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ANSV NEWS – 25 Ottobre 2020

Con riferimento all’incidente che, nella serata di ieri 25 ottobre, ha interessato l’elicottero Robinson R44 marche di identificazione I-OLLI, nei pressi di Cervinia, l’Agenzia nazionale per la sicurezza del volo (ANSV), che ha avviato l’inchiesta di sicurezza di competenza, informa che un proprio investigatore ha già iniziato la raccolta delle prime informazioni necessarie a ricostruirne la dinamica e a individuarne le cause.

Deceduta una delle due persone che erano a bordo dell’aeromobile.

Some details are also available at the following Aviation Safety Network link: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/244398

PRESS RELEASE – Trento Mattarello, 14 Ottobre 2020.

Oggi, 14 ottobre 2020, per la scuola di volo Italfly di Trento è stata una giornata di nuovi arrivi, nel pomeriggio ha fatto ingresso in aeroporto il tredicesimo aeromobile della flotta Italfly, composta da mezzi dell’Academy e flotta per il trasporto passeggeri, per un totale di 7 elicotteri e 6 aeroplani.

L’I-BUCH, arrivato oggi a Trento, è il secondo elicottero Cabri G2 di produzione della Helicopteres Guimbal ad entrare in famiglia Italfly dopo l’I-CABB che già da due anni è entrato a pieno regime nell’attività della scuola di volo Italfly e che da poco è stato equipaggiato con il gancio baricentrico per implementare la formazione degli allievi pilota della scuola.

L’arrivo è stato coronato dal tradizionale “battesimo” del nuovo mezzo, di buon auspicio per la futura attività di addestramento dei piloti!

M-REEM – WORLD ROTORS update

Thanks to Graeme LOVELL for this image of the Eurocopter AS355NP Ecureuil 2 M-REEM owned by Kingdom 5-KR-267 Ltd, resting at Beccles, UK in October 2020. This Ecureuil flew for many years in Italy as I-ERPI with Air Corporate.

OVERTDEFENCE .COMBy ED NASH – 23 September 2020.

The Austrian Ministry of Defense has announced that they are planning on ordering 18 Leonardo AW169M helicopters.

The cost of the procurement will be 300 million Euros and first delivery is expected mid-2022. A minimum service life of 30 years is expected.

The new helicopters will replace the Alouette III light liaison and transport helicopters currently in use. These have been in service since 1967 and will be retired at the end of 2023 due to age issues.

Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner announced the decision on Monday, saying that:

“With this helicopter we are buying a highly efficient and modern machine that not only serves the safety of our soldiers, but also the safety of the entire population. We are investing in the safety of Austria.”

The AW169M is certainly a more capable aircraft than it’s predecessor. The helicopter is much more powerful and therefore better suited for use in the mountains. Its modern avionics also make it possible to fly at night and in poor weather conditions.

Capable of carrying ten passengers, the Austrians intend to use the AW169Ms for a wide range of missions, not just transporting personnel and materials but also for extinguishing forest fires, aerial reconnaissance and mountain rescue.

Of the purchase, 12 will be based in Aigen/Ennstal primarily as emergency vehicles whilst the other six will be stationed as trainers in Langenlebarn.

The Austrian MoD state that they chose the Leonardo (formerly Augusta-Westland) design over the comparable Bell 429 and Airbus H-145 because that company offered better terms in cooperation in the areas of training, logistics and aircraft operation.

The Austrians also state that though the aircraft will not be armed they will require the new helicopters to be capable of mounting weapon stations that are able to be fitted within hours, should that be necessary. These could include the ability to use advanced missile systems, though the exact specification is still being discussed with the manufacturer.

Link to the original article online: https://www.overtdefense.com/2020/09/23/austrian-armed-forces-procuring-aw169m-to-replace-aging-alouette-helicopters/

PRESS RELEASE – GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas, Oct. 15, 2020

Air Methods Corporation – the largest civil operator of Airbus helicopters worldwide with more than 450 aircraft in operation – has signed a $24 million, five-year HCare Smart support contract with Airbus Helicopters, Inc. to cover its fleet of 31 EC145 helicopters.

“This is the first of what we hope to be multiple HCare contracts, which allows us to partner with Airbus to drive safety, reliability, and cost targets for our customer base,” said Leo Morrissette, EVP of Operations for Air Methods. “This contract provides us peace of mind knowing that we are working with the manufacturer, to provide a higher level of service, and responsiveness for our patients.”

This is Air Methods’ first HCare contract with Airbus, and discussions are underway to extend similar support coverage to other aircraft models in the Air Methods fleet, which also includes the H125, H130, H135 and H145.  Air Methods is the leading air medical service provider, delivering lifesaving care to more than 70,000 people every year. With nearly 40 years of air medical experience, Air Methods is the preferred partner for hospitals and one of the largest community-based providers of air medical services. Air Methods has a fleet of owned, leased, or maintained aircraft with more than 450 aircraft.

“Air Methods is a key and trusted member of the Airbus family, and we’re extremely proud to help support the life-saving air medical operations they carry out on a daily basis all over the country,” said Anthony Baker, vice president of Customer Support at Airbus Helicopters, Inc. “With nose-to-tail airframe coverage for their EC145 fleet, we will collaborate with Air Methods to  support efficient management, streamline costs and eliminate surprises, with the intent of increasing operational availability and allowing Air Methods to focus its resources on its core business of fully supporting its customer base.” 

HCare is Airbus Helicopters’ comprehensive services offering, delivering tailor-made and competitive solutions to customers. It spans five domains: material management, helicopter maintenance, technical support, training and flight operations, and connected services, with experts available on-call 24/7. The HCare material management service starts out with Easy (on-request catalogue services) and Smart (four by-the-hour options), before progressively building up to Infinite (full availability commitments).

Thanks to Daniel BERTAGNOLLI for these first images of the Guimbal G2 Cabri I-BUCH registered in September 2020 and operated by Italfly Srl … welcomed by water cannon at her first landing at the new home base. Trento Mattarello (TN), October 2020

PRESS RELEASE – Miami, 14 October 2020

  • MDFR ordered four AW139s in December 2019 for fire suppression, emergency medical services, and search and rescue
  • Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez: “As a former firefighter, I’ve been very impressed with this world-class search-and-rescue helicopter. Replacing antiquated helicopters, the AW139 is a vital addition to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s fleet. They will provide a heightened level of safety and security for our Fire Rescue workers and those whose lives they work to save.” 
  • Over 1000 AW139s delivered to customers worldwide to date, more than 280 operators in over 70 countries using the type for a wide range of civil, public service and military roles 

Leonardo is pleased to announce that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) has taken delivery of its first AW139 helicopter.  

The October 13 handoff included a small ceremony at Miami Executive Airport (TMB) in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Officials from the County, including Mayor Carlos A. Giménez, spoke at the event. 

“As a former firefighter, I’ve been very impressed with this world-class search-and-rescue helicopter,” Mayor Giménez said. “Replacing antiquated helicopters, the AW139 is a vital addition to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s fleet. They will provide a heightened level of safety and security for our Fire Rescue workers and those whose lives they work to save.” 

MDFR ordered four AW139 aircraft in December 2019 for fire suppression, emergency medical services, and search and rescue missions. Each helicopter features a cargo hook, rescue hoist and Bambi bucket. The remaining three aircraft are expected to be delivered by the end of 2020. 

MDFR protects people, property, and the environment by providing proactive responsive professional and humanitarian fire rescue services essential to public health, safety and well-being. MDFR operates 71 fire-rescue stations within unincorporated Miami-Dade County and serves 29 municipalities. Due to the impressive scope of its rescue operations, Miami-Dade Air Rescue frequently provides mutual aid support to neighboring counties including Monroe, Collier, Broward and Lee. 

Miami-Dade is the most populous county in Florida with over 2.7 million people and more than 2,000 square miles (larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware). From the coral reefs to the Everglades the unique subtropical environment of South Florida makes this area unlike any other in the United States. 

With over 1000 deliveries to date, the AW139 is the most successful global helicopter program in the last 15 years. More than 280 operators in over 70 countries use the AW139 for a wide variety of missions including fire suppression, emergency medical service, search and rescue, security/ law enforcement, energy services, and private transport. Leonardo is committed to serving and protecting communities around the world, contributing to their sustainable growth by leading in next generation technologies. Partnering with Governments, private organizations and industries for the best security and safety capabilities is a cornerstone of the Leonardo’s BeTomorrow2030 Strategic Plan.
  
In the United States, AW139 customers include the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), New Jersey and Maryland States Police Departments, among many others. The US Air Force (USAF) will soon introduce the AW139-based Boeing MH-139 to replace the UH-1N fleet. 

  • The two partners will work at developing solutions, procedures, and standards to enhance the use of air space in Italy and overseas
  • The collaboration marks an important step forward for the evolution and the modernisation of air navigation infrastructures for transport services, public services and environment protection
  • Leonardo helicopters’ innovative technological features based on greater navigation, approach and landing precision, particularly in harsh weather conditions, are the ideal solution for the satellite navigation procedures developed by ENAV

PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 6 October 2020

Leonardo and ENAV signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) in Italy primarily
aimed at modernising and making safer, efficient and sustainable the use of helicopters and air space leveraging the most advanced navigation technologies.

The aim of the partners is to join forces and offer helicopter operators products and services in the advanced instrument navigation field, while also contributing to modernise the relevant infrastructures. The partners are extremely committed to strengthen a major national resource.
Through the LoI this innovative collaboration combines Leonardo’s industrial capabilities for design, production, supply and support of modern, high performance helicopters together with ENAV’s expertise in the development and management of air space in Italy and overseas.

The agreement will allow the partners to develop and supply advanced integrated solutions for both private and public service operators, in Italy and internationally. This collaboration marks a unique initiative in the world’s aviation sector and also contributes to Italy’s critical infrastructures sustainability, digitalization and safety objectives, with both partners as major stakeholders.

Today the air navigation infrastructures, particularly procedures and air space development, are designed mainly to support fixed-wing aircraft flight operations, limiting rotary-wing aircraft’s potential and versatility. Helicopters inherently feature great flexibility and a higher degree of
freedom in manoeuvrability, primarily based on vertical take-off and landing and hover capabilities.

The latest certification standard of Leonardo helicopters, with its advanced systems and equipment, already allows the use of modern Performance Based Navigation (PBN) navigation procedures, and ENAV has already been at the forefront of design PBN procedures for both fix- and rotary-wing aircraft for years.

PBN procedures, carried out through advanced satellite navigation, significantly contribute to air space optimisation delivering greater flight operation safety thanks to greater navigation, approach and landing precision and accuracy, a key enabler particularly in certain weather
conditions. PBN is combined or replaces the more traditional land-based radio navigation systems.

Moreover, PBN procedures ensure a reduction in polluting emissions and noise through dedicated routes and higher efficiency. Passenger transport, emergency medical service and rescue, disaster relief operations, surveillance and fire-fighting are among the main applications which can benefit from this technology, in all-weather conditions, day and night.
Its adoption and implementation significantly enhance flight safety, environment protection, public service flexibility, responsiveness and effectiveness, air transport efficiency.

Alessandro Profumo, Chief Executive Officer of Leonardo, said: “With this initiative we confirm our commitment to contribute to Italy’s growth and competitiveness by strengthening a critical infrastructure like our sky as well as the systems and rules regulating its use. We do this by introducing innovation, digitalization and procedures which will come closer and closer
to the future ‘urban air mobility’ scenarios, thanks to the continuous modernisation in the field of integration with our expertise in helicopters and the relevant flight safety enabling technologies, air traffic control systems and space technologies. An integrated solution delivering benefits for mobility, safety, environment protection and services for the communities. Italy, with its industrial and technological excellence, confirms its contribution to the efforts made by Europe in this sector with programmes like SESAR and can become a benchmark at an international level.”

Paolo Simioni, Chief Executive Officer of ENAV, said: “We’re proud of this agreement which shows aviation industry’s ability to create synergies aimed at helping our sector grow and contributing to modernize systems which make flight more efficient and safer. Air space is a prime infrastructure for the Italian and international economy growth. Therefore, we’re investing in technological innovation which must also be sustainable and support the environment.

Leonardo and ENAV are two strategic players for the technological and infrastructural development of this sector and this partnership provides further evidence of the technological excellent and quality of ENAV’s people. I’m confident that this collaboration will provide both partners with a competitive advantage in the international market.”

A video showing the new advanced instrument navigation capabilities can be accessed at the following link: https://youtu.be/GMmQKace9hs

PRESS RELEASE – Marignane, 8 October 2020

Customers on three continents have signed firm contracts for the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition helicopter since its launch earlier this year.

The helicopter, one of the most distinctive sights in the skies, will enter service in Latin America, North America and Asia Pacific over the coming months.

Launched in January, the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is a stylish special version of the ACH130 featuring a range of interior and exterior designs created by Aston Martin to delight helicopter owners who appreciate the thrill of piloting and the pleasure of driving luxury sports cars.

The first example of this exceptional model in Asia Pacific has been ordered by an existing Airbus customer in New Zealand. It will be used privately as well as on VIP charter operations.

In Latin America the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition has just entered service with an undisclosed VIP customer in Guatemala.

Most recently another undisclosed private customer in Canada has ordered the third example which will be completed by skilled craftsmen and women in the UK, where Airbus manages and engineers this Edition, and finally delivered from the Airbus Customer Centre in Fort Erie, Canada.

The aeronautical designers at Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) and the automotive designers at Aston Martin worked closely together for over a year, marrying ACH’s key values of excellence, quality and service with Aston Martin’s commitment to beauty, handcrafting and automotive art to bring a new level of aesthetics and rigorous attention to detail to the single-engine helicopter market.

Frédéric Lemos, Head of ACH, said: “We are delighted with the market reaction to this superb new helicopter. These orders across the world, clearly demonstrate the excitement generated by our collaboration with Aston Martin.”

I-RISH – Heli WALLPAPERS

Thanks to Marco PAPA for this fantastic image of the Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuil I-RISH operated by EliFriulia … taking-off from Belluno Airport (BL), October 2020.