweizer 300C Gratosoglio, Italy

29-Jul-2015

Helicopter written off in agricultural accident... Read more

Final results of Italian Blade 2015

Final results of Italian Blade 2015

9-Jul-2015Source: EDA

The latest flying event organised as part of the Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) was successfully conducted from 22 June to 3 July in Viterbo, Italy. More than 1000 personnel and 30 helicopters from seven countries attended this multinational training, the largest of its kind organised in Europe this year. Over the course of Italian Blade... Read more

AgustaWestland confirms HeliHub report on Guardia Costiera AW139 order

AgustaWestland confirms HeliHub report on Guardia Costiera AW139 order

7-Jul-2015Source: AgustaWestland

On 18th June, HeliHub.com ran the story Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet On 6th July, AgustaWestland issued the following press release AgustaWestland announced today a major milestone in the modernization of the Italian Coast Guard’s helicopter fleet, with the delivery of three further AW139 intermediate twin aircraft and an order for two more aircraft. The... Read more

Finmeccanica wins Landing Helicopter Dock contract with Fincantieri

Finmeccanica wins Landing Helicopter Dock contract with Fincantieri

6-Jul-2015Source: finmeccanica

Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and reference player in the naval shipbuilding industry, and Finmeccanica, Italy’s leading manufacturer in the high technology sector, have been awarded the contract for the construction and equipment of one multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD) for the Italian Navy. The total value of the contract is over €1.1... Read more

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