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  • One year on from the start of InnovationHub, many projects and studies have been initiated in Leonardo’s business sectors
  • Particular attention has been paid to the development of joint initiatives as part of major European programmes: from Horizon 2020 to CleanSky 2
  • Noise and vibration reducing technologies have been developed to improve comfort in helicopter cockpits
  • Projects to tackle ice formation are underway to improve flight safety, as well as innovative studies on aerostructures, flight mechanics and software engineering
  • In the space field, projects have been initiated on sensors and control systems for microsatellite constellations and technologies for the identification and capture of space debris
One year on from the start of InnovationHub, the joint project between the Polytechnic University of Milan andLeonardo, created with the aim of promoting cooperation in research, development and innovation, numerous projects relating to Leonardo’s business areas are underway, concerning most of the company’s divisions.
For Leonardo, this partnership represents an important collaboration to promote and pave the way forinteractions between the university and business worlds, to create joint observers of technological development, to define and encourage adequate knowledge transfer, and finally to increase the employability of university students through the development of skills which respond to the real needs of the business world.
For the Polytechnic University of Milan, acting in concert with industry has always been a priority. Such alliances reinforce the University’s role in society as a technical-scientific hub with an international vision. For the University, this partnership with Leonardo is an important next step in bringing together the latest technology with university and industrial policies.
During this year, special attention was paid to joint initiatives in relation to the major European programme for aeronautics research, Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, which includes CleanSky 2, whose objective is to develop cutting-edge technology aimed at significantly reducing the noise and environmental impact of airplanes and helicopters, and air transport in general.
Among the topics developed as part of the agreement, dominated by solutions relating to flight safety and comfort, it is worth noting the project aimed at identifying systems to reduce vibrations within helicopter cockpits, at reducing internal noise and as a result improving the liveability of the spaces, as well as the noise heard from outside the aircraft, a study that will also be extended to regional turboprop aircraft. From a safety point of view, projects were launched to look for solutions to tackle ice formation on aerostructures, one of the most pressing challenges for flight safety. In order to replace the current systems, which mainly use the power generated by engines, low energy consumption technological solutions are being explored, including hydrophobic coatings, vibrator and ultrasonic systems, or enhancement of the predictive power of localisation of the critical areas for ice formation. Further research was initiated on flight mechanics, aerostructures, and software engineering, while in the space field, sensors and control systems for microsatellite constellations are undergoing development, as well as technologies for the identification and capture of space debris.
As well as the technological development goals which are of specific interest to Leonardo’s divisions, the partnership agreement between the two organizations is aimed at ensuring the growth in human resources skills in a strategic sector for the country, such as aerospace.


Two successful characters for a two-week demo tour in Nepal: the Leonardo AW119Kx helicopter and Simone Moro, the only alpinist in history to have reached four 8,000 meters peaks in winter. The goal of the demo tour is to demonstrate the operational capabilities of the AW119Kx at 24,000 feet, in order to carry out helicopter rescue missions at hitherto unimaginable altitudes.

The demo tour will consist in two parts: during the first week, to test some features of the AW119Kx, passenger transport missions will be simulated starting from Nepal’s capital, Katmandu (4200ft), to several base camps in the surroundings, but at higher altitudes. During this phase, it will also be possible for some potential clients to participate in such missions and test the helicopter capability. The second week will be dedicated to high-altitude aerial work activities, including several tests for the transport of materials with the cargo hook.

Fonte: 22 Marzo 2017

La Guardia costiera manda in pensione gli elicotteri AB412.

Quasi un quarto di secolo di preziosa attività, tra salvataggi e vigilanza sulla pesca.

Val di Magra – Il prossimo 30 marzo, presso la Base aeromobili di Sarzana, si terrà una cerimonia per celebrare la dismissione della linea elicotteri AB412CP della Guardia Costiera, dopo 24 anni di onorato servizio.

Linea elicotteri che, dal 16 aprile del 1993, con all’attivo 25.094 ore di volo, ha consentito al Corpo delle Capitanerie di porto – Guardia Costiera di adempiere, ancor più efficacemente, a quanto la legge gli attribuisce per competenza, in materia di ricerca e salvataggio della vita umana in mare (soccorrendo e salvando 132 persone), di sicurezza della navigazione, del traffico e del trasporto marittimo e di tutela e vigilanza sulle attività di pesca. Sarà una cerimonia formale, con interventi da parte del Comandante della Base Aeromobili del Corpo delle Capitanerie di Porto, Capitano di Vascello Paolo Cafaro, del Comandante della 1^Sezione Volo Elicotteri della Guardia Costiera, Capitano di Fregata Domenico Lisa, dell’Italian Government Business Unit della Leonardo S.p.A., Ing. Luigi Cereti, e del Direttore Marittimo della Liguria, Ammiraglio Isp. Giovanni Pettorino, e alla quale saranno presenti Autorità e personale che ha avuto un ruolo determinante nello sviluppo di un elicottero così importante per il Corpo delle Capitanerie di Porto – Guardia Costiera.
Sarà effettuato anche un suggestivo display aereo a rappresentare il passaggio di testimone tra il passato e il futuro della componente elicotteristica del corpo, rappresentato dalla linea AW139.

Good-Bye BK117 …

The MBB/Kawasaki BK117 (later Eurocopter BK117) helicopter type was in service in Italy since 1989 flying with several operators such as Elilombarda, Aeroveneta, Croce Alata, Avioriprese Jet Executive, Elilario, Alidaunia, Helitalia and Inaer Aviation Italia … but, after 28 years since the first one was registered, the last airworthy BK117 (I-DENI) was cancelled from the Italian Register on date 13 March 2017, heading north back to Airbus factory in Germany.