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The latest boat built by Persico Marine in Nembro literally took off this morning for Marina di Carrara, where it was put in the sea for the first time.

Nembro (BG), 8 August 2020.
It is a trimaran called Planet Warrior, built for French skipper Fabrice Cahierc according to Multi50 Class rules. Because of its size – 15.24 metres (50 ft) long and the same dimension at its widest point – Planet Warrior had to be transported by air. The 2.5-ton multihull was airlifted by an AS 332 Super Puma helicopter from the Swiss firm Heliswiss International and arrived at the port in about 3 hours.

The flight was carefully planned, especially due the need to refuel before crossing over the Apennines. And it was carried out without a hitch owing to the long experience of Heliswiss in this type of transport.
Featuring waterline and construction designed by the renowned French firm VPLP, a specialist in both racing and cruising multihulls, Planet Warrior strengthens the already solid transalpine Multi 50 class. An increasing number of ocean skippers have been participating in the class either alone or in pairs. The class rules have been developed to allow for a high-performance trimaran, albeit at a lower cost, thanks to the strict limitations. Glass fibre is required for the build, except for the crossbeams, mast, rudders and foils, which can be made of carbon fibre. Despite these restrictions, Multi50 is a high-performance class, ideal for offshore regattas with a smaller crew.

For this French project, skipper Fabrice Cahierc and the design firm VPLP relied on the extensive experience of the Italian boatbuilder Persico. All the work was done at the foot of the Bergamasque Alps by the highly qualified local team of boatbuilders that has been skilfully developed and guided through the years by Persico. Any difficulty in transport logistics was more than compensated for by the excellent construction quality ensured by the Bergamo boatyard. Just one example is the absolute precision of the total weight – it turned out exactly as designed.
From Marina di Carrara, the boat will head for Marseilles, where the mast will be installed, then sail to Marseilles and, finally, move on to Malta for its debut in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, along with other Multi50 trimarans. The offshore Mediterranean classic will start and end at Valletta, after circumnavigating Sicily, Pantelleria and Lampedusa in an anticlockwise direction for a total of 600 miles.

Planet Warrior bears the name of the foundation created by Fabrice Cahierc that is dedicated to safeguarding the Earth. In the next three years the foundation will raise funds to train engineers, who will be able to work without any commercial ties and apply for patents to develop systems for capturing and neutralizing excess CO2..
Persico was already chosen in 2017 by two superstars in French sailing, Gitana and Sodebo, to produce the crossbeams and foils for their Ultim Class maxi trimaran.

Here the link to the original article published by PRESS MARE:

LN-OBX – Helicopter History

Thanks to Rickard GILLBERG for this image of the Aerospatiale AS332C1 Super Puma LN-OBX operated by Airlift AS … pictured during some aerial works in Sweden, September 2005. “Obelix” was previously flying with Ali Europe as I-EMEB from July 1999 till December 2003, the only Super Puma ever registered in Italy.


Thanks to Egidio FERRIGHI for this image of the Aerospatiale AS332L Super Puma “Thor” OE-XJP operated by Heli Austria on behalf of AIB Regione Sardegna … resting at Fenosu (OR), August 2019.

Reykjavik, 01 April 2019 – Airbus Helicopters is supporting the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) with the entry into service of two Airbus H225 heavy search and rescue (SAR) helicopters as the first step in a renewal of the agency’s helicopter fleet.

The aircraft are replacing two of the ICG’s three existing Airbus AS332L1 Super Pumas, the first of which entered service in 1995. They are being leased from Norwegian helicopter lessor Knut Axel Ugland Holding AS and will both be in service by the end of April 2019. The ICG plans to purchase permanent replacements for all three aircraft in its fleet by 2022.

Airbus Helicopters is providing pilot and technician training on key features of the H225 and ongoing maintenance and support under an HCare Smart Parts By the Hour contract.

The 11-tonne category, twin-engine H225 is the latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family with more powerful engines providing a smoother ride and enhanced performance compared to the AS332L1.

Equipped with state-of-the-art electronic instruments and a 4-axis autopilot system, the H225 offers outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed, and can be fitted with a wide range of SAR equipment. Operated by two pilots, it can be configured with up to 18 seats or six stretchers.

The H225 and military H225M are benchmarks in SAR and combat SAR and are operated by 20 nations worldwide.

Commander S.G. Sindri Steingrimsson, Director Flight Operations at the ICG said: “The experience with our current fleet of Super Pumas has been excellent through the years. Overall they have done a fantastic job for us here at the Icelandic Coast Guard, in some of the most challenging conditions for aircraft SAR operations in the world. We fully expect that the new Super Pumas will add great value to the safety and security of our operations, increasing capability and reliability while at the same time modernising our technological standards to meet current needs.”

Another tragic accident today, 29th April, in the North Sea. Please visit the above link from Aviation Safety Network to retrieve more details and info from media.


My personal condolences to all the families, colleagues and friends of the involved passengers and crew on board.

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PRESS RELEASE – 26th February 2016

February 26, 2016, Delta, British Columbia, Canada – Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has sold three Airbus AS332 (L & L-1) Super Puma aircraft on behalf of CHC Helicopter (CHC) to Heli Austria, an operator serving the utility, EMS and charter industries in Europe. Heli-One will perform modifications and maintenance work to ready the aircraft for Heli Austria as well as provide ongoing MRO support and parts resourcing.
The three AS332s join Heli-Austria’s existing fleet of Bell, MD, and Airbus helicopters operating primarily in Austria.
“I am excited to add Super Pumas to our fleet which offer excellent value for capability and will diversify our operational reach and capabilities,” stated Roy Knaus, owner of Heli Austria. “Heli-One was a natural fit as a business partner by being able to facilitate the sale from CHC, their Super Puma expertise, and maintenance capabilities.”
“We are delighted to support Heli Austria’s addition of Super Pumas to their fleet,” said Anthony DiNota, President, Heli-One. “By offering quality, well maintained helicopters for purchase along with a full array of AS332 modifications, maintenance work, and training services we are exceptionally equipped to quickly make these aircraft mission-ready for Heli Austria and provide them with continued maintenance and mission support.”
Heli-One has more than 30 years of experience in providing AS332 support and maintenance work. In addition to extensive MRO capabilities, Heli-One also has a rich portfolio of mission-specific modifications covering a wide range of industries. For these three aircraft, Heli-One will de-configure from Oil & Gas and install Cargo Hooks to suit Heli Austria’s operational needs. The work will be performed between two facilities in Delta, Canada and Rzeszow, Poland. The aircraft will be delivered to Heli Austria this spring. –