All posts for the month August, 2020

9H-TTT – DATA SHEET update

Here some new images of the beautiful Agusta A109E Power 9H-TTT operated by Helicopter Service Malta … resting at Eurotech facility in Caiolo (SO), July 2020.

I-ECRX – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

Thanks to Matteo FORGHIERI for these images af the second Italian registered Bell B505 Jet Ranger X I-ECRX operated by Elicompany. The images were taken in August 2020, during some maintenance activity at Budrione di Carpi (MO) mainbase.

Check the BABYLO AVIATION PAINTING NEWS page for the latest helicopters realized at the Caiolo (SO) facility. Another great job completed on this factory new Airbus Helicopters H125 …

  • Expanding the level of customer service to allow greater mission effectiveness and safety
  • The new service centre demonstrates Leonardo’s long-term commitment to the region and its customers, improving support to a fleet of over 120 helicopters mainly operating in the Sub-Saharan African civil market

PRESS RELEASE – Rome 21 August 2020

Leonardo is strengthening the level of support and maintenance services
offered to its customer base in South Africa with a new service centre following the recent acquisition of Precision Aviation Services (Pty) Ltd. This is located at Wonderboom Airport – Pretoria and comprises 2275 m2 of floor space, 450 m2 of workshop and store, and an equivalent amount of office space.

The site had been operating as an Authorized Service Centre for Leonardo’s helicopters in the country over the last 25 years and is the first Leonardo Excellent Service Centre in the Continent. ‘Excellent’ ranking is assigned to selected Service Centres focused on maintaining third party fleets and having the largest scope of service capabilities, all while guaranteeing the continued achievement of Leonardo’s customers stringent expectations and considering specific market requirements. The first area of further enhancement implemented by Leonardo compared to previous services will be the spare parts availability which will be further expanded.

The new service centre demonstrates Leonardo’s long-term commitment to the region and its customers, improving support to a fleet of more than 120 helicopters mainly operating in SubSaharan African civil market. This is in line with the Company’s Industrial Plan’s focus on stronger customer support services and proximity. The facility includes maintenance hangars, bonded warehouse, workshops and other services and provides maintenance, product support, engineering services while reinforcing spares availability for a range of models also including the AW119 single engine, AW109 light twin series, AW Family including the AW139, AW169 and AW189, with the possibility to extend these capabilities to future products.

Enhanced services will contribute to maximise the helicopter fleet mission effectiveness and safety of operations to the benefit of operators, crews and the served communities. With over 100 helicopter service and maintenance centres worldwide to date, Leonardo plans to establish at least one ‘Excellent’ centre in all strategic markets. During the Covid-19 pandemic emergency Leonardo has delivered continued support through its global network and leveraged digital technologies for remote maintenance services.

I-TEKA – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

Here the first image of the latest addition into Star Work Sky fleet, registered few days ago … the Airbus Helicopters H125 [AS350B3e] I-TEKA…. freshly painted by Babylo Aviation Painting, resting at SWS mainbase in Strevi (AL), August 2020.

PRESS RELEASE – Riyadh, 20 August 2020

The Helicopter Company (THC), which is fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, today announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters to purchase 10 H125 helicopters.

The deal comes as part of THC’s commitment to further expand its fleet and introduce new services that fulfill market demand and support the development of the Kingdom’s wider aviation sector.
Considered a multi-task aircraft, the Airbus H125 can carry up to six passengers and be easily reconfigured to suit varying requirements. THC will utilize the new additions to its fleet to roll out new services related to scenic tourism and aerial work such as filming, banner towing, and surveying.
Commenting on the purchase agreement, Capt. Arnaud Martinez, CEO of THC said: “By signing this agreement, THC has taken a massive step in expanding its fleet and implementing its ambitious operational plan. We are proud to be contributing to the advancement of Saudi Arabia’s tourism and aviation industries through our innovative air transport services that guarantee passengers a one-of-a-kind experience to relish the beauty of the Kingdom from above. I would like to thank our partners at Airbus Helicopters who have ensured we have reached an agreement that matches our requirements, and we look forward to furthering our collaboration in the near future. I would also like to extend our thanks to PIF for their enduring support since our founding as we work together to advance Saudi Arabia’s aviation industry.”
This order marks the beginning of a new partnership with The Helicopter Company and we welcome them as a new Airbus Helicopters customer,” said Ben Bridge, Executive Vice President of Global Business at Airbus Helicopters. “The H125 is the perfect helicopter for developing commercial operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it is a powerful and truly versatile aircraft particularly suited to hot and high environments,” he added.
PIF established THC as part of its strategy to activate new sectors in Saudi Arabia that support the realization of Vision 2030 and generate long-term commercial returns. The Kingdom’s first local commercial helicopter operator, THC has been offering private flights since mid-2019 and is now expanding its services with the addition of the H125 to its fleet.
This new agreement will contribute to driving the development of Saudi Arabia’s nascent and increasingly dynamic tourism and aviation industries and support the integration of each sector’s respective value chains.


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PRESS RELEASE – Columbus, Miss., August 19, 2020

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. (AHI) has delivered the first of 16 new H125 helicopters uniquely configured for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO).

AMO collaborated with AHI as part of a long-term fleet upgrade initiative, and the resulting configuration has led to one of the most advanced, hightech law enforcement helicopters ever developed. “Our mission is to safeguard the nation by anticipating and confronting security threats,” said Steve Boyer, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner for AMO. “Airbus Helicopters’ continued commitment to designing, manufacturing, and delivering quality products will enable AMO personnel to successfully and safely carry out this mission.”
The first helicopter for the new configuration was tested and delivered from Airbus Helicopters, Inc.’s facility in Grand Prairie, Texas. The remaining aircraft are being built in Columbus, Miss, where a workforce made up of 40 percent U.S. veterans also produces the UH-72A Lakota for the U.S. Army and has delivered more than 450 single-engine H125 aircraft for the North American market.
Following a rigorous analysis of its mission needs and next generation aerospace technology, AMO developed a set of requirements for the new helicopters, which Airbus put in place through nearly 30 Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs). The series of STCs are tied together through a primary all-encompassing STC that ensures all of the systems interact properly with one another and with the basic aircraft.
Airbus and AMO have a longstanding relationship of more than 30 years, during which Airbus has delivered more than 100 helicopters from the H120 and H125 family. This new acquisition was made possible through a partnership with Davenport Aviation, an SBA-certified womanowned small business and HUBZone contractor specializing in the supply of aerospace equipment to federal, state and local government agencies.
“We are honored to partner with Airbus Helicopters and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to support this fleet upgrade for enhanced law enforcement capabilities through the procurement of 16 new H125 helicopters from our GSA contract,” said Leah Simoes, Owner and Chairwoman of Davenport Aviation. “Throughout this project, we have been very appreciative of the support we have received from Airbus and CBP of our WOSB, HUBZone Certified small business.” Known for its power, versatility and excellent performance in hot and high conditions, the H125 features dual hydraulics, dual channel engine FADEC, a crash resistant fuel system, and advanced glass-panel cockpit displays. The H125 is the single most popular law enforcement helicopter in the U.S., accounting for nearly half of all helicopters delivered for that mission in North America over the last decade.


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:

P-3301 – WORLD ROTORS update

Thanks to Tiziano CAPENTI for this image of the factory new Leonardo AW169 CSX81982 [P-3301] that will be soon delivered to Polisi (Indonesian National Police) … performing pre-delivery maintenance test flights at Venegono (VA), July 2020.