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All posts for the day April 23rd, 2019

WORLD ROTORS
Leonardo Helicopters AW109SP GrandNew ( c/n 22360 ) HB-ZPL

Here some new imgaes of the Leonardo Helicopters AW109SP GrandNew HB-ZPL operated from Swiss Helicopters AG on behalf of Alturia Ltd … departing from Milan Malpensa, April 2019. This helicopter was previously operated as I-AWCX and G-JTHO.

HELI HISTORY
Agusta-Bell AB204B ( c/n 3061 ) I-BPVV [ex OE-EXP]

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for this unique action shot of the second AB204B owned by Elinord Servizi Aerotrasporti Milano and registered I-BPVV [the first one was I-FAIV] … while performing test fligths at Calcinate del Pesce (VA) during December 1987. This helicopter unfortunately crashed few years later [on date 30.11.1993] during aerial operations on behalf of Meteor near Chania (Grecee).

Vigili del Fuoco – Photo Page by www.dgualdo.it
Vigili del Fuoco AW139s Delivery Cerimony Photo Report – by Damiano GUALDONI

Leonardo: Italy’s National Fire Corps receives first two AW139 helicopters, the backbone of the Country’s rescue and emergency response services.

  • The helicopters will carry out search and medical rescue, firefighting and disaster relief with enhanced operational effectiveness from all national bases. The first AW139 of the National Fire Corps is now entering service.
  • Replacing the AB412 fleet in the next few years, the AW139 has also been chosen by the Italian Air Force, Guardia di Finanza, State Police, Coast Guard and many EMS operators
  • The new helicopters feature latest generation avionics and sensors and firefighting and rescue equipment for operations in all conditions

Rome, 18 April, 2019 – With the delivery of the first two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters, Leonardo and the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco, part of the Ministry of the Interior) announced a major step forward in strengthening their collaboration delivering advanced, more effective emergency response services in Italy. The event, celebrated during an official ceremony held at Leonardo’s Vergiate facility today in the presence of Government representatives and local authorities. 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.

Vigili del Fuoco AW139s Delivery Cerimony Photo Report – by Damiano GUALDONI

Over 816,000 rescues and sorties are performed every year countering fires across Europe, including many in Italy, and the AW139s, planned to progressively replace the Italian National Fire Corps AB412s which have been in service for decades, will guarantee optimimal coverage and an even more rapid responsiveness across the country. The Italian National Fire Corps will receive a third AW139 this year under the €45 million contract signed in 2018. The contract also includes integrated logistic support and training for pilots and technicians, and encompasses an option for 12 additional helicopters. The first two helicopters will be based in Rome Ciampino for National Fire Corps personnel training.

Vigili del Fuoco AW139s Delivery Cerimony Photo Report – by Damiano GUALDONI

The backbone of the Country’s rescue services, the AW139 is also in service with the Italy’s Guardia di Finanza, State Police, Coast Guard and Air Force. The National Fire Corps AW139s 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 (NVG) capability, new generation Trakka searchlight, emergency floatation system and external life rafts, external loudspeaker, medical rack and bubble windows.

Vigili del Fuoco AW139s Delivery Cerimony Photo Report – by Damiano GUALDONI