Thanks to Vaclav KUDELA for this image of the colorful Eurocopter BK117C1 ( c/n 7541 ) UR-PTV … previously operated in Italy as D-HSTP and, later, I-GSAM, while landing at Prague Airport, December 2017.
One of the very first Agusta-Bell AB412SP produced in Italy … this helicopter, construction number 25602, was originally delivered to EliSud as I-LEMA during August 1989 … after very few years of duty in Southern Italy was returned to Agusta Factory and subsequently leased to Sweden Army as 11338 for approximately two years (1993-1994). After the lease in Sweden “25602” returned in Italy and was finally registered as I-MAGM. Always wearing the original EliSud color scheme was than bought by Elilario Italia and operated for several years on behalf of 118 Regione Lombardia – Elisoccorso Como. This helicopter was, for a long time, a very well known machine flying in our skies. With the arrival of the new AW139s within Elilario Italia (Inaer Italia) fleet, I-MAGM was used as a backup machine for a while, and, afterward, sold to Inaer Spain in the second half of 2008 as EC-KUV.
Good-Bye BK117 …
The MBB/Kawasaki BK117 (later Eurocopter BK117) helicopter type was in service in Italy since 1989 flying with several operators such as Elilombarda, Aeroveneta, Croce Alata, Avioriprese Jet Executive, Elilario, Alidaunia, Helitalia and Inaer Aviation Italia … but, after 28 years since the first one was registered, the last airworthy BK117 (I-DENI) was cancelled from the Italian Register on date 13 March 2017, heading north back to Airbus factory in Germany.
WEBSITE NEWS – 1 March 2017
Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia rebrands Inaer Aviation Italia.
As per today, 1st March, Babcock MCS Italia rebrands Inaer Aviation Italia.
All helicopters currently operated in Italy and abroad will be rebranded with “Babcock” blue logo … and Inaer Aviation Italia will disappear from the Italian sky after several years of operation. They will operate a mixed fleet of Airbus Helicopters H145s (EC145) and Leonardo Helicopters (AgustaWestland) AW109s, AW139s, AW169s.
Inaer Aviation Italia was the result of the merge of Inaer (Spain) (after the acquisition of Elidolomiti) and Elilario Italia, subsequently the group also acquired Helitalia.