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  • 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.

  • 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.

I-SRNT – DATA SHEET update

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AgustaWestland AW139 ( c/n 31588 ) I-SRNT
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AgustaWestland AW139 ( c/n 31588 ) I-SRNT
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AgustaWestland AW139 ( c/n 31588 ) I-SRNT

Here several new images of the Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia AgustaWestland AW139 I-SRNT … operating on behalf of AREU Regione Lombardia – Elisoccorso Milano. The images were taken during a rescue mission in Boffalora Ticino (MI), November 2019.

I-PEBZ – DATA SHEET update

Thanks to Davide PERNICI for these images of the Airbus Helicopters EC145T2 Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia I-PEBZ “Pelikan 1” … operating on behalf of 112 Elisoccorso Alto Adige at  Costalovara (BZ), October 2019.

HEMS 2019 – New Photo Report Page

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for his contribution in order to realize this new Photo Report Page with full coverage of the HEMS 2019 Event held at Massa Cinquale Airport during days 13 and 14 September 2019.

1000th AW139 Delivery Celebration Cerimony … Leonardo Helicopters Facility – Vergiate (VA), 20 September 2019

Now online the complete Photo Report Page of the 1000th AW139 Delivery Celebration Cerimony … held at Vergiate facility on date 20 September 2019. 115 new images available in a unique gallery to visit and enjoy.

HELI IMAGE OF THE DAY
Leonardo Helicopters AW169 ( c/n 69013 ) EI-FNT

Thanks to Daniel VERONESI for this image of the Leonardo AW169 EI-FNT operated from Elitaliana as “Pegaso 21” on behalf of ARES 118 Regione Lazio … Fonte di Papa (RM), June 2018.

COMUNICATO STAMPA AERONAUTICA MILITARE

AERONAUTICA: AL VIA IN UMBRIA ESERCITAZIONE INTERNAZIONALE DI SOCCORSO AEREO “GRIFONE 2019”

Sull’aeroporto di Foligno, dal 9 al 13 settembre, opereranno 13 velivoli e 27 squadre di ricerca e soccorso a terra

Si svolgerà dal 09 al 13 settembre 2019, nella provincia di Perugia (Umbria), la dodicesima edizione dell’esercitazione “Grifone”, la principale attività addestrativa dell’Aeronautica Militare nel campo della ricerca e soccorso aereo, in collaborazione con il Corpo Nazionale del Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico (CNSAS). All’edizione di quest’anno parteciperanno 13 velivoli e 27 squadre di ricerca e soccorso a terra appartenenti a Reparti di volo delle Forze Armate italiane, Corpi Armati dello Stato ed altri Enti ed Amministrazioni italiane e straniere che hanno aderito all’accordo internazionale SAR. Med. Occ. (Search And Rescue Mediterraneo Occidentale).

La “Grifone” è un’esercitazione internazionale, interforze ed interagenzia organizzata annualmente dall’Aeronautica Militare con l’obiettivo di proiettare la capacità di comando, controllo e coordinamento degli assetti impiegati, in prossimità del luogo in cui si è verificato un incidente aeronautico. In questo modo sarà possibile  mantenere sempre elevati gli standard nell’ambito delle attività di ricerca e soccorso sia diurne che notturne in ambiente montano ed impervio e verrà incrementata la conoscenza delle procedure comuni, sia in campo nazionale che internazionale, al fine di ottenere un impiego ottimale di tutte le forze disponibili.

Inoltre, quest’anno per il secondo anno, all’interno della “Grifone” prenderà parte l’esercitazione “Eleos”, incentrata sulla gestione post incidente aeronautico che vedrà interessato personale civile e militare dell’Aeronautica Militare, dell’Università degli Studi di Urbino, la Polizia di Stato e l’Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione Ambientale delle Marche (ARPAM).  In questo ambito l’addestramento si concentrerà sulla ricerca e recupero di materiali appositamente predisposti, sulla prevenzione infortuni, sulla protezione ambientale, sulle attività della polizia giudiziaria e sulla gestione dello stress.

All’edizione di quest’anno che si svolgerà presso l’aeroporto civile di Foligno in collaborazione con l’Aeroclub Foligno, parteciperanno assetti e personale dell’Aeronautica Militare, dell’Esercito Italiano, dei Carabinieri, della Guardia di Finanza, della Polizia di Stato, dei Vigili del Fuoco, del Corpo Ausiliario Infermiere Volontarie della Croce Rossa Italiana, del CNSAS, della Protezione Civile e Servizio Sanitario di Urgenza ed Emergenza 118 della provincia di Perugia.

E’ inoltre prevista la presenza di un elicottero AS-555 Fennec dell’Armée de l’Air (Francia), di un AS332 spagnolo e di un AS332 della Luftwaffe svizzera, nonché la partecipazione di osservatori stranieri tra cui Austria, Bosnia, Portogallo, Emirati Arabi Uniti, Serbia.