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Leonardo celebrates the tenth anniversary of AW159 Wildcat’s first flight

Leonardo celebrates the tenth anniversary of AW159 Wildcat’s first flight

Ten years ago on 12 November, the AW159 Wildcat lifted off for the first time from Yeovil and took to the skies. Over the last decade, the helicopter has celebrated global success and is in current operation with the UK MoD and other international users. To date more than 70 AW159s in a variety of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Nov-19

The Helicopter Company of Saudi Arabia takes delivery of its first AW139

The Helicopter Company of Saudi Arabia takes delivery of its first AW139

The Helicopter Company of Saudia Arabia (THC) was set up in 2018 as an independent company wholly owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF). Surprisingly, it is the first Saudi-owned independent commercial helicopter operator in the oil-rich kingdom, and its creation forms part of the PIF’s mission to support Saudi Vision 2030 by establishing… Read more »

Source: Robert Swan, 12-Nov-19

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Penzance Helicopters launches Travel Club discount for Isles of Scilly residents

Penzance Helicopters launches Travel Club discount for Isles of Scilly residents

Penzance Helicopters has launched its new Residents Helicopter Travel Club offering reduced fares for Isles of Scilly residents. The new and only Isles of Scilly helicopter service will fly direct from the purpose-built heliport in Penzance, from March 2020; flying to both St Mary’s and Tresco in just 15 minutes aboard a state-of-the-art, modern AW139… Read more »

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 12-Nov-19

Intermountain Healthcare adds another AW109 GrandNew f

Intermountain Healthcare adds another AW109 GrandNew f

Leonardo announced at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC, 4-6 November) that Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare, the largest health system in the Intermountain West, and one of the premier health systems in U.S., will add a sixth AW109 GrandNew light twin helicopter to its Intermountain Life Flight air ambulance / EMS program. Intermountain Life Flight currently… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Nov-19

First AW169 EMS Helicopter Fleet in US in Service

First AW169 EMS Helicopter Fleet in US in Service

Leonardo announced at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) that the first AW169 EMS helicopter fleet in the United States is now in service. Travis County’s three AW169 EMS helicopters assist rescue efforts in south central Texas, an area with over 1.2 million people that includes Austin. STAR Flight, Travis County’s air ambulance operator, is… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Nov-19

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

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

06-Nov-19

Netherlands Ministry of Defence opens new NH90 training facility

Netherlands Ministry of Defence opens new NH90 training facility

Rotorsim, the joint venture owned equally by CAE and Leonardo, announced the successful start of training on the NH90 Full Mission Flight Trainer (FMFT) following its relocation from the Rotorsim training centre in Sesto Calende, Italy to a new training facility at Maritime Air Base de Kooy in Den Helder, the Netherlands. The Netherlands Ministry… Read more »

Source: Rotorsim, 31-Oct-19

UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

The Belgian NHV Group announced on Monday 28th October that it had been granted a UK Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) for its offshore operations from the UK. Six of the fleet of helicopters already based at Norwich and Aberdeen-Dyce had been re-registered from the Belgian register to NHV Helicopters Ltd on the British register by… Read more »

Source: Robert Swan, 30-Oct-19

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NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced that it has gained an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With this AOC, NHV again confirms its intention to strengthen its position in the UK offshore helicopter segment. The Group has currently inducted 7 aircraft under its UK… Read more »

Source: NHV, 28-Oct-19

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Civil helicopter market presence grows in South Africa

Civil helicopter market presence grows in South Africa

Leonardo announced today the signing of a Distributorship Agreement with Absolute Aviation Group in South Africa for the civil and commercial market. The Agreement, which has the potential to be extended to other Southern African nations in the future, includes the AW119Kx single engine, the AW109 GrandNew and AW109 Trekker light twins, the AW169 light… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-Oct-19

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Slovenian Police receive first of two AW169s

Slovenian Police receive first of two AW169s

Yesterday, the Police in Slovenia received a new Leonardo AW169 from the factory in Italy.  Serial 69102 was delivered on an Italian test registration, but will take up the local mark S5-HPI in the near future.  The helicopter is fitted with a hoist to starboard, but currently has no other obvious externally fitted items of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Oct-19

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Leonardo appoints UI International as Korea distributor

Leonardo appoints UI International as Korea distributor

Leonardo and UI International of Republic of Korea have signed today at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2019 (ADEX) a Support Distributorship Agreement aimed at further expanding their collaboration in marketing, sales and service supply for the growing fleet of Leonardo commercial and public utility helicopters in the Country. With this agreement, UI… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Oct-19

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Helity appointed AW139 Maintenance Centre by Leonardo

Helity appointed AW139 Maintenance Centre by Leonardo

Hélity reports that last week it was considered a Maintenance Center Recognized by the LEONARDO helicopter factory for its AW139 model. Since October 2017, the Company already had the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification, but this is an important step for several reasons. See Full Story.

Source: UrduPoint, 11-Oct-19

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Leonardo and Olmedo join forces

Leonardo and Olmedo join forces

Leonardo, one of the top ten companies in the world in Aerospace, Defense and Security and one of the leading players in the helicopter field, and Olmedo, a leading European company for the transformation and preparation of vehicles for healthcare use, have announced the signing of a collaboration agreement aimed at the development of technologies… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Oct-19

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Leonardo to open NAS Whiting FIeld support centre if picked for US Navy trainer contract

Leonardo to open NAS Whiting FIeld support centre if picked for US Navy trainer contract

Leonardo announced that the Company will build a comprehensive customer support center adjacent to Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Northwest Florida’s Santa Rosa County if selected for the United States Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System TH-73. Leonardo is offering the Navy its purpose built, American made TH-119 IFR single engine helicopter to replace the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-Sep-19

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Leonardo delivers its 1,000th AW139 helicopter

Leonardo delivers its 1,000th AW139 helicopter

Leonardo delivered its 1,000th AW139 helicopter. The event represents a historic achievement: the AW139 is the most important helicopter programme in the last 15 years at an international level, and it is also able to set a production record in the Italian aviation industry’s outlook. The 1,000th machine of this model was delivered to Italy’s… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Sep-19

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Leonardo puts forward AW149 at DSEI 2019

Leonardo puts forward AW149 at DSEI 2019

At the DSEI 2019 exhibition, Leonardo displays its latestgeneration medium-lift AW149 helicopter. The modern, reliable and cost-effective aircraft is rapidly configurable to meet a wide range of military missions: Troop transport/troop insertion (carrying up to 16 fully-equipped troops or up to 19 passengers), cargo re-supply/external lift, CASEVAC/MEDEVAC, search and rescue (SAR), Special Forces operations and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Sep-19

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Russian operator Skypro adds fourth AW139

Russian operator Skypro adds fourth AW139

SKYPRO HELIKOPTERS LLC, part of the companies operating under the single SKYPRO brand, has expanded its Leonardo AW139 helicopter fleet to four aircraft. Thus, the company becomes the largest private operator of Leonardo AW139 helicopters in Russia. The new helicopter was made in Italy, has a cabin configuration of 8 seats and will soon begin… Read more »

Source: Skypro, 12-Sep-19

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Leonardo and CAE USA Sign Memorandum of Agreement

Leonardo and CAE USA Sign Memorandum of Agreement

Leonardo and CAE USA have joined forces to collaborate in the United States to offer integrated solutions for helicopter training requirements for the government market. A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed recently between the companies that expands on the longestablished relationship between Leonardo and CAE in helicopter training. The MoA is focused on delivering… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 09-Sep-19

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Leonardo and Team Cormorant welcome the Canada’s continued commitment

Leonardo welcomes the continued commitment made by Canada’s Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, to modernize and expand Canada’s primary rotary search and rescue helicopter fleet through the Cormorant MidLife Upgrade (CMLU) program. Yesterday’s announcement marks a major step forward ahead of program finalization. To date, the AW101/CH-149 “Cormorant” has enabled the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-Aug-19

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Leonardo delivers AW119Kx VIP to customer in Chile

Leonardo delivers AW119Kx VIP to customer in Chile

Leonardo announces the delivery of one AW119Kx VIP helicopter with a 24,000 ft. altitude kit to an undisclosed private customer in Chile. The unique altitude kit provides outstanding performance in the region’s tall Andes mountain peaks. This latest handover adds to over 20 helicopters already in service in the country including the AW119, AW109, AW139… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 20-Aug-19

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Leonardo confirms solid presence in the Brazilian VIP market at

Leonardo confirms solid presence in the Brazilian VIP market at

Leonardo builds on its marquee success in South America’s VIP/Corporate multiengine helicopter market while at LABACE, the region’s largest luxury helicopter expo, held August 13 – 15 in São Paulo, Brazil announcing new orders for a total of five units valued at nearly 30 million euro. The company, already a global leader in the VIP… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 15-Aug-19

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Genesys Aerosystems Equipped Leonardo TH-119 Achieves IFR Certification

Genesys Aerosystems Equipped Leonardo TH-119 Achieves IFR Certification

Genesys Aerosystems announced that it has recently received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its avionics suite utilizing the IDU-680 and supporting sensors in the Leonardo TH-119. This STC also certifies the TH-119 for Single Pilot IFR operations (SPIFR). The TH-119 is the only single-engine helicopter in decades to meet current IFR requirements, allowing pilots to… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 08-Aug-19

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TH-119 obtains FAA IFR certification

TH-119 obtains FAA IFR certification

Leonardo announced that its TH-119 helicopter received IFR supplemental type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The TH-119 is the only single engine helicopter in decades to meet current IFR requirements, allowing pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions, thanks to advanced avionics by Genesys Aerosystems and redundant… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Jul-19

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Leonardo Helicopters picks workwear supplier for Yeovil production plant

Leonardo Helicopters picks workwear supplier for Yeovil production plant

Leonardo Helicopters, a leading aerospace company, has appointed Elis to supply and launder bespoke workwear for 1,400 employees at its Yeovil site. Leonardo Helicopters manufactures rotary aircraft for commercial, public utility, security and defence use and its Yeovil site manages design, development, manufacture, test, customer support, training and sales. Martin Southard, Leonardo Helicopters’ Site Facilities… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Jul-19

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Korean CAA approves AW109 simulator

Korean CAA approves AW109 simulator

This FTD has been the first entrol simulator to be installed in South Korea, in the city of Daejeon. The FTD features a cylindrical visual system, a vibration system and South Korean data-base with satellite imagery and mission scenarios. It will be used for initial training, IFR, practice emergency procedures and mission operation.

Source: Entrol, 03-Jul-19

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Gulf of Mexico Helicopter Support Center achieves full operational capability

Gulf of Mexico Helicopter Support Center achieves full operational capability

Leonardo announced that its new Gulf of Mexico Helicopter Support Center has now achieved full operational capability. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorized the Company’s new Part 145 Gulf of Mexico Support Center, allowing the 21,000 square foot facility in Broussard, Louisiana to provide full helicopter blade repair, spare parts, and technical support to customers across the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Jul-19

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NHV orders two AW169 for offshore operations

NHV orders two AW169 for offshore operations

Leonardo has announced to have recently signed a contract for two AW169 light intermediate helicopters with helicopter service provider NHV Group. The aircraft, expected to be delivered between 2019 and 2020, will be used by NHV to perform offshore transport operations in UK and North Sea area. This latest order brings the total number of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Jul-19

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AW169 helicopter to enter offshore operations in Africa

AW169 helicopter to enter offshore operations in Africa

Leonardo announced that the new generation AW169 light intermediate helicopter is set to be introduced into offshore operations in Africa with Weststar Aviation Services Malaysia. The aircraft, now delivered from Leonardo’s facility in Vergiate, Italy, will support the offshore oil & gas industry in Equatorial Guinea. Weststar Aviation Services Malaysia is the world’s first customer… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Jun-19

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Era sets major AW139 operational milestone

Era sets major AW139 operational milestone

Leonardo is pleased to celebrate another outstanding operational milestone for its bestselling AW139 with Era’s fleet achieving 200,000 flight hours. This accomplishment includes 166,000 operating flight hours and 34,000 hours in support of leasing partnerships. A prime civil helicopter customer to Leonardo, Era is one of the leading helicopter operators in the world and the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 27-Jun-19

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SPECTO Aerospace appointed helicopter Blade Repair Centre

SPECTO Aerospace appointed helicopter Blade Repair Centre

Leonardo announced at Paris Air Show the appointment of SPECTO Aerospace as a Blade Repair Centre for the AW109 light twin and the AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter main and tail rotor blades in Europe, including Russia. The appointment follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Amsterdam in late 2018, allowing SPECTO Aerospace to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-Jun-19

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Leonardo and PWNE add AW189 simulator to Service Agreement in Malaysia

Leonardo and PWNE add AW189 simulator to Service Agreement in Malaysia

Leonardo and PWN Excellence Sdn Bhd (PWNE) are expanding their established partnership in Malaysia for the provision of advanced training services announcing the extension of the Authorised Synthetic Training Centre (ASTC) agreement, currently for the AW139 helicopter, to include AW189 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) services. By the end of 2020 PWNE will incorporate a second… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Jun-19

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Akagera Aviation celebrates a decade of successful operations in Rwanda

Akagera Aviation celebrates a decade of successful operations  in Rwanda

At Paris Air Show leading African aviation services provider Akagera Aviation is celebrating a decade of successful operations of Leonardo helicopters in Rwanda, delivering a range of services including VIP and charter transport, aerial photography and medical evacuation across the nation. Established in 2004, Akagera Aviation has strongly contributed to the growth of Rwanda’s aviation… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-Jun-19

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Wiking signs for two AW139s

Wiking signs for two AW139s

Leonardo announced the signing of a contract valued at 30 million euro for two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters with Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH of Germany. The aircraft, which are expected to be delivered in 2019 and 2020, will be used to perform offshore transport operations in Northern Europe, further expanding the AW139 fleet of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Jun-19

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Leonardo working with Suzuyo on first AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator in Japan

Leonardo working with Suzuyo on first AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator in Japan

Leonardo and Suzuyo & Co. Ltd. (Suzuyo) of Japan announced at the Paris Air Show today the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) for the purchase of an AW139 Level D FFS for the AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter in the country. The simulator would be installed in a dedicated facility at Mt. Fuji… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 20-Jun-19

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Italian National Fire Corps orders five more AW139s

Italian National Fire Corps orders five more AW139s

Leonardo announced new signed contracts for five additional AW139s to the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco, part of Ministry of the Interior), including integrated logistic support and training for crews and technicians. The orders, valued at over €75 million, add to the previously purchased three units, with two already delivered this year. The… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Jun-19

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FAA approves Astronautics EFI on Leonardo AW109 and AW119

FAA approves Astronautics EFI on Leonardo AW109 and AW119

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for A109/119 helicopters. Customer shipments, available through Astronautics’ authorized dealer network, have begun. STCs from the European Aviation Safety Agency and from the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) for… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 19-Jun-19

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Apollo Air Services to operate first AW109 Trekker in UK

Apollo Air Services to operate first AW109 Trekker in UK

British charter operator Apollo Air Services have confirmed – via an Instagram post – that they will be operating the first Leonardo AW109 Trekker in the UK. The company, base at Carlisle Lake District Airport, already operate six AW109SP GrandNew, one AW109S Grand and one Airbus AS350B2, with additional bases at Cardiff Heliport and Leeds… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-19

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Sloane extend Leonardo distributorship and sign for two more AW109s

Sloane extend Leonardo distributorship and sign for two more AW109s

As the world’s leading manufacturer in the VIP multiengine helicopter market with a 40% share and the largest producer of corporate helicopters flying in UK, Leonardo is further growing its presence in this sector with the announcement of a further renewal of the Distributorship Agreement in UK and Ireland with its key partner Sloane Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-May-19

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Inverness Coast Guard base swaps S92s for AW189s

Inverness Coast Guard base swaps S92s for AW189s

INVERNESS’ HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base has welcomed two Leonardo AW189 helicopters, serving the Highlands and Islands and further afield as part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s airborne response. The aircraft replace two Sikorsky S92 helicopters, which have been in active service out of Inverness since 2015. Each £20 million AW189… Read more »

Source: Inverness Coast Guard, 03-May-19

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380 mln EUR contract for maritime multirole helicopters with the Polish Ministry of National Defense

380 mln EUR contract for maritime multirole helicopters with the Polish Ministry of National Defense

Leonardo announced that it has signed a contract valued at approximately 380 mln EUR (1.65 bn PLN) that will significantly enhance the Polish Navy’s helicopter capability. Through its fully owned Polish company and main industrial presence in the country, PZL-Świdnik, Leonardo will supply four AW101s and a comprehensive integrated logistics and training package to the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 29-Apr-19

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Transnet National Ports Authority accepts GrandNew pair

Transnet National Ports Authority accepts GrandNew pair

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) recently attended a signing ceremony at Leonardo’s plant at Vergiate, for the acceptance of two new helicopters.  The aircraft will be used to transfer marine pilots at the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay in South Africa and are expected to be delivered to TNPA by June 2019.  The aircraft are… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Apr-19

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Leonardo and the Italian National Fire Corps announce a major step

Leonardo and the Italian National Fire Corps announce a major step

With the delivery of the first two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters, Leonardo and the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco, part of the Ministry of the Interior) announced a major step forward in strengthening their collaboration delivering advanced, more effective emergency response services in Italy. The event, celebrated during an official ceremony held… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Apr-19

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Polish Ministry of National Defence signs Agreement for AW101

Polish Ministry of National Defence signs Agreement for AW101

Leonardo, the owner of PZL-Świdnik, the Group’s main industrial pillar in Poland, announced that its UK subsidiary Leonardo MW Ltd has signed an Offset Agreement, valued at approx. 400 mln PLN (90 mln EUR), with the Polish Ministry of National Defence. The signing of the Offset Agreement precedes a contract for the supply of AW101… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 08-Apr-19

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Leonardo picks TH-119 for US Navy training

Leonardo picks TH-119 for US Navy training

Leonardo submitted to the US Navy its proposal to manufacture and support up to 130 training helicopters under the relevant Request for Proposal (RFP). Reliable, fully compliant and easy to maintain, the TH-119 IFR helicopter is the best and most capable solution to train the next generation of Navy helicopter pilots.   Leonardo is committed… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Apr-19

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Weststar AW139 and AW169 orders

Weststar AW139 and AW169 orders

Weststar Aviation Services, a leading regional offshore helicopter transportation services provider, and Leonardo signed a contract – valued at around 50 million euros – for three new-generation AW169 and two AW139 helicopters for offshore operations in West Africa and the Middle East. The contract signing ceremony was held today at the Langkawi International Maritime and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 02-Apr-19

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AW159 Wildcat helps HMS Dragon to record eighth drugs haul – value £145m in six months

AW159 Wildcat helps HMS Dragon to record eighth drugs haul – value  £145m in six months

The Leonardo AW159 helicopter — dubbed the Wildcat by the Royal Navy — has helped HMS Dragon and 815 Naval Air Squadron net eight drug busts since last September, and U.K. authorities say the stashes of heroin, hashish, and crystal methamphetamine recovered mark a record for the Royal Navy. On March 17, HMS Dragon, a… Read more »

Source: UK Royal Navy, 01-Apr-19

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Korea and Malaysia add firefighting AW189s

Korea and Malaysia add firefighting AW189s

With deliveries across Asia Pacific the Leonardo AW189 super medium helicopter is becoming the leader in the firefighting market. The Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department (Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia) and Korea’s Seoul Fire Department are beginning operations with their AW189s and will soon be followed by the Tokyo Fire Department. Asia Pacific is the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Apr-19

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Leonardo to set up production line in Algeria

Leonardo to set up production line in Algeria

Leonardo and the Algerian Ministry of National Defence announced  the establishment of a joint venture for the local assembly, sale and support of Leonardo helicopters for various applications. The joint venture (with a 51% share owned by the Ministry of National Defence and 49% owned by Leonardo) will be headquartered in a brand new industrial… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Mar-19

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First AW189 launched in Korea

First AW189 launched in Korea

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has recently inducted their new AW189 multi-purpose helicopter.  It can be used for emergency medical services, as it is equipped with a defibrillator and artificial respirator. It is also equipped with a Bambi Bucket which will be used for fire-fighting, reports Korea Times.

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Mar-19

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Leonardo Awarded Patent for Helicopter Anti-Torque Rotor

Leonardo Awarded Patent for Helicopter Anti-Torque Rotor

An anti-torque rotor of a helicopter, having: a supporting body; a drive shaft which rotates about a first axis with respect to the supporting body; a hub connected operatively to drive shaft and angularly fixed with respect to first axis; at least one blade which is connected operatively to hub, is angularly fixed with respect to first… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 13-Mar-19

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CHC Australia completes roll out of Leonardo AW139

CHC Australia completes roll out of Leonardo AW139

CHC Group announced that the Australian business unit has completed the roll out of six new generation Leonardo AW139 aircraft to replace the S-76 SAR helicopter fleet flying for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The final AW139 will be on base in East Sale by mid-March after the first aircraft was introduced in Victoria… Read more »

Source: CHC, 13-Mar-19

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LCI Grows Australia-Based helicopter fleet

LCI Grows Australia-Based helicopter fleet

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has grown its Australia-based fleet of helicopters to 14 Leonardo AW139s with the arrival of two aircraft. The two AW139s are being transitioned by LCI customer, Babcock International Group company, from Aberdeen, United Kingdom to Karratha, Western Australia, where they will be operated by… Read more »

Source: LCI, 12-Mar-19

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Weststar Aviation Services tests HeliLink virtual technical support technology

Weststar Aviation Services tests HeliLink virtual technical support technology

Leonardo announced today at Heli-Expo 2019 a collaboration with Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd of Malaysia as launch customer of the HeliLink digital product support engineering assistant. The new service provides a remote video-call support for maintenance technicians with augmented reality, resulting in quick assistance for trouble shooting, improved helicopter fleet reliability and management. Weststar… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 08-Mar-19

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Leonardo to expand US training with AW169 and AW609 simulators

Leonardo to expand US training with AW169 and AW609 simulators

Leonardo announced at Heli-Expo 2019 a substantial reinforcement of its helicopter training capabilities and services in the USA with the establishment of a new Training Academy within its production facility in Philadelphia. The new purpose-built campus is expected to be completed in 2020. With a 65 million USD multiyear investment, the new Training Academy will… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Mar-19

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Leonardo to produce AW609 tiltrotor Level D Full Flight Simulator

Leonardo to produce AW609 tiltrotor Level D Full Flight Simulator

Leonardo announced at Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta the start of production of the world’s first AW609 tiltrotor Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) and the intention to introduce the first US-based AW169 Level D Full Flight Simulator. Both will be installed into the new Training Academy being developed at the Company’s helicopter facility based in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Mar-19

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Leonardo’s new Helicopter Training Academy in Philadelphia

Leonardo’s new Helicopter Training Academy in Philadelphia

Leonardo announced at Heli-Expo 2019 a substantial reinforcement of its helicopter training capabilities and services in the USA with the establishment of a new Training Academy within its production facility in Philadelphia. The new purpose-built campus is expected to be completed in 2020. With a 65 million USD multiyear investment, the new Training Academy will… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Mar-19

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Dallas Airmotive Launches Engine Maintenance Program for AW109 Trekker

Dallas Airmotive Launches Engine Maintenance Program for AW109 Trekker

Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation Global Engine Service company, announced that Leonardo Helicopters AW109 Trekker helicopter operators have three new maintenance package options for their next PW207C engine overhaul under Dallas Airmotive’s Price CAP Promise Program. The program provides price-surety choices for Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C engine operators in three tiered packages: Complete, Advanced… Read more »

Source: Dallas Airmotive, 07-Mar-19

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Leonardo provides overview of Heli-Expo displays

Leonardo provides overview of Heli-Expo displays

Leonardo attends Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta (5-7 March) with sound world civil helicopter market leadership. In 2018 the Company positioned itself as the first helicopter manufacturer in terms of value in the world civil market with a 40% share, a 7% increase compared to the previous year. Total aircraft deliveries to customers worldwide for all… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Mar-19

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Gulf testing Radio Frequency Identification technology on the AW189

Gulf testing Radio Frequency Identification technology on the AW189

Leonardo announced at Heli-Expo 2019 a collaboration with Gulf Helicopters of Qatar to test Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID) on their AW189 super medium twin engine helicopter fleet. This initiative is based on a pilot project for installation of RFID tags on the aircraft. The project is focused on the development of enhanced data gathering… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Mar-19

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Gulf Helicopters has selected SKYTRAC to Equip Fleet

Gulf Helicopters has selected SKYTRAC to Equip Fleet

Gulf Helicopters Company (GHC) has selected SKYTRAC real-time connectivity to drive efficiency in their Leonardo AW139 and AW189 HUMS and Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) programs. “HUMS and FDM are vital safety programs that can help catch, communicate and resolve emerging safety issues before they escalate. The SKYTRAC real-time connectivity solution will allow us to identify… Read more »

Source: Gulf Helicopters, 05-Mar-19

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Multiple GBAS Firsts for Esterline and Leonardo

Multiple GBAS Firsts for Esterline and Leonardo

Esterline’s CMC Electronics (CMC) business unit and Leonardo are pleased to announce that Leonardo’s AW189 P5 prototype successfully completed multiple GBAS GLS approaches at the Zurich Airport in late 2018 using the CMA-6024 GPS/SBAS/GBAS Landing System Sensor Unit (GLSSU) as the precision approach sensor. Leonardo’s pioneering achievement has led the way towards certifying GBAS GLS precision approach… Read more »

Source: CMC, 04-Mar-19

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Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

Babcock swaps aircraft between UK and Australia

Babcock has in the last week completed a fleet move that saw two helicopters moving from UK to Australia, and two coming back on the return flight. The move was completed by freight specialists Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA), using an Antonov An-124 aircraft.  After shipping two Leonardo AW139 helicopters from Prestwick UK to Melbourne in Australia, VDA… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-19

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Isles of Scilly spoiler operation runs out of steam

Isles of Scilly spoiler operation runs out of steam

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company (“Steamship”) is reported saying that it will not be restarting its helicopter operation after its self-enforced winter break, leaving the route wide open for the new operator.  Led by the tenant of the island of Tresco, the new operation will fly a Leonardo AW139 helicopter between the new Penzance Heliport and the Scilly… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Feb-19

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Babcock wins five year Australia contract with two AW139s

Babcock wins five year Australia contract with two AW139s

Babcock Australasia (Babcock), the aerospace and defence company, is pleased to announce that its Offshore Aviation division has been awarded a five year contract with Santos Ltd (Santos) operating from Karratha, Western Australia. Commencing 1 July 2019, the contract facilitates the provision of two dedicated Leonardo AW139 aircraft to provide crew change, emergency support, 24/7… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 25-Feb-19

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Portugal’s Air Force takes delivery of first two AW119Kx

Portugal’s Air Force takes delivery of first two AW119Kx

The Portuguese Air Force has taken delivery of its first two AW119Kx multirole single engine helicopters. The event was celebrated during an official ceremony held at Beja Air Base on February 18 in the presence of dignitaries and representatives from the Portuguese Ministry of Defence (MoD), Air Force and Leonardo. The additional three aircraft that… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Feb-19

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Leonardo opens a new facility in Pisa

Leonardo opens a new facility in Pisa

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

Source: Leonardo, 18-Feb-19

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Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

Following the loss of the contract with Perenco, Babcock MCS Offshore have closed their base at Norwich and the four Leonardo AW139s which they operated from there have been dispersed. In the early days of January, two of the four AW139s based there (G-PERD and G-VINC) were ferried to Babcock’s facility in Aberdeen. The third aircraft,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Feb-19

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Leonardo opens Gulf of Mexico Support Center

Leonardo opens Gulf of Mexico Support Center

Leonardo announced that its comprehensive new Gulf of Mexico Support Center in Broussard, Louisiana is open. The 21,000 square foot facility provides blade repair, spare parts and technical support. Construction began in June 2017 on two acres near Highway 90. To celebrate the opening, Leonardo hosted customers and local government for a ribbon cutting ceremony…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Feb-19

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02-Feb-19 5N-CML Leonardo AW139 Kabba, Nigeria

Helicopter was carrying Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osibanjo and his aides, none of whom were seriously injured.  There was a total of 12 POB including crew.  Brown out on approach was contributory to the end result – helicopter on its starboard side.  

02-Feb-19

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Leonardo awarded contract to support MOD fleet

Leonardo awarded contract to support MOD fleet

The MOD has awarded a five-year, multi-million-pound deal to Leonardo Helicopters (UK) for the support of the existing fleet of 50 Apache attack helicopters.Defence Minister Stuart Andrew announced the £293 million contract with Leonardo Helicopters during a visit to the company’s site in Yeovil where some of the vital work on the aircraft will take place…. Read more »

Source: UK Government, 28-Jan-19

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29-Dec-18 Leonardo AW139 Jebel Jais, UAE (4F)

SAR helicopter hit zipwire, causing loss of control and immediate fall to the ground.  Post crash fire.  All four on board suffered fatal injuries. This report names the deceased as Pilots Saqr Saeed Mohamed Abdullah Al Yamahi and Hameed Mohamed Obaid Al Zaabi, Navigator Jasim Abdullah Ali Tunaiji Paramedic Mark Roxburgh

29-Dec-18

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TH-119 helicopter performs first flight

TH-119 helicopter performs first flight

Leonardo is pleased to announce it successfully completed the initial flight test of the TH-119 IFR training helicopter yesterday. The TH-119 is Leonardo’s bid to replace the U.S. Navy’s aging fleet of TH-57 Sea Ranger training helicopters, a variant of the successful AW119, manufactured in the US with strong local supplier base. By completing this… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Dec-18

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Sakhalin Energy Signs AW189 Contract

Sakhalin Energy Signs AW189 Contract

Leonardo announced the signing of a contract with Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (“Sakhalin Energy”) for the supply of three AW189 super medium twin engine commercial helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform transport operations from Sakhalin Island in Russia supporting the Oil&Gas industry, with deliveries expected to start in the 1Q2020. The contract was signed in Moscow today… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Dec-18

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LA Fire Department adds 5th AW139 helicopter

LA Fire Department adds 5th AW139 helicopter

Leonardo announced that the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is set to introduce a fifth AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter into its fleet. The aircraft is expected to be delivered from Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility in Spring 2019 and will be used to perform a range of missions primarily including fire suppression, emergency medical service (EMS)… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Dec-18

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