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Continua la dismissione di elicotteri dei Corpi dello Stato nell’ambito del progetto di rinnovo e contenimento della flotta.

Continua la dismissione di elicotteri dei Corpi dello Stato nell’ambito del progetto di rinnovo e contenimento della flotta, con conseguente comparsa presso operatori civili delle macchine dismesse e vendute all’asta.

Eurotech si è aggiudicata il lotto di 10 Agusta A109 e quello di 2 Agusta-Bell AB212 appartenuti ai Reparti Volo della Polizia. Nelle immagini l’intera flotta di elicotteri allineati all’interno del nuovo spazio che li ospita a Caiolo (SO), in attesa di una nuova destinazione.

PRESS RELEASE – Verona, 26 giugno 2020

Airbus Helicopters ha consegnato un nuovo elicottero monomotore H125 che entrerà nella flotta dell’operatore italiano Elikos.

L’H125 dotato di avionica Garmin G500 TXI di ultima generazione sarà destinato a missioni di trasporto passeggeri, in particolare per voli turistici sulle Dolomiti, e sarà il terzo elicottero Airbus operato da Elikos.

Nel 2020 Airbus Helicopters ha consegnato tre H125 agli operatori italiani, a conferma di quanto questo elicottero, che prevede bassi costi operativi e manutenzione semplificata, soddisfi le esigenze dei clienti per varie tipologie di missioni quali lavoro aereo, antincendio, le missioni delle forze dell’ordine, EMS e trasporto passeggeri.

“Siamo molto soddisfatti dell’Airbus H125, le sue peculiarità lo rendono l’elicottero ideale per trasportare passeggeri sulle nostre splendide montagne” hanno dichiarato Marco e Gabriel Kostner di Elikos. “Inoltre la sua ampia versatilità e l’incremento della capacita di carico fino a +190 kg ci consentirà di operare al meglio l’elicottero in tutte le occasioni. Conosciamo bene i punti di forza di questo modello ed è per questo che aggiungiamo questo terzo H125 alla nostra flotta.”

Elikos è stata costituita dai fratelli Marco e Gabriel Kostner per soddisfare le diverse esigenze della clientela dei comprensori dolomitici per il trasporto di persone e di materiale di ogni genere. Con un eliporto situato a Pontives, all’ingresso della Val Gardena (Dolomiti, Alto Adige, Italia), i piloti vantano una notevole esperienza di volo in montagna accumulata altresì nel corso di innumerevoli interventi di trasporto materiale e di elisoccorso.

“Sono particolarmente lieto che Elikos abbia scelto Airbus Helicopters come partner per supportare la propria crescita nel mercato elicotteristico italiano”, ha dichiarato Alexandre Ceccacci, General Manager di Airbus Helicopters in Italia. “Siamo sempre più attivi sul mercato italiano e sono certo che continueremo il nostro trend di crescita, infatti quello di oggi è il sesto elicottero consegnato al mercato italiano nel 2020”.

L’H125 può accogliere fino a sei passeggeri e si caratterizza per un’ampia e spaziosa cabina climatizzata, per i bassi livelli di vibrazione che assicurano il massimo comfort a bordo, per l’elevata velocità di crociera e per la sua lunga autonomia di volo. L’elicottero ha inoltre un facile accesso alla cabina attraverso due ampie porte scorrevoli, vede i sedili rivolti in avanti ed è dotato di tre vani bagagli. Queste caratteristiche rendono l’H125, modello di riferimento per gli operatori del lavoro aereo del Paese, anche adatto alle missioni di trasporto passeggeri.

520 – WORLD ROTORS update

Thanks to Paul AMERICA for this new image of the AgustaWestland AW139 520 operated by Bulgaria Border Police … the helicopter was undergoing maintence checks at Liege Airport, June 2020.

PRESS RELEASE – Tokyo, 24 June 2020

Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) has ordered one new H225 and four H135 helicopters as part of its fleet modernisation programme.

Currently operating 12 H135, four H155 and six AS365 helicopters, with one H215 and two H225 already on order, NPA deploys its growing fleet for missions including law enforcement, personnel and VIP transport, goods transportation, disaster relief, as well as wide area support. The five new helicopters will complement the agency’s law enforcement capabilities. The new order will take NPA’s Airbus fleet to 30.

“Airbus Helicopters treasures the opportunity to support Japan’s wide-ranging law enforcement missions for more than 30 years with our light twin, medium and heavy-lift helicopters. We thank NPA for its continued trust built over the years, and welcome the agency as a new customer for our Super Puma helicopters. With an enlarged fleet not just in numbers, but also in range and capacity, we are fully confident that the new helicopters will be a timely addition, reinforcing the agency’s operations,” said Guillaume Leprince, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters Japan.

The H135 is an outstanding market leader in the light twin-engine helicopter segment, known for its compact build, agility, reliability and versatility. Its high availability is a strong trait for law enforcement missions. In Japan, H135 operators benefit from the training support offered by Airbus Helicopters’ Kobe-based H135 full flight simulator centre. There are currently 94 H135 helicopters operating in Japan today. Globally, Airbus has delivered more than 1,375 H135s to about 300 customers, clocking in over 5.4 million flight hours.

Offering the industry’s best range, speed, payload and reliability in an 11-ton-category twin-turbine rotorcraft, the H225 is the latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family that has accumulated more than 5.7 million flight hours in all-weather conditions around the world. H225 offers outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed, and can be fitted with various equipment to suit a variety of roles. In Japan alone, a total of 28 helicopters from the Super Puma family are currently flown by civil, parapublic operators, and Japan’s Ministry of Defense for various search and rescue missions, VIP, fire-fighting, and heavy-lifting. 

OE-XFT – WORLD ROTORS update

Thanks to Filippo QUARETTA for this image of the Airbus Helicopters AS350B3e Ecureuil OE-XFT operated by Wucher Helicopters … visiting Locarno Magadino Airport (TI), June 2020.

I-LMOA – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

Thanks to Gianfilippo COLASANTO for this image of the new Italian registered Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuil I-LMOA, operated by Elitellina and previously registered EC-MOA. The helicopters was approaching landing spot at mainbase in Talamona (SO), June 2020.

I-LMXN – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

Here the first view of the new Italian registered Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuil I-LMXN, operated by Elitellina and previously registered EC-MXN. The helicopters was undergoing some maintenance checks at mainbase in Talamona (SO), June 2020.

ANSV NEWS – 20 Giugno 2020

L’ANSV ha aperto un’inchiesta di sicurezza sull’incidente occorso oggi 20 giugno all’elicottero Eurocopter AS350B3e Ecureuil marche di identificazione I-MLTA, a Collesano (PA). Soccorso il pilota, danni all’aeromobile.

Also available the ASN Accident Page at the following link: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/237202

PRESS RELEASE – Donauwörth, 19 June 2020

  • Ready for customer deliveries later this year
  • Raising the bar in performance, comfort, simplicity and connectivity

Airbus Helicopters’ five-bladed H145 has been certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), clearing the way for customer deliveries towards the end of summer 2020.

The certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggles capability.

“Our new five bladed H145 is an excellent example of our quest for continuous improvement and providing incremental innovation that responds to our customers’ requirements”, said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “This helicopter combines value-added features with the robustness and the reliability of a tried-and-tested bestseller, making it very competitive in the light twin-engine market.”

The new version of Airbus’ best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter was unveiled at Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta, GA, with launch customers announced for almost every market segment. Prior to the successful high-altitude test campaign in South America, where the aircraft set its skids down on the Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Southern hemisphere, the new H145 performed several test campaigns including in Spain at medium altitudes and Finland for cold weather.

This latest upgrade of the H145 family adds a new, innovative five-bladed rotor to the multi-mission H145, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg (330 lb). The simplicity of the new bearingless main rotor design will also ease maintenance operations, further improving the benchmark serviceability and reliability of the H145, while improving ride comfort for both passengers and crew. Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration will follow later this year. The certification for the military version of the five-bladed H145 will be granted in 2021.

Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a high performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class.