Two new Airbus Helicopters H125s were registered in May 2019 as I-MLTZ and I-MLTY, both will be operated from HeliXcom Srl out of their base in Caltanissetta (CL). Here two images of the freshly painted helicopters already wearing the new Italian markings.
Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI, Davide OLIVATI and Tiziano CAPENTI for these images of the factory new Leonardo Helicopters AW109SP GrandNew ( c/n 22397 ) I-ERPA … wearing this unique grey camo livery. The helicopter was delivered at the end of May and pictured in Verona Boscomantico and at Mugello Race Circuit Helipad during the recent MotoGP 2019 event.
Thanks to Gianfilippo COLASANTO for this image of the Eurocopter AS355NP Ecureuil 2 M-REEM [ex I-ERPI] now registered to Kingdom 5-KR-267 Ltd, Cayman Islands, pictured at Caiolo (SO), May 2019.
Thanks to Elicompany for these first images of the factory new Bell B505 Jet Ranger X 2019 I-ECJX [ex C-GIRI]. The helicopter flew from Antwerpen to Budrione di Carpi, at the end of May, completing the European delivery leg.
After almost 12 years the Eurocopter AS355NP Ecureuil 2 ( c/n 5749 ) I-ERPI was cancelled from the Italian Register and exported towards the Isle of Man as M-REEM in May 2019.
Thanks to BABYLO for this image of the new Airbus Helicopters H125 [AS350B3e] I-MGCM operated by Helica Srl … now ready to receive a fresh paintjob at BABYLO facility, Caiolo Airfield (SO), May 2019.
Thanks to Alfonso RICCI for this new image of the first “Cadet” registered and operated in Italy. This Robinson R44 Cadet was registered as I-LIDH, earlier in December 2018, and is currently operated by Alidaunia Srl from the mainbase at Foggia Heliport.
Leonardo: Italy’s National Fire Corps receives first two AW139 helicopters, the backbone of the Country’s rescue and emergency response services.
- The helicopters will carry out search and medical rescue, firefighting and disaster relief with enhanced operational effectiveness from all national bases. The first AW139 of the National Fire Corps is now entering service.
- Replacing the AB412 fleet in the next few years, the AW139 has also been chosen by the Italian Air Force, Guardia di Finanza, State Police, Coast Guard and many EMS operators
- The new helicopters feature latest generation avionics and sensors and firefighting and rescue equipment for operations in all conditions
Rome, 18 April, 2019 – With the delivery of the first two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters, Leonardo and the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco, part of the Ministry of the Interior) announced a major step forward in strengthening their collaboration delivering advanced, more effective emergency response services in Italy. The event, celebrated during an official ceremony held at Leonardo’s Vergiate facility today in the presence of Government representatives and local authorities. The introduction of the AW139 marks a major enhancement of airborne multirole capabilities with the world’s most modern helicopter for maritime and mountain Search and Rescue (SAR), medical rescue, firefighting and disaster relief duties.
Over 816,000 rescues and sorties are performed every year countering fires across Europe, including many in Italy, and the AW139s, planned to progressively replace the Italian National Fire Corps AB412s which have been in service for decades, will guarantee optimimal coverage and an even more rapid responsiveness across the country. The Italian National Fire Corps will receive a third AW139 this year under the €45 million contract signed in 2018. The contract also includes integrated logistic support and training for pilots and technicians, and encompasses an option for 12 additional helicopters. The first two helicopters will be based in Rome Ciampino for National Fire Corps personnel training.
The backbone of the Country’s rescue services, the AW139 is also in service with the Italy’s Guardia di Finanza, State Police, Coast Guard and Air Force. The National Fire Corps AW139s feature a wide range of mission equipment, including an external rescue hoist, cargo hook with bambi bucket provision, weather radar, multi-band and satellite communication systems, high definition Forward Looking Infra-Red / Low Light TV (FLIR/LLTV) system, Leonardo’s high definition mission console with digital recorder, high definition down link, Leonardo’s Optical Proximity LiDAR System (OPLS), Night Vision Goggle (NVG) capability, new generation Trakka searchlight, emergency floatation system and external life rafts, external loudspeaker, medical rack and bubble windows.
Here some images of the McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company MD520N I-BLAK operated by Eli Alpi Helicopters Service … few years ago on display in Rivanazzano (PV), May 2006.
Thanks to Antonio PAVIN for this first image of the Eurocopter EC135T2+ I-HELG operated by Heliwest … still wearing the original Bond Helicopters overall red paint scheme at Torino Caselle Airport, March 2019