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I-BMMB – ITALIAN ROTORS update

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for this new image of the Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuil I-BMMB operated by Airgreen … resting at Villanova d’Albenga – Riviera Airport (SV), July 2020.

Comunicato Stampa – Verona, 13 Luglio 2020

L’elicottero Airbus H145 consegnato nei mesi scorsi all’operatore piemontese Airgreen è entrato ufficialmente in servizio per le missioni EMS nella Regione Liguria.

L’H145 (chiamato Grifo) opererà per i prossimi due anni sulle 12 ore giornaliere per poi garantire, nei successivi sette anni, anche il volo notturno che non è mai stato effettuato in Liguria. Per ciascun intervento, a bordo saliranno 5 persone di equipaggio: un medico, un infermiere, un esperto del Corpo del Soccorso alpino e speleologico oltre a pilota e copilota.

Si tratta del terzo elicottero H145 in flotta all’operatore Airgreen che già impiega due elicotteri dello stesso modello nella Regione Sardegna.

Dotato di verricello brandeggiabile e doppio gancio baricentrico, questo elicottero H145 dispone di avionica di bordo di ultima generazione compatibile con le operazioni con utilizzo dei visori notturni NVG (night vision goggles) ed  è inoltre equipaggiato con un kit sanitario in grado di trasportare fino a due pazienti barellati oltre ai piloti ed al team medico e di soccorso. Il kit avanzato consente l’assistenza su interventi primari, così come l’assistenza sanitaria avanzata in caso di trasporti secondari su lunga distanza. L’elicottero sarà facile da identificare grazie alla caratteristica vernice gialla e con la scritta “118 Liguria soccorso” in rosso.

Alla giornata inaugurale hanno partecipato il Presidente della Regione Liguria Giovanni Toti, la Vicepresidente e Assessore alla Sanità Sonia Viale, i rappresentanti di Airbus Helicopters in Italia, i vertici Airgreen, i rappresentanti regionali dei vigili del fuoco, il CNSAS e il responsabile del 118 ligure Francesco Bermano.

“Sono lieto che Airgreen abbia scelto il nostro H145 per le delicate missioni EMS nella Regione Liguria. Sono fiducioso che questo elicottero possa rispondere al meglio alle esigenze della Regione Liguria perché ha le dimensioni compatte, i pattini, il flusso rotore ridotto e l’alta silenziosità che gli consentiranno di operare in un territorio complesso e vario come quello ligure”, ha dichiarato Alexandre Ceccacci, General Manager di Airbus Helicopters in Italia. Il bimotore H145 è uno dei bestseller della gamma Airbus in ambito sanitario e sta rapidamente diventando uno dei principali punti di riferimento per il mercato dell’elisoccorso, in particolare in ambiente montano e ostile. L’H145 ha ampiamente dimostrato la propria affidabilità e versatilità sia per le operazioni di soccorso in inverno, sia nei periodi estivi quando le alte temperature impongono l’utilizzo di mezzi altamente performanti.

COMUNICATO STAMPA – Regione Liguria, 2 Luglio 2020.

Regione Liguria – 11 Luglio prende il via il servizio di Elisoccorso dalla base di Albenga.

In questi giorni si é concluso a Villanova d’Albenga l’addestramento della squadra di medici e infermieri dei 118 della Liguria che saliranno a bordo del nuovo elicottero di Airgreen, la società del servizio di elisoccorso in Liguria con base all’aeroporto del savonese.

Al fianco di Airgreen continuerà ad operare anche l’elicottero Drago dei Vigili del Fuoco, di base all’aeroporto Colombo di Genova.

Lo stage, coordinato dal responsabile del 118 Ligure Francesco Bermano, ha previsto lezioni teoriche e prove pratiche: ogni attività a bordo prevede infatti un addestramento specifico. Complessivamente sono ventidue gli specialisti dei 118 che stanno effettuando il corso, 12 medici e 10 infermieri, oltre a 5 esperti del Corpo Nazionale del Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico regionale (3 istruttori della Scuola tecnici Nazionale del CNSAS).

Ogni volta che l’elicottero si alzerà in volo per un soccorso, infatti, a bordo ci saranno 5 specialisti: Medico, Infermiere, Tecnico del Soccorso Alpino, Pilota, Copilota.

Il servizio di Airgreen sarà ufficialmente operativo dall’11 luglio presso la base situata nell’Aeroporto di Albenga – Riviera Airport.

245° Anniversary – GUARDIA DI FINANZA

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for his contribution in order to realize this Photo Report Page with full coverage of the helicopters present at the 245° Anniversary of the GUARDIA DI FINANZA foundation, The Event took place in Rome, during June 2019.

I-LAQU – DATA SHEET update

Thanks to Fabio De NICOLA and Oscar BERNARDI for these new images of the Leonardo Helicopters AW139 I-LAQU operated from Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia on behalf of Regione Abruzzo – 118 Abruzzo Soccorso from the HEMS Base at L’Aquila Preturo Airport.

GRIFONE 2019

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for his contribution in order to realize this Photo Report Page with full coverage of the helicopters present at GRIFONE 2019 International Search and Rescue Exercise. Foligno Airport (PG), 9-13 September 2019.

I-IDIO – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI and Tiziano CAPENTI for the images of the factory new Leonardo AW169, currently registered as I-IDIO, pictured during maintenance test flights earlier in November 2019 as I-EASI. This is the very first “corporate” AW169 delivered to an Italian operator so far.

HAI Heli-Expo 2020

The annual HAI Heli-Expo 2020 Event is over …. lots of new Press Releases and new helicopters on display at Anaheim, CA.

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI & Gianfilippo COLASANTO for their contribution in order to realize this exhaustive Photo Report Page with full coverage of the exposition … 225 images to enjoy.

PRESS RELEASE – PHOENIX, 5 February 2020, Amanda JENSEN

  • 2020 findings show increased deliveries, despite slightly lower purchase plans than in 2019
  • Light single-engine models are most-desired product class
  • Higher purchase rates expected in Europe and Latin America, lower in North America
  • Results show increases in purchase plans for corporate/VIP transport missions and overall aircraft utilization

In its 22nd annual “Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook,” Honeywell (NYSE: HON) forecasts 4,100 new civilian-use helicopters will be delivered from 2020 to 2024, marginally higher than the five-year forecast from 2019. While deliveries are expected to be higher than 2019, purchase plans are lower, but only by less than a percentage point.

“This year, we anticipate higher deliveries due to entry into service of new helicopter platforms,” said Heath Patrick, president, Americas Aftermarket, Honeywell Aerospace. “Despite the slight dip in purchase plans, we see several bright spots, including higher utilization rates. This means operators plan to use their aircraft more frequently over the next 12 months. Honeywell is prepared for this upswing and is committed to providing seamless global customer support, while also maintaining our focus on bringing new, innovative products to the helicopter market.”

Key survey findings this year include:

  • Purchase plans are significantly stronger from the corporate/VIP segment in this year’s survey, but lower from law enforcement and oil and gas operators.
  • A greater proportion of planned new helicopter purchases is for light twin-engine models in this year’s survey compared with 2019. The proportion is lower for light single-engine models. Overall, 56% of planned purchases are for twin-engine models, 8 percentage points higher than last year.
  • When choosing their make and model for a new rotorcraft, the top three factors operators consider are brand experience, aircraft performance and cabin size.
  • In North America, average utilization was higher by about 12% in 2019 compared with 2018.  About 19% of survey respondents said their helicopter fleet utilization is expected to increase over the next 12 months.

Regional Overview

North America: Purchase plans have declined by six percentage points over a year ago, with 12% of respondents saying they would either replace or expand their fleet with a new helicopter over the next five years. North America is home to more than 40% of the world’s helicopter fleet.

  • Nearly half of planned North American purchases were identified as light single-engine models, while roughly 32% of new planned purchases were for intermediate and medium-twin product classes.
  • About 38% of planned purchases will be used for emergency medical services (EMS) purposes, followed by 20% for Law Enforcement and 17% for Corporate/VIP usage.

Europe: Compared with 2019 results, purchase plans are higher in this year’s survey. More than 18% of respondents said they would either replace or expand their fleet with a new helicopter over the next five years. The figure was 15% a year ago.

  • Intermediate and medium twin-engine classes captured roughly 41% of total purchase plans for new helicopters. Meanwhile, 37% of respondents indicated plans to purchase light single-engine helicopters, up 5 percentage points from last year.
  •  About 26% of planned purchases will be used for Utility/Aerial work, followed by 23% for Corporate/VIP and 16% for EMS/Search and Rescue (SAR) usage.

Latin America: Results for 2020 show significantly higher fleet replacement and growth expectations compared with 2019. Purchase plans are well above the global average of 14%, and the region’s purchase plans increased by 20 percentage points from last year.

  • Latin America had the highest rate of new aircraft purchase plans globally, with close to 29% of respondents saying they would either replace or expand their fleet with a new helicopter over the next five years.
  • Purchase plans in Brazil increased to 26%, a jump of 21 percentage points over last year’s survey results.
  • Latin American respondents favored light single-engine models, which represent about 50% of their planned purchases. Light twin-engine models are second with 28% of all planned purchases, an increase of 23 percentage points compared with 2019 survey results.

Middle East and Africa: This region has the lowest new purchase rate globally, with only 5% of respondents’ fleets expected to get a new helicopter replacement or addition. Purchase plans are 10 percentage points lower compared with 2019 survey results.

  • Close to 62% of planned new helicopter purchases are for light twin-engine models.
  • Medium twin-engine models are the second-highest mentioned product class in the survey at 23%, a decline of 46 percentage points compared with 2019 survey results.

Asia Pacific: Overall buying plans are down 6 percentage points compared with 2019. Close to 7% of respondents said they would either replace or expand their fleet with a new helicopter over the next five years.

  • Intermediate/Medium twin-engine and light single-engine helicopters were the most popular classes, capturing 38 percent and 35 percent of all mentions for new helicopters, respectively.
  • Despite limited inputs, new helicopter purchase plans are lower in China, showing that about 14% of the fleet would be replaced or expanded by a new helicopter over the next five years. Purchase plans are down by about 7 percentage points compared with 2019 results.

Methodology

The 2020 outlook presents a snapshot of the helicopter business at a given point in time and reflects the current business and political environment. This year’s data comes from a survey of more than 1,000 chief pilots and flight department managers of companies operating 3,559 turbine and 282 piston helicopters worldwide. The survey excluded large fleet or “mega” operators, which were addressed separately. Input received from large oil and gas support and emergency medical service fleet operators is factored into the overall outlook in addition to the individual flight department responses. The survey detailed the types of aircraft operated and assessed specific plans to replace aircraft or add new helicopters to the fleet.

I-AWCU – ITALIAN ROTORS update

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for this image of the Leonardo AW189 I-AWCU … new paint job was recently applied to this factory demo helicopter and standardized as AW149. Venegono (VA), February 2020.