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AW139 will be Colombia’s new Presidential helicopter

AW139 will be Colombia’s new Presidential helicopter

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

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jan-21

AW169 lands contract in the VIP market in Mexico

AW169 lands contract in the VIP market in Mexico

Leonardo announced that the AW169 new generation light intermediate twin engine helicopter is set to enter the Mexican VIP/Corporate market, further expanding the success of the type among operators across Latin America and the globe and strengthening the role of Leonardo in the world’s multiengine VIP helicopter segment which already accounts for an approximately 40%… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jan-21

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Senior VP for Safety Management Governance at Leonardo awarded two accolades

Senior VP for Safety Management Governance at Leonardo awarded two accolades

Fabio Nannoni, Senior Vice President for Safety Management Governance at Leonardo Helicopters, has been commended with two impressive accolades from two prestigious and respected bodies in the aerospace community. Recently, the Royal Aeronautical Society announced Mr Nannoni was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his ‘profound contribution to helicopter design’. In addition, Mr Nannoni… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Jan-21

Qatar NH90 helicopter programme marks major milestone with first flights

Qatar NH90 helicopter programme marks major milestone with first flights

The Qatar Emiri Air Force’s NH90 helicopter programme marked a major milestone last week with first flights performed in Italy and France. The first NH90 NATO frigate helicopter (NFH), assembled at Leonardo’s Venice Tessera facility, and the first tactical troop transport (TTH) over-land aircraft, assembled at Airbus Helicopters’ Marignane site, took to the air on… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 05-Jan-21

Leonardo Academy in Yeovil continues through the pandemic

Leonardo Academy in Yeovil continues through the pandemic

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Leonardo has delivered continued training support through its global network and leveraged its digital technologies in the delivery of training services to military and civil pilots. Leonardo’s Training Academy in Yeovil specialises in military rotorcraft training, pilot and aircrew ground school training, as well as technician and manager training. In addition… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Dec-20

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

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

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 »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Dec-20

Wiking takes delivery of latest AW139

Wiking takes delivery of latest AW139

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

Source: Leonardo, 17-Dec-20

16-Dec-20 MS-25 Leonardo AW101 Bouharoun, Algeria (3F)

Helicopter descended in an uncontrolled spiral into the sea in clear calm weather – see video.  The three on board did not survive. The Algerian military is quoted here as stating that the three onboard were Lt Col Kharousa Noureddine, Lt Col Al Wafi Muhammad Al Amin, and Lt Bouzaida Noureddine  

16-Dec-20

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EASA validates STC for AMS Heli Design aeromedical interior for AW109

EASA validates STC for AMS Heli Design aeromedical interior for AW109

AMS Heli Design announced today that it has received the EASA validation for a previously issued FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a new lightweight EMS interior for for Leonardo AW109 Trekker and AW109SP helicopter. A new milestone achieved by AMS Heli Design entering the European market with an outstanding interior designed by paying particular… Read more »

Source: AMS Heli Design, 14-Dec-20

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SEA contracted by Leonardo for ALE-47 CMDS dispenser mounts

SEA contracted by Leonardo for ALE-47 CMDS dispenser mounts

SEA is pleased to announce that we have been contracted to provide ALE-47 CMDS dispenser mounts to Leonardo for their new MH-139 helicopter project. The MH-139 is a new helicopter that is being used to replace the aging UH-1N helicopter for the United States Air Force. These parts are the primary mounting structure for the… Read more »

Source: SEA, 11-Dec-20

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TAI marks composite landmarks, including AW139 production

TAI marks composite landmarks, including AW139 production

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

Source: TAI, 07-Dec-20

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ITP Aero signs contract to provide engine MRO for CHC S92 and AW189

ITP Aero signs contract to provide engine MRO for CHC S92 and AW189

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, 07-Dec-20

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Philippine Navy completes vertrep exercise with AW109

Philippine Navy completes vertrep exercise with AW109

Participating Philippine Navy (PN) units in this year’s Joint Exercise “DAGIT PA” on Monday have successfully completed a so-called “vertical replenishment” (vertrep) exercise involving an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter and strategic sealift vessel, BRP Tarlac (LD-601).  See video “DAGIT-PA” stands for “Dagat-Langit-Lupa” and is a unilateral exercise that aims to further enhance the joint force… Read more »

Source: PNA, 02-Dec-20

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02-Dec-20 N669SS Leonardo AW119Kx Philadelphia, US-Pennsylvania

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02-Dec-20

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Brazil’s Federal Highway Police orders six AW119s

Brazil’s Federal Highway Police orders six AW119s

Leonardo announced today that the Polícia Rodoviária Federal (PRF) of Brazil will introduce into service six AW119Kx single engine helicopters. The first aircraft is expected to be introduced in Brazil beginning next year, with the delivery of the remainder helicopters to the operator planned to be completed by mid-2021. The AW119Kxs will be operated by… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Dec-20

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Leonardo to add extra baggage pod to AW189

Leonardo to add extra baggage pod to AW189

One of the AW189 development aircraft was noted last week with a new feature at the rear of its fuselage.   Leonardo have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they are test flying a “rear pod”, to provide additional storage/baggage capabilities of up to 7-10 bags. The kit is aimed at offshore operators, ) for the AW189 super medium,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Nov-20

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Penzance Helicopters cancels schedules for over three months

Penzance Helicopters cancels schedules for over three months

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Nov-20

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US Navy exercises options for another 36 TH-73A

US Navy exercises options for another 36 TH-73A

Leonardo welcomes the announcement made by the U.S. Department of Defense to award AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. a 171 million USD modification to the previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the US Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System. This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of an additional 36 TH-73A aircraft, with work expected to be… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 16-Nov-20

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Life Link III selects Spectrum Aeromed again for Leonardo Interiors

Life Link III selects Spectrum Aeromed again for Leonardo Interiors

Spectrum Aeromed will continue to build upon their relationship with medical flight and emergency medical services leader Life Link III, taking on two projects that will deliver in 2021, according to the company. Life Link III will add an additional Leonardo AW119Kx aircraft to their existing fleet of helicopters as well as a Leonardo AW109… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 11-Nov-20

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AMS Heli Design receives FAA STC for ALSS interior

AMS Heli Design receives FAA STC for ALSS interior

AMS Heli Design LLC announces that it has been granted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) for a new lightweight Advanced Life Support System (ALSS) interior for Leonardo AW109 Trekker and AW109SP helicopters. EASA and other relevant CAAs validations will be achieved in 2020. Andrea Girolin, Chief Executive Officer for AMS Heli… Read more »

Source: AMS, 10-Nov-20

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Heart for transplant survives crash on hospital rooftop helipad

Heart for transplant survives crash on hospital rooftop helipad

A Leonardo AW109S Grand carrying a heart for transplant from Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa crashed on Friday on the rooftop helipad of Keck Hospital of USC in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles.  Helicopter N109EX is seen in this video to be spinning just prior to touching down heavily and rolling onto its port… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-20

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Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

Leonardo announced that Life Link III, a n EMS o p e r a to r in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the United States, has signed a contract for an AW169 and an AW109 Trekker for air medical transport missions. The helicopters will ensure in-flight critical care and transport patients across the upper-Midwest of the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Nov-20

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06-Nov-20 N109EX Leonardo AW109S Boyle Heights, US-California

Landing accident on hospital roof top pad, bringing in a donated heart for transplant from Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.  3 POB all got themselves out of the wreckage.  Each needed medical attention. This video shows the helicopter spinning just prior to touch-down, suggesting a tail rotor issue.  Another video here, different angle.

04-Nov-20

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Babock re-launches scheduled services in Spain with AW139

Babock re-launches scheduled services in Spain with AW139

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-20

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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

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Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard to reactivate one of four AW139s

Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard to reactivate one of four AW139s

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

21-Oct-20

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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

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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

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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

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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

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MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

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

Source: Leonardo, 15-Oct-20

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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

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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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