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PRESS RELEASE – 20 February 2017

Leonardo: Pakistan expands its AW139 fleet with new orders.

  • Additional aircraft for utility and transport purposes with deliveries starting in mid-2017
  • AW139 confirmed as preferred choice for a number of military and government customers around the world
  • Bestselling helicopter with over 970 aircraft sold to more than 240 customers in over 70
    nations, and over 830 of the type in service to date

Rome, 20 February 2017 – Leonardo announced today that the Pakistan Government has placed
orders for an undisclosed number of additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine
helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform utility and transport operations across the nation. Deliveries are expected to start in mid-2017.
This latest purchase further expands the presence and success of the AW139 and other Leonardo models in Pakistan and confirms the AW139 as the preferred new generation helicopter choice for replacement of older types currently in service. The AW139 is the perfect fit to Pakistan’s operational environment, delivering outstanding capabilities with hot and high performance unmatched by any other existing helicopter type in the same class. The new helicopters will add to the fleet of AW139 previously ordered to carry out search and rescue (SAR) and emergency
medical service (EMS) duties in the country.

Leonardo Helicopters AW169 Inaer Aviation Italia I-KYRA … just after her arrival in Pescara in order to operate on behalf of 118 Abruzzo Soccorso – Regione Abruzzo, February 2017.

IL SOLE 24 ORE – In Lombardia scatta l’ora dell’elisoccorso 2.0

Fonte: IL SOLE 24ORE – di Cristina Corbetta (Areu Lombardia)

Il 2017 sarà l’anno della tecnologia per il soccorso sanitario extraospedaliero in Lombardia; grande protagonista è l’elicottero del soccorso, da cui si partirà per ridisegnare la mappa del soccorso sanitario sul territorio lombardo.

Il clou del cambiamento sarà l’estensione del volo notturno: fino a ieri, in Lombardia gli elicotteri del soccorso facevano, di notte, non più di un centinaio interventi/anno per lo scarso numero delle elisuperfici abilitate. Non a caso è stato necessario uno sviluppo esteso dell’utilizzo dei Mezzi di soccorso su gomma per garantire un’adeguata copertura territoriale h24. La situazione però sta cambiando: l’applicazione su tutto il territorio nazionale del Regolamento europeo 965/2012 prevede infatti la possibilità di utilizzo, per l’atterraggio notturno, di aree che non devono obbligatoriamente essere certificate dall’Autorità aeronautica Enac: ad esempio i campi sportivi illuminati già esistenti (siti Hems).

L’Azienda regionale Emergenza Urgenza (Areu) ha individuato più di un centinaio di aree idonee su tutto il territorio regionale; tra queste soprattutto i campi sportivi, ma anche altre aree di adeguate dimensioni, ben delimitate e controllate. Si tratta di siti che i Comuni possono, rendere disponibili per l’attività di elisoccorso notturno con interventi economici contenuti (mediamente inferiori ai 3.000 euro) e che devono essere collocate in punti logisticamente strategici per l’attività di soccorso e di rendez vous con i mezzi di soccorso su gomma (e che comunque devono essere sottoposte alla valutazione di un’apposita Commissione Tecnica Regionale istituita da Areu). All’inizio del nuovo anno sono già disponibili per il volo notturno 75 siti Hems, ed è previsto un ulteriore aumento fino a 150.

Un’altra novità tecnologica che incrementerà notevolmente il volo notturno è l’utilizzo dei visori notturni (Nvg -Night vision googles), in passato non contemplati dalla normativa italiana per il volo civile. In pratica, si tratta di visori montati sul casco dei piloti che consentono di “vedere” anche di notte e quindi di volare anche quando è buio.

Ma c’è dell’altro: alla disponibilità dei nuovi siti per l’atterraggio e degli Nvg si aggiunge la progettazione della navigazione Pbn (Performance based navigation) che individua rotte strumentali utili per i voli notturni e per diurni in condizioni meteo moderatamente avverse. Obiettivo per il 2020 è quello di avere a disposizione tutte le rotte Pbn utili al servizio

Insomma, gli elicotteri del soccorso voleranno molto di più, con conseguenze importanti per tutto l’ambito del soccorso sanitario extraospedaliero: «Un utilizzo più diffuso dell’elicottero in orario notturno – spiega il Dg di Areu Alberto Zoli – permetterà un nuovo assetto organizzativo del soccorso sanitario che parte dall’integrazione dell’attività dei trasporti su gomma con gli elicotteri che garantisce il raggiungimento di alcuni obiettivi imprescindibili per un soccorso sanitario di qualità: una più corretta copertura del territorio, interventi più rapidi in aree poco attrezzate, medicalizzazione precoce, centralizzazione negli ospedali Hub più appropriati. A tutto questo si affiancheranno altre sperimentazioni tecnologiche innovative, tra cui speciali occhiali in dotazione al personale dei mezzi di soccorso su gomma che permettono di inviare le immagini in tempo reale alla Sala operativa, dove il medico presente H24 può “vedere e sentire” in diretta quanto accade sul territorio».

Un ruolo fondamentale nello sviluppo dei “soccorsi 2.0” è svolto anche dalla presenza sul territorio lombardo di tre Centrali uniche di risposta (Cur) del numero unico112, un esempio di quanto possa fare la tecnologia applicata ai servizi per la sicurezza del cittadino, con la garanzia di un’azione di filtro delle chiamate inappropriate (circa il 60% del totale) e con la possibilità di identificazione/localizzazione del chiamante, a seconda che quest’ultimo chiami da telefono fisso o da telefono mobile. L’introduzione del Numero unico dell’emergenza 112 in Lombardia ha permesso il miglioramento del processo di gestione delle chiamate di soccorso sanitario e l’avvio di un processo di riorganizzazione delle postazioni e dei mezzi di soccorso.

Non a caso nel 2017 il modello Nue lombardo, riconosciuto già nel 2015 come modello dello Stato italiano, sarà avviato in Liguria, Trentino Alto Adige, Piemonte, Valle d’Aosta, Friuli Venezia Giulia e Lazio (dove è già attivo nella città di Roma).

World’s first oil & gas AW169 unveiled in Abu Dhabi.

Arabian Aerospace Online NEWS – 16 January 2017

World’s first offshore-configured new generation Leonardo AW169 helicopter was presented to the Oil & Gas community at an official ceremony held at the Marina Mall Helipad in Abu Dhabi today.

Falcon Aviation is the first operator in UAE to use the new type and the first customer worldwide to operate the aircraft for offshore oil and gas transportation. This AW169 will now be used to support oil & gas operations in Abu Dhabi for TOTAL ABK. Falcon Aviation has placed orders for two AW169s, the second being in a VVIP transport configuration.

“Falcon Aviation and TOTAL ABK are complying with the safety standards of the oil and gas industry. Safety is the number one priority for Falcon Aviation and TOTAL ABK, the use of the AW169 helicopter helps to maintain the high safety standards to which Falcon Aviation and TOTAL ABK operate”. Said Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Vice Chairman/ and CEO of Falcon.

The introduction of the all new AW169 into their fleet expands the range of Leonardo helicopters operated by Falcon Aviation which already include four light twin helicopters, comprising the Grand and GrandNew models, and two all new AW189 8.6 tonne helicopters deployed for longer range, higher capacity duties.

PRESS RELEASE via HELIWEB – 13 January 2017

Toll Rescue Helicopter Service launched in Australia with eight AW139’s.

Toll, initially a transportation company has expanded their offerings recently to include helicopter operations as part of the company’s global expansion plans. Australia’s Toll Group has officially launched the Toll Rescue Helicopter Service in partnership with New South Wales (NSW) Ambulance to provide greater aeromedical services to communities of NSW in the Southern Zone. Patient rescue, retrieval and treatment services are now operating from the new Toll & NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter Base in Sydney. The new Southern Zone contract operated by Toll Helicopters will include rescue helicopter bases at Bankstown, Wollongong and Orange and Canberra. The Toll & NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter fleet is made up of eight new purpose-built best in class Agusta Westland 139 (AW139) helicopters, which deliver the latest in performance, safety and innovation – assisting NSW Ambulance helicopter doctors and paramedics to reach patients in remote areas, faster than ever before. This contact forms part of the NSW Government’s new $151.2 million state-wide Helicopter Retrieval Network. Under the NSW Government’s Reform Plan for Aeromedical (Rotary Wing) Retrieval Services in NSW, the state has been divided into two distinct aeromedical retrieval zones – the Northern Zone and Southern Zone.  “This contract represents the start of a long-term partnership to deliver world class aeromedical and rescue services to NSW. The communities of NSW and ACT can be assured that they have the safest and most capable aviation operation supporting their ambulance care. We have extensive experience in helicopter services, and our pilots and aircrew are some of the most highly experienced and trained aviation professionals in the country,”  said Mark Delany, General Manager Toll Helicopters.

Government welcomes new service provider.

“With a team of a NSW Ambulance doctor and paramedic, or a doctor and nurse, available for every flight, the new highly sophisticated fleet of Agusta Westland 139 helicopters will ensure we are even better equipped to care for communities of NSW, now and into the future,” said Commissioner Dominic Morgan, Chief Executive of the NSW Ambulance speaking on the new partnership between the New South Wales Government and Toll. The Aeromedical Crewing Excellence (ACE) Training Centre commenced operations in October 2016 and is one of the most advanced aeromedical training centres in the world. All Toll and NSW Ambulance staff will be trained to international best practise by utilising the most modern training programs, techniques and the latest simulation technology. While operationally the changes for NSW Ambulance aeromedical crew are minimal, the public should note the new helicopter fleet is white, with the NSW Ambulance roundel and not red and white as NSW Ambulance helicopters had been previously.

PRESS RELEASE – HAI Heli-Expo 2017

Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Leonardo Humanitarian Service Award.
Alexandria, Va. (January 11, 2017) – Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard is the 2017 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Leonardo Humanitarian Service Award. The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 in Dallas.
The Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard has provided an invaluable service far past its shores for the benefit of those in other Caribbean nations. Operating both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard has accomplished tremendous achievements since its founding in 2005. The Air Guard is looked upon by Caribbean Community nations with admiration and support for the humanitarian services it provides in response to natural disasters, medical emergencies and security threats.
The Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard operates two Metro Merlin C-26B fixed-wing and four AW139 helicopters, and has expanded its capabilities and its achievements in the decade since it was formed out of the Coast Guard Air Wing. The unit has rescued lost hikers, airlifted victims of shark attacks and injured sailors, fought and extinguished threatening bush fires, helped vessels in distress, evacuated stranded individuals from otherwise inaccessible land and conducted medical evacuations from vessels at sea. It regularly is deployed to perform complex missions both at home and in the wider Caribbean region. It has provided support to St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Domenica during floods and natural disasters and on a regular basis transports critically ill and injured patients from the island of Tobago to the hospital in Trinidad. The Air Guard’s mission scope exceeds that of larger countries and those with much greater resources.
The awards will be presented at the annual Salute to Excellence Awards dinner during HAI HELI-EXPO 2017. HAI HELI-EXPO®, the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exhibition, will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, March 6–9, with the exhibit hall open March 7–9. For more information on HAI HELI-EXPO 2017, visit heliexpo.rotor.org.