• By 2024 Guardia di Finanza will have 22 AW169Ms thanks to the contract worth 280 million euros signed at the end of 2018
  • The helicopters will be used for maritime patrol, land reconnaissance and mountain rescue missions, alongside a fleet of 14 AW139s
  • There are more than 90 operative AW169s worldwide, the orders are more than 200 for over 80 customers in 30 different countries to date

PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 14 November 2019

Leonardo has delivered the first of 22 latest-generation AW169M light intermediate twin-engine helicopters for Italy’s Guardia di Finanza.

The handover event was held at Leonardo’s Vergiate plant on 12 November. The initial delivery is linked to a contract worth 280 million euros, which was signed at the end of 2018, it also includes a complete support and training package that could be extended in the future for further services with an additional value of 100 million euros. The AW169Ms will be used for various tasks including: maritime police/patrol, homeland customs security, law enforcement, rescue and other security duties. The delivery of all aircraft is expected to be completed by 2024, complementing a fleet of 14 AW139 intermediate twin helicopters.

The AW169M represents the government variant of the AW169, the future generation helicopter programme developed by Leonardo, equipped with state-of-the-art on-board technologies. To date there are more than 90 operative AW169s worldwide, orders for the helicopter exceed 200 units, from more than 80 customers in 30 different countries. In Italy the AW169 has already proven extremely successful among various operators for EMS duties across the country. There are also various applications for which this helicopter is used particularly VIP-corporate transport, search and rescue activities, government and law enforcement services.

The AW169M obtained the military certification by ARMAEREO (Italian Directorate Air Armaments) in September 2019. The aircraft of Guardia di Finanza will feature a dedicated configuration including: a rescue hoist, an emergency floatation system and life rafts, wire cutters, TCAS II (Traffic Collision Avoidance System), a NVG (Night Vision Goggle) compatible cockpit, HTAWS (Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System), an advanced communication system, OPLS (Obstacle Proximity Lidar System), advanced HUMS (Health Usage Monitoring System), AFCS (Automatic Flight Control System) with SAR modes, a searchlight, an ice detector, fast roping, satcom, and provisions for a hyperspectral detection and reconnaissance system. The helicopters will be also fitted with a range of Leonardo systems such as a RW ATOS (Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance) system with an advanced operator console, Gabbiano radar, LEOSS (Long Range Electro-Optical Surveillance System), M428 IFF transponder, V/UHF radio systems cockpit panels and lighting.

I-LIDI – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

ITALIAN HELICOPTER REGISTER NEWS
Leonardo Helicopters AW169 ( c/n 69063 ) I-LIDI
ITALIAN HELICOPTER REGISTER NEWS
Leonardo Helicopters AW169 ( c/n 69063 ) I-LIDI

Thanks to Michele MASTASCUSA for these first images of the second Leonardo AW169 operated by Alidaunia as I-LIDI … resting at San Giovanni Rotondo (FG) Helipad, November 2019.

N861AH – Heli image of the day

HELI IMAGE OF THE DAY
Leonardo Helicopters AW139 ( c/n 31867 ) N861AH
WORLD ROTORS
Leonardo Helicopters AW139 ( c/n 31867 ) N861AH

Saudi Aramco‘s latest delivered Leonardo Helicopters AW139 N861AH … starting her long journey to Saudi Arabia from a very busy General Aviation Apron in Milan Malpensa, October 2019.

  • Sixth AW109 GrandNew to join Intermountain Healthcare’s expanding fleet
  • Intermountain Healthcare’s Life Flight air ambulance program is the only civilianoperated air ambulance service in the U.S. to operate an FAA-approved external load hoist rescue operation
  • Over 390 AW109 Grand/GrandNews sold in more than 40 countries to over 240 customers

PRESS RELEASE – Atlanta, 6 November 2019

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 operates five AW109 GrandNews and one AW109K2 light twin. Intermountain Life Flight is the only IFR EMS operator in Utah with its own low level IFR infrastructure and proprietary heliport approach procedures.

As part of the Intermountain’s not-for-profit health system, Intermountain Life Flight makes 4,000 transports annually and operates seven bases at hospitals across the state providing specialized services including High Risk OB, Complex Cardiac Care and Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump. As the leading air service in the Intermountain West, Intermountain Life Flight is the only civilian-operated air ambulance service in the U.S. to have an FAA-approved external load hoist rescue operation, which can be used for mountain hoist rescue operations in mild weather. Intermountain Life Flight began service on July 5, 1978 as the nation’s seventh air medical program. During the past 40 years, Intermountain Life Flight has transported more than 108,000 patients, flown over 15 million miles, and completed more than 400 hoist rescues.

I-SRNT – DATA SHEET update

ITALIAN ROTORS
AgustaWestland AW139 ( c/n 31588 ) I-SRNT
ITALIAN ROTORS
AgustaWestland AW139 ( c/n 31588 ) I-SRNT
ITALIAN ROTORS
AgustaWestland AW139 ( c/n 31588 ) I-SRNT

Here several new images of the Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia AgustaWestland AW139 I-SRNT … operating on behalf of AREU Regione Lombardia – Elisoccorso Milano. The images were taken during a rescue mission in Boffalora Ticino (MI), November 2019.

F-HSBP – DATA SHEET update

WORLD ROTORS
Leonardo Helicopters AW139 ( c/n 31865 ) F-HSBP
WORLD ROTORS
Leonardo Helicopters AW139 ( c/n 31865 ) F-HSBP

Thanks to Frank COHEN for these images of the new French Leonardo Helicopters AW139 F-HSBP operated by SCAR Sarl … at Paris Issy les Molineaux Heliport, October 2019.

I-CAMA – Helicopter History

HELICOPTER HISTORY
SEASONED HELI IMAGES
Agusta A109A ( c/n 7139 ) I-CAMA

Thanks to Piero ALBISINO for this image of the Agusta A109A I-CAMA operated by Camasud … taking off from Venegono (VA), July 1983. This helicopter flew in Italy for very few years, from 1982 till 1985 … when was cancelled towards Sweden as SE-HGM and, later on, to Germany as D-HMOD.

CSX81968 / CC-01 – Italian Rotors

ITALIAN ROTORS
Leonardo Helicopters AW139 ( c/n 31880 ) CSX81968 / CC-01

Thanks to Tiziano CAPENTI for this image of the first Carabinieri‘s AW139 CSX81968 / CC-01 … performing pre-delivery maintenance flights in Venegono (VA), October 2019.

One day with … Elicompany. Budrione di Carpi (MO), 1 July 2018

One day with … Elicompany. Budrione di Carpi (MO), 1 July 2018

Another complete Photo Report Page is now online … following the first official demo display of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X in Italy. the Event was held at Elicompany‘s mainbase in Budrione di Carpi (MO), on date 1 July 2018. Enjoy the complete report.