All posts for the month February, 2020


Thanks to Andreas HOFFMANN for these first images of the Leonardo Helicopters AW169 D-HHPJ, delivered few days ago to Heli Service International Gmbh, wearing full N.H.V. color scheme … Emden Airport, February 2020.

I-DPRA – Heli image of the day

Thanks to Tiziano CAPENTI for this image of the AgustaWestland AW139 I-DPRA owned by Leonardo Spa … now wearing full Weststar Aviation color scheme. Venegono (VA), February 2020.


Thanks to Romain BAHEU for these great images of the Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuil EC-MXN operated by Elitellina … at Courchevel Altiport, February 2020.

I-WOOD – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

Thanks to Marco TUFARELLI for this image of the factory new Airgreen‘s Leonardo AW139, now registered as I-WOOD, while performing maintenance test flights in Vergiate [as I-EASM] earlier in December 2019.

I-IDIO – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI and Tiziano CAPENTI for the images of the factory new Leonardo AW169, currently registered as I-IDIO, pictured during maintenance test flights earlier in November 2019 as I-EASI. This is the very first “corporate” AW169 delivered to an Italian operator so far.

HAI Heli-Expo 2020

The annual HAI Heli-Expo 2020 Event is over …. lots of new Press Releases and new helicopters on display at Anaheim, CA.

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI & Gianfilippo COLASANTO for their contribution in order to realize this exhaustive Photo Report Page with full coverage of the exposition … 225 images to enjoy.

HAI Heli-Expo 2020

PRESS RELEASE – 30 January 2020

Alternate Gross Weight available for the latest version of the H135 family of helicopters.

Airbus Helicopters has announced a new Alternate GrossWeight (AGW) available on the latest version of the H135 family of helicopters. H135 helicopters with the new alternate gross weight benefit from a 120kg (265 lb) increased take-off weight and useful load. This increase can also be used to extend the range by up to 75nm or the endurance by up to 40 minutes under standard conditions.

The new AGW will becertified by EASA and FAA in 2020 and can be retrofitted on all H135s with Helionix. The best-in-class Direct Operational Cost (DOC) and Direct Maintenance Costs (DMC) of the H135 are maintained under the new AGW, with no reduction of part lifetimes or additional inspections. The new AGW will apply for visual and instrument flight rules (VFR and IFR).

To date, more than 1,300 helicopters of the H135 family are in operation around the globewith more than five million flight hours. More than 300 customers in 60 countries use helicopters from the H135 family for a wide range of missions including Emergency Medical Services (EMS), law enforcement, corporate transport, offshore wind and military training.

HAI Heli-Expo 2020

PRESS RELEASE – 28 January 2020

The U.S. agency will use the aircraft for security during rocket launches, emergency medical services and qualified personnel transport.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has placed an order for three H135 helicopters, marking the first-ever partnership between the U.S. space program and Airbus Helicopters.

The order was announced today at the Airbusbooth at the Heli Expo Trade show in Anaheim, California. TheH135s will be operated out of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a variety of missions, including rocket launches, security, emergency medical services, and passenger transport.

Two of the helicopters are scheduled for delivery later this summer, with a third planned for early 2021. “NASA chose the H135 because Airbus was able to meet all the NASA mission requirements which include personnel movements, airborne law enforcement roles, aerial firefighting, weapons training, and overwater operations,”said Dave Ramsey, NASA’s Chief of Flight Operations at the Kennedy Space Center. “The H135 provides a modernized airframe that performs well in the Florida environment and will serve to protect NASA assets and personnel for years to come.”

As part of a fleet replacement initiative, NASA will acquire the aircraft through Davenport Aviation, an SBA-certified woman-owned small business and HUB Zone contractor specializing in the supply of aerospace equipment to federal, state and local government agencies. “These new helicopters will help support NASA and the men and women who advance space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research,” said Romain Trapp, President of Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Head of the North America region. “We look forward to partnering with NASA to provide them with the best products and services to complete their important mission.”

The H135 is the market leader among light twin-engine helicopters, known for its endurance, reliability and versatility. It boasts the Airbus-developed Helionix avionics suite designed by pilots specifically for helicopters. The H135’s advanced cockpit improves pilots’ situational awareness, and the high-set main rotor and Fenestron shrouded tail rotor enhance operational safety. Globally ,the H135 operates in more than 60 countries and has flown more than 5million flight hours.

ASN NEWS: 11 February 2020.

In the morning, during a training mission, the Agusta-Bell AB206B JetRanger III helicopter registered VF-19 [VFAE], of the Vigili del Fuoco Helicopter Unit [Italian National Fire Brigade] stationed at the unit “Girolamo Moscardini” of Frosinone, made a heavy landing in a field in the municipality of Anagni in, locality Radicina.
No injuries were reported.

Direct link to the Online Report Page at ASN Website >

I-ARIC – Heli image of the day

Thanks to Bruno SALA for this new image of the Aerospatiale AS350BA Ecureuil I-ARIC operated from Ariane Srl … resting in the beautiful environment of Lago Palu’, Chiesa Valmalenco (SO), February 2020.