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HB-XWD – Helicopter History

Here two images of the Agusta A109K2 HB-XWD operated by Rega from Locarno Magadino (TI) base during July 2003. The helicopter was retired from service in Switzerland few years later, replaced by the newer A109SP, and, in April 2010, sold to Air Transport Europe in Slovakia, where she is still flying as OM-ATJ.

  • Contract for four AW139s with deliveries starting in Q3 2020
  • Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said, “The safety of our Miami-Dade Fire Rescue operations team and the well-being of the residents we serve is our greatest priority. For those reasons, the crashworthiness standards of the top-ranked Leonardo helicopters were a key factor in our County’s decision to award this contract. In addition, the purchase price, training services and support we will receive during the transition to these world-class aircraft were also strong considerations”
  • Celebrating its 1000th delivery in September, the AW139 is the most successful global helicopter program in the last 15 years

PRESS RELEASE – Philadelphia, 2 December 2019

Leonardo announced that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) signed a contract for four AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters.

The aircraft will be used to perform a range of missionsprimarily fire suppression, emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR)—and will have special equipment including a cargo hook, rescue hoist and Bambi bucket. The first helicopter is expected to be delivered from Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility in Q3 2020. A comprehensive 5-year support, maintenance and training package will be provided with the possibility of a further extension to a total of 15 years. “The safety of our Miami-Dade Fire Rescue operations team and the well-being of the residents we serve is our greatest priority. For those reasons, the crashworthiness standards of the topranked Leonardo helicopters were a key factor in our County’s decision to award this contract,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “In addition, the purchase price, training services and support we will receive during the transition to these world-class aircraft were also strong considerations.” Located along the southeast tip of the Florida peninsula, Miami-Dade is the most populous county in the state. It encompasses more than 2,000 square miles with one-third of the county located in Everglades National Park. Because of the scope of its operations, Miami-Dade Air Rescue is frequently requested to provide mutual aid support to neighboring counties including Monroe, Collier, Broward and Lee. Celebrating its 1000th delivery in September, the AW139 is the most successful global helicopter program in the last 15 years.

With more than 280 operators in over 70 countries to date, the AW139 saves lives every day and guarantees safety in every corner of the world. In the United States, the AW139 counts as customers the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), New Jersey and Maryland States Police Departments, among many others, while the US Air Force (USAF) will introduce the AW139-based Boeing MH-139 to replace the UH-1N fleet. The AW139 is widely used across many countries worldwide for firefighting, rescue and law enforcement duties including Italy, UK, Japan, South Korea and Australia, to name a few.

ZK-ITR – Heli WALLPAPERS

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for this image of the Agusta A109E Power ZK-ITR operated by Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust from New Plymouth base. This A109E was previously operated in Italy for several years as I-PAXE from Elilombarda, Helops and Freeair.

DU-202 – WORLD ROTORS update

Thanks to Marco MESSALLA for this image of the Leonardo AW139 DU-202 operated from Dubai Police [the new AW139s replaced the previously operated Agusta A109K2s] … on display during Dubai Airshow 2019 Event at Dubai World Central Airport, November 2019.

  • Delivery expected by year end to support expansion of Oil&Gas operations in Eastern Mediterranean Sea
  • Over the last ten years Petroleum Air Services’ AW139 fleet has safely carried more than 95,000 passengers logging in excess of 12,900FH
  • More than 1100 AW139s ordered by customers worldwide, over 1000 delivered and more than 2.5 million FH amassed to date

PRESS RELEASE – Dubai, 18 November 2019

Leonardo announced today that Petroleum Air Services of Egypt will add a sixth AW139 intermediate twin helicopter to its fleet by year end.

The aircraft will be used to perform offshore transport operations in Egypt. Leading operator Petroleum Air Services has been deploying AW139 helicopters in support of the Oil&Gas industry in the country since 2009. Since then over 12,900 flight hours have been logged and more than 95,000 passengers have been safely carried. The AW139 has proven a key asset for Petroleum Air Services, able to meet the most stringent requirements of OGP customers and perfectly suited for deep water operations. With the addition of its sixth AW139, Petroleum Air Services will be able to further support expansion plans for future offshore transport activities and exploration in the Eastern area of the Mediterranean Sea. These require high safety standards, advanced avionics, high speed and excellent overall performance, with the AW139 delivering unmatched capabilities in all those aspects. The AW139 set new standards in the market in terms of flight and mission technology, cabin space and comfort, performance, safety and reliability as well as introducing advanced support, maintenance and training services. The AW139 is exceeding the evolving Oil&Gas market’s stringent requirements with unique features including, among other unique capabilities, a 60+ minutes run dry capable main gear box. More than 1100 AW139s have been ordered by over 280 customers in more than 70 nations to date for any kind of mission. The global fleet has amassed over 2.5 million flight hours with over 1000 aircraft delivered.

  • Contracts include three AW139s and two AW169s with deliveries in 2020 joining 16 AW139s already in service
  • The signing marks the first order for the AW169 by Abu Dhabi Aviation
  • Over 200 AW169s ordered by customers worldwide to date

PRESS RELEASE – Dubai, 18 November 2019

Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA), the largest commercial helicopter operator in MENA and Leonardo announced today, during an official ceremony at the Dubai Air Show, the signing of contracts for 5 helicopters including three intermediate AW139s and two light-intermediate AW169s.

The aircrafts are scheduled for delivery in 2020. The agreement, which represents ADA’s first order for the AW169 helicopters, will expand ADA’s fleet of Leonardo helicopters which already incorporates 16 intermediate AW139 helicopters, primarily supporting the oil and gas industry. These latest orders are part of an agreement for 15 helicopters including the AW139/AW169/AW189 types announced at the end of 2015. Like the AW139s, also the AW169s will 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. Operating both the AW139 and AW169 ADA will also add to the range of customers worldwide who are benefitting from the unique advantages of the AW Family of new generation helicopter models.

Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo CEO, said: “We’re honoured our long established leading partner Abu Dhabi Aviation has now decided to add the AW169 to their fleet, confirming their trust in our technology to provide a major contribution to their future success.” “This agreement has come to support the oil and gas industry inside and outside the UAE and to satisfy the transport, air-ambulance and other needs. It is in line with the Company’s strategy to expand its fleet of new generation aircraft in order to meet its customers’ needs, in light of the expected high demand in 2020″ said H.E. Nader Ahmed Al Hammadi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Aviation.

N861AH – Heli image of the day

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

F-HSBP – DATA SHEET update

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