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First Bell 407GX Sold to Italian Customer

First Bell 407GX Sold to Italian Customer

4-Mar-2015Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the sale of a Bell 407GX to Italy-based, Elicompany. The aircraft, configured for corporate and VIP transport and charter, will be the first Bell 407GX to operate in Italy, and was the first sale conducted by Bell Helicopter’s new office in Milan, Italy. The aircraft... Read more

08-Feb-15 I-AWCD AgustaWestland AW119 Valgriesenche, Italy

08-Feb-15 I-AWCD AgustaWestland AW119 Valgriesenche, Italy

8-Feb-2015

Caught by gust of wind on mountain landing – leading to loss of control and impacting terrain and injuring the pilot and two heliskiers... Read more

23-Jan-15 MD Helicopters MD500E Frosinone, Italy

23-Jan-15 MD Helicopters MD500E Frosinone, Italy

23-Jan-2015

Training flight, accident while hover taxying... Read more

Avincis rebrands as Babcock

Avincis rebrands as Babcock

15-Jan-2015Source: Babcock

Following the acquisition of Avincis Group (Avincis) by Babcock International Group PLC (the Group) in May 2014, the process to integrate the business into the Group has progressed well and it is therefore appropriate to reflect this by taking the Babcock name. Avincis will therefore now become Babcock Mission Critical Services (Babcock). The local companies... Read more

06-Jan-15 I-LASW Airbus AS350B3 Pertica Bassa, Italy

06-Jan-15 I-LASW Airbus AS350B3 Pertica Bassa, Italy

6-Jan-2015

During fire fighting operation, pilot experienced problems on the tail rotor and landed safely – another report suggests the cable holding the water bucket (empty at the time) contacted the tail rotor. Damages found on tail rotor and tail boom.... Read more

Italy – Hoverfly to replace AS365 with AW169

Italy – Hoverfly to replace AS365 with AW169

10-Dec-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today that HoverFly of Italy has signed a contract for an AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter to perform passenger transport missions plus a comprehensive package of support and training services. This aircraft will replace an ageing AS365 helicopter providing the operator with greater mission capability and the latest safety features. The AW169... Read more

Italian State Police AW139 deliveries completed

Italian State Police AW139 deliveries completed

9-Dec-2014Source: HeliHub.com

AgustaWestland is completing the Italian State Police order for eight AW139s around now.  From the first delivery in May 2013 , the last three examples have all been test flying recently from the factory at Vergiate and other AW139s in the same production sequence have been delivered in recent weeks. Our research team have put... Read more

First R66 arrives in Italy

First R66 arrives in Italy

16-Nov-2014Source: HeliHub.com

The first Robinson R66 Turbine has arrived in Italy with Elifriulia, who have enjoyed considerable success over the years selling R22 and R44s in the country.  The helicopter is serial #0554 and will be registered I-RSIX Mornington Sanford Aviation are assisting Elifriulia with the introduction of the R66 in Italy and getting this first example... Read more

24-Oct-14 I-DUEK Airbus AS350B3 Trodena, Italy

24-Oct-14 I-DUEK Airbus AS350B3 Trodena, Italy

24-Oct-2014

During take off (aerial work ops) in a mountain and wooded area, the main rotor hit a tree.  Damages to the main blades, to the tail boom and the tail rotor.... Read more

Italian Army Takes Delivery of Its First Two ICH-47F

Italian Army Takes Delivery of Its First Two ICH-47F

2-Oct-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Italian Army has taken delivery of its first two ICH-47F Chinook helicopters during an official ceremony held at Vergiate plant (Italy) today. The ceremony was attended by the Italian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Claudio Graziano, the Director of ARMAEREO Lt. General Domenico Esposito and representatives from the... Read more

21-Sep-14 I-PITO Eurocopter SA315B Rocca Pietra, Italy

21-Sep-14 I-PITO Eurocopter SA315B Rocca Pietra, Italy

21-Sep-2014

Fell onto port side during landing... Read more

18-Aug-14 I-AICO Airbus BK117C1 Val Badia, Italy

18-Aug-14 I-AICO Airbus BK117C1 Val Badia, Italy

18-Aug-2014

Main rotor blade strike in mountainous region during rescue. Helicopter landed safely with main blade tips suffering the most damage... Read more

08-Aug-14 I-PAAD Eurocopter SA318C Gaby, Italy (2F)

08-Aug-14 I-PAAD Eurocopter SA318C Gaby, Italy (2F)

8-Aug-2014

Crashed into mountain during a thunderstorm killing pilot Domenico Praiale (55) and passenger Sara Piredda Piras (29).  Local reports suggest ​​poor visibility due to fog and clouds.  Helicopter was original an SA318 Alouette but had been extensively modified and was classed as a homebuild... Read more

AgustaWestland and Italian Air Force Sign Training Services Cooperation Agreement

AgustaWestland and Italian Air Force Sign Training Services Cooperation Agreement

6-Aug-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has signed a cooperation agreement with the Italian Air Force for training services aimed at further strengthening their already well-established cooperation through the future set up of joint training services. The agreement follows the Letter of Intent signed earlier this year in March. The partners intend to co-develop... Read more

27-Jul-14 I-LUPU Eurocopter AS350B3 Varco Sabino, Italy (2F)

27-Jul-14 I-LUPU Eurocopter AS350B3 Varco Sabino, Italy (2F)

27-Jul-2014

Firefighting reconnaissance flight from Fassinoro.  Helicopter encountered difficulties and emergency landing procedure made – but hit a low level cable  shortly prior to intended landing point.  One killed in crash, second died during recovery operation.  Third and last occupant flown to hospital.... Read more

Airbus Helicopters EC135 T3/P3 takes on the Alps

Airbus Helicopters EC135 T3/P3 takes on the Alps

16-Jul-2014Source: Airbus Helicopters

The enhanced EC135 T3/P3 version of Airbus Helicopters’ EC135 twin-engine rotorcraft demonstrated its improved performance – especially in high-and-hot operating conditions – during a three-day demonstration event in the Italian Dolomites. Operating from the facilities of Helicopters Italia near the city of Trento, the helicopter conducted 14 customer and operator flights last week, confirming the... Read more

Terna choses AW109 Power for electricity infrastructure monitoring

Terna choses AW109 Power for electricity infrastructure monitoring

16-Jul-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Terna SpA of Italy has placed an order for one AW109 Power light twin helicopter. The aircraft, which will perform electricity infrastructure monitoring in Italy, will be delivered in 2015. The AW109 Power was chosen after a rigorous and demanding evaluation process by the customer thanks to its outstanding... Read more

Elitaliana signs for two AW109 Trekkers

Elitaliana signs for two AW109 Trekkers

16-Jul-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Elitaliana has signed a preliminary sales contract for two AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopters. Ordered in Emergency Medical Service configuration, the AW109 Trekkers will support Elitaliana’s expansion plans which includes operating from new bases in Italy and abroad, in addition to the ones already located in the Lazio... Read more

Bell appoints Regional Sales Manager for new Milan office

Bell appoints Regional Sales Manager for new Milan office

2-Jul-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the opening of a new branch in Milan, Italy. Effective immediately, Roberto Farnese will assume the role of Regional Sales Manager (RSM) in of the new office, responsible for overseeing marketing and sales activities within Southern Europe. “We are pleased to welcome the newest member... Read more

Finmeccanica board approves new Group Organizational and Operating Model

Finmeccanica board approves new Group Organizational and Operating Model

23-Jun-2014Source: Finmeccanica

The Board of Directors of Finmeccanica, convened today under the chairmanship of Gianni De Gennaro, approved the guidelines to implement the new Group Organizational and Operating Model. The Model, illustrated to the Board of Directors by the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Mauro Moretti, encompasses in the new perimeter operating companies, 100% owned by... Read more

Italian eyewear company Luxottica buys AW139

Italian eyewear company Luxottica buys AW139

9-Jun-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Italian premium brand Luxottica will soon take delivery of an AgustaWestland AW139, recently seen test flying from the factory in Italy. With net sales exceeding €7.3 billion in 2013, over 73,000 employees and a strong global presence, Luxottica is a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and sales of premium, luxury and sports eyewear. The... Read more

MD Helicopters appoints dealer in Italy

MD Helicopters appoints dealer in Italy

10-Apr-2014Source: G&G Aviation

MD Helicopters Inc. has appointed G&G Aviation of Rome, as its italian sales representative for its entire range of single and twin engine helicopters. Based in Mesa, Arizona (U.S.A.) MD Helicopters current product range inherited the design and experience started over 50 years ago by Hughes with civil and military light helicopters like the Hughes... Read more

Garmin Introduces European FliteCharts

Garmin Introduces European FliteCharts

6-Apr-2014Source: Garmin

Garmin continues to expand its global aviation chart coverage with the release of European terminal charts, including instrument approach charts, SIDs, STARs, and airport diagrams. These charts are the most recent addition to the growing list of worldwide aviation charting products available from Garmin, which are compatible with select Garmin avionics and portables. Additional charts... Read more

First Flight for Italian Air Force AW101

First Flight for Italian Air Force AW101

20-Mar-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first AW101 for the Italian Air Force, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, made its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility in the UK today at the presence of the Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Pasquale Preziosa, the Italian Ambassador Domenico Terracciano, the Director of... Read more

AgustaWestland and Italian Air Force sign LOI for training

AgustaWestland and Italian Air Force sign LOI for training

20-Mar-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and the Italian Air Force are pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent aimed at further strengthening their already well-established cooperation through the future set up of joint training solutions. The announcement was made on the occasion of the official ceremony for the maiden flight of the first... Read more

World’s first AW189 full-flight simulator ready for training

World’s first AW189 full-flight simulator ready for training

19-Mar-2014Source: CAE

Rotorsim, the joint venture owned equally by CAE (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, today announced that a joint team from ENAC (the Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) has certified the world’s first AW189 full-flight simulator (FFS) to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators. The new CAE... Read more

Less autonomy for AgustaWestland as Finmeccanica pushes consolidation plans

Less autonomy for AgustaWestland as Finmeccanica pushes consolidation plans

10-Mar-2014Source: Finmeccanica

The Board of Directors of Finmeccanica, convened today under the chairmanship of Gianni De Gennaro, examined and approved the project for a New Group Organizational and Operating Model applying to the Aerospace, Defence and Security  sectors (“A,D&S”). The New Organizational Model is in line with similar initiatives promoted by our main competitors aimed at effectively tackling the challenges... Read more

Twelve AgustaWestland directors caught in Italian asbestos investigation

Twelve AgustaWestland directors caught in Italian asbestos investigation

21-Feb-2014Source: Gazetta del Sud

Turin prosecutors have placed a dozen former and current directors of AgustaWestland under investigation in a probe into suspected health risks from the asbestos in helicopters supplied to the Italian armed forces and police  See full story... Read more

16-Feb-14 T7-ZST Eurocopter SA315B Masera, Italy

16-Feb-14 T7-ZST Eurocopter SA315B Masera, Italy

16-Feb-2014

At touch down the pilot experienced strong vibrations with damages to the helicopter... Read more

Italian Navy contracts for Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Italian Navy contracts for Schiebel Camcopter S-100

11-Feb-2014Source: Schiebel

The Italian Navy has selected the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) to provide support for its fleet, making it the first European Navy that has S-100 in operational use. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 has already proven efficient to the Italian Navy as it was the first UAS ever to fly from an Italian ship, the... Read more

Head of Italian Army Aviation killed in training crash

Head of Italian Army Aviation killed in training crash

26-Jan-2014Source: HeliHub.com

The Italian military has reported the untimely death of Major General Feltrinelli Calligaris, head of Italy’s Army aviation unit. The General was the instructor in an Agusta-Bell JetRanger which crashed on Mount Martha, near the Viterbo military base. Student pilot Lieutenant Paolo Tozzi was also killed in the accident. Major General Calligaris was appointed to... Read more

Italian Police Takes Delivery of its Fifth AW139

Italian Police Takes Delivery of its Fifth AW139

9-Dec-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the Italian Police has taken delivery of a fifth AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter which will be based in Reggio Calabria. The contract, which was signed in July last year, includes a total of eight AW139 helicopters. Designated UH-139C, the Italian Police’s helicopters operate from bases in... Read more

Italian Science & Technology museum opens major helicopter exhibition

Italian Science & Technology museum opens major helicopter exhibition

2-Dec-2013Source: HeliHub.com

The “Leonardo da Vinci” National Museum of Science and Technology has this weekend opened a new permanent interactive exhibition on helicopters, created in partnership with AgustaWestland. The aim is to trace the history of the helicopter, discover his future and experience the thrill of flying it. Historical and contemporary objects tell the evolution of vertical... Read more

AgustaWestland AW101 rescues Indian national

AgustaWestland AW101 rescues Indian national

29-Nov-2013Source: HeliHub.com

With the contract to supply twelve AW101s to the Indian Government a hot topic this week, an amazing coincidence gives us the title of the AW101 saving an Indian national. In what appears to be a pleasant coincidence for the manufacturer, the Italian Navy yesterday put out a press release about their latest rescue –... Read more

Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

24-Nov-2013Source: Sunday Times

Engineering company Babcock International – who run Devonport and Rosyth military dockyards in the UK – is in advanced talks on a blockbuster £1.5bn takeover of Avincis Group.  See story ... Read more

16-Oct-13 I-HASB Eurocopter AS350B3 San Bernardo di Mendatica, Italy

16-Oct-13 I-HASB Eurocopter AS350B3 San Bernardo di Mendatica, Italy

16-Oct-2013

Main blades struck tree during aerial work operations... Read more

Maiden flight of first production AW189

Maiden flight of first production AW189

10-Oct-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first production AW189 8 tonne class twin engine helicopter performed its maiden flight at Vergiate plant (Italy) today. The aircraft is expected to be delivered to Bristow Helicopters Ltd. by year end to carry out offshore transport missions in the North Sea, with operational readiness... Read more

AW169 Presented to the Italian EMS Community at HEMS 2013 Conference

AW169 Presented to the Italian EMS Community at HEMS 2013 Conference

25-Sep-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, showcased for the first time the new generation 4.5 tonne-class light intermediate twin engine AW169 at the HEMS 2013 Conference, held in Massa Carrara, Italy. The Italian HEMS Community was allowed to have a first look at the capabilities and features of the aircraft that is meant to set the new... Read more

AW189 Flight Training Device Ready For Training

AW189 Flight Training Device Ready For Training

24-Sep-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the availability of a new AW189 Flight Training Device (FTD) at its A. Marchetti Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy. The device has been qualified by an EASA / ENAC joint team to FTD Level 2 as per CS-FSTD(H), and is installed in the new simulation building which will include... Read more

Selex ES delivers TH500 simulator to Italy’s 72°Stormo unit

Selex ES delivers TH500 simulator to Italy’s 72°Stormo unit

13-Sep-2013Source: Selex ES

Today at the military airport of Frosinone in Italy a ceremony was held for the inauguration of the TH-500 helicopter simulator. The system will be used in training courses for student pilots. The simulator was developed in Italy by Selex ES and allows learners to cover visual and instrumental flight procedures, besides emergency procedures and... Read more

20-Aug-13 I-RBNR Agusta-Bell 412 Novara di Sicilia, Italy

20-Aug-13 I-RBNR Agusta-Bell 412 Novara di Sicilia, Italy

20-Aug-2013

4 POB injured in heavy landing due to loss of visual clues in brown-out conditions.  EMS operation... Read more

05-Aug-13 OY-HPF Robinson R44 Piombino, Italy

05-Aug-13 OY-HPF Robinson R44 Piombino, Italy

5-Aug-2013

Helicopter ditched in shallow water.  3 POB exited safely.  En route from Elba to Bologna.  Italian pilot age 44, passengers were on Turkish and Portuguese passports.... Read more

First Cabri arrives in Italy

First Cabri arrives in Italy

31-Jul-2013Source: HeliHub.com

The Italian representative for Helicoptères Guimbal – Eurotech – have announced the arrival of their first G2 Cabri. Serial 1050, and appropriately registered I-CABR, the helicopter is photo’d here at their base at Caiolo in the Sondrio region of Italy. Ben Haverdee – HeliHub.com... Read more

21-Jul-13 I-GANI Schweizer 300C Cuneo Levaldigi, Italy

21-Jul-13 I-GANI Schweizer 300C Cuneo Levaldigi, Italy

21-Jul-2013

Destroyed in accident, occupants not injured... Read more

Italian Police receive their first two AW139s

Italian Police receive their first two AW139s

3-Jul-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Italian Police has taken delivery of its first two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters on schedule. These helicopters will be operated by the 1st Aviation Unit of the Italian Police and based at Pratica di Mare, close to Rome. Additional aircraft will be delivered to... Read more

First Italian Army ICH-47F Chinook performs maiden flight

First Italian Army ICH-47F Chinook performs maiden flight

26-Jun-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first ICH-47F Chinook for the Italian Army successfully accomplished its maiden flight on June 24th at Vergiate in Italy. The aircraft took to the air for 15 minutes, performing as expected carrying out basic handling tests and main systems checks. This ICH-47F Chinook is the... Read more

NHI celebrates first deployment of an Italian NH90

NHI celebrates first deployment of an Italian NH90

20-Jun-2013Source: NH Industries

NHI celebrated today the first operational deployment of a NH90 helicopter overseas. This event took place on the NHI static area, where the NH90 TTH of the Italian Army, operated by “7° Vega unit is displayed, at the presence of General Calligaris commanding the Italian Army Aviation. “We are pleased to welcome General Calligaris at... Read more

Elitaliana Signs For Three More AW169 Helicopters

Elitaliana Signs For Three More AW169 Helicopters

18-Jun-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Elitaliana has signed a preliminary sales contract for three additional new generation AW169 helicopters to add to the three ordered in 2011. This latest sales success further establishes the AW169 as the helicopter of choice in its weight class with sales of over 80 aircraft since... Read more

HRD-Aero Sekur joint venture opens safety equipment MRO hub

HRD-Aero Sekur joint venture opens safety equipment MRO hub

17-Jun-2013Source: Aero Sekur

As a result of a Joint Venture between Aero Sekur and HRD Aero Systems Inc. a one stop hub for the repair and overhaul of commercial aircraft safety equipment has been formed. Operating as a European Centre of Excellence, HRD Aero Sekur builds on both organisations’ established MRO skills and services. The new 20,000 sq.... Read more

05-Jun-13 I-LUPU Eurocopter AS350B3 Limavady, Italy

05-Jun-13 I-LUPU Eurocopter AS350B3 Limavady, Italy

5-Jun-2013

During cruise at 120 kts, pilot experienced a tail rotor failure and performed a forced landing on a field... Read more

21-May-13 3A-MPG Eurocopter EC155 Albenga, Italy

21-May-13 3A-MPG Eurocopter EC155 Albenga, Italy

21-May-2013

Approaching Albenga Airport, MGB CHIP warning light ON. After 5 minutes hard noise was detected and crew has decided to land immediately on a beach. No damages was detected to the helicopter... Read more

Italian distributor expects first Cabri in June

Italian distributor expects first Cabri in June

7-May-2013Source: HeliHub.com

The Italian distributor for Helicoptères Guimbal is expecting their first G2 Cabri in June 2013. Eurotech – based in Caiolo in Lombardy (Sondrio province) – announced their appointment back in February. The manufacturer took a slight detour on their flight from their base in France to the recent Aero exhibition in Germany to go via... Read more

07-May-13 I-ONYX MD Helicopters MD500E L’Aquila, Italy

07-May-13 I-ONYX MD Helicopters MD500E L’Aquila, Italy

7-May-2013

Contacted powerlines on approach to airport... Read more

Former AgustaWestland chief freed

Former AgustaWestland chief freed

6-May-2013Source: The Wall Street Journal

The former CEO of the Italian defense giant Finmeccanica, and former CEO of AgustaWestland, was freed Saturday from jail pending his trial on corruption charges next month. (See Full Story)... Read more

Italian Army Takes Delivery of Its First NH90 TTH

Italian Army Takes Delivery of Its First NH90 TTH

3-May-2013Source: Italian Army

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first NH90 TTH in FOC (Final Operational Capability) configuration for the Italian Army has been delivered today during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Venice Tessera plant in the presence of Gen. Giangiacomo Calligaris, Commander of Italian Army Aviation, and Gen. Francesco Langella, ARMAEREO. This... Read more

03-May-13 I-B165 Robinson R22B Viareggio, Italy

03-May-13 I-B165 Robinson R22B Viareggio, Italy

3-May-2013

Helicopter ended up on its side in an open field... Read more

Konner – the sleek new two-seat Italian helicopter

Konner – the sleek new two-seat Italian helicopter

30-Apr-2013Source: HeliHub.com

The Aero show in Friedrichshafen last week saw the launch of the Konner K1 helicopter – a turbine two-seat aircraft from Italy built under the EASA CS-27 rules for small rotorcraft. Possibly the sleekest helicopter we have seen, the side view makes even the AgustaWestland AW109 look bloated. From the nose you do a double-take... Read more

30-Mar-13 F-HJTE Eurocopter AS350B3 Concorezzo, Italy

30-Mar-13 F-HJTE Eurocopter AS350B3 Concorezzo, Italy

30-Mar-2013

Substantially damaged in landing accident.  Sole occupant pilot not injured... Read more

Eurocopter launches the EC135T3 and EC135P3

Eurocopter launches the EC135T3 and EC135P3

6-Mar-2013Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter marked a new milestone in its product line enhancement strategy by launching the improved-performance, updated EC135 T3/P3 helicopter versions at the Heli-Expo 2013 industry show today, signing Air Methods of the U.S., Norsk Luftambulanse of Norway, and Italy’s Aiut Alpin Dolomites as launch customers. New features for these latest variants of Eurocopter’s EC135 light,... Read more

Which customers will get their EC145T2 first?

Which customers will get their EC145T2 first?

5-Mar-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Eurocopter has been keeping us up to date with development of their new EC145 variant with a fenestron tail rotor, and a prototype has been under development for over two and a half years – the first flight was back in July 2010. A total of three prototypes have been built, the first one a... Read more

AgustaWestland – Orsi and Spagnolini arrested

AgustaWestland – Orsi and Spagnolini arrested

12-Feb-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Finmeccanica have issued a short statement confirming that Italian Police have arrested former AgustaWestland CEO Guiseppi Orsi, and his successor (and current CEO) Bruno Spagnolini.  Orsi is now Chairman and CEO of parent company Finmeccanica. “With reference to the precautionary measures issued today towards the Chairman and CEO of Finmeccanica and the CEO of the... Read more

09-Feb-13 I-LALM Robinson R22 Pontecagnano, Italy

09-Feb-13 I-LALM Robinson R22 Pontecagnano, Italy

9-Feb-2013

Private pilot injured in accident on take-off.  Local language TV report at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDXhMP-fBrU... Read more

24-Jan-13 Agusta-Bell 212 Praia, Italy

24-Jan-13 Agusta-Bell 212 Praia, Italy

24-Jan-2013

Precautionary landing on sports pitch. probably weather related... Read more

17-Dec-12 Pizzo Tambo, Italy

17-Dec-12 Pizzo Tambo, Italy

17-Dec-2012

Helicopter of Italy’s  Finance Guard crashed and three occupants airlifted to hospital.  Accident altitude approx 3,000m... Read more

French EC725 unit trains in air-to-air refuelling with Italian Air Force

French EC725 unit trains in air-to-air refuelling with Italian Air Force

28-Nov-2012Source: Armée de l'air

[Electronic translation] From November 12 to November 21, 2012, the squadron of helicopters (EH) 1/67 “Pyrenees” in Cazaux Air Base 120 has led his second campaign refueling HAAR ( Helicopter Air to Air Refuelling ) in closely with the 46 th Brigade transport of the Italian Air Force based in Pisa (Italy). During this period,... Read more

EDA completes successful 3rd Helicopter Tactics Symposium

EDA completes successful 3rd Helicopter Tactics Symposium

28-Nov-2012Source: European Defence Agency

The third Helicopter Tactics Symposium was held from 19 – 21 November in Luxembourg. 43 participants from 16 Member States (AT, BE, BG, CZ, DE, ES, EE,  FI, FR, HU, IT, LU, NL, PT, SE, UK) and additional guests from New Zeeland and the Joint Air Power Competence Centre exchanged views on the status of... Read more

20-Nov-12 I-MIAE Eurocopter AS350BA Trichiana, Italy (2F)

20-Nov-12 I-MIAE Eurocopter AS350BA Trichiana, Italy (2F)

20-Nov-2012

Helicopter was involved in low-level aerial work to drop rabies vaccines for foxes as part of a Health Authority program.  AS350BA crashed into field close to houses after hitting high voltage cables, killing both occupants – pilot Silvio Botto Steglia, 37, and Felice Faivano, 35.  Two houses damaged (see photo essay).  Some local reports cite... Read more

Aermatica cleared to test UAV in non-segregated airspace

Aermatica cleared to test UAV in non-segregated airspace

12-Nov-2012Source: Aermatica

ENEL, the main Italian electric utility and one of the most important in the world, started a study concerning remote monitoring of its own power plants through small RPA. The possibility to satisfy those needs is only partially matter of mere technology; on the contrary starting of use of small RPA in professional industrial contexts... Read more

02-Nov-12 I-HEFH Robinson R22 Bresso, Italy

02-Nov-12 I-HEFH Robinson R22 Bresso, Italy

2-Nov-2012

Training accident, ending up on its port side... Read more

Italy retires VIP SH-3D

Italy retires VIP SH-3D

22-Oct-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Last Wednesday, the Italian Air Force flew one of its VIP SH-3D helicopters to the Air Forc Museum at at Vigna di Valle.  Serialled MM80973, the helicopter has been operated by the 31° Stormo unit since it was acquired in 1976.  The helicopter amassed 13,000 hours, and has flown many Italian VIPs as well as... Read more

Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

16-Oct-2012Source: Avincis Group

Avincis Mission Critical Services (Avincis Group) has established itself in the UK today as the world’s leading provider of mission critical aviation services. The Group’s mission is to save lives, protect the environment and provide safe transport for mission critical people and assets for public services and blue chip corporations.  Avincis’ operating companies deliver across... Read more

Ex head of AW denies consultancy deal with Economy Minister’s wife

Ex head of AW denies consultancy deal with Economy Minister’s wife

6-Sep-2012Source: Reuters

Finmeccanica head Giuseppe Orsi denied press reports on Wednesday that he had ordered faked consultancy services from the wife of Vittorio Grilli, who is currently Italy’s Economy Minister. (see full story)... Read more

Milestone lease two GrandNews to Elilombarda

Milestone lease two GrandNews to Elilombarda

24-Aug-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Milestone Aviation Group, the Dublin-based helicopter lessor, has recently delivered two new AgustaWestland AW109SP Grand New to Italian operator Elilombardia. Likely for tax reasons, the aircraft were initially registered in their name for a couple of days in mid-July in the Isle of Man, as seen in our photos here.  They were then moved to... Read more

21-Aug-12 I-GUAN Schweizer 300C Arena Po, Italy

21-Aug-12 I-GUAN Schweizer 300C Arena Po, Italy

21-Aug-2012

Two occupants, substantially damaged... Read more

21-Jul-12 I-BLGN Eurocopter EC145 Morbegno, Italy

21-Jul-12 I-BLGN Eurocopter EC145 Morbegno, Italy

21-Jul-2012

Air ambulance struck cables on climb-out from road accident scene.   Pilot Augusto Stazzonelli, co-pilot Stefano Turetta, doctor Fabio Martorana, a nurse, an alpine rescue specialist and the patient survived.... Read more

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