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HZ-HC5 – WORLD ROTORS update

Thanks to Luigi PISANO / Aviaphotos for these images of the third Leonardo AW139 delivered to The Helicopter Company of Saudi Arabia and registered HZ-HC5 … at the beginning of the ferry flight towards her new home. Milan Malpensa, February 2020.

PRESS RELEASE – PHOENIX, 6 February 2020, Amanda JENSEN

Epic 2.0 Phase 8 upgrade introduces range of features that improves safety for a variety of missions and conditions.

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) is providing Leonardo’s helicopter division with a significant cockpit upgrade — Honeywell’s innovative Primus Epic 2.0 — for its AW139 helicopters. Primus Epic 2.0 will deliver innovative and intuitive features that provide better maps, improved situational awareness at night and in marginal weather, and easier access through wireless connectivity, improving safety and saving time. For the first time in the industry, it is track-based, meaning navigation follows the actual path of the helicopter and accounts for wind and other environmental factors.

“Since its first certification, our AW139 platform has been supported by the latest Honeywell software technology,” said, Paul De Jonge, Vice President of Marketing, Leonardo Helicopter Division. “With Honeywell’s Primus Epic 2.0 upgrade, we continue to stay ahead of the industry by enabling pilots to fly a variety of challenging approaches. We continue to support several helicopter-specific missions — be it corporate VIP transport, emergency medical services, oil and gas, or search and rescue operations, with increased levels of safety.”

The Primus Epic 2.0 Phase 8 upgrade includes new features that make operations safer, smarter and faster. The SmartView synthetic vision system is usable all the way down into the hover, helping pilots navigate during low-visibility conditions and challenging missions. These missions can include steep 9 degree descents into landing areas in challenging terrain and oil rig approaches. Flight crews will also benefit from a more user-friendly, iNAV map visual interface with easy-to-use displays and an improved Cursor Control Device that makes map manipulation and menu navigation quicker and more comfortable.

“Technology innovations are crucial to reducing pilot workload and making flights safer for crew and passengers,” said Mike Ingram, vice president and general manager, Cockpit Systems, Honeywell Aerospace. “With the Epic 2.0 Phase 8 upgrade, AW139 pilots will not only reduce the time and cost of some operations, especially those in weather and around challenging terrain, they will also experience some of the best safety features available anywhere in the helicopter market.”

The Phase 8 upgrade also increases connectivity capabilities, with Wireless Data Loading that lets pilots access data at high speeds remotely without a hardwire connection, transferring flight plans wirelessly and accelerating preflight actions.

HAI Heli-Expo 2020

PRESS RELEASE – Anaheim, 29 January 2020

OMNI has selected SKYTRAC’s real-time HUMS and push-to-talk solutions to drive safety and improve operational efficiencies.

ANAHEIM, CA, January 29, 2020 – OMNI Táxi Aéreo has selected SKYTRAC to provide both Real-Time Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) and Satellite Push-to-Talk (PTT) solutions on nine AW139s currently engaged in services contracts with PETROBRAS, the largest multinational Brazilian producer of oil and gas, to become the country’s first AW139s equipped with the industry-leading technology.

“SKYTRAC has an excellent reputation as a leading enterprise data solution provider, and we are looking forward to rolling out upgrades with them in the coming months,” said Roberto Coimbra, CEO at OMNI. “Equipping both Satellite Push-to-Talk and Real-Time HUMS on our AW139s will drive safety and improve operational efficiencies for our customers.”

A vital safety program that can help catch, communicate, and resolve emerging safety issues as they are detected, the onboard system monitors the HUMS parameters in flight and alerts ground crews in real-time when exceedances are captured. The solution also streamlines the transfer of HUMS and flight data monitoring files postflight to ground stations, eliminating the need for technicians to board the aircraft and manually download files.

OMNI will also equip SKYTRAC’s PTT solution, a satellite-based 256-bit encrypted radio system which allows the operations control center to efficiently communicate with the aircraft while in flight. The system can hold up to 15 talkgroups per device with crystal clear sound, opposed to traditional HF radio commonly known for distortion and static, cost-prohibitive equipment, and unruly radio tower agreements.

Utilizing the Iridium network for true pole-to-pole coverage, and the ISAT-200A to enable functionality, PTT-enabled assets can communicate freely with less than half a second audio delay from speech on one end to audio playback at the other. PTT also eliminates the reliance of ground or offshore radio towers, and can be even more important when engaged to support emergency situations, a critical feature for offshore oil & gas operators.

I-CESR – ITALIAN ROTORS update

Thanks to Salvatore MICHELINI for this image of the AgustaWestland A109S Grand I-CESR operated by Elilombarda on behalf of 118 Regione Campania … approaching Napoli Capodichino Airport, January 2020.

ZT-RKA – WORLD ROTORS update

Thanks to Luigi PISANO / Aviaphotos for these unique images of the factory new Leonardo Helicopters AW139 ZT-RKA operated by Fireblade Aviation (Pty) Ltd … on delivery to her new home via Milan Malpensa, January 2020.

ZK-HLH – DATA SHEET update

Thanks to Philip STOTT and Daniel COOMBE for these new images of the Leonardo Helicopters AW169 ZK-HLH operated by Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust … approaching the helipad on rooftop of Auckalnd City Hospital, January 2020.

  • Contract valued at USD 176,472,608 for aircraft, spares, initial support and training, work to be completed in October 2021
  • This contract, as Fiscal Year 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds, was competitively procured via a request for proposal of various offers
  • Profumo: “On the cusp of celebrating nearly 40 years of operating in Philadelphia, Leonardo is thrilled the U.S. Navy has selected us as a local and long term partner. We are proud to be a core contributor to the future of U.S. defense.”

PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 14 January 2020

Leonardo awarded contract for 32 TH-73A helicopters by U.S. Department of Defense.

Leonardo, through AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract valued at USD 176,472,608 for the production and delivery of 32 TH-73A helicopters, initial spares, support and dedicated equipment, and specific pilot and maintenance training services. This contract, as Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds, was competitively procured via a request for proposal of various offers. Work will be mainly performed at Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility and is expected to be completed in October 2021.
Alessandro Profumo, Chief Executive Officer Leonardo said, “On the cusp of celebrating nearly 40 years of operating in Philadelphia, Leonardo is thrilled the U.S. Navy has selected our TH119-based offer and us as a local and long term partner. We are proud to be a core contributor to the future of U.S. defense.”
Gian Piero Cutillo, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters added, “Today’s brilliant news is a ringing endorsement for our solutions setting new industry standards for training. We are committed to working with the U.S. Navy to ensure future pilots meet all evolving service requirements.”
William Hunt, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters Philadelphia said, “Our plan since day one has been to offer the U.S. Navy the training capabilities they asked for, without compromise. We are honored to deliver on that promise, build the new fleet in Philadelphia and maintain it from Milton, Florida.”

HB-ZQZ – WORLD ROTORS update

Thanks to Luigi PISANO / Aviaphotos for these images of the Leonardo Helicopters AW169 HB-ZQZ operated by Swift Copters SA during her delivery flight to Geneva. Milan Malpensa, January 2020.

EC-KLC – WORLD ROTORS update

Thanks to Rui CARDOSO for this image of the AgustaWestland AW139 EC-KLC operated by Babcock Mission Critical Services Portugal on behalf of INEM Emergencia Medica … taken al Lisboa in December 2019. This helicopter was flying in Italy for more than 10 years with Elilario Italia, Inaer Aviation Italia, Babcock MCS Italia … and afterward moved to Spain and than Portugal in Mid 2018.

I-AWTW – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

Thanks to Joel BESSARD for this interesting image of the newly registered AgustaWestland AW139 I-AWTW (previously operated as F-HLAK) … resting at Sion Airport (VS) during December 2019.