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Falcon Aviation Services starts AW169 contract in Kuwait

Falcon Aviation Services starts AW169 contract in Kuwait

In a press release timed to coincide with the opening of the MEBAA Middle East Business Aircraft Association show in Dubai, UAE based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) have provided more information on their new operation in Kuwait. At a newly built 160,000 m² heliport at Kuwait Oil Company’s premises, FAS commences a five-year onshore and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-18

Mitsui Bussan signs four-helicopter contract

Mitsui Bussan signs four-helicopter contract

Leonardo and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the official distributor in Japan for the AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopter models, announced a contract for four additional aircraft during an official ceremony held at the Japan Aerospace 2018 exhibition. This contract further strengthens the partnership between Leonardo and Mitsui, and is a key factor in the continued growth… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Dec-18

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ASESA strengthens helicopter fleet in Mexico

ASESA strengthens helicopter fleet in Mexico

Leonardo hosted Mexican helicopter operator ASESA today to celebrate their 4th AW139 purchase. The delivery ceremony was held at Leonardo’s North America headquarters in Philadelphia, USA, where AW119, AW139 and AW609 aircraft are assembled. The AW139 is the best-selling helicopter in its category with nearly 1100 sold. Its spacious cabin provides flexibility for a variety… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 05-Dec-18

Leonardo team wins Royal Aeronautical Society Team Silver Medal

Leonardo team wins Royal Aeronautical Society Team Silver Medal

At a ceremony held at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s headquarters, London, Monday evening, representatives from Smith Myers, Biggleswade and Leonardo Helicopter, Yeovil, were presented with the RAeS Team Silver Medal award for their teamwork developing the Redstreak Mobile Phone Detection and Location System. A joint Smith Myers and Leonardo Helicopter team brought diverse skills from… Read more »

Source: Royal Aeronautical Society, 30-Nov-18

China approves Coptersafety simulators

China approves Coptersafety simulators

Helicopter training service provider Coptersafety has received certificates issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China(CAAC) for its current Airbus H145 and two Leonardo AW139 full-flight simulators (FFS). According to CAAC’s evaluation, Coptersafety’s simulators comply with level D requirements of CCAR-60 (China Civil Aviation Regulations Part 60). Level D is the highest certification level. In practice, this means… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 26-Nov-18

Leonardo awarded contract for 22 of the new AW169M

Leonardo awarded contract for 22 of the new AW169M

Leonardo announced the signing of a contract with Italy’s Guardia di Finanza for 22 new generation AW169M twin engine helicopters. The contract, valued at 280 million euro, includes a comprehensive support and training package which could be further extended with optional services valued at an additional 100 million euro. Deliveries are expected to start in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Nov-18

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder buys an AW169

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder buys an AW169

A Leonardo AW169 has recently been sighted on a test flight near the factory in Milan in the colours of the Washington Redskins NFL team.  With the same stripes and the helmet logo on the tail, the scheme matches Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder’s two jets.  Under the company DSWA LLC, Snyder owns Bombardier Global Express… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Nov-18

Leonardo sells 15 AW139s into China, with 160 to follow

Leonardo sells 15 AW139s into China, with 160 to follow

Leonardo announced that Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Sino-US) of China has signed contracts for 15 AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The announcement was made during the China International Import Expo in Shanghai in the presence of the Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development, Labour and Social Policies Luigi Di Maio. The aircraft,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 09-Nov-18

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Kongsberg opens new transmission MRO facility for AW101 and NH90

Kongsberg opens new transmission MRO facility for AW101 and NH90

Leonardo congratulates Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace on the opening of its new AW101 and NH90 helicopter transmissions MRO and test facility in Kongsberg, Norway. The new facility will provide an in-country capability for the Norwegian AW101 and NH90 helicopter fleets as well as supporting other AW101 and NH90 helicopters throughout Scandinavia and for other international… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 05-Nov-18

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27-Oct-18 G-VSKP Leonardo AW169 Leicester, UK (5F)

Helicopter took off from Leicester City FC stadium and crashed shortly after in the adjacent car park.  Five fatalities named by police as Club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

27-Oct-18

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Life Flight Network AW119Kx passes 40,000 flight hours

Life Flight Network AW119Kx passes 40,000 flight hours

Leonardo announced at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Phoenix, Arizona that EMS operator Life Flight Network has logged over 40,000 flight hours with its fleet of 21 Leonardo AW119Kx helicopters. Life Flight Network is the largest air ambulance not-for-profit in the United States with a service area that includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-Oct-18

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LCI completes AW139 transition with Elitaliana

LCI completes AW139 transition with Elitaliana

Lease Corporation International (“LCI”), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has completed the transition of a Leonardo AW139 helicopter to enter service with Elitaliana S.r.l. (“Elitaliana”) in Italy. The helicopter, which is being converted for full emergency medical services (EMS) operations from Oil and Gas (O&G) operations, is the second of its type operated… Read more »

Source: LCI, 24-Oct-18

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Life Link III passes 15000 hours on AW119Kx fleet

Life Link III passes 15000 hours on AW119Kx fleet

Leonardo announced at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Phoenix, Arizona that EMS provider Life Link III has logged over 15,000 flight hours and transported over 8,000 patients with their fleet of 10 Leonardo AW119Kx helicopters. Operating eight helicopter bases in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Life Link III is the largest hospital-based non-profit consortium program in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Oct-18

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Leonardo at AMTC 2018

Leonardo at AMTC 2018

Leonardo is attending AMTC 2018 in Phoenix (22-24 October) illustrating a range of advanced capabilities in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service sector (HEMS). An AW119Kx single engine aircraft is on static display. This helicopter has been operated by the established Leonardo customer 7Bar for the University of State of New Mexico since 2015 and is… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Oct-18

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Leonardo congratulates the Royal Malaysian Navy on reaching a milestone

Leonardo congratulates the Royal Malaysian Navy on reaching a milestone

Leonardo congratulates the Royal Malaysian Navy’s 501 Squadron on reaching the milestone of 10,000 flight hours with their six Super Lynx helicopters. To mark the milestone Lorenzo Pariani, Leonardo’s Head of Region SE Asia, presented Vice Admiral Dato’ Pahlawan Hj Mohamad Adib bin Abdul Samad, Western Fleet Commander of the Royal Malaysian Navy, with a… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Oct-18

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HeliOffshore held the 2nd in a series of Human Hazard Analysis workshops

HeliOffshore held the 2nd in a series of Human Hazard Analysis workshops

HeliOffshore recently held the second in a series of Human Hazard Analysis (HHA) workshops intended to discover and devise ways to make the maintenance of helicopters safer by improving processes and the design of components. The workshop, which was held near Milan in Italy from 2-4th October, focused on Leonardo Helicopters’ AW139 aircraft. It brought together product… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 22-Oct-18

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Portuguese Air Force orders 5 AW119Kx

Portuguese Air Force orders 5 AW119Kx

Leonardo announced today that the Portuguese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the AW119Kx as its new multirole single engine helicopter to meet its future operational requirements. The Portuguese Air Force is set to take delivery of five aircraft with an option for a further two units. Deliveries are to start in late 2018 from… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Oct-18

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Leonardo expands helicopter maintenance and repair services in Europe

Leonardo expands helicopter maintenance and repair services in Europe

Leonardo is expanding support services for its growing customer base and helicopter fleet across Europe through two new agreements with regional partners, in line with the industrial plan. The Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Heliwork Services to carry out an AW109 series overhaul. Heliwork Services in Thruxton, Hampshire, UK, is an Authorized… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Oct-18

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Specialist Aviation Services ranked ‘Excellent’

Specialist Aviation Services ranked ‘Excellent’

Leonardo announced during an official ceremony held at Helitech in Amsterdam, that Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) has been appointed an Excellent Service Centre for the AW169 light intermediate and AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters in UK and Ireland. An established service centre for the AW169 and AW139 types in UK providing a range of support… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Oct-18

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Rotortrade paves the way for greater value in the pre-owned helicopter market

Rotortrade paves the way for greater value in the pre-owned helicopter market

Rotortrade delivers the first nose-to-tail Certified Pre-Owned helicopter to a private operator thanks to the successful partnership and collaboration between Rotortrade, Leonardo and Pratt & Whitney Canada. Rotortrade delivered a pre-owned AW109SP for private use in Europe last week. The helicopter featured warranty from Leonardo on the airframe, and was the first pre-owned helicopter to… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 16-Oct-18

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London Oxford Airport welcomes newest tenant

London Oxford Airport welcomes newest tenant

London Oxford Airport has welcomed The Children’s Air Ambulance and its Leonardo AW169 intensive care-equipped helicopter as a new tenant. Citing its convenient location, enabling the charity to work with its NHS partners across the south of the country, London Oxford Airport was determined as its ideal southern base. TCAA will from hereon in be… Read more »

Source: London Oxford Airport, 09-Oct-18

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Leonardo test pilot named Fellow by The Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Leonardo test pilot named Fellow by The Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Leonardo announced that test pilot Dan Wells has been named Fellow by The Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), an honor that recognizes Wells’ more than three decades of piloting and 7,200 flight hours.  The award was announced on Saturday, September 29 at SETP’s 62nd Annual Symposium & Banquet in Anaheim, California. An international organization… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 05-Oct-18

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Bristow Caribbean marks 30,000 hour milestone in AW139 fleet

Bristow Caribbean marks 30,000 hour milestone in AW139 fleet

Bristow Caribbean, based out of Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago, has recently marked the milestone of 30,000 hours on AW139 operations.  Manufacturer Leonardo provided the banner in the image below, which Bristow posted on social media.  No press release was issued. Bristow has seven AW139s currently registered in Trinidad & Tobago of which… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Oct-18

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CHC implements real-time HUMS

CHC implements real-time HUMS

CHC Helicopter, in collaboration with Leonardo and SKYTRAC, has completed testing and is introducing a real-time aircraft data solution on the AW139. The ground-breaking technology monitors over 500 Heliwise Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) indicators in real-time, alerts ground crew as soon as an in-flight exceedance is detected, and streamlines the HUMS and Flight… Read more »

Source: CHC, 01-Oct-18

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Bristow upgrades St Athan SAR base to AW189

Bristow upgrades St Athan SAR base to AW189

St Athan’s HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base has rung the changes with the arrival of two brand-new Leonardo AW189 helicopters, which flew into service for the first time yesterday. The new aircraft replace two smaller Leonardo AW139 aircraft, which have been a familiar sight in the skies above South Wales and North… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 28-Sep-18

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US Air Force selects the MH-139 based on Leonardo AW139

US Air Force selects the MH-139 based on Leonardo AW139

The United States Air Force (USAF) selected the MH-139, based on the Leonardo AW139 and offered by Boeing as prime contractor, to replace its fleet of UH-1N “Huey” helicopters. The programme awarded today is valued at $2.4 billion for up to 84 helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment. With initial operational capability expected by… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Sep-18

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Leonardo performs TH-119 avionics power

Leonardo performs TH-119 avionics power

Leonardo announced another major milestone in the certification process of the TH-119 single engine helicopter with the first ‘power on’ of the new Genesys Aerosystems avionics. The all new avionics and cockpit allowing unique IFR operations is being integrated at Leonardo Philadelphia facility, home to the AW119 single engine final assembly line for the US… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Sep-18

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Leonardo presents the AW109 Trekker

Leonardo presents the AW109 Trekker

Leonardo is presenting the AW109 Trekker at Land Forces 2018 as a fully commercial, off the shelf solution to the Australian Defence Force needs for Land 2097, Phase 4 Special Operations Rotary Wing Capability. The AW109 Trekker is readily deployable by C17 transport aircraft, requiring less than 30 minutes preparation for embarkation on the C17…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Sep-18

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NH90 Qatar contract now effective

NH90 Qatar contract now effective

Leonardo announces that it has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018, for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract. Leonardo acts as overall prime… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Aug-18

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ICON Aviation appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker in Brazil

ICON Aviation appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker in Brazil

Leonardo announced today that ICON Aviation has been appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter in Brazil. The announcement was made during an official ceremony at LABACE exhibition. The distribution agreement, which follows established charter services provided by ICON Aviation in the country with other AW109 variants and the AW139… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 16-Aug-18

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Leonardo reports sale of 93 helicopters for 2018

Leonardo reports sale of 93 helicopters for 2018

Leonardo informs that the number of Helicopter delivered from the beginning of the year to the 31st of July 2018 is equal to 93 units, up from 85 delivered in the first seven months of 2017.

Source: Leonardo, 06-Aug-18

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Aramco signs AW139 fleet renewal deal

Aramco signs AW139 fleet renewal deal

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, and Leonardo today announce they have been selected to renew the medium helicopter fleet of Aramco Overseas Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco (“Aramco”) – a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise. Leonardo and Milestone have signed a contract… Read more »

Source: Milestone, 02-Aug-18

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Leonardo collaborates with Politecnico di Milano on sustainable helicopter technologies

Leonardo collaborates with Politecnico di Milano on sustainable helicopter technologies

Helicopters will be an increasingly comfortable means of transport; by reducing noise and vibration inside the helicopter, pilot workload can be reduced, search and rescue tasks are easier and the quality of medical treatment in air ambulances is improved. It is the reason Leonardo and the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) are developing new technologies for… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Aug-18

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Sloane Helicopters opens up Irish corporate market with AW109 GrandNew sale

Sloane Helicopters opens up Irish corporate market with AW109 GrandNew sale

Leonardo and official distributor in UK Sloane Helicopters (Sloane) has announced that QME Mining Equipment Ltd (QME) of Ireland, a leading company in the supply of complete solutions to the Mining and Tunnelling industries worldwide, has signed a contract for an AW109 GrandNew helicopter. The aircraft will be used to perform VIP/corporate transport operations with delivery… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Jul-18

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Leonardo delivers AW119Kx to NYC Department of Environmental Protection Police

Leonardo delivers AW119Kx to NYC Department of Environmental Protection Police

Leonardo announced today that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police has taken delivery of its AW119Kx single engine helicopter during an official ceremony held at APSCON 2018 exhibition today. As the largest single source water supply in the United States, the New York City water supply system is protected on the ground… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Jul-18

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Leonardo and PGZ to collaborate on new AW249 combat helicopter

Leonardo and PGZ to collaborate on new AW249 combat helicopter

Leonardo and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. (PGZ) signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) that will see the two companies collaborate on the AW249, the only new combat helicopter currently being designed, aiming to meet the Polish Army’s requirement for a new combat helicopter. With this LoI, Leonardo and PGZ will explore collaboration in a number… Read more »

Source: Polish Armaments Group (PGZ), 12-Jul-18

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LCI Delivers 3rd EMS AW169 to Elitaliana

LCI Delivers 3rd EMS AW169 to Elitaliana

Lease Corporation International (“LCI”), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has today delivered a third new Leonardo AW169 helicopter to Elitaliana S.r.l. (“Elitaliana”) in Italy, fully equipped for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations. The helicopter enters service with Elitaliana on a long term operating lease from LCI, and joins two other AW169s delivered by… Read more »

Source: LCI, 11-Jul-18

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LCI expands into China with lease of three AW139s

LCI expands into China with lease of three AW139s

Lease Corporation International (“LCI”), the aviation division of the Libra Group, today announces its first helicopter lease in China with the placement of three new Leonardo AW139 aircraft with Shanghai Kingwing Aviation Co. (“Kingwing”), each configured for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations. This latest announcement reinforces LCI’s long-held strategy of curating a balanced and diverse… Read more »

Source: Lease Corporation International, 03-Jul-18

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Republic of Korea Navy launches tender for 12 helicopters

Republic of Korea Navy launches tender for 12 helicopters

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) of South Korea has recently launched a tender for 12 helicopters for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy). ROK Navy hopes to be operational by 2020 with the new helicopters. Proposals will be accepted until 28 September 2018. The candidates that are in the running for the $400… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Donaldson to develop AW169 IBF for Leonardo

Donaldson to develop AW169 IBF for Leonardo

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has signed an agreement with Leonardo to develop two new Inlet Barrier Filters (IBF) for the AW169 helicopter. After development and testing, the dry and oiled media IBFs will be approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an addition to the Type… Read more »

Source: Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, 20-Jun-18

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Sloane Helicopters wins Irish EMS contract with AW109

Sloane Helicopters wins Irish EMS contract with AW109

Ireland’s first community Air Ambulance will shortly be propelling its way to Ireland, after a contract signing this weekend. Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) – a charity dedicated to pre-hospital care – has signed a contract with UK based Sloane Helicopters. The helicopter will be operated by ICRR and is due in Ireland at the… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 14-Jun-18

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Swiss operator orders AW169

Swiss operator orders AW169

Leonardo announced that Mountain Flyers of Switzerland will operate an AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter, marking the entry of the new generation type into the Swiss VIP market – MountainFlyers.ch / LeonardoCompany.com. FNC IM; SIFI.MI • Mountain Flyers will operate an AW169 for heli-taxi services from Bern Airport; • Over 20 Leonardo VIP helicopters sold in Switzerland to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 08-Jun-18

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Leonardo wins Canadian SAR AW101 upgrade contract

Leonardo wins Canadian SAR AW101 upgrade contract

The Canadian military has announced that they have decided to move forward with their plans to upgrade their CH-149 Cormorants SAR helicopters with Leonardo. No official cost has been announced but has been estimated to be between $500 million and $1.5 billion.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jun-18

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First Leonardo AW101 Commando Merlin delivered to the Commando

First Leonardo AW101 Commando Merlin delivered to the Commando

Guto Bebb MP, Minister for Defence Procurement, announced the delivery of the first AW101 Commando Merlin Mk4 helicopter during a ceremony held at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton yesterday. The event marks a major milestone for Leonardo’s Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) contract to convert 25 former Royal Air Force Merlin helicopters to fully marinised… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-May-18

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Leonardo Congratulates Royal Canadian Air Force

Leonardo Congratulates Royal Canadian Air Force

Leonardo congratulates the Royal Canadian Air Force crew of search and rescue helicopter “Rescue 901” for winning this year’s Cormorant Trophy for the rescue of five crewmen forced to abandon a fishing vessel 250 km offshore in fierce weather and rough seas. The recipients from 103 Squadron at CFB Gander are:  Major Jim Pinhorn,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-May-18

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Leonardo and the Australian MOD sign agreement

Leonardo and the Australian MOD sign agreement

Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence have agreed to establish a helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility in Melbourne capable of servicing MRH Taipan, foreign NH90 and certain civil helicopter main gear boxes. Planned to be set up into an existing facility of Leonardo and to commence operation in mid-2020, the centre will employ… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 27-Apr-18

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Leonardo demonstrates its AW159 to Malaysian Armed Forces

Leonardo demonstrates its AW159 to Malaysian Armed Forces

Leonardo, with the support of the UK’s 847 Naval Air Squadron, presented its AW159 Wildcat helicopter to Malaysia’s Armed Forces at Royal Malaysian Navy Base Lumut and Leonardo Helicopters’ facility at Subang Airport, near Kuala Lumpur last week. The two AW159 Wildcats are part of the French Navy’s five month amphibious deployment, Exercise Jeanne d’Arc,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Apr-18

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Pakistan continues helicopter fleet renewal with order for additional AW139s

Pakistan continues helicopter fleet renewal with order for additional AW139s

Leonardo announced today that the Government of Pakistan will introduce into service an undisclosed number of additional AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform utility, passenger transport and emergency medical service operations across the nation. The helicopters will be delivered in early 2019. This latest fleet expansion is a further… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Apr-18

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CHC Introduces New Latin America Base at Bartolomeu Lisandro Airport

CHC Introduces New Latin America Base at Bartolomeu Lisandro Airport

CHC Group announced the inauguration and start of operations from its new base at Bartolomeu Lisandro Airport, Campos dos Goytacazes. The event was attended by executives from Shell, city hall, local press and the President of FIRJAN in the Campos region, Fernando Aguiar. The approximately 300m² facility will house Leonardo AW 139 aircraft and approximately… Read more »

Source: CHC, 09-Apr-18

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Leonardo adds Authorised Service Centre in Chile

Leonardo adds Authorised Service Centre in Chile

Leonardo announced today that Aerocardal Limitada has been appointed an Authorised Service Centre for its helicopters in Chile. The announcement was made during an official ceremony held at FIDAE 2018. Under the agreement, Aerocardal Limitada will provide comprehensive support and maintenance services from its base at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez international Airport, for Chilean owners… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Apr-18

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Chilean customers order AW119Kx and AW109 Trekker

Chilean customers order AW119Kx and AW109 Trekker

Leonardo announced today that two additional civil helicopters will be delivered to Chilean private operators by early 2019, adding to a fleet of more than 20 aircraft currently in service. The deliveries will mark the entry of the new AW109 Trekker light twin, in a utility configuration, into the Chilean market in 1Q2019 as well… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Apr-18

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Honeywell provides support to AW139 Leonardo fleets

Honeywell provides support to AW139 Leonardo fleets

Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) has confirmed Heliconia Group as an approved helicopter avionics dealership in North Africa. Now, owners of Leonardo Helicopters AW139 platforms equipped with Honeywell International Inc.’s technologies can service and upgrade their aircraft locally, without flying outside the African continent. With access to spares, repairs, modifications and upgrades in region, customers… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 19-Mar-18

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Leonardo boosts international growth

Leonardo boosts international growth

The Ministry of Defence of Qatar has announced a contract today for the purchase of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters. The deal was announced during the DIMDEX Exhibition in Doha in the presence of the Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti and Leonardo Chief Executive Officer Alessandro Profumo. The overall programme is valued… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 15-Mar-18

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Sloane Helicopters announced as new Penzance Heliport operator

Sloane Helicopters announced as new Penzance Heliport operator

Sloane Helicopters is one of the most respected operators in the UK and the family-owned business already enjoys strong Cornish connections Penzance Heliport Ltd will team with one of the UK’s leading helicopter companies to operate the new helicopter link between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. Flights between Penzance and the islands of Tresco… Read more »

Source: Penzance Heliport, 14-Mar-18

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Leonardo celebrates helicopter orders at Heli-Expo

Leonardo celebrates helicopter orders at Heli-Expo

Leonardo announced further combined orders for helicopters at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas today for a total of 17 aircraft valued at almost 140 million euro for several customers in various countries and for a range of commercial and public service applications. Contracts include a mix of AW119Kx single engine, AW109 GrandNew and AW109 Trekker light… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Mar-18

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Weststar signs AW139 fleet engine program with P&WC

Weststar signs AW139 fleet engine program with P&WC

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed a 13-year Fleet Management™ Program (FMP®) agreement with Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based Weststar Aviation Services that covers its fleet of 44 PT6C-67C engines that power 22 Leonardo AW139 helicopters. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The FMP includes tailored Main Base Parts kitting to allow for… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 04-Mar-18

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Leonardo announces delivery of 2 AW119Kx

Leonardo announces delivery of 2 AW119Kx

Leonardo announced today the delivery of two AW119Kx single engine helicopters to Akagera Aviation of Rwanda. The aircraft feature a customized convertible configuration for passenger transport or emergency medical service (EMS) depending on mission requirements. The two AW119Kx add to an AW109 GrandNew and an AW139 already operated by Akagera Aviation for transport and EMS… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Mar-18

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Chinese fleet grows stronger with orders for additional 26 helicopters

Chinese fleet grows stronger with orders for additional 26 helicopters

Leonardo announced today that Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Sino-US) of China has signed contracts for additional 26 helicopters, including 7 AW119Kx single engine, 15 AW109 Trekker light twins and 4 AW139 intermediate twins with deliveries expected to start this year through to 2019. The contracts are valued in excess of 120 million euro. The orders… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Mar-18

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SW-4 Solo Optionally Piloted Helicopter Performs First Flight without Safety Pilot

SW-4 Solo Optionally Piloted Helicopter Performs First Flight without Safety Pilot

  The aircraft flew for 45 minutes and all systems performed as expected with excellent controllability and handling qualities. Tests included, among others, remote engine start up and shut down with ground run, automatic take-off and landing, hovering OGE (Out of Ground Effect) and acceleration to forward flight, automatic way point navigation to and from… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Mar-18

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Leonardo introduces new training and flight operations services

Leonardo introduces new training and flight operations services

At Heli-Expo Leonardo is announcing a range of both new and further enhanced training and flight operation services aimed at a continued increase of safety, missions effectiveness and customer service quality. Leveraging its well established capability for the design of training devices including VIPT (Virtual Interactive Procedural Trainer), FTD (Flight Training Device) and FFS (Full… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Mar-18

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Rotortrade reports 2017 results

Rotortrade reports 2017 results

Rotortrade Services, a leading independent helicopter dealer and sole global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters announces record results for 2017 and several industry firsts. Rotortrade through its six offices and various partners around the world has reported the sale of 26 aircraft in 2017 with close to double the number of transactions made in over… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 28-Feb-18

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Waypoint & Leonardo announce new service offerings

Waypoint & Leonardo announce new service offerings

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced in partnership with Leonardo Company (“Leonardo”), the launch of a comprehensive maintenance and training services offering in support of Waypoint’s Medium Utility Helicopter (“MUH”) reconfiguration program. The Waypoint MUH, a utility re-configured AW139, leverages the performance capabilities of the AW139 platform… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 28-Feb-18

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Sloane Helicopters signs for AW109 Trekker and another GrandNew

Sloane Helicopters signs for AW109 Trekker and another GrandNew

Leonardo announced during an official ceremony held at Heli-Expo (Las Vegas) today the signing of a contract with Sloane Helicopters of the UK for the purchase of one GrandNew and one AW109 Trekker light twin engine. The aircraft are expected to be delivered over the period 2018/2019 under the framework of the Distributorship Agreement, further… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Feb-18

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Era to launch AW609 into US with two aircraft in 2020

Era to launch AW609 into US with two aircraft in 2020

Leonardo and Era Group (Era) have announced today the signing of a landmark agreement that would launch the AW609 into service in the US commercial market and demonstrate its capabilities on a wider scale. Building upon their previous efforts in helping to mature the design, development and supportability of the AW609, Era will take delivery… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 27-Feb-18

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SKYTRAC, Leonardo and CHC Collaborate

SKYTRAC, Leonardo and CHC Collaborate

Following successful trials with CHC Helicopter in 2017, Leonardo is collaborating with SKYTRAC to implement a next-stage Real-Time Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) onboard the AW139. CHC continues to lead system implementation and testing. The solution installs key data sets from Leonardo’s Heliwise HUMS analytics software on SKYTRAC’s ISAT-200A data acquisition unit and transceiver…. Read more »

Source: CHC, 27-Feb-18

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Lobo Leasing and Titan Helicopter Group Enter Into Lease Agreement

Lobo Leasing and Titan Helicopter Group Enter Into Lease Agreement

Lobo Leasing Limited, a leading world-wide helicopter leasing company based in Dublin, Ireland, are pleased to announce the completion of a helicopter leasing transaction with international operator Titan Helicopter Group (THG) for one offshore configured AW139 helicopter. The helicopter is being used by THG to provide crew change flights to offshore mining vessels located along… Read more »

Source: Titan Helicopter, 21-Feb-18

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Leonardo Withdraws Lawsuit

Leonardo Withdraws Lawsuit

Two years ago, AgustaWestland filed a lawsuit against the US Army after they decided to Lakota helicopters from another competitor, Airbus, without holding a competition. This year however, they have decided to withdraw their lawsuit. A Leonardo representative has commented that they are, “disappointed that there was no competition in this case,” reports Navy Times.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

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Bangladesh operator Bashundhara Airways orders five from Leonardo

Bangladesh operator Bashundhara Airways orders five from Leonardo

Leonardo is expanding its share of the growing Bangladeshi helicopter market with the announcement, during Singapore Air Show, of the upcoming delivery of five helicopters to Bashundhara Airways, comprising three AW109 Trekkers and two AW119Kx. The helicopters will be used for EMS, utility, law-enforcement, surveillance, VIP, corporate & passenger transport applications and are all scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2018… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 09-Feb-18

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Leonardo approves fifth Service Centre in Japan

Leonardo approves fifth Service Centre in Japan

Leonardo and Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation (SACC) of Japan announced the signing of a Service Centre Agreement to set up helicopter MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) capabilities in Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport. The agreement foresees the construction and completion of a new dedicated hangar in 2018, with operational readiness by spring 2019. The MRO centre… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Feb-18

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Bell and Leonardo to sponsor SMi’s Conference

Bell and Leonardo to sponsor SMi’s Conference

SMi’s Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2018 conference will return to Prague, Czech Republic for its third successful year on the 23rd and 24th May 2018. SMi are thrilled to welcome Bell Helicopters and Leonardo as GOLD Sponsors at this year’s event where they will both be exhibiting and speaking. Leonardo is a world… Read more »

Source: SMi Group, 29-Jan-18

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Héli-Union increases it’s AW139 fleet

Héli-Union increases it’s AW139 fleet

Héli-Union has just received one Leonardo AW139 helicopter to support its offshore helicopter operations in Africa. The market-leading intermediate twin-engine helicopter is leased from a renowned helicopter leasing company. The leased helicopter will operate on a new contract in Gabon, for offshore passenger crew change from Port Gentil Airport to the designated offshore base. “AW139… Read more »

Source: Héli-Union, 22-Jan-18

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Falcon looks at expansion by exhibiting at first Kuwait Aviation Show

Falcon looks at expansion by exhibiting at first Kuwait Aviation Show

Falcon Aviation, one of the UAE’s leading aviation companies specialising in business aviation services, charter and aircraft management, is participating at the inaugural Kuwait Aviation Show this week (17th to 20th January)  Stand B24.  It will  showcase an Embraer Legacy 600 and Leonardo AW169 helicopter in executive layout in the static display. Falcon Aviation is… Read more »

Source: Falcon Aviation Services, 18-Jan-18

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Falcon Aviation Services wins Kuwait offshore contract

Falcon Aviation Services wins Kuwait offshore contract

Falcon Aviation and Leonardo Helicopters partner for new helicopter offshore and onshore contract for Kuwait Oil Company Falcon Aviation, one of the UAE’s leading aviation company specialising in business aviation services, charter and aircraft management, confirmed today (17th January 2018) at the Kuwait Aviation Show that three new Leonardo AW169 helicopters (signed for at the… Read more »

Source: Falcon Aviation Services, 17-Jan-18

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First AW169 operational in Nordics goes live with Babcock

First AW169 operational in Nordics goes live with Babcock

Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance (BSAA) is pleased to announce that it has launched the very first state-of-the-art AW169 helicopter in active Emergency Medical Service (EMS) duty in the Nordics. The helicopter is operated on behalf of Region Jämtland Härjedalen and it replaces the AS365N2 “Dauphin” that the company has operated in the region since 2006. Shortly… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 17-Jan-18

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New AW109 and AW139 service centre at Milan Linate Airport

New AW109 and AW139 service centre at Milan Linate Airport

Leonardo, together with SEA Prime, has planned to open a new AW109 and AW139 maintenance facility at Linate Airport, Italy. This is part of Leonardo’s plan to provide support services around the world, reports Business Airport International.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-18

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