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Heli-Austria is finalizing “FastFin” modifications to both AS350B3e Ecureuils OE-XAE and OE-XBE. This very interesting modification will improve flight carachteristcs of the helicopters … more detailed info are available directly at BLR Aerospace website (http://www.blraerospace.com/products/fastfin-for-airbus/). Thanks to Roy KNAUS for these “on-going maintenance” images from Heli-Austria hangars.

Leonardo Helicopters AW169 Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance SE-JSG … on delivery to Sweden. Freidrichshafen, April 2017.

Leonardo Helicopters AW169 Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance I-PTFQ [SE-JSG] … performing pre-delivery flights. March 2017.

LEONARDO PRESS RELEASE – 06 April 2017

PANAMA’S SENAN AW139 FLEET REACHES 5,000 FLIGHT HOUR MILESTONE.

  • Moretti: “This milestone further reinforces the strength of the relationship between Leonardo and the Republic of Panama”
  • Fleet of six AW139s supporting Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) for dual-use operations including rescue, medical evacuation, coastal patrolling
  • Additional two AW139s to join SENAN fleet in 2017

Leonardo announced today at LAAD in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that the fleet of six AgustaWestland AW139s operated by Panama’s Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) has achieved a 5,000 flight hour milestone.

This result has been achieved in less than four years since the first AW139 entered into service with SENAN in mid-2013. SENAN has benefited from Leonardo’s well-positioned service network in North and Central America, including support from a local service center in Panama, and spares support and comprehensive training solutions provided by Leonardo Helicopters’ Philadelphia facility.

“This milestone further reinforces the strength of the relationship between Leonardo and the Republic of Panama, as well as the high level of support provided to their fleet of government helicopters,” said Mauro Moretti, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Leonardo. “Additional deliveries of helicopters later this year will continue to build on the success of Leonardo in the Republic of Panama and are evidence of the solutions we can provide across all sectors to serve the country, its businesses, and its people.”

The current fleet of AW139s, configured for dual-use operations, has been routinely called upon to perform rescue missions, medical evacuations, and coastal patrolling. Two of the SENAN AW139s have recently deployed for further disaster relief efforts in Central America. An additional two AW139s fully configured for anti-smuggling and defense operations across Panama are expected to be delivered by the end of 2017.

SENAN also operates an EMS-configured GrandNew helicopter, noted for its ability to transport patients from remote locations with limited accessibility.

LEONARDO PRESS RELEASE – 06 April 2017

LEONARDO: AW169 HELICOPTER SELECTED BY THE ARGENTINE NATIONAL GENDARMERIE.

  • The operator will benefit from a customized configuration and the high versatility offered by the AW169
  • The AW169 will be delivered in the second half of 2017 for law enforcement and border patrol missions
  • Agreements for over 160 units including orders and options have been signed by customers worldwide to date

Leonardo announced today at the LAAD exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an order for an AgustaWestland AW169 by the Argentine National Gendarmerie in support of law enforcement and border patrol operations, expanding the presence of Leonardo in the highly competitive Argentinian government sector. Delivery of the AW169 to the Argentine National Gendarmerie is expected in the second half of 2017 and follows the first commercial AW169s to enter service in Argentina and Brazil, respectively.

Mauro Moretti, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Leonardo said “The selection of the new generation AW169 by such an important customer in Argentina provides further evidence of the competitiveness of the Company’s high quality, advanced technology solutions that are designed to meet the current and future requirements of prime operators in Latin America, particularly in the demanding security sector”.

The AW169 multi-role, multi-mission capabilities allow operators to leverage the aircraft’s unique assets forsurveillance, command, rescue and transport in support of a wide range of operations including public order and safety, crime control, counter terrorism, drug control and border security, and search and rescue. The Gendarmerie will operate an AW169 that features a night vision goggle (NVG) compatible cockpit, cabin roof hooks and wire strike equipment, and includes provisions for a cargo hook, external loudspeakers, rescue hoist, search light, fast roping and rappelling systems, and FLIR. This will allow the Gendarmerie to expand the scope of their missions in the future, as and when required.

LEONARDO PRESS RELEASE – 24 March 2017

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.

Article from: AVIATIONNEPAL.COM

Altitude Air to conduct demonstration flight with Koala helicopter.

March 24, 2017 – Kathmandu

Altitude Air, recently registered charter helicopter operator of Nepal has landed a Koala series helicopter at the eastern helipad of TIA yesterday. The Leonardo Helicopter/Augusta Westland Koala AW119 with registration N499SM of US landed at VNKT for Experimental and Demonstration Flight for the helicopter operator.

As been reported, the helicopter had landed TIA at 1:50 pm yesterday. The helicopter had arrived Kathmandu from Philadelphia, U.S.A via Lucknow, India.

Altitude Air plans to commence the experimental and demonstration flight to test the performance of the Koala series in Nepalese sky with the arrived helicopter.

According to a source, authorities of Altitude Air are currently working on with documentation procedure needed to be submitted to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal to commence the demonstration flight.

Altitude Air currently conducts its flight operation with an Airbus AS 350 B3e helicopter and plans to add two Koala series helicopter after the success of the demonstration flight. The heli-operator also aims to add additional Airbus AS 350 B3e helicopter to its fleet.

Photo courtesy Leonardo Helicopters.