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Leonardo celebrates 10 years of the AW169

Leonardo celebrates 10 years of the AW169

11-May-2022Source: Leonardo

  Leonardo celebrates first ten years of the AW169 in the skies with it redefining the light-intermediate market with best performance, advance capabilities, and latest technology. A decade ago the first prototype of the AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter took to the skies for the first time at the company’s site in Cascina Costa... Read more

Expansion of Nottingham Heliport approved

Expansion of Nottingham Heliport approved

9-May-2022Source: Acres Group

  Nottingham’s Acres Group has successfully designed its first heliport, as expansion plans for an existing base receive council approval. The project, designed by the team at Acres Architects, involves the building of a new 800 sq. metre hangar and associated offices on the site of Nottingham Heliport, off the A46 Fosse Way, in Widmerpool, south Nottinghamshire.... Read more

Leonardo supports Sloane Helicopters expansion of VIP twin market in UK and Ireland

Leonardo supports Sloane Helicopters expansion of VIP twin market in UK and Ireland

25-Apr-2022Source: Leonardo

With a global fleet of more than 900 VIP/corporate helicopters, over 35% of which are based in Europe (the world’s largest commercial helicopter market) and 13% flying in UK and Ireland, it is clear Leonardo’s executive aircraft are popular among private, charter and scheduled services operators in this market. Leonardo has a long established presence... Read more

Leonardo awarded $29M contract for delivery of AW119Kx to Israel

Leonardo awarded $29M contract for delivery of AW119Kx to Israel

25-Apr-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo welcomes the $ 29 million USD contract award by the U.S. Department of Defense for new AW119Kx aircraft in the framework of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Israel, with the U.S. Army Contracting Command as the contracting activity. The aircraft will be fully produced at Leonardo’s facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Israel’s Ministry of Defence... Read more

Columbia River Bar Pilots to replace AW109SP with new aircraft

Columbia River Bar Pilots to replace AW109SP with new aircraft

20-Apr-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Columbia River Bar Pilots have utilised a helicopter to transfer marine pilots for over 20 years, having commenced with an MD Explorer as a trial back in 1998.  Settling for the AW109 platform, they utilised both a 109K2 and then a 109E Power, with flight operations managed by Arctic Air Service. In 2012, and in... Read more

Bestfly expands offshore fleet in Angola

Bestfly expands offshore fleet in Angola

11-Apr-2022Source: Leonardo

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

Qatar’s first two NH90 NFH navals delivered

Qatar’s first two NH90 NFH navals delivered

8-Apr-2022Source: Leonardo

Another major programme achievement in the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s NH90 programme was made on 31 March with the delivery of the first two NFH naval variant helicopters. The aircraft handover, achieved in accordance with contractual commitments, was performed during an official ceremony held at Leonardo’s Venice Tessera NH90 final assembly line (Italy) in the... Read more

Sloane Helicopters records best UK/Eire sales performance with 10 AW109SPs due

Sloane Helicopters records best UK/Eire sales performance with 10 AW109SPs due

6-Apr-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Sloane Helicopters, the UK/Ireland distributor for Leonardo Helicopters, has sold ten AW109SP GrandNew helicopters, according to a recent statement from the OEM. Sloane’s Director of Sales and Marketing John Parnell confirmed to HeliHub.com that six are due for delivery in 2022. The first of these flew from the production line in Italy to the UK... Read more

Leonardo to deliver next stage of AW159 Wildcat contract in the UK

Leonardo to deliver next stage of AW159 Wildcat contract in the UK

6-Apr-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo will now deliver the next stage of the Wildcat Integrated Support and Training (WIST) contract, which confirms the next five-year period of the 34-year contract originally signed in 2012. This £360 million contract awarded last year marks the continued delivery of support services for the UK’s fleet of AW159 Wildcat helicopters to the British... Read more

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

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

5-Apr-2022Source: LCI

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

Leonardo presents twin-engine multi-role military AW149 to UK MoD

Leonardo presents twin-engine multi-role military AW149 to UK MoD

31-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is putting forward its twin-engine multi-role military AW149 for the UK MoD’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement. If successful, the company has committed to the establishment of an additional final assembly line of the platform at the “Home of British Helicopters” – its Yeovil site. The NMH campaign will enable Leonardo to support and... Read more

Elilombarda wins offshore AW109 contract from Babcock

Elilombarda wins offshore AW109 contract from Babcock

30-Mar-2022Source: Oscar Bernardiv

Elilombarda, one of the oldest Italian helicopter companies, based in Calcinate del Pesce, Varese, won a contract to supply 2 helicopters to ENI, the Italian multinational oil and gas company, to support oil rigs in the Adriatic and Sicilian seas. The contract starting on April 1st 2022 will last 5 years, utilizing two Leonardo AW109ST... Read more

How are the helicopter OEMs responding to the Russian situation?

How are the helicopter OEMs responding to the Russian situation?

29-Mar-2022

We all know that sanctions are being brought against particular Russian interests by various Governments around the world, following the invasion of Ukraine.  Additionally, significant pressure is being put on large corporations to distance themselves from their involvement with Russia. On that basis, HeliHub.com reached out to four helicopter OEMs to ask – the top... Read more

Thai Natural Resources Ministry buys AW169

Thai Natural Resources Ministry buys AW169

28-Mar-2022Source: HeliHub.com

The Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment (MNRE) in Thailand have ordered a Leonardo AW169. The aircraft was noted on Friday test flying in Italy in the full standard MNRE colour scheme. MNRE have the responsibility for the protection and restoration of the nation’s natural resources, including forests, water, oceans and minerals. Helicopter market intelligence... Read more

MOT CRS acquires six AW189 for Maritime SAR operations

MOT CRS acquires six AW189 for Maritime SAR operations

18-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

Rescue and Salvage Bureau of Ministry of Transport, PRC (MOT CRS) has signed a contract for six AW189 super-medium twin-engine helicopters, which will be utilised across the coastlines of China for maritime SAR operations. The fleet deliveries will be completed by 2023. The PRC (MOT CRS) is China’s only national maritime professional rescue and salvage... Read more

Leonardo renews pre-owned Distributor Agreement with Rotortrade

Leonardo renews pre-owned Distributor Agreement with Rotortrade

16-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Rotortrade announced on 8 March, during Heli-Expo 2022 in Dallas, TX their intention to move forward in their long-established partnership in the global pre-owned civil helicopter market, renewing the Distributor Agreement which, starting in 2013, made Rotortrade the sole international distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters. The collaboration between Leonardo and Rotortrade over that... Read more

Leonardo announces contract for two AW139 with the US NNSA

Leonardo announces contract for two AW139 with the US NNSA

15-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

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

THC orders up to 22 AW139s from Leonardo

THC orders up to 22 AW139s from Leonardo

14-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

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

Unnamed European operator takes four AW609s

Unnamed European operator takes four AW609s

9-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

The AW609 tiltrotor sets another major milestone further expanding its future user base with the addition of an undisclosed, long-established European operator of Leonardo helicopters. Under the signed agreement, this operator aims at introducing four AW609s to carry out a range of passenger transport missions supporting its point-to-point operations worldwide. For this purpose, the tiltrotors... Read more

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue adds new custom fuel facility from IOR

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue adds new custom fuel facility from IOR

21-Feb-2022

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

Leonardo UK adds two trainee Flight Test Engineers

Leonardo UK adds two trainee Flight Test Engineers

15-Feb-2022

Last year, the flight operations team at Leonardo in Yeovil flew more than 870 hours across several different types of helicopters on 585 flights respectively. Sorties were undertaken from the AW159, AW149 Common Platform Demonstrator, Super Lynx to the AW101. The aircrew at Leonardo accrued over 70 hours in the AW149 during 53 sorties. The... Read more

Leonardo and Vertical Aerospace to collaboration on Fuselage Development Program

Leonardo and Vertical Aerospace to collaboration on Fuselage Development Program

14-Feb-2022Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (“Vertical”) (NYSE:EVTL), a leading aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation, today announced that it has agreed a joint development program with Leonardo for the design, testing, manufacture and supply of the carbon composite fuselage for Vertical’s VX4 electric aircraft. Vertical and Leonardo will work together on optimising lightweight composite structures,... Read more

Leonardo sparks debate on the future of aviation at Expo 2020 Dubai

Leonardo sparks debate on the future of aviation at Expo 2020 Dubai

2-Feb-2022Source: Leonardo

The Italy Pavilion hosted the “The Flying Society” event today at Expo 2020 Dubai. Organised by the Italy-headquartered global aerospace and defence company Leonardo, the company was honoured to welcome HH Sheikha Mozah bint Marwan Al Maktoum, the first member of the royal family to fly as a qualified commercial pilot for Emirates Airlines and... Read more

Hélity adds fourth AW139 to fleet

Hélity adds fourth AW139 to fleet

24-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

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

Bristow reveals start date of Netherlands SAR contract

Bristow reveals start date of Netherlands SAR contract

19-Jan-2022Source: Bristow

HeliHub.com reported five months ago that Bristow had won the Netherlands SAR contract.  The statement below from them confirms the contract start date.  It also mentions use of the Leonardo AW189, but doesn’t mention that they have three on order – two for the operational bases and the third for maintenance cover.  Our sister organisation... Read more

Bristow Helicopters finally exits Australia

Bristow Helicopters finally exits Australia

18-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

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

Up to 772 pound payload increase certified for Leonardo AW169

Up to 772 pound payload increase certified for Leonardo AW169

17-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Leonardo has recently had upgrades to the AW169 certified, providing increased payload in several operational conditions, both Sea Level and Hot & High scenarios.  The certified increases are up to 350kg (772 pounds) and dependent on operational situation eg HOGE and CatA operations. Known in shorthand as “Phase 7”, two Performance Packs have been approved... Read more

Leonardo signs Austria AW169M LUH contract

Leonardo signs Austria AW169M LUH contract

14-Jan-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and the Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness of the Italian Secretariat General of Defence/National Armaments Directorate signed yesterday the Acquisition Contract for the supply of AW169M Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) to the Austrian Ministry of Defence. The contract, valued at 346 million EUR, was signed in the framework of the Italy-Austria Government-to-Government (G2G)... Read more

First NH90 deliveries made to Qatar

First NH90 deliveries made to Qatar

10-Jan-2022Source: Leonardo

The Qatar Emiri Air Force’s first TTH and NFH helicopters had a joint public premiere during Qatar National Day. The first TTH overland variant was delivered on 11 December, in accordance with contractual commitments, and will be followed by the first NFH naval helicopter soon after its qualification in the next coming months. Deliveries will... Read more

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance buy their AW169 outright

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance buy their AW169 outright

7-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

British EMS operator Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance (D&SAA) have bought out the “other half” of the Leonardo AW169 operated for them by Specialist Aviation Services (SAS). Prior to the transaction date in December, their aircraft was owned by SAS (Dorset & Somerset) Ltd, a company set up in 2017 jointly owned by the charity... Read more

Italian Army completes first 1,000 flight hours in UH-169B training helicopters

Italian Army completes first 1,000 flight hours in UH-169B training helicopters

7-Jan-2022Source: Leonardo

Two UH-169B helicopters in service since 2H2020 are preparing crews for the future operational transition to the all-new advanced multirole Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) programme Italian Army quote “This is an important step for the Italian Army Aviation, in cooperation with Leonardo, towards the future” Over 290 orders and options to date for the AW169... Read more

Falcon Aviation Services sign Letter of Intent for two AW169s

Falcon Aviation Services sign Letter of Intent for two AW169s

17-Dec-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Falcon Aviation Services have announced today the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to procure two latest generation AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft are intended to further expand the offshore transport capabilities of Falcon Aviation Services for  energy transport service opportunities in Africa. As the global launch operator for... Read more

Angola becomes latest country for AW169 operations

Angola becomes latest country for AW169 operations

16-Dec-2021Source: HeliHub.com

United Arab Emirates based operator Falcon Aviation Services has ferried one of their five Leonardo AW169 helicopters to Angola for a new contract. Falcon Aviation Services is working with local company Turaco Aviation to bring the AW169 helicopter to the offshore support arena in Angola. A ceremony was held at the Turaco Falcon Hangar in... Read more

UK New Military Helicopter requirement – is S70M the cheapest option?

UK New Military Helicopter requirement – is S70M the cheapest option?

14-Dec-2021Source: HeliHub.com

[updated 15-Dec-21.  Despite a reliable source in Romania confirming that Airbus bid the SMURD contract with the H175M, the OEM has contacted HeliHub.com to confirm that was not the case and they bid with the H215.  Text thus updated accordingly] Lockheed Martin have confirmed via social media – see tweet below – that they are... Read more

AeroHP launches part sales service for helicopters

AeroHP launches part sales service for helicopters

2-Dec-2021Source: AeroHP

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

Beijing Police strengthens capabilities with AW189 order

Beijing Police strengthens capabilities with AW189 order

2-Dec-2021Source: Leonardo

Beijing General Aviation Co., Ltd. has placed an order for two AW189 super-medium twin engine helicopters which will be delivered to Beijing Police as the end user to strengthen its law enforcement, search and rescue, and fire-fighting capabilities in the Chinese Capital’s metropolitan area. The first aircraft will be delivered in the first half of... Read more

New Leonardo logistics centre in Brazil opens

New Leonardo logistics centre in Brazil opens

30-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has taken a further step forward to strengthen the level of quality services supporting helicopter operators in Brazil and Latin America with the operational readiness of its all-new Service and Logistics Centre headquartered in Itapevi, 30km far from São Paolo. This is the result of an R$60 million investment (approximately 9 million EUR) –... Read more

Castle Air wins Cornwall Air Ambulance contract

Castle Air wins Cornwall Air Ambulance contract

26-Nov-2021Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance is pleased to announce it has appointed Castle Air as its helicopter operations partner. The Liskeard-based company will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance and engineering of the charity’s AgustaWestland (AW) 169 helicopter, which was manufactured by Leonardo. Castle Air has over 40 years’ experience in the management of aircraft and is... Read more

New Helicopter Service and Logistics Centre in Brazil achieves operational readiness

New Helicopter Service and Logistics Centre in Brazil achieves operational readiness

26-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has taken a further step forward to strengthen the level of quality services supporting helicopter operators in Brazil and Latin America with the operational readiness of its all-new Service and Logistics Centre headquartered in Itapevi, 30km far from São Paolo. This is the result of an R$60 million investment (approximately 9 million EUR) –... Read more

Safran supports Leonardo’s first flight on SAF with its Aneto-1K engines

Safran supports Leonardo’s first flight on SAF with its Aneto-1K engines

22-Nov-2021Source: Safran

Leonardo’s AW149 Common Platform Demonstrator, which is currently fitted with Safran Aneto-1K engines flew on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for the first time on 12 November 2021 between Bristol and Yeovil, UK. During this flight, the aircraft ran with biofuel, manufactured from residues and waste from the circular economy, specifically used cooking oil. The use... Read more

22-Nov-21 N307TC Leonardo AW169 Bastrop, US-Texas

22-Nov-21 N307TC Leonardo AW169 Bastrop, US-Texas

22-Nov-2021

Bird strike on climb-out from hospital helipad, damaging windscreen and beam.  ADSB data shows helicopter continued its 12 minute flight back to base... Read more

Leonardo flies AW149 on Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Leonardo flies AW149 on Sustainable Aviation Fuel

19-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

As the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, drew to a close in Glasgow, Leonardo’s latest generation military helicopter, the AW149, took to the sky to demonstrate the steps the company is taking to help reduce the carbon footprint of its helicopter fleet. Using a blend of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), the AW149 – the aircraft... Read more

Indian Defence Ministry lifts ban on Leonardo

Indian Defence Ministry lifts ban on Leonardo

19-Nov-2021Source: The Tribune

The defence ministry has formally lifted a ban on Italian firm Leonardo SpA and its subsidiary AgustaWestland as their names have not figured in an updated list of companies debarred and suspended from business dealings with it, officials familiar with the developments said on Sunday. See Full Story.... Read more

Safran and Saab renewed their SBH® contract

Safran and Saab renewed their SBH® contract

18-Nov-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines and Saab have renewed their agreement to support Arrius 2K2 engines powering the Leonardo AW109 operated by the Swedish Armed Forces . This Support-By-the-Hour (SBH®) contract formalizes a 9-years MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) and services agreement supporting a total of 45 engines. This contract will be managed by Safran Helicopter Engines... Read more

Leonardo increases global presence with sale of 4 AW169 to Bestfly of Angola

Leonardo increases global presence with sale of 4 AW169 to Bestfly of Angola

18-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

The Leonardo AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter further reinforces its global market presence and its success in the energy industry sector with the sale of four aircraft to Bestfly of Angola. This contract marks the entry of the AW169 into the African market with the first purchase from major local operator. The introduction of... Read more

Bestfly orders four Leonardo AW169s

Bestfly orders four Leonardo AW169s

17-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

The Leonardo AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter further reinforces its global market presence and its success in the energy industry sector with the sale of four aircraft to Bestfly of Angola. This contract marks the entry of the AW169 into the African market with the first purchase from major local operator. The introduction of... Read more

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

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

16-Nov-2021

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

Leonardo’s AW609 to take central stage at Dubai Airshow 2021

Leonardo’s AW609 to take central stage at Dubai Airshow 2021

15-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo’s participation at the air show is centered on the future of flight and advanced electronics. Leonardo is a leader in military pilot training, offering a turnkey training solution including platforms, systems and services that guarantees the highest standards of quality at every stage of training to customers worldwide. In the UAE, Leonardo has provided... Read more

AMTC 2021: Leonardo makes US EMS sales of AW119Kx and AW169

AMTC 2021: Leonardo makes US EMS sales of AW119Kx and AW169

3-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

At AMTC 2021 (Air Medical Transport Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, 31 October-2 November) Leonardo has announced a further expansion of its presence in the US emergency medical service (EMS) market with new contracts. These latest sales continue to grow the share of Leonardo helicopters in the North American EMS market, which now totals over... Read more

Leonardo’s AWHero achieves world’s first military certification for a Rotary UAS

Leonardo’s AWHero achieves world’s first military certification for a Rotary UAS

22-Oct-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo’s leading-edge AWHero RUAS (Rotary Uncrewed Aerial System) has received basic military certification from Italy’s DAAA (Direzione degli Armamenti Aeronautici e per l’Aeronavigabilità), the Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness. This achievement marks the world’s first military certification for a RUAS in the 200kg class. AWHero’s design, development, production and support meet military airworthiness authority... Read more

India – LCI delivers two AW139s to Heligo

India – LCI delivers two AW139s to Heligo

21-Oct-2021

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

Italian Army retires the A109

Italian Army retires the A109

19-Oct-2021Source: Italian Defence

The Italian Army has retired the Agusta A109 helicopter after 45 years of service. The last flight was on 14 October from Chelotti Heliport, home of the 1st AVES “Idra” Support Regiment in Bracciano where all the administrative procedures for the type’s retirement will be managed. The A109, which recently marked 50 years since its... Read more

18-Oct-21 N901EM Leonardo AW109E East Machias, US-Maine

18-Oct-21 N901EM Leonardo AW109E East Machias, US-Maine

18-Oct-2021

While on the ground picking up a patient at night, the ground ambulance struck the rotor blades. The helicopter was ferried back to base on 21-Oct-21 after assessment by maintenance team... Read more

Romania picks Sikorsky S70i for emergency situations; Leonardo appeals

Romania picks Sikorsky S70i for emergency situations; Leonardo appeals

15-Oct-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The Romanian Government has announced the results of a helicopter tender, although like many such processes, it is already subject to an appeal from an unselected bidder. The requirement was for up to twelve medium/heavy helicopters, to be operated by Serviciul Mobil de Urgență, Reanimare și Descarcerare – fortunately known by its SMURD initials –... Read more

Story related to Children’s Air Ambulance and Specialist Aviation Services

Story related to Children’s Air Ambulance and Specialist Aviation Services

5-Oct-2021Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com has suspended a story ran four hours ago regarding The Children’s Air Ambulance and Specialist Aviation Services. We are checking the accuracy of the text provided, which was largely based on a statement provided to the HeliHub.com news team. The story was suspended 7 minutes after the HeliHub office was contacted by a party... Read more

Kopter & Leonardo participated in SAM 2021

Kopter & Leonardo participated in SAM 2021

5-Oct-2021Source: Leonardo

Kopter was very pleased to take part, together with its parent company Leonardo Helicopters, in the Symposium Air Mobility (SAM 2021) organised by the Swiss Aerospace Cluster in Lucerne on the 20th of September. For our group, it is essential to support such initiatives, as we are fully committed to playing a major role in... Read more

Leonardo addresses new naval challenges at Seafuture 2021

Leonardo addresses new naval challenges at Seafuture 2021

5-Oct-2021Source: Leonardo

With over 60 years’ experience working closely with many Navies and developing the technologies necessary to face the complex challenges imposed by new scenarios, Leonardo is sponsoring and exhibiting at the seventh edition of Seafuture 2021 in La Spezia, from 28 September to 1 October. The biennial international event – organised in collaboration with the... Read more

Leonardo rejuvenates Agusta as its VIP brand

Leonardo rejuvenates Agusta as its VIP brand

4-Oct-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has announced the launch of a new initiative to reinforce its leading position in the world’s VIP/corporate helicopter market, as it pioneers new advanced and sustainable air mobility solutions in the vertical flight domain. Today Agusta becomes the brand that embodies the company’s distinctive design, technology and service philosophy and values in the executive... Read more

AW09 flight tests move forward in Switzerland

AW09 flight tests move forward in Switzerland

29-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

During the past months, the AW09 crew made an in-depth evaluation of all improvements installed on P3 early 2021. Significant data were gathered in handling qualities and performance with a number of aerodynamic modifications tested. Also, assessments of the human factors confirm that the Garmin cockpit is well suited for the AW09. Evaluating the aircraft... Read more

Reiser expanding helicopter Full Flight Simulator portfolio

Reiser expanding helicopter Full Flight Simulator portfolio

22-Sep-2021Source: Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH

Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH (RST) expands its portfolio of innovative flight training solutions. The German simulator manufacturer is proud of having welcomed Swiss Air-Rescue (Rega) and Leonardo Helicopters to its headquarters for the signing of their latest contract. RST has been awarded a contract from Rega for the provision of a multi-platform Level D... Read more

Telespazio selects Hughes HeloSat for airborne satellite comms

Telespazio selects Hughes HeloSat for airborne satellite comms

22-Sep-2021Source: Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), an innovator in satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks for 50 years, announced that Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%), has selected the Hughes HeloSat™ solution for satellite communications (SATCOM) for Leonardo’s helicopters. The solution combines the Hughes HM100 gateway and the HM400 modem for SATCOM... Read more

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman join forces on rotorcraft UAS opportunities

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman join forces on rotorcraft UAS opportunities

16-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman announce their intention to jointly pursue opportunities in the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) domain. Drawing on Leonardo’s expertise in rotorcraft and Northrop Grumman’s capabilities in advanced aeronautics and next generation autonomous uncrewed aerial systems, the companies will focus on jointly addressing global opportunities in the VTOL... Read more

Leonardo reveals the first members of Team AW149 UK

Leonardo reveals the first members of Team AW149 UK

15-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has announced the launch of Team AW149 UK, its onshore supply chain for the AW149 helicopter. Featuring more than 70 companies from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Leonardo’s AW149 supply chain represents a cross-section of the best in British engineering and manufacturing. At the DSEI 2021 exhibition in London taking place this week,... Read more

Leonardo develops MAIR to improve security for planes and helicopters

Leonardo develops MAIR to improve security for planes and helicopters

14-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

MAIR (Multiple Aperture InfraRed) is a new-generation Missile Warning System developed by Leonardo to protect winged and propeller aircraft, including transport planes, light strike aircraft and helicopters in high threat density scenarios. Developed by specialists in the company’s Nerviano plant – based on their experience of PIRATE and SkyWard airborne infra-red search and track (IRST)... Read more

Sloane Helicopters celebrate 50 years in business

Sloane Helicopters celebrate 50 years in business

10-Sep-2021Source: HeliHub.com

There are very few companies in our industry who can proudly point to 50 years in business. Sloane Helicopters in the UK is one of these, and today they are holding a party to celebrate the landmark. Just five years after the company was founded by David George, he had the foresight to become the... Read more

Leonardo returns to MSPO

Leonardo returns to MSPO

9-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is participating in the MSPO in Poland, the International Defence Industry Exhibition that is held from 7 September 2021 to 10 September 2021 at Kielce. During its 30-year presence in Poland, now one of Leonardo’s four domestic market, the company has made significant investment in Polish defence industry, mainly through Polish helicopter manufacturer PZL-Świdnik, and... Read more

Leonardo & Kopter took part in the Hunter Association’s event

Leonardo & Kopter took part in the Hunter Association’s event

9-Sep-2021Source: Kopter

Leonardo, the owner of Kopter since April 2020, participated on the 4th of September in the 25th anniversary celebration of the Hunterverein at Mollis airfield showcasing on static and flight display an AW189 super medium helicopter from its Training Academy. The AW189 is the largest type in the AW Family, reaching a gross weight of... Read more

Thai Aviation Services to replace S76Ds with AW139s

Thai Aviation Services to replace S76Ds with AW139s

7-Sep-2021Source: Milestone

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

Leonardo’s new threat warning system goes into production

Leonardo’s new threat warning system goes into production

2-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo’s new MAIR (Multi Aperture InfraRed) threat warning system has gone into series production, with manufacturing underway on an initial batch of dozens of units for installation on helicopters including the Italian Army’s LUH (Light Utility Helicopter), based on the AW169M. The move follows a successful trials campaign, which proved the system’s ability to quickly... Read more

Leonardo’s Norway Training Centre Update

Leonardo’s Norway Training Centre Update

26-Aug-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo’s Norway Training Centre (NTC) is currently teaching aircraft type-training to the latest Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) search and rescue (SAR) crews as they convert from the Sea King to the AW101 SAR Queen helicopter. The crews will form the third SAR base in Norway at Banak. Over the course of the next three... Read more

Mercy Flight Central contracts for four IFR Leonardo AW119Kx

Mercy Flight Central contracts for four IFR Leonardo AW119Kx

19-Aug-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo have announced that Mercy Flight Central, a medical provider located in western New York, has signed a contract for four IFR- certified AW119Kxs for EMS transport missions. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected in 2022. These new IFR capable aircraft will allow in-flight critical care and the transport of patients within Mercy Flight’s... Read more

Dutch court rejects NHV appeal against Bristow SAR contract award

Dutch court rejects NHV appeal against Bristow SAR contract award

18-Aug-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The Dutch court has rejected the appeal by NHV on the way that the new Dutch SAR contract was decided, which leaves Bristow Helicopters to start the contract with AW189s on 1st July 2022. ​SAR support in the Netherlands is currently flown by NHV using AS365N helicopters – the first time SAR had been contracted... Read more

Leonardo Announces Mercy Flight Central contracts for IFR-Variant AW119Kx

Leonardo Announces Mercy Flight Central contracts for IFR-Variant AW119Kx

18-Aug-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced that Mercy Flight Central, a medical provider located in western New York, has signed a contract for four IFR- certified AW119Kxs for EMS transport missions. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected in 2022. These new IFR capable aircraft will allow in-flight critical care and the transport of patients within Mercy Flight’s 150-mile... Read more

Babcock and Leonardo to jointly bid for Canada’s Future Aircrew Training program

Babcock and Leonardo to jointly bid for Canada’s Future Aircrew Training program

12-Aug-2021Source: Leonardo

Babcock and Leonardo, two leading international aerospace, defence and security organisations and military training providers, are pleased to announce today the signing of a Teaming Agreement that will see Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada come together to provide a solution for Canada’s Future Aircrew Training program. With this important step, Babcock and Leonardo will combine... Read more

G-LYNX: 35 years of an unrivalled speed record

G-LYNX: 35 years of an unrivalled speed record

12-Aug-2021Source: Leonardo

On 11th August, Leonardo celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Lynx helicopter’s absolute world speed record over the Somerset skyline in England. In the evening of 11th August 1986, a Westland Lynx flew a 15 km course across the Somerset Levels. The aircraft achieved an average speed of 400.87 km/h (249.10 mph), which made it... Read more

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