After several years spent flying in Aosta Valley with Helops (from 2004 till 2016) … this Agusta A119 Koala ( c/n 14044 ), registered I-ELOP, is currently operated from AVIO Srl out of Thiene Airport (VI). Thanks to Silvano ZAMPIERI for these very interesting images taken in August 2017.
During the last few days four new “historical” helicopters were displayed at Volandia.
After the departure from the Museum of the crashed relic of a Siai-Marchetti SM79, on display in a desertic environment, four new helicopters appeared (in the same environment). The first sight is not very nice, since they are in very poor conditions and also surrounded by relics.
Anyway we are now able to see one of the very few built Agusta-Bell AB102 (five in total) … serial number 001 (first prototype)
the only built Elicotteri Meridionali Agusta EMA 124 I-EMAF …
the prototype of the unique Agusta A115 I-AGUC …
… and the prototype of the unique Agusta A105 (two seats version).
Very sad day today … one Agusta A109AII registered N109W had a fatal crash north of Varese, while en route from Lugano (TI) to Caiolo (SO). More details will follow once available from online resources.
See also the below reported links from VareseNews and IlGiorno, two local web news sources: