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PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 16 December 2020

  • The delivery grows the number of AW139s operated by WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH in Germany, supporting the energy industry, to four aircraft
  • The operator’s standardisation and modernisation programme based on the AW139 is helping to meet the evolving requirements of its customers 
  • Nearly 1,200 AW139s ordered by more than 280 customers in over 70 nations worldwide, nearly 1,100 delivered and 2.9 million flight hours logged in operations to date 

Leonardo announced today that WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH has taken delivery of a new AW139 7-tonne intermediate twin engine helicopter from Leonardo’s Vergiate facility, further expanding an existing fleet of three aircraft.

The helicopter will be used to carry out offshore transport missions supporting energy industry operations in Northern Europe.

WIKING has been an offshore transport specialist in the North and Baltic Sea areas for over 45 years. It has three bases in Germany and two in the UK. The Company also performs sea pilot transfer, a windmill engineer hoisting service, and emergency medical service operations with its fleet of seven helicopters of various types. 

“Our fleet standardisation and modernisation programme launched a few years ago is helping to meet the evolving requirements of our customers and the growth of our AW139 fleet is providing a valuable support for this goal. Our decision to leverage the unrivalled mission capabilities, operational efficiency and reliability in its category of the popular AW139 are testament to our commitment to delivering the best level of safety, quality, and service across the region,” said Ernst Nassl, CEO Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH.

The AW139 has proven extremely popular in the region for offshore, search and rescue, passenger transport and law enforcement duties. The type set new standards in terms of flight and mission technology, cabin space and comfort, performance, safety and reliability as well as introducing advanced support, maintenance and training services. The AW139 is even exceeding the evolving energy market’s stringent requirements with unique features including a 60+ minutes run dry capable main gear box and full or limited ice protection system as an option to fly in known icing conditions for true all-weather operations. Nearly 1,200 AW139s have been ordered by more than 280 customers in over 70 nations to date for any kind of mission. The global fleet of nearly 1,100 units has amassed over 2.9 million flight hours to date.

I-DACG – DATA SHEET update

Thanks to Alessandro SIGNORINI and Fabrizio MARTELOZZO for these images of the historical Agusta-Bell AB206B Jet Ranger III I-DACG operated by Agusta Elicotteri, AgustaWestland and Leonardo Spa as basic trainer helicopter during the years, from 1983 till 2016.

PRESS RELAESE – 23 September 2020

LCI, a leading helicopter lessor and the aviation division of the Libra Group, and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL) have agreed to establish and operate a joint venture helicopter leasing business.

The vehicle has launched with the initial acquisition of 19 next generation helicopters with a value of US$230 million. SMFL and LCI are co-investors in the partnership, with LCI also acting as manager.

The young, modern helicopters acquired by the joint venture will be used by operators across the globe on a range of missions including Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Search and Rescue (SAR), and transportation to offshore wind farms. With a strong lessee profile, long average lease tenor and full power by the hour maintenance coverage, the portfolio offers a robust profile for the investors.

Jaspal Jandu, Chief Financial Officer of LCI, says: “LCI is delighted to be launching this new leasing vehicle with SMFL. Our joint venture with this renowned partner highlights the opportunities available in the helicopter leasing marketplace, and demonstrates how these aircraft have now become a proven and attractive asset class.”

Shinichiro Watanabe, Managing Executive Officer of SMFL, says: “LCI’s experience, expertise and reputation makes them a natural business partner for SMFL, and we look forward to working with them and combining our respective financial strengths to jointly and professionally manage a successful and dynamic venture.”

George Logothetis, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Libra Group, added: “We are very pleased and proud that LCI has formed a joint venture with such a highly respected organisation. This partnership promises sustained and exciting growth for LCI’s rotary wing business, which has already proved highly resilient during the global pandemic.”

The new joint venture will enable SMFL and LCI to further expand the range and volume of their helicopter investments by leveraging their proven track record, knowledge and experience derived from SMFL’s aircraft and engine leasing companies, and LCI’s years of value creation in aviation helicopter and fixed wing leasing.

LCI’s fleet comprises approximately US$1 billion of assets in service, on order and under management, focused on the latest technology medium and super medium helicopters manufactured by leading helicopter OEMs including Leonardo, Airbus and Sikorsky.

These are in operation across four continents in multiple sectors including emergency medical services, offshore wind, search and rescue, maritime pilot transfer and oil-and-gas transportation. 

I-AWVB – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

Thanks to Mirko BRUNA for this image of the AgustaWestland AW109SP GrandNew I-AWVB registered to Leonardo Spa earlier in July 2020. The helicopter was previously operated by Monacair as 3A-MDF [2].

PRESS RELEASE – 8 Settembre 2020.

Cerimonia di cambio Comando presso l’aeroporto di Cervia.

Nella mattinata di martedì 08 settembre è avvenuta, nel rispetto delle restrizioni imposte dall’emergenza COVID, una sobria e ristretta cerimonia di avvicendamento al vertice dell’83° Gruppo CSAR del 15° Stormo di Cervia.

Il Magg. Antonio B. lascia il comando dell’83° Gruppo  al Magg. Lorenzo B..

Il comandante uscente ha ricordato gli ottimi risultati raggiunti dal Gruppo negli ultimi due anni augurando, al proprio successore, di raggiungere mete sempre più alte e fronteggiare tutte le sfide sempre meglio.

Da parte sua il comandante subentrante, si è detto onorato di essere al comando dell’83° CSAR ricordando che oltre all’impegno imprescindibile dell’allarme SAR nazionale, anche in condizioni meteorologiche avverse, viene, oggi, richiesto di svolgere un importante ruolo nella Difesa Aerea Nazionale e di collaborare alla lotta contro gli incendi boschivi, implementando nel contempo l’impiego dei nuovi aeromobili HH-139Bravo.

La cerimonia si è conclusa con l’intervento del comandante del 15° Stormo Col. Diego Sismondini che ha ringraziato il comandante uscente per il lavoro svolto ed ha augurato al nuovo comandante di superare nel migliore dei modi le sfide che il futuro prossimo riserverà all’83° Gruppo SAR e a tutto il 15° Stormo.

Il 15° Stormo ha il compito di recuperare gli equipaggi in difficoltà in tempo di pace (SAR – Ricerca e soccorso) ed in tempo di crisi ed in operazioni fuori dai confini nazionali (C/SAR – Combat SAR), di supporto alle Operazioni Speciali nonché di concorrere in caso di gravi calamità ad attività di pubblica utilità quali la ricerca di dispersi in mare o in montagna, il trasporto sanitario d’urgenza di ammalati in pericolo di vita ed il soccorso di traumatizzati gravi e, di recente anche il supporto all’attività di antincendio boschivo. Il livello addestrativo degli equipaggi, le caratteristiche tecnologiche degli elicotteri in dotazione nonché l’impiego di apparecchiature e tecniche speciali, quali l’utilizzo di visori notturni, fanno spesso del 15° Stormo l’unica componente elicotteristica in grado di gestire con successo le situazioni di emergenza più complesse grazie, come ad esempio, la capacità d’impiego di giorno, di notte e in condizioni meteo marginali. Ogni volta che un elicottero del 15° Stormo si alza in volo o sta salvando una vita umana, o si sta addestrando per farlo. Dalla sua costituzione ad oggi infatti, gli equipaggi del 15° Stormo hanno salvato oltre 7200 persone in pericolo di vita.

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EC-JOU – Heli WALLPAPERS

Thanks to Rui CARDOSO for the latest uimages of the Agusta AB139 EC-JOU operated by Babcock Mission Critical Services Portugal on behalf of INEM Emergencia Medica … during an active flight at Lisboa Santa Maria Hospital, July 2020.

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.

I-AWCV – ITALIAN ROTORS update

Thanks to Tiziano CAPENTI for this rare image of the AgustaWestland AW119Kx Koala I-AWCV operated by Leonardo … approaching Venegono Airport (VA) early in June 2020. This Koala was previously operated as N499SM and used to perform a long demo/trial tour in Nepal during year 2017.

I-MVRK – Italian Helicopter Register NEWS

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Leonardo Helicopters AW139 ( c/n 31870 ) I-MVRK

Here some great images of the factory new Leonardo Helicopters AW139 I-MVRK registered in May 2020. The helicopter is operated by Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia on behalf of AREU Regione Lombardia as “Horus 4“.