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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

First US Navy TH-73 arrives at NAS Whiting Field

First US Navy TH-73 arrives at NAS Whiting Field

10-Aug-2021Source: US Navy

The helicopter will be assigned to Training Air Wing (TW) 5 and will replace Chief of Naval Air Training’s (CNATRA) TH-57B/C Sea Ranger as the undergraduate training helicopter for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The helicopter made the two-day transit to the base from the Leonardo Helicopters facility in Philadelphia, where the... Read more

Helicopter lessor wins UK Commercial Court summary judgment

Helicopter lessor wins UK Commercial Court summary judgment

10-Aug-2021Source: Hausfeld

The UK Commercial Court sided with the claimant in Iris Helicopter Leasing Limited v Elitaliana Srl [2021] 7 WLUK 499, in a claim under a lease of a AgustaWestland AW139 health and emergency services helicopter. The judgment is the latest in a series of decisions over the last 12 months where the Court has rejected frustration... Read more

Leonardo celebrates 50th anniversary of A109

Leonardo celebrates 50th anniversary of A109

4-Aug-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo celebrates the 50th anniversary of its A109 helicopter, an iconic product which represented a revolution in the life of the company. The type enabled Italy to become one of the world’s only nations with an OEM capable of autonomous design, development, manufacturing of helicopters, which became highly successful in both national and export markets.... Read more

London Heli Shuttle nominated in 2021 World Luxury Travel Awards

London Heli Shuttle nominated in 2021 World Luxury Travel Awards

2-Aug-2021Source: London Biggin Hill Airport

London Biggin Hill Airport (LBHA) has announced that the London Heli Shuttle has been nominated in the 2021 World Luxury Travel Awards.  Created  for business, corporate and private aviation customers, it transfers passengers from to and from central London in just six minutes. Operated on behalf of LBHA by Castle Air with its fleet of... Read more

Portuguese Navy receives first upgraded Lynx Mk95A

Portuguese Navy receives first upgraded Lynx Mk95A

29-Jul-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the Portuguese Navy has taken delivery of its first upgraded Lynx Mk95A. The aircraft has been delivered to Montijo, Portugal. The Navy has been operating the Lynx for three decades and the modernisation programme will see the upgraded aircraft in-service into the 2030s. The upgraded aircraft provides the Portuguese... Read more

Leonardo’s AW101 for the Polish Navy flies for the first time

Leonardo’s AW101 for the Polish Navy flies for the first time

21-Jul-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the Polish Navy’s first AW101 (ZR285) achieved its first flight yesterday at the Company’s site in Yeovil. The flight demonstrated functional checks of the main airframe systems as well as the control system, and engine-handling checks were taken throughout to monitor the speed range of the aircraft. The flight... Read more

Shizuoka Air Commuter orders another AW109SP GrandNew

Shizuoka Air Commuter orders another AW109SP GrandNew

16-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Shizuoka Air Commuter Corp yesterday announced that they have ordered another Leonardo AW109SP Grand New.  The company’s fleet already includes four GrandNew helicopters operated on the Doctor Heli EMS network, alongside an Airbus EC130 and three EC135s – one of which has been dedicated to a contract with Shizuoka Broadcasting System for over 12 years.... Read more

Leonardo Opens New Peter Prince Hangar

Leonardo Opens New Peter Prince Hangar

16-Jul-2021Source: Leonardo

Santa Rosa County leaders joined officials from Leonardo Helicopters to cut the ribbon on a new maintenance facility at Peter Prince Airport where the company will begin local operations. Leonardo is an Italian aerospace company with North American headquarters and industrial operations in Philadelphia, PA that is expected to bring 50 new, high-paying jobs to... Read more

15-Jul-21 G-HBEK Agusta 109C Holton Heath, UK

15-Jul-21 G-HBEK Agusta 109C Holton Heath, UK

15-Jul-2021

Helicopter ended up on its side on a flat grass area.  Local press report that the pilot was not injured.... Read more

Milestone announces purchase leaseback with NHV for an AW169

Milestone announces purchase leaseback with NHV for an AW169

14-Jul-2021

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”) has signed a Purchase/Leaseback (PLB) arrangement for a AW169 helicopter with Belgian-based operator, NHV Group (“NHV”), a leading provider of B2B helicopter services. The AW169 helicopter delivered earlier this month will support missions in the UK for Italian oil and gas company, ENI. It will be based in Blackpool, United... Read more

HeliSpeed extends SAR support agreement with British International

HeliSpeed extends SAR support agreement with British International

12-Jul-2021Source: HeliSpeed

BIH extends partnership with global aviation support specialists, HeliSpeed, supporting its search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Falkland Islands. The extended five-year agreement cements a long-term partnership between global aviation business, HeliSpeed, and BIH. HeliSpeed will continue to provide helicopter pilots, engineers and technical crew from their growing network of over 2,500 aviation professionals.... Read more

Leonardo, Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps renew cooperation agreement

Leonardo, Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps renew cooperation agreement

12-Jul-2021Source: Leonardo

The enhancement of existing technologies to save human lives and the development of new operative and training solutions make helicopter rescues more efficient and safer when deploying rescue personnel. These objectives form the renewed agreement between Leonardo and the Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico – CNSAS), which... Read more

ITP Aero wins CT7 MRO contract with Gulf Helicopters

ITP Aero wins CT7 MRO contract with Gulf Helicopters

5-Jul-2021Source: ITP Aero

ITP Aero has signed a contract with Gulf Helicopters Company (GHC) to provide comprehensive support for its fleet of General Electric CT7-2E1 and CT7-8A engines that are flown in its Leonardo AW189 and Sikorsky S-92. The contract spans five years and work will be carried out at ITP Aero’s Albacete and Ajalvir (Madrid) facilities in... Read more

Leonardo investing heavily in AW149 for UK New Medium Helicopter program

Leonardo investing heavily in AW149 for UK New Medium Helicopter program

1-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Leonardo is investing a significant amount of time and resources into ensuring the AW149 is as well-prepared as it can be for the UK New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement. In March, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the programme by press release, well ahead of any more detailed documentation being made available. It is... Read more

Abu Dhabi Aviation leases two AW139s to Bestfly

Abu Dhabi Aviation leases two AW139s to Bestfly

30-Jun-2021Source: Arabian Aerospace

Abu Dhabi Aviation has leased two new AW-139 helicopters to Angola operator Bestfly with the first helicopter being handed over to the Luanda headquartered company by Leonardo today. See Full Story. ... Read more

Leonardo delivers HH-139B helicopter to the Italian Air Force

Leonardo delivers HH-139B helicopter to the Italian Air Force

28-Jun-2021Source: Leonardo

Italian Minister of Defence Lorenzo Guerini and Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Alberto Rosso attended the acceptance ceremony of an Italian Air Force HH-139B helicopter during an official visit to Leonardo’s helicopter facility in Vergiate (Italy). Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo General Manager Lucio Valerio Cioffi, and Leonardo Helicopters’ MD Gian Piero Cutillo... Read more

Sloane Helicopters to add fifth base at London Elstree

Sloane Helicopters to add fifth base at London Elstree

25-Jun-2021Source: Sloane Helicopters

Sloane Helicopters Ltd, the UK’s longest-established privately-owned helicopter company, is expanding its engineering and support services by acquiring a new hangar facility at London Elstree Aerodrome. Sloane Helicopters has signed Heads of Agreement for the acquisition of a dedicated new hangar at Elstree. The Elstree hangar facility is expected to be open from early 2022... Read more

Leonardo breaks ground on new UK helicopters logistics hub

Leonardo breaks ground on new UK helicopters logistics hub

16-Jun-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today that building work will shortly commence on a new c.£30 million single-site logistics facility at Leonardo’s helicopter site in Yeovil. The ground-breaking facility, spanning an area of nearly 20,000m², the equivalent of 2.7 football pitches, is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2022. The project sees the consolidation of eight existing warehouses... Read more

Leonardo delivers first TH-73A trainer to US Navy

Leonardo delivers first TH-73A trainer to US Navy

10-Jun-2021

At a ceremony on its Philadelphia campus and under the backdrop of the Stars and Stripes, Leonardo officially delivered the first TH-73A training helicopter to the U.S. Navy earlier today. The ceremony was attended by Vice Admiral Kenneth Whitesell, commander of Naval Air Forces and Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Pacific Fleet; Rear Admiral Gregory... Read more

New AW139 lasts just two weeks with Omni in Brazil

New AW139 lasts just two weeks with Omni in Brazil

7-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

A newly delivered AW139 had an accident during a night training flight last week which will likely lead to the aircraft being declared a write-off. Delivered new from the US production line in Philadelphia, PR-OTF was ferried between 10 and 17 April through to the Omni base at Macapa in north-east Brazil. A week later,... Read more

06-Jun-21 VH-HMQ Leonardo AW139 Mangalore, Australia

06-Jun-21 VH-HMQ Leonardo AW139 Mangalore, Australia

6-Jun-2021

The AW139 was flying southbound toward Mangalore at 3,100 feet above mean sea level. At the same time, the PA-44 was conducting a practice instrument approach to Mangalore. The PA-44 commenced a missed approach from below 3,000 feet in a northerly direction toward Mangalore and the pilot broadcast that the aircraft would climb to 3,900... Read more

Saab extends Swedish AW109LUH MRO contract

Saab extends Swedish AW109LUH MRO contract

3-Jun-2021

The Leonardo AW109LUH (known locally as “Helikopter 15”) has been in operation in the Swedish Armed Forces for around 18 years and since 2012, Saab has had an exclusive agreement to ensure the operational availability of the helicopters. The agreement confirms the Swedish Armed Forces’ continued trust in Saab as a long-term support partner. The... Read more

02-Jun-21 PR-OTF Leonardo AW139 Ocean Courage rig, Brazil

02-Jun-21 PR-OTF Leonardo AW139 Ocean Courage rig, Brazil

2-Jun-2021

Helicopter ended on its side after a landing on an offshore rig during a night training flight.  The crew suffered light injuries and evacuated the aircraft.   The offshore deck fire crew were on hand and extinguished a small fire which was causing smoke, but no flames. Helios photo... Read more

30-May-21 VH-TJK Leonardo AW139 Shelly Beach, Australia

30-May-21 VH-TJK Leonardo AW139 Shelly Beach, Australia

30-May-2021

While conducting a single-pilot EMS flight, the aircraft was flown into a confined area and unimproved landing site with the aid of night vision goggles. During the later stages of the approach, the aircraft drifted towards terrain. The crew aborted the approach and elected to conduct a precautionary out-landing about 1 km away. Inspection of... Read more

Babcock and Leonardo to form JV for Canadian military training bid

Babcock and Leonardo to form JV for Canadian military training bid

18-May-2021

Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada are pleased to announce that they have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to jointly pursue Canada’s Future Aircrew Training Program (FAcT) and to create a Canadian joint venture. This partnership between two companies with strong footprints in military pilot training, ensures that the FAcT program will benefit from the expertise... Read more

Leonardo AW101 global fleet hits milestone

Leonardo AW101 global fleet hits milestone

14-May-2021Source: Leonardo

The AW101 multi-role medium-heavy three-engine helicopter’s global fleet has surpassed more than half a million flight hours. With one leading operator exceeding more than 7,500 hours on a single aircraft, nearly 200 units are in-service today by over 10 customers in over ten countries worldwide, with aircraft on order currently including units for Norway and... Read more

UK – Halo Aviation sold to Directional Aviation

UK – Halo Aviation sold to Directional Aviation

6-May-2021

As the spate of mergers, take-overs, IPOs and SPACs continues around the industry, this one has raised a few eyebrows.  British operator Halo Aviation has been sold to Directional Aviation, a “private investment firm whose singular focus is private business aviation”.  As Halo becomes the 15th member of the ever-increasing Directional family of companies, there’s... Read more

Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139  Main Gear Box MRO Capability

Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139 Main Gear Box MRO Capability

3-May-2021Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announced today that it is working with Leonardo Helicopters to establish their AW139 Main Gear Box (MGB) MRO capability as an Authorized Component Repair Center for Leonardo. This new capability is being established at the Heli-One Canada facility in Delta, British Columbia, and... Read more

02-May-21 HB-ZQQ Leonardo AW109S Padua, Italy

02-May-21 HB-ZQQ Leonardo AW109S Padua, Italy

2-May-2021

Main blades struck canopy over fuel area at airport.  Rotor disc imbalance was serious enough for the main blades to slice the tail boom off The pilot had reportedly planned on refuelling at Ozzano but was unable to do so on arrival and flew on to Padua.... Read more

Leonardo opens Helicopter Training Academy in the US

Leonardo opens Helicopter Training Academy in the US

30-Apr-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today a further major reinforcement of its presence and customer service and technologies in US with the official opening of their brand new, state of the art Helicopter Training Academy, located on their existing campus in northeast Philadelphia that also includes production, support and administrative functions for the United States. The new Academy... Read more

23-Apr-21 N119AA Leonardo AW119 Apodaca, Mexico (1F)

23-Apr-21 N119AA Leonardo AW119 Apodaca, Mexico (1F)

23-Apr-2021

Helicopter came to rest nose down, tangled in overhead lines over a road.  Shortly after, it caught fire and was consumed. Reports say 3 POB with at least 1 fatality.  Image from Protección Civil Protection department of the state of Nuevo Leon, who also posted these images of the aftermath once the fire was extinguished.... Read more

German operator scores first success in UK EMS market

German operator scores first success in UK EMS market

22-Apr-2021

The UK air ambulance market is a mature one with very good coverage across the country. A total of 44 helicopters are flown for EMS work, supplemented by a handful of other aircraft for maintenance cover, together with a few fixed wing in certain situations including supporting the Channel Islands.   Apart from two in Scotland,... Read more

22-Apr-21 G-TAAS Leonardo AW109SP Carsington, UK

22-Apr-21 G-TAAS Leonardo AW109SP Carsington, UK

22-Apr-2021

Bird strike took out port windscreen.  Safe field landing.  EMS helicopter was on a positioning flight back to base and there was no patient on board... Read more

Leonardo puts its stamp on Kopter – SH09 renamed AW09

Leonardo puts its stamp on Kopter – SH09 renamed AW09

21-Apr-2021Source: HeliHub.com

On the first anniversary of Kopter becoming part of Leonardo Helicopters, the Italian manufacturer has announced a new branding to bring the SH09 helicopter into the the Leonardo nomenclature – from now on it will be known as the AW09. The visual branding of the AW09 includes the Kopter logo after the “9”, which refers... Read more

AW609 AC4 tiltrotor moved to Italy

AW609 AC4 tiltrotor moved to Italy

16-Apr-2021Source: Leonardo

The 4th AW609 (AC4), fully representative of the final production configuration, was shipped from Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility where it was built on its production line, to Genoa’s harbour in Italy where it was offloaded and later flew to Leonardo Helicopters’ Headquarters in Cascina Costa di Samarate, close to Milan-Malpensa Airport, arriving on 2 March 2021.... Read more

Leonardo Retains Top Spot in ProPilot’s Helicopter Product Support Survey

Leonardo Retains Top Spot in ProPilot’s Helicopter Product Support Survey

16-Apr-2021Source: Leonardo

For decades, customer satisfaction has been considered central to the strategic vision of companies, and also Leonardo considers it fundamental, so much so that the contribution to the success of its customers is one of the main focuses in the corporate Mission. For the third year in a row, Leonardo has come in first place in the turbine category... Read more

Leonardo Chief Test Pilot praises evolution of Kopter SH09

Leonardo Chief Test Pilot praises evolution of Kopter SH09

13-Apr-2021Source: Kopter

Capt. Afruni – Chief Test Pilot of Leonardo Helicopters –  flew again the SH09 Prototype 3 in Mollis, Switzerland, to assess the benefits of the retrofit implemented on the aircraft at the end of last year. As part of the close collaboration established between Leonardo and Kopter, Capt. Afruni, together with Andrea Castelli, Leonardo Chief... Read more

11-Apr-21 VT-YMA Leonardo AW109SP Madavana, India

11-Apr-21 VT-YMA Leonardo AW109SP Madavana, India

11-Apr-2021

Corporate helicopter owned by LuLu International who issued this statement (from Outlook India) regarding the incident, which involved their CEO “Yusuff Ali, currently in Kerala, was on a short trip from his home in Kochi to visit a relative at a nearby hospital. Due to the sudden deterioration of weather conditions and heavy rains, the... Read more

Frasca named subcontractor for US Navy TH-73 Program

Frasca named subcontractor for US Navy TH-73 Program

9-Apr-2021Source: Frasca

FRASCA International, Inc. (FRASCA) has been named as a subcontractor for the US Navy TH-73A Aircrew Training Services (ATS) Contract. The prime contract was awarded to FlightSafety Defense, a FlightSafety International Company that will provide Contractor Instructional Services (CIS) and availability on 18 FRASCA-designed and manufactured Level 6 and Level 7 Flight Training Devices (FTDs).... Read more

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives keys to new HQ

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives keys to new HQ

8-Apr-2021Source: HELP Appeal

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) has taken possession of its new Headquarters based on A15 Sleaford Road, next to RAF Waddington. The new purpose-built home, which will see staff, crew, helicopter and Critical Care Cars under one roof for the very first time, will provide a unique opportunity for the charity to welcome... Read more

ENAV and Leonardo launch first satellite navigation procedures for helicopters

ENAV and Leonardo launch first satellite navigation procedures for helicopters

7-Apr-2021Source: Leonardo

ENAV and Leonardo have tested and validated the PBN (Performance Based Navigation) procedure for the Foggia – Tremiti S. Domino Island route in the Apulia region (Southern Italy). This was carried out with an AW169 helicopter operated by Alidaunia, a company providing transport services to and from the Tremiti Islands, as well as emergency medical... Read more

Leonardo celebrates 50 years since the maiden flight of the Lynx

Leonardo celebrates 50 years since the maiden flight of the Lynx

29-Mar-2021Source: Leonardo

As the Lynx helicopter celebrates 50 years since its maiden flight, one family celebrates over 100 years of links to Leonardo in Yeovil. In 1915, the Westland Aircraft Works was founded as a division of Petters, in response to government orders for the construction under initial licence of 12 Short Type 184 seaplanes. It was... Read more

26-Mar-21 VH-TJH Leonardo AW139 Katoomba, Australia

26-Mar-21 VH-TJH Leonardo AW139 Katoomba, Australia

26-Mar-2021

While conducting a single-pilot EMS flight, the aircraft was flown to the hover and an NVG winch commenced. During the winch, the aircraft drifted and descended towards terrain. The aircraft was recovered in close proximity to obstacles and during the recovery, the helicopter sustained an over torque.... Read more

NHV wins 6 month Irish offshore contract

NHV wins 6 month Irish offshore contract

24-Mar-2021Source: NHV

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced a new contract with PSE Kinsale Energy Ltd in support of its decommissioning operations in the Celtic Sea. The transfer flights towards the Stena Spey drilling rig, about 50 km off the south coast of Cork, are expected to start in April 2021 for... Read more

Leonardo UK mark major milestone for iAero Centre

Leonardo UK mark major milestone for iAero Centre

22-Mar-2021Source: Leonardo

The iAero Centre, a cutting-edge aerospace innovation facility in Yeovil, is flying high with completion of construction work and the start of the centre’s fit-out. Somerset County Council has worked with a range of partners to develop the iAero Centre which will provide high-quality workspace and specialist support services to facilitate collaboration and innovation amongst... Read more

CHC Partners with Shell and Leonardo to implement H-TAWS

CHC Partners with Shell and Leonardo to implement H-TAWS

17-Mar-2021Source: CHC

CHC Group—a global leader in helicopter services and maintenance, repair and overhaul provision—announces it has partnered with Shell Brasil and Leonardo Helicopters to launch the first global implementation of Leonardo’s Enhanced Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (H-TAWS) on the CHC AW139 fleet operating in Campos, Brasil for Shell. Committed to aviation safety leadership, Shell... Read more

10th AW101 AWSAR successfully delivered to Norway

10th AW101 AWSAR successfully delivered to Norway

16-Mar-2021Source: Leonardo

Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Leonardo has successfully delivered the tenth AW101 All-Weather Search and Rescue (AWSAR) helicopter to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security. The remaining six aircraft out of 16 are currently being assembled, integrated and tested at Leonardo’s site in Yeovil, UK. The 330 squadron of... Read more

Apache terminate Bristow North Sea contract before it completes

Apache terminate Bristow North Sea contract before it completes

12-Mar-2021Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com understands that Apache Corporation have invoked a 120-day termination clause on Bristow Helicopters for their contract to provide helicopters between Aberdeen and the Forties and Beryl fields. In this unusual move, Bristow will have flown 75% of the original five year contract, which started in September 2017. It also puts offshore operators on warning... Read more

AW109 Trekker enters Indonesia

AW109 Trekker enters Indonesia

12-Mar-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today the delivery of an AW109 Trekker light twin to FlyKomala of Indonesia, marking the entrance of the type into the country’s helicopter market. The aircraft will be used by the operator to carry out a range of missions including passenger transport, utility transport, disaster relief, and emergency support duties. FlyKomala will benefit... Read more

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