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Thanks to Cristian MAGRO for this image of the Aerospatiale AS350B2 Ecureuil Eliabruzzo I-ELBR … wearing a brand new paintjob. Trento Mattarello, October 2017.

Thanks to Stefano CULATTI for this image from the past … Aerospatiale AS350B2 Ecureuil Eliabruzzo I-ELBR, taking off from Imola F1 Race Circuit, May 2004.

PRESS RELEASE – Dubai, 13 November 2017

ABU DHABI AVIATION EXPANDS LEONARDO AW139 OFFSHORE HELICOPTER FLEET.

  • Order for two additional Leonardo AW139s with deliveries expected in 2017
  • Abu Dhabi Aviation already operates 15 AW139 helicopters
  • World best seller with over 1000 units ordered by 250 customers in 70 countries worldwide

Leonardo announced today that Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) has signed a contract for two additional AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The announcement was made during an official ceremony at the Dubai Air Show. The aircraft will be used to perform offshore transport mission with deliveries expected in 2017, further expanding ADA’s AW139 fleet which today accounts of 15 units in service primarily supporting the Oil & Gas industry. This latest order is part of an agreement for 15 helicopters including the AW139/AW169/AW189 types with deliveries through to 2019 announced at the end of 2015.

“Owning a fleet of ultra-fast aircraft and a state-of-the-art safety system has helped Abu Dhabi Aviation to drive its operations to the highest level of customer service,” said H.E. Nader Ahmed Al Hammadi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Aviation. “The services provided by Abu Dhabi Aviation are driven by customer’s needs. These helicopters are widely used in the UAE, the GCC and the Middle East. ADA’s AW139s benefit from the support solutions provided locally by AgustaWestland Aviation Services LLC, an Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) and Leonardo joint venture delivering thorough support and maintenance services in the region.”

“The company has recently expanded its fleet to cover its contractual obligations inside and outside the U.A.E. and to further its investment in the aviation industry.”

“Abu Dhabi Aviation Services are among the top services provided across the Middle East and the world, especially in the field of operation, maintenance and training.” He added.

With over 140 AW139s ordered in the Middle East, more than 60 of which by customers in UAE, this model has demonstrated extremely successful for a wide range of commercial and government roles across the region and has set new standards for offshore transport duties.

Abu Dhabi Aviation has established, in cooperation with Leonardo, a maintenance center under the name of AgustaWestland Aviation Serices L.L.C. to expand its scope of services and meet the growing needs of the helicopter fleet in the Middle East. Having almost completed the provision of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhauling as well as all relevant logistic services. The joint venture is poised to provide maintenance, repair and overhauling for a wide range of these helicopters’ components.

The Company also plans to provide specialized services to support the full range of the new generation AgustaWestland aircrafts in the region. Since its inception, late 2011 and reaching its full operational capacity in 2013, the company has taken huge steps towards providing an expanding range of full-fledged services and activities with plans to sell helicopter spare parts and accessories and carry out helicopter/ component repairs, overhauling, customization, modification and upgrading. Leonardo and Abu Dhabi Aviation have been able to unify their efforts thanks to the combination of their engineering and maintenance expertise and the local partner’s willingness to invest in the latest technologies.

The Company has already acquired the capabilities to provide support to the latest AgustaWestland aircrafts: AW169 and AW189 to operators in the region. Therefore AgustaWestland Aviation Services is expected to become one of the major support centers of the latest generation of AgustaWestland aircraft.

PRESS RELEASE – 13 November 2017

150th H145 delivered to Helicopter Travel Munich.

Donauwörth, 13 November 2017Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) recently took delivery of the 150th H145 built in Donauwörth. The German operator, whose fleet of aircraft also includes H125s and H135s, will use the H145 from January for offshore deployments over the North Sea. Prior to its entry into service at its base in Emden, the customer will fit the helicopter with a rescue winch and a floatation equipment.

The first H145 customer was the DRF, the German air rescue organisation, in July 2014. The largest H145 operator is the Babcock Group, which has a fleet of 27 H145 helicopters. The H145 is mainly used to fly air rescue missions and as a police helicopter. With over 30 aircraft in operation, Germany is the H145’s largest national market. Since 2014, H145s have flown a total of more than 80,000 flight hours. The entire H145-Family (H145, EC145 and BK117) has collected over 4,8 million flight hours with more than 1.400 helicopters delivered to this date.

One of the very first Agusta-Bell AB412SP produced in Italy … this helicopter, construction number 25602, was originally delivered to EliSud as I-LEMA during August 1989 … after very few years of duty in Southern Italy was returned to Agusta Factory and subsequently leased to Sweden Army as 11338 for approximately two years (1993-1994). After the lease in Sweden “25602” returned in Italy and was finally registered as I-MAGM. Always wearing the original EliSud color scheme was than bought by Elilario Italia and operated for several years on behalf of 118 Regione Lombardia – Elisoccorso Como. This helicopter was, for a long time, a very well known machine flying in our skies. With the arrival of the new AW139s within Elilario Italia (Inaer Italia) fleet, I-MAGM was used as a backup machine for a while, and, afterward, sold to Inaer Spain in the second half of 2008 as EC-KUV.

 This beautiful SNCA Sud-Est SE313B Alouette II ( c/n 1242 ) I-BLIM was originally built in France during the year 1957 and subsequently imported in Italy during May 1999. On date 8 November 2017 was cancelled again towards France … hopefully we will see this helicopter in air again soon.

Thanks to several contributors for the images inserted today into I-BEPP AgustaWestland AW139 data sheet … the helicopter is currently operated from Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia on behalf of AREU Regione Lombardia – Elisoccorso Milano.