Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for this image of the AgustaWestland AW139 I-AWTQ operated from Leonardo Helicopers while performing training activity in Venegono (VA), July 2019. The helicopter was cancelled early August 2019 towards Spain as EC-NEP.
Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for these first images of the latest delivered Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia‘s Leonardo AW139 I-RJAH … “Horus 3” operating on behalf of AREU 118 Regione Lombardia – Como. Villa Guardia (CO), August 2019.
Thanks to Simone PREVIDI or this great image of the Leonardo AW139 I-VLTN operated by Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia on behalf of AREU Regione Lombardia … taking off from Uboldo (VA), July 2019
Thanks to Stefano MILANOLO for these new images of the AgustaWestland AW139 EI-GOU operated by Weststar Aviation Services [wearing the original Air Born Indonesia color scheme] … overnight in Torino, on the way to Equatorial Guinea for off-shore operations in Africa. Torino Caselle, July 2019.
SATER 02-19 … Esercitazione Interforze SAR / CNSAS.
Si é svolta il 18 giugno, tra la Riviera di Levante dell’Appennino Ligure ed il basso Appennino Emiliano, l’esercitazione SATER 02-19.
Si tratta di un’attività addestrativa che prevede simulazioni di Ricerca e Soccorso (S.A.R. Search and Rescue) in collaborazione con CNSAS (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico) per affinare l’integrazione e l’operatività tra le diverse componenti chiamate a concorrere.
L’esercitazione, interforze ed inter dicasteriale, si inquadra in un programma addestrativo dell’Aeronautica Militare, volto a verificare le capacità di effettuare operazioni di soccorso aereo in caso di incidenti aerei in ambiente terrestre. La SATER 02-19 si differenzia dalle precedenti edizioni in quanto lo scenario previsto ha visto la ricerca di escursionisti infortunati, simulando inoltre il recupero di persone bloccate in zona ipogea (grotte) con intervento della squadra speleologica del CNSAS.
Il Comando Operazioni Aeree (COA) dell’Aeronautica Militare di Poggio Renatico (FE) ha coordinato le operazioni di ricerca che sono state svolte sia di giorno che di notte con gli speciali visori notturni NVG (Night Vision Goggles).
Per il coordinamento delle operazioni S.A.R. é stata costituita una postazione di comando e controllo, denominata PBA (Posto Base Avanzato) presso il Comando Base Aeromobili del Corpo delle Capitanerie di Porto di Sarzana (SP), che insieme alle altre articolazioni della Guardia Costiera garantisce un servizio di allarme continuativo per la ricerca e il soccorso in mare e in ambiente costiero.
Oltre all’Aeronautica Militare, che ha partecipato con un elicottero HH-139 del 15° Stormo 85° Centro CSAR di base a Pratica di Mare (RM), hanno preso parte all’esercitazione anche la Marina Militare con un elicottero del 1° o 5° Gruppo di Luni (SP), la Guardia Costiera con 1 AW139 della Base Aerea di Sarzana (SP), i Carabinieri con 1 A109 del 15° Nucleo Elicotteri di Albenga (SV), la Polizia di Stato con 1 AB212 del 9° Reparto Volo di Malpensa (MI) ed 1 velivolo P68 del 10° Reparto Volo di Venezia, la Guardia di Finanza con 1 AB412 della Sezione Aerea di Pisa ed 1 NH500 della Sezione Aerea di Genova, quest’ultima supportata a terra da una squadra del Soccorso Alpino della Guardia di Finanza.
Il coordinamento dell’intera operazione di ricerca terrestre é stato affidato al Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico (C.N.S.A.S.) della regione Liguria, che ha messo a disposizione le seguenti risorse per le ricerche a terra, 10 Unità Radiomobili per pianificazione e coordinamento, 10 Squadre composte da Tecnici, Personale Sanitario e Cinofili.
Il 15° Stormo dell’Aeronautica Militare garantisce, 24 ore su 24, 365 giorni l’anno, la ricerca ed il soccorso degli equipaggi di volo in difficoltà, concorrendo, inoltre, ad attività di pubblica utilità quali la ricerca di dispersi in mare o in montagna, il trasporto sanitario d’urgenza di ammalati in pericolo di vita ed il soccorso di traumatizzati gravi, operando anche in condizioni meteorologiche marginali. Dalla sua costituzione ad oggi, gli equipaggi del 15° Stormo hanno salvato più di 7300 persone in pericolo di vita o in condizioni di grave difficoltà.
Si ringrazie l’Aeronautica Militare, il 15 STORMO CERVIA e il 1°Luogotenente Daniele Ruffilli (Addetto Pubblica Informazione) per la disponibilità e cortesia.
Tutte le immagino sono state realizzate da Egidio FERRIGHI in collaborazione con www.dgualdo.it
ABC NEWS – Article By MARK OSBORNE
Billionaire coal executive Chris Cline was killed in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas on Thursday.
BAHAMAS, 5th July 2019 – Cline, who founded the Cline Group and later Foresight Energy and built himself into one of the preeminent coal producers in the country, was one of seven people on a helicopter that crashed near Grand Cay on the Fourth of July, according to his lawyer Brian Glasser.
Four women and three men — all American — were killed in the crash, which took off from Big Grand Cay for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at about 2 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force. The helicopter was reported missing just before 3 p.m., police said.
One of Cline’s daughters, friends of the family and the pilot were also among those killed, Glasser said.
Bahamas officials did not confirm Cline was on board, however, they did identify the helicopter by tail number. The helicopter was owned by Cline’s Challenger Management LLC.
The helicopter was later found overturned in about 16 feet of water off Grand Cay, where the seven bodies were recovered from the aircraft, police said. The Bahamas Air Accident Investigation Department said the bodies were transported to Rand Memorial Hospital, in Freeport, on Grand Bahama island.
The Bahamas’ Civil Aviation Authority and police and defense forces were investigating the accident. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board had an investigator on standby and was ready to assist, NTSB spokesperson Eric Weiss told ABC News Friday, while the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the Bahamas’ Civil Aviation Authority had reported the crash to the agency. The helicopter’s manufacturer, Leonardo Helicopters, said it had dispatched a team to the Bahamas.
A State Department spokesperson said the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Nassau, was working with local authorities and providing consular services to the victims’ families.
ABC News’ Matt Foster, Darren Reynolds, Brendan Rand, Christine Theodorou, Ben Gittleson, and Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.
Here the link to the original ABC NEWS Article Online … https://abcnews.go.com/International/billionaire-coal-executive-chris-cline-dies-apparent-helicopter/story?id=64143888&cid=clicksource_4380645_null_headlines_hed
Here the link to the ASN Accident Report Page … https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/226803
Leonardo: Wiking signs 30 million euro contract for two AW139 helicopters to enhance offshore transport capabilities in Northern Europe.
- Latest order adds to a four unit AW139 fleet; deliveries expected between 2019 and 2020
- The AW139 is the aircraft of choice for demanding overseas operations in Northern Europe and worldwide
- Over 1100 AW139s have been ordered by more than 270 customers in over 70 nations to date
Paris, 19 June 2019 – Leonardo announced today the signing of a contract valued at 30 million euro for two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters with Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH of Germany. The aircraft, which are expected to be delivered in 2019 and 2020, will be used to perform offshore transport operations in Northern Europe, further expanding the AW139 fleet of Wiking which already operates four helicopters in the region.
Wiking has been an offshore transport specialist in the North and Baltic Sea areas for over 43 years. The Company also performs sea pilots transfer, windmill engineer hoisting service and emergency medical service operations. This latest AW139 contract provides more evidence of the unrivalled mission capabilities, operational efficiency and reliability of the world’s most successful type in its category to carry out demanding missions overseas. The AW139 fleet augmentation programme will allow Wiking to meet the evolving requirements of its clients.
The AW139 has proven extremely popular in the region for offshore, search and rescue, passenger transport and law enforcement duties. The type set new standards in terms of flight and mission technology, cabin space and comfort, performance, safety and reliability as well as introducing advanced support, maintenance and training services. The AW139 is even exceeding the evolving Oil&Gas market’s stringent requirements with unique features including a 60+ minutes run dry capable main gear box and full or limited ice protection system as an option to fly in known icing conditions for true all weather operations. Over 1100 AW139s have been ordered by more than 270 customers in more than 70 nations to date for any kind of mission. The global fleet has amassed over 2.3 million flight hours and the 1000th aircraft will be delivered this year.
Leonardo: Italian National Fire Corps expands AW139 helicopter fleet with €75 million order.
- Contracts for five more AW139s add to the initial three-unit order, with two already delivered this year
- Italy aims to progressively replace their decades-old AB412 helicopters with modern AW139s for disaster relief, firefighting and airborne rescues
- 61 AW139s ordered by the Italian Government for public services to date; over 270 customers from around 70 nations have already ordered over 1100 AW139s
Paris, 18 June 2019 – Leonardo announced new signed contracts for five additional AW139s to the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco, part of Ministry of the Interior), including integrated logistic support and training for crews and technicians. The orders, valued at over €75 million, add to the previously purchased three units, with two already delivered this year. The five new helicopters are expected to be delivered in June 2020.
The Italian National Fire Corps intends to progressively replace the decades-old AB412s helicopters and to guarantee optimal coverage and increased responsiveness across the country. Indeed, the introduction of the AW139 marks a major enhancement of airborne multirole capabilities with the world’s most modern helicopter for maritime and mountain Search and Rescue (SAR), medical rescue, firefighting and disaster relief duties. The fleet modernization programme includes an option for seven additional helicopters which could be added to the eight already ordered.
Over 816,000 rescues and sorties are performed every year countering fires across Europe, including many in Italy. The Italian National Fire Corps AW139 helicopters 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 (NGV) capability, new generation Trakka searchlight, emergency floatation system and external life rafts, external loudspeaker, medical rack and bubble windows. The aircraft also feature an advanced 4-axis autopilot perfectly suited for SAR operations, including over the sea.
Thanks to Fabio De NICOLA for these new images of the Leonardo Helicopters AW139 N858AH operated from Saudi Aramco … on delivery via Pescara Airport, April 2019.
AIR FORCE MAGAZINE NEWS – 20 May 2019
Link to original online article by John A. TIRPAK / Air Force Magazine: http://airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2019/May%202019/Boeing-Gearing-Up-for-MH-139-Test-Models-Production.aspx
The first MH-139 for the Air Force—which replaces the UH-1N Huey in the roles of nuclear missile field support, VIP transport, and some other missions—is in production at Agusta-Westland facilities north of St. Louis, Mo., and if there are no hiccups, it will fly by the end of the year, Boeing officials reported. The Agusta-Westland facility, part of Boeing’s major subcontractor, Leonardo, will assemble the fuselage, put on the rotors, and essentially build a civilian version of the aircraft, Rick Lemaster, company director of vertical lift marketing, told reporters in a briefing at Boeing’s Philadelphia, Pa., helicopter factory on May 16. It is then handed over to Boeing, which militarizes it for the Air Force’s unique missions. Boeing will convert the vanilla aircraft into an MH-139 by changing the baggage door compartment to “allow some special equipment to be installed” that the Air Force declines to identify. Defensive aids, such as flare dispensers and missile warning systems will be added, as will the machine gun mount and a “crashworthy, self-sealing fuel tank,” Lemaster explained. Additionally, ballistic protection will be added to the floor and cockpit. Once complete, the aircraft will receive USAF certification and fly off to their duty station. Lemaster said the Air Force will likely “turn on production in the next year or two, and once that happens the company anticipates to deliver about 10 aircraft per year into the early 2030s. The numbers may vary, as USAF’s contract allows for more or less aircraft each year. The MH-139 is a $2.38 billion firm, fixed-price contract program, of which $375 million gets the ball rolling with engineering and manufacturing development. Although the Air Force quoted a figure of $1.7 billion in savings when it announced Boeing had won the UH-1N replacement contest last fall, Boeing’s number is more conservative, Lemaster said. “We said we could save $1 billion, in terms of overall life cycle costs, or compared to competitors. That was our calculation, between support cost and acquisition.” The big discriminator between Boeing and its chief rival, the Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky Blackhawk, was the fact that the Air Force didn’t need a larger, combat-capable aircraft, he said. “This aircraft is relatively easy to maintain compared to competitors,” Lemaster said. The MH-139 is “not as big and heavy as a Blackhawk,” which he called “a great capability, great in combat, but that’s not what the Air Force requirement was.” Boeing’s approach was to offer an aircraft that is “right-sized for the mission,” Lemaster asserted. The first two aircraft are to be delivered in late 2020. They will then enter a test program, and if all goes well, operational testing will be in 2022, followed by full-rate production in 2023. The Air Force will buy at least 84 MH-139s. Armed versions with an M240 machine gun externally mounted on the starboard side will be fielded by three Air Force Global Strike Command bases, each with 11 aircraft to rapidly respond to threats at missile fields and provide other support for the ICBM mission. Some 30 aircraft will be based at JB Andrews, Md., for VIP transport. Four aircraft each will support VIP and aeromedical evacuation missions at Yokota AB, Japan, and the Air Force survival, evasion, resistance, and escape school at Fairchild AFB, Wash. The MH-139 “schoolhouse” at Kirtland AFB, N.M., will get the remainder, minus the two initial aircraft, which will stay at Eglin AFB, Fla., for ongoing test of modifications and software.
Lemaster said the AW-139, on which the MH-139 is based, is in service with 250 customers in 70 nations, and the fleet has accumulated more than two million flight hours, “So it’s a very mature product,” allowing Boeing to quote fixed-price support costs. The Air Force plans to fly the aircraft 480 hours per year, each. The highest-time version of the aircraft has just reached 12,000 flight hours, so it will be a long time before the Air Force will need to think about the MH-139’s replacement, Lemaster said.
“There is no airframe life limit, so there’s no requirement to take it back to a depot and do modifications,” he noted. Having succeeded in running over an hour with no transmission oil—a “run dry” test, Lemaster said, “It’s just a very survivable aircraft.” Additionally, the helicopter has been certified for one pilot under instrument flight rules, meaning the service could optionally relax its two-pilot requirement down the road, he said. For ease of maintainability, the engine and transmission are above the cabin, and built-in foot stands allow preflight inspections without putting a hardstand next to the aircraft, he said. There’s “one contiguous open space” in the cabin, offering flexibility of use. Although the engines don’t have infrared suppressors, the exhaust heat is fairly low, without intense hotspots that would make a good infrared target. Lemaster said he thinks the first batch of aircraft will be a run of eight, but “there’s a lot of flexibility in the way the contract is structured, so they can add or subtract the quantity. We’ve given them firm pricing for all of those iterations, and they’ll buy what they want.”
Link to original online article by Air Force Magazine: http://airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2019/May%202019/Boeing-Gearing-Up-for-MH-139-Test-Models-Production.aspx