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Spanish operator Helity adds new scheduled route

Spanish operator Helity adds new scheduled route

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Oct-20

Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard to reactivate one of four AW139s

Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard to reactivate one of four AW139s

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

21-Oct-20

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Leonardo demonstrates helicopter-UAV teaming in the UK with its AW159 Wildcat

Leonardo demonstrates helicopter-UAV teaming in the UK with its AW159 Wildcat

On 17th September, Leonardo successfully demonstrated unique integrated capabilities between a manned aircraft and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This took place in the UK during Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) trials between a Leonardo AW159 Wildcat helicopter and a semi-autonomous UAV from Callen-Lenz Associates. In this instance, MUMT is when a helicopter crew controls a UAV… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Oct-20

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

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

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-20

Full Ice clearance for AW169 delayed by COVID19

Full Ice clearance for AW169 delayed by COVID19

Leonardo have confirmed to HeliHub.com that FIPS (Full Ice Protection System) clearance for the AW169 has been delayed by COVID19. The original order from Rega (Swiss Air Rescue) was announced in December 2015, and consists of three AW169 helicopters. The organisation provides emergency medical service and search and rescue missions (EMS/SAR) all over Switzerland, from the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-20

First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for SAR missions

First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for SAR missions

NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its aging fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Oct-20

MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

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

Source: Leonardo, 15-Oct-20

Change of Management at Kopter

Change of Management at Kopter

Leonardo announces that Marco Viola, currently in charge to lead Kopter integration, will look after the overall governance of activities at Kopter on behalf of Leonardo Helicopters. This step is taken as an interim solution as Kopter’s CEO Andreas Lowenstein has decided to step down from his current role and to pursue further opportunities outside… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 13-Oct-20

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MyHeli becomes newest UK CAA AOC operator

MyHeli becomes newest UK CAA AOC operator

London Oxford Airport based MyHeli is the UK’s newest helicopter charter operator offering a fleet of six stylishly refurbished Leonardo AW109s. Founded by renowned aviation entrepreneur Dustin Dryden, the company will form part of Dryden’s Volare Aviation Group. MyHeli’s AOC was awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority at the end of September and the team… Read more »

Source: Resilient Aviation, 08-Oct-20

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Leonardo and ENAV join forces on digitalization, sustainability and safety

Leonardo and ENAV join forces on digitalization, sustainability and safety

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 »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Oct-20

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GVH Aerospace secures contract with Leonardo

GVH Aerospace secures contract with Leonardo

GVH Aerospace’s sea tray product has been selected by Leonardo for the AW101 Norwegian All Weather Search and Rescue Helicopter (NAWSARH). The sea tray will be used by the Norwegian Air Force for the helicopter’s search and rescue and airborne ambulance role. The GVH Aerospace sea tray product will be customised to meet the operational… Read more »

Source: GVH Aerospace, 28-Sep-20

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President of Uruguay welcomes first SAR AB412

President of Uruguay welcomes first SAR AB412

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-20

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Penzance Helicopters introduces AW139 to Isles of Scilly service

Penzance Helicopters introduces AW139 to Isles of Scilly service

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

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 11-Sep-20

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Leonardo AW169 AW189 – EASA AD 2020-0196 – Tail Rotor Servo Actuator

Leonardo AW169 AW189 – EASA AD 2020-0196 – Tail Rotor Servo Actuator

An accident occurred with an AW169 helicopter, the root cause of which is still under investigation. While the helicopter was on a take-off phase at low forward speed, a loss of yaw control has been observed. As incorrect installation of the TRA might have been a factor, as a precautionary measure, Leonardo issued ASB 169-120 to… Read more »

Source: EASA, 10-Sep-20

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government evaluates the AW609 tiltrotor’s unique capabilities to revolutionize connections with Ogasawara island

Tokyo Metropolitan Government evaluates the AW609 tiltrotor’s unique capabilities to revolutionize connections with Ogasawara island

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government recently announced the intention to evaluate the AW609 multirole commercial tiltrotor’s unique capabilities to deliver unprecedented levels of transport to Ogasawara island in the future. The distinguished characteristics of the world’s first commercial tiltrotor, combining turboprop-like performance (speed, range, altitude) and rotorcraft versatility (vertical take-off / landing and hovering) would deliver… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Sep-20

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Leonardo AB412 – EASA AD 2020-0192 – Electrical Power – Cable Assembly

Leonardo AB412 – EASA AD 2020-0192 – Electrical Power – Cable Assembly

One occurrence has been reported of failure of both inverters in flight, leading to autopilot disconnection. Subsequent inspection identified chafing of a wire in the AC power system cable assembly, due to a protective grommet not correctly installed in the emergency bus interlock compartment. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to autopilot… Read more »

Source: EASA, 04-Sep-20

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Tokyo to evaluate AW609 for Ogasawara link

Tokyo to evaluate AW609 for Ogasawara link

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government recently announced the intention to evaluate the AW609 multirole commercial tiltrotor’s unique capabilities to deliver unprecedented levels of transport to Ogasawara island in the future. The distinguished characteristics of the world’s first commercial tiltrotor, combining turboprop-like performance (speed, range, altitude) and rotorcraft versatility (vertical take-off / landing and hovering) would deliver… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 02-Sep-20

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Leonardo AW109/AW119 – EASA releases Issue 22 of TCDS

Leonardo AW109/AW119 – EASA releases Issue 22 of TCDS

EASA has released Issue 22 of the Type Certificate Data Sheet for the Leonardo AW109 and AW119. Issue 22 can be viewed here

Source: EASA, 26-Aug-20

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Changes coming for heliport at Macau International Airport

Changes coming for heliport at Macau International Airport

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

Source: Macau International Airport, 24-Aug-20

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Leonardo strengthens helicopter support services in South Africa

Leonardo strengthens helicopter support services in South Africa

Leonardo is strengthening the level of support and maintenance services offered to its customer base in South Africa with a new service centre following the recent acquisition of Precision Aviation Services (Pty) Ltd. This is located at Wonderboom Airport – Pretoria and comprises 2275 m2 of floor space, 450 m2 of workshop and store, and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-Aug-20

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Leonardo supporting the UK Armed Forces’ Covid-19 response

Leonardo supporting the UK Armed Forces’ Covid-19 response

Leonardo, at its site in Yeovil, not only builds and designs rotorcraft but it also supports aircraft once in operation by its military customers. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted even more this key area of customer engagement for the Company. The British Army, specifically 1 Aviation Brigade HQ, was tasked to provide two aircraft every day… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Aug-20

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19-Aug-20 N95RZ Leonardo AW109E Wauseon, US-Ohio

Tail rotor struck lamp post on landing

19-Aug-20

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Leonardo are test flying AW169 with skids

Leonardo are test flying AW169 with skids

As with all manufacturers, Leonardo have a continuing development program for each model in their line-up.  In the last few years we have seen the AW109S Trekker with skids, the AW139 gross weight increase, the AW189K with its Safran Aneto-1K engine and so on. Now the Italian-based manufacturer is test flying its first visible development… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-20

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HM Coastguard flies first UK unmanned SAR missions

HM Coastguard flies first UK unmanned SAR missions

Unmanned aircraft will be flown as safety overwatch in support of search and rescue missions for HM Coastguard for the first time this weekend. The unmanned aircraft will be supporting search and rescue response in north Wales both in maritime and in the mountains. It is an operational trial and will potentially have the benefits… Read more »

Source: HM Coastguard, 31-Jul-20

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

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

24-Jul-20

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Leonardo presents AW139 enhanced capabilities

Leonardo presents  AW139 enhanced capabilities

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

Source: Leonardo, 20-Jul-20

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Leonardo delivers its first basic training AW169 to the Italian Army

Leonardo delivers its first basic training AW169 to the Italian Army

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 »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Jul-20

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US EMS Operator contracts for first IFR-certified AW119

US EMS Operator contracts for first IFR-certified AW119

Leonardo announced that the EMS operator Life Link III, based in the upper-midwest United States, has placed an order for one IFR-certified AW119 single engine helicopter with a future option for a second aircraft. The aircraft will be added to an existing fleet of ten AW119Kx helicopters delivering in-flight critical care and transporting patients in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 08-Jul-20

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CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

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

Source: Ørsted, 06-Jul-20

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Kopter SH09 helicopter test flights go ahead in Sicily

Kopter SH09 helicopter test flights go ahead in Sicily

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 »

24-Jun-20

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Sea King visits Yeovil for 50th anniversary

Sea King visits Yeovil for 50th anniversary

Monday 22 June, a HeliOps’ Sea King landed at Leonardo in Yeovil, Somerset. The visit by HeliOps formed part of a commemoration celebrating the first flight of the XV666 ‘Damien’ aircraft by returning it to its place of manufacture as part of its 50th birthday celebrations. “I can remember being the programme lead back in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Jun-20

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

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

20-Jun-20

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ITP Aero wins engine MRO contract for CHC S-92s and AW189s

ITP Aero wins engine MRO contract for CHC S-92s and AW189s

ITP Aero has signed a contract with CHC Helicopter to provide comprehensive support for its fleet of CT7-8A and CT7-2E1 engines that are flown in its Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW189 helicopters. The contract spans five years and work will be carried out at ITP Aero’s Albacete and Ajalvir facilities in Spain. The contract includes… Read more »

Source: ITP Aero, 19-Jun-20

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

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

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-20

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Leonardo AW109 Trekker chosen to support French EMS market

Leonardo AW109 Trekker chosen to support French EMS market

Leonardo announced that the AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter has been chosen as the new helicopter to support Emergency Medical Service (EMS) operations from Rouen Hospital in Normandie, France. One aircraft, with a specially customised EMS interior, is expected be delivered by the end of 2020 from Leonardo’s Vergiate final assembly line in Italy,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Jun-20

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Solvay and Leonardo sign supply agreement

Solvay and Leonardo sign supply agreement

Solvay and Leonardo signed a five year material supply agreement for programs across its Aerostructures, Aircraft, Helicopters and Electronics divisions. Solvay will provide a broad range of market leading and innovative materials including thermoset composites CYCOM® 977-2 and CYCOM® 970, thermoplastic composites APC and APC-2 and SURFACEMASTER® 905 adhesives. In addition to material supply, Solvay… Read more »

Source: Solvay, 12-Jun-20

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Triumph to supply mechanical controls for US TH-73 trainers

Triumph to supply mechanical controls for US TH-73 trainers

Triumph Group (NYSE:TGI) congratulates AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation (dba Leonardo Helicopters) on being selected by the U.S. Navy for the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program. Per the recently announced contract, Leonardo will produce 32, TH-73A helicopters, a variant of the AW119, for the AHTS Program. Triumph Systems & Support – Mechanical Solutions operating company is… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 04-Jun-20

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Q1 production analysis – Airbus rises while every other OEM falls

Q1 production analysis – Airbus rises while every other OEM falls

GAMA, the General Aviation Manufacturers’ Association, has released it’s quarterly production report covering January to March 2020. This covers the general aviation aircraft shipments and billings for the first quarter of 2020. Piston, turboprop, business jet and rotorcraft deliveries declined across all segments during the first quarter of 2020 as compared to the first quarter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-20

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Nigerian Navy receives AW139 helicopter

Nigerian Navy receives AW139 helicopter

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

Source: defenceWeb, 29-May-20

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

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

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

Source: Leonardo, 29-May-20

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Leonardo AW159 Wildcat conducts first successful firings of Thales ‘Martlet’ LMM

Leonardo AW159 Wildcat conducts first successful firings of Thales ‘Martlet’ LMM

Leonardo and Thales are proud to announce the first successful firings of the Thales ‘Martlet’ Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) from Leonardo’s AW159 Wildcat helicopter. The firings were conducted as part of the UK MoD’s Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) programme and demonstrated the integration of the Martlet onto the AW159 platform. This represents a major… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-May-20

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LCI Helicopters launches $100 Million co-investment vehicle

LCI Helicopters launches $100 Million co-investment vehicle

LCI, a leading helicopter lessor and the aviation division of the Libra Group, has strengthened its leasing platform with the establishment of a new co-investment vehicle with Thora Capital, LLC. and RIVE Private Investment as partners. The transaction covers six Leonardo AW139s and three Airbus H130 helicopters, all of which have long-term, secure debt financing… Read more »

Source: LCI, 07-May-20

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The Air Ambulance Service charity predicts £2.2M income shortfall but still has £12M in the bank

The Air Ambulance Service charity predicts £2.2M income shortfall but still has £12M in the bank

[Please also see Editor’s note at the foot of this post] The Air Ambulance Service charity, providing vital support to the NHS frontline, is asking the public to back an urgent appeal to safely reopen its stores which provide the much-needed income to operate its clinical services. Your Local Air Ambulance is currently in the… Read more »

Source: TAAS, 06-May-20

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NHV wins AW169 offshore contract from Blackpool UK

NHV wins AW169 offshore contract from Blackpool UK

NHV Group today announced a new long-term contract with Spirit Energy to provide passenger transfer services in support of their East Irish Sea operations. The operations are expected to start in December 2020, and will be based at Blackpool (UK).  The contract is currently flown by Babcock MCS Offshore. Spirit Energy has a group of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-20

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Health Care District of Palm Beach Purchases Two AW169

Health Care District of Palm Beach Purchases Two AW169

Leonardo announced that the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, FL—a Federal Aviation Administration certificated air carrier in southern Florida also known as Trauma Hawk—has signed a contract to purchase two light-intermediate AW169 helicopters. Palm Beach County is the largest county by area in Florida with more than 2,300 square miles. The District maintains… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Apr-20

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RBI Hawker completes industry first with AW139 main rotor blade repair

RBI Hawker completes industry first with AW139 main rotor blade repair

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

Source: RBI Hawker, 20-Apr-20

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15-Apr-20 N51NL Leonardo AW169 Philadelphia, US-Pennsylvania

Copilot window fell out at 1000 ft agl.  Corporate part 91 operation

15-Apr-20

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Kopter officially joins Leonardo Helicopters

Kopter officially joins Leonardo Helicopters

Leonardo announced the closing of the acquisition of Kopter Group AG (Kopter) from Lynwood (Schweiz). The purchase price, on a cash and debt free basis, consists of a $185 million fixed component plus an earn-out mechanism linked to certain milestones over the life of the program, starting from 2022. The acquisition of Kopter allows Leonardo… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 09-Apr-20

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TH-119 Certification Team Wins Harry T. Jensen Award

TH-119 Certification Team Wins Harry T. Jensen Award

Leonardo is pleased to announce the company’s TH-119 Certification Team, led by Program Manager Enzo Galli, has won the Vertical Flight Society’s prestigious Harry T. Jensen Award. The Harry T. Jensen Award recognizes outstanding contribution to the improvement of reliability, maintainability, safety or logistics support through improved design or technical achievement. Leonardo’s TH-119 Certification Team,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – 3 British Army AW159 Wildcats have been deployed to support UK with COVID-19

COVID-19 – 3 British Army AW159 Wildcats have been deployed to support UK with COVID-19

Three British Army AW159 Wildcat helicopters have been deployed to support the UK Ministry of Defence’s efforts in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. The Army Air Corps’ helicopters will be operating out of RNAS Yeovilton and will look to cover the South of England as required by the UK Government’s response to Covid-19 alongside Royal Air… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 31-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Leonardo to provide resources and people in support of COVID-19

COVID-19 – Leonardo to provide resources and people in support of COVID-19

During this time of an unprecedented health emergency in Italy, Leonardo, country’s main industrial company, which is among the top ten world players in Aerospace, Defence and Security, continues to provide resources and people in support of national institutions’ management and containment of the Covid-19 pandemic. Leonardo has undertaken a series of solidarity initiatives to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 30-Mar-20

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Leonardo extends training capabilities to rotorcraft UAS

Leonardo extends training capabilities to rotorcraft UAS

Leonardo is extending its training services capabilities to include rotorcraft unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to provide 360° training solutions to its growing customer base for maximised mission effectiveness and safety. The Company has recently obtained an Authorized Training Organization Certificate for UAS released by ENAC (Italian National Civil Aviation Authority). With this certification Leonardo is… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 27-Mar-20

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CBE+ has been selected by OEM Leonardo

CBE+ has been selected by OEM Leonardo

Specialist precision engineering sub-contractor CBE+ has been selected by leading UK aerospace original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Leonardo, for sponsorship on the SC21 Operational Excellence programme. SC21 is a continuous improvement programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace and defence industry by optimising the performance of its supply chains. Certification is only achieved after… Read more »

Source: CBE+, 27-Mar-20

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

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

“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 »

Source: Leonardo, 26-Mar-20

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The Air Ambulance Service to upgrade with two new AW109SPs

The Air Ambulance Service to upgrade with two new AW109SPs

A multi-million pound investment project to acquire two brand new lifesaving helicopters has been launched. The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, (DLRAA) along with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have begun a helicopter replacement project which will come to fruition in early 2021. Every day of the year, your local air ambulance… Read more »

Source: TAAS, 12-Mar-20

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Leonardo provides update on UK research, design and innovation facility

Leonardo provides update on UK research, design and innovation facility

Somerset’s commitment to the vital aerospace industry is set in steel after a milestone was reached in construction of the cutting-edge aerospace innovation centre in Yeovil. Partners in the iAero Centre initiative visited the construction site and signed a steel column at a special ceremony on Thursday (5 March) as work on the construction of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 10-Mar-20

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Leonardo partners with Codemar in Brazil

Leonardo partners with Codemar in Brazil

Leonardo, the Italian-headquartered aerospace and security multinational, through its subsidiary Leonardo International, which was set up to support the Company’s operations around the world, and Codemar, Companhia de Desenvolvimento de Maricá, have announced the creation of a joint venture named Leonardo&Codemar S.A., with 49% share of Codemar and 51% of Leonardo, established under Brazilian law…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 02-Mar-20

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New Leonardo facility in São Paulo

New Leonardo facility in São Paulo

Leonardo announced that its regional helicopter customer service capabilities in Brazil are being expanded with the building of a new facility in Itapevi, 30 km from São Paulo. The groundbreaking centre was celebrated officially in presence of local and Italian authorities and industrial representatives. Construction of the new facility, run by Leonardo do Brasil over… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Feb-20

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Introducing Leonardo&Codemar S.A., a new joint venture

Introducing Leonardo&Codemar S.A., a new joint venture

Leonardo, the Italian-headquartered aerospace and security multinational, through its subsidiary Leonardo International, which was set up to support the Company’s operations around the world, and Codemar, Companhia de Desenvolvimento de Maricá, have announced the creation of a joint venture named Leonardo&Codemar S.A., with 49% share of Codemar and 51% of Leonardo, established under Brazilian law…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Feb-20

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Penzance Helicopters to launch with AW109 GrandNew due to Coronavirus

Penzance Helicopters to launch with AW109 GrandNew due to Coronavirus

The new Penzance Helicopters service to the Isles of Scilly, is set to launch on schedule from March 17th 2020. This is despite a delay to the arrival of the new AW139 helicopter, caused by current Chinese export restrictions linked to Coronavirus control measures. Following manufacture in Italy, the aircraft had been on a short… Read more »

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 24-Feb-20

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Astronautics AFI 4700 RoadRunner EFI gains FAA STC for AW109E Power

Astronautics AFI 4700 RoadRunner EFI gains FAA STC for AW109E Power

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) validation from the India Directorate General of Civil Aviation for A109E helicopters. “The FAA STC validation from India is another significant step in Astronautics helping helicopter operators around the world to realize the cost, ease,… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 11-Feb-20

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Honeywell and Leonardo upgrade AW139 with Synthetic Vision Navigation

Honeywell and Leonardo upgrade AW139 with Synthetic Vision Navigation

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

Source: Honeywell, 11-Feb-20

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Leonardo pulls out of Singapore Airshow 2020

Leonardo pulls out of Singapore Airshow 2020

A simple statement from Leonardo “It is with regret that Leonardo has determined that it will not be in attendance at Singapore Airshow 2020. The decision was reached after Singapore’s Ministry of Health elevated its response to the coronavirus outbreak to code orange. As a precautionary measure for our employees’ health the Company will not be participating at… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 10-Feb-20

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

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

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

Source: Leonardo, 30-Jan-20

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Leonardo celebrates at Heli-Expo 2020

Leonardo celebrates at Heli-Expo 2020

– Leonardo is celebrating at HAI’s Heli-Expo 2020 the longstanding partnerships and outstanding achievements of some of its official distributors who have contributed to the growing success and presence of its helicopters worldwide. Among them, Sloane Helicopters, Mitsui Bussan Aerospace and Rotortrade have supported the introduction or the growth of several models in key regions… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 29-Jan-20

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Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139 IGB TGB Capability

Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139 IGB TGB Capability

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is working with Leonardo Helicopters to establish AW139 Intermediate and Tail Gear Box (IGB, TGB) MRO capability as a Leonardo Helicopters Authorized Component Repair Centre. This new capability is being established at the Heli-One Canada facility in Delta, British Columbia and will give… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 29-Jan-20

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Leonardo provides update on AW609 tiltrotor training

Leonardo provides update on AW609 tiltrotor training

Developing and fielding state of the art, industry transforming aircraft such as the AW139, has become a matter of routine for Leonardo. This trend continues with the recently fielded AW169 light intermediate twin-engine helicopter, and soon to enter market AW609 tiltrotor. Over the last year, concurrent with aircraft development activities, Leonardo launched an initiative to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Jan-20

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Leonardo to acquire Kopter

Leonardo to acquire Kopter

Leonardo has signed a contract with Lynwood (Schweiz) AG to acquire 100% of Kopter Group AG (Kopter). This move allows Leonardo to further strengthen its worldwide leadership and position in the rotorcraft sector; leveraging innovation, new capabilities and engineering skills which have been developed by the young, agile Swiss Company. Kopter’s SH09, a new single… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Jan-20

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FlightSafety to add new Level D sims for Airbus EC145 and Leonardo AW139

FlightSafety to add new Level D sims for Airbus EC145 and Leonardo AW139

FlightSafety International announces the expansion of its helicopter training programs and services with new Level D qualified simulators for the Airbus Helicopters EC145 and Leonardo AW139. “This significant expansion of the training programs and services we offer to helicopter operators reflects FlightSafety’s commitment to provide a broad range of conveniently located programs that our Customers… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 28-Jan-20

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Leonardo Philadelphia delivers 300th AW139

Leonardo Philadelphia delivers 300th AW139

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

Source: Leonardo, 28-Jan-20

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EHA launches European Rotors event to rival Vertical Flight Expo

EHA launches European Rotors event to rival Vertical Flight Expo

The European Helicopter Association (EHA) has launched European Rotors, an exhibition which will run in November 2020 in the German city of Cologne. It will be supported by EASA, along with airframe manufacturers including Airbus, Bell, Kopter and Leonardo, together with engine company Safran. To many observers, this is hardly a surprise. The EHA was instrumental in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-20

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Manufacturing of Tiltrotor AW609 wind tunnel model via SLS and Windform

Manufacturing of Tiltrotor AW609 wind tunnel model via SLS and Windform

Among the most interesting and significant applications in the aerospace sector, developed thanks to the collaboration of our partners, is with no doubt the new wind tunnel model of the LEONARDO tiltrotor AW609 manufactures by CRP Technology for Leonardo Helicopter Division (Leonardo HD, formerly known as Agusta Westland). This project allowed CRP Technology, once again,… Read more »

Source: CRP Technology, 16-Jan-20

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US Navy selects Leonardo AW119 for trainer – first order for 32 placed

US Navy selects Leonardo AW119 for trainer – first order for 32 placed

The U.S. Navy announced on Jan. 13, 2020 that AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation (Leonardo) was awarded a contract for $176.5M for the production of 32 TH-73A helicopters in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program. “Today marks a great team effort to procure and deliver a helicopter trainer for the next generation of helicopter… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Jan-20

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AW119Kx Delivered to Rotortec

AW119Kx Delivered to Rotortec

Leonardo announced that Rotortec, a premium passenger service provider in Chile, has recently taken delivery of one AW119Kx. The best-in-class helicopter will be used for tourism and sightseeing flights over Santiago, the region’s striking Andes Mountains, volcanoes, and world-class ski resorts among other routes that provide unbeatable views of rugged natural beauty and urban splendor…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Jan-20

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Leonardo delivers its 100th AW169

Leonardo delivers its 100th AW169

Leonardo has delivered its 100th AW169, setting a major milestone since its EASA Certification in the summer of 2015 for the first all new helicopter in the light intermediate category in decades. The aircraft was handed over to Specialist Aviation Services/Cornwall Air Ambulance during an official ceremony at Leonardo’s plant in Vergiate (Varese – Italy)… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Jan-20

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