Some new images just added to the AgustaWestland AW139 I-HECO data sheet page … here two samples related to “Horus 3” … operated on behalf of AREU Regione Lombardia – Elisoccorso Como. The first one, thanks to Gianluca GALLI, pictured while taking off from Cirimido (CO) in May 2019 and the second one, thanks to Marco BIANCHI, getting ready at Legnano Hospital Helipad in September 2018.
Thanks to Andreas HOFFMANN and Christoph BRAUN for these new images of the AgustaWestland AW139 registered D-HHXH … operated earlier by Heli-Service Gmbh and lately by Wiking Helicopter Service.
Thanks to Graeme LOVELL for these new images of the AgustaWestland AW109E Power G-SHLS … operated by Sloane Helicopters on behalf of IRCC and soon into active service at Cork, Eire. Sywell, January 2019.
Thanks to Tiziana SPINA for this very nice image of the latest Airgreen’s Leonardo Helicopters AW139 I-OLBI … operating on behalf of AREUS 118 Regione Sardegna. Taking off from Nuoro San Francesco Hospital, December 2018.
PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 14 December 2018
Leonardo: Italian National Fire Corps to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities with contract for three AW139 helicopters.
- The contract valued at around €45 million also includes support and training services, with an option for 12 additional helicopters
- Aircraft to perform maritime and mountain SAR, medical rescue, firefighting and disaster relief/civil protection missions
- 56 AW139s ordered by the Italian Government for public services to date; over 270 customers from around 70 nations have already ordered over 1100 AW139s
In a move to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities to more effectively counter the ever increasing risks of firefighting duties, the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco) has signed a contract for the supply of three AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The order, valued at around €45 million, also includes integrated logistic support and training for pilots and technicians, and encompasses an option for 12 additional helicopters. Deliveries of the three new aircraft are expected to start shortly and to be completed in 2019.
Over 816,000 rescue operations occur every year countering fires across Europe, including many in Italy this year. In order to better face these challenges the Italian National Fire Corps, part of the department of firefighters, public rescue and civil defence within the Ministry of the Interior, is acquiring the world’s best rescue helicopter capable to also carry out maritime and mountain Search and Rescue (SAR), medical rescue, and disaster relief/civil protection. The AW139 has been selected by the customer following a competitive tender launched in 2017.
The 7 tonne AW139s of the Italian National Fire Corps are expected to progressively replace their AB412s helicopters which have been in service for decades. The new aircraft of the Italian National Fire Corps will 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.
The AW139 design incorporates a large spacious cabin accessed by two sliding doors, powerful engines that deliver class leading performance and safety, making it the aircraft of choice in its weight class. Excellent one engine inoperative capability ensures the aircraft can accomplish the most demanding missions while maintaining the ability to fly away safely in the rare event of an engine failure. The cockpit features the latest technology including fully integrated avionics, a 4axis digital Automatic Flight Control System with dedicated SAR modes and large flat panel colour displays – reducing pilot workload and allowing the crew to concentrate on the mission.
Thanks to Luigi PISANO for this unique view of the AgustaWestland AW139 EMS-1 operated by the Royal Jordanian Air Force as Rescue machine … entering into the main apron at Milan Malpensa, December 2018.
Thanks to Tiziano CAPENTI for this image of the newly registered AgustaWestland AW139 I-AWTV [ex G-DCOI], operated by Leonardo Helicopters … while performing training activity in Venegono (VA), December 2018.