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PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 11 January 2021

  • The VVIP-configured aircraft, to be operated by the Colombian Air Force, is expected to be delivered in Spring this year 
  • The AW139’s success in Colombia grows further with five offshore transport units already in service in the country; the AW139M military variant is being offered by Leonardo to meet national military requirements 
  • Over 400 Leonardo civil and military helicopters are in service in Latin America today

The Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter will be the new Presidential Transport helicopter in the Republic of Colombia. The aircraft, in a special VVIP configuration, is expected to be delivered in spring this year and will be operated by the Colombian Air Force. 

The supply of this helicopter will make the Colombian Air Force the first military customer of the type in the country and will expand the existing AW139 fleet in Colombia. The model has already proven successful for civil transport operations supporting the Oil & Gas industry, with five units in service used by prime operator Helistar S.A.S.

The Presidential AW139 will feature, among others, an eight-seat configuration in the largest cabin in its category, the highest safety standards and include a self-defence suite, typically integrated into other helicopters in the Head of State/Government transport role. 

The selection of the AW139 VVIP in Colombia confirms the leading role of Leonardo in the world’s VIP multiengine helicopter market with a 40% share and grows the success of the type across Latin America for a range or roles, including VIP and offshore transport, law enforcement and public services. A successful model in the global military market thanks to its outstanding performance in hot & high, payload, versatility, latest technologies and modern serviceability approach often replacing the ageing UH-1 series, the AW139M military variant is also being proposed by Leonardo to respond to the multirole requirements of the Air Force, Army, National Police and Navy in Colombia. With over 400 civil and military helicopters in service in Latin America today, Leonardo is a major force in the rotorcraft sector across the region. 

The AW139 sets new standards as a result of its advanced technology, high performance, reliability, safety, role flexibility and cabin space. Its modern avionics reduce crew workload allowing the pilot to focus on the mission. Orders for nearly 1,200 units in over 70 countries have been placed by more than 280 customers worldwide and nearly 1,100 helicopters are in service with more than 2.9 million flight hours logged in operations to date, confirming itself as the bestselling aircraft in its category. The AW139 has also found significant success for VVIP and Government transport duties worldwide thanks to its outstanding reliability, safety, comfort, customisation and versatility.  

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.

COMUNICATO STAMPA N. 39/2020 – ROMA, 01 Dicembre 2020

Il 30 novembre è atterrato il primo esemplare dell’elicottero HH139B destinato a completare ed a rafforzare la flotta di elicotteri del 15° Stormo e dei Centri/Gruppi SAR alle sue dipendenze.

L’elicottero è stato consegnato il 27 novembre, presso gli stabilimenti di Leonardo in Vergiate (VA), a seguito della positiva conclusione delle procedure di collaudo e accettazione condotte dal personale della Direzione Armamenti Aeronautici e per l’Aeronavigabilità (DAAA), congiuntamente agli uomini del dipendente Ufficio Tecnico Territoriale di Milano (UTT) ed il supporto del Reparto Sperimentale Volo dell’Aeronautica Militare.

Gli HH139 versione “B” andranno a completare la flotta di elicotteri HH139A già in dotazione alla Forza Armata.

La consegna degli elicotteri terminerà nel 2021 e vedrà la consegna di 17 esemplari versione “B” ai Gruppi Volo di Cervia ed ai Centri S.A.R.  (Search and Rescue) dislocati sul territorio nazionale (80° Centro CSAR di Decimomannu a Cagliari, 82° Centro CSAR di Trapani, l’84° Centro CSAR di Gioia del Colle ed 85° Centro CSAR di Pratica di Mare).

La nuova versione HH139B presenta alcuni accorgimenti tecnici che permettono di migliorare la capacità operativa e ad aumentare pertanto la flessibilità d’impiego per rispondere alle emergenze ed alle esigenze di sicurezza.

In particolare la nuova versione è stata dotata di un doppio verricello che aumenta l’affidabilità del sistema e la sicurezza durante le operazioni di recupero e di unamission consolleche consente una migliore gestione degli apparati di bordo ai fini della ricerca di eventuali dispersi. Inoltre, il peso massimo al decollo è stato aumentato, da 6800kg a 7000kg, il che permette una maggiore capacità di carico ed infine è stata aggiornata con sistemi di ultima generazione l’avionica ed i sensori di bordo (come ad esempio il sistema AIS – Automatic Identification System – che consente una migliore interazione con i mezzi navali e l’OPLS – Obstacle Proximity LIDAR System – che favorisce l’identificazione e la separazione con gli ostacoli orografici.

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 , il trasporto in bio-contenimento 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, alla 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.


Leonardo’s helicopter rescue and law enforcement fleet grows stronger in Brazil adding further AW119s to the AW109s and AW139s already used by other agencies.


PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 30 November 2020

  • The AW119Kx helicopters are expected to progressively arrive in Brazil in the first half of 2021 to carry out a range of roles including transport, rescue, emergency medical service, firefighting, surveillance and law enforcement.
  • Nearly 190 Leonardo helicopters fly in Brazil today performing a range of roles including corporate/private transport, law enforcement, public services, offshore transport, and naval applications, supported by a growing level of localized maintenance services.
  • Over 350 AW119 helicopters have been ordered by over 130 customers in 40 countries, many of them for law enforcement, rescue, public service and military tasks

Leonardo announced today that the Polícia Rodoviária Federal (PRF) of Brazil will introduce into service six AW119Kx single engine helicopters. The first aircraft is expected to be introduced in Brazil beginning next year, with the delivery of the remainder helicopters to the operator planned to be completed by mid-2021. The AW119Kxs will be operated by the Air Operations Division (DOA) from its bases in the five Regions of Brazil to perform a range of missions including transport, rescue, emergency medical service, firefighting, surveillance and law enforcement.
The selection of the AW119Kx by the PRF was made following a rigorous assessment of technical capabilities to best meet the law enforcement agency’s needs. The handover of these helicopters will further expand the fleet of Leonardo helicopters used by law enforcement, rescue and public
service operators across Brazil which already includes the AW119 single engine type in addition to the AW109 light twin and AW139 intermediate twin models. The helicopters will feature an advanced customized configuration including, among others, a Garmin G1000NXi glass cockpit,
an infrared capable electro-optics system, rescue hoist, cargo hook, bambi bucket to counter fires, rappelling kit on both sides for special forces operations, advanced communication systems.

To date there are over 190 Leonardo helicopters of various types operating in Brazil performing many roles including: corporate/private transport, law enforcement, public services, offshore transport, and naval applications. As the success of Leonardo’s product grows further, the Company is committed to further strengthening its existing level of localized services with the establishment of a new regional support centre, run by Leonardo do Brasil, in Itapevi, 30 km from São Paulo whose groundbreaking was celebrated in February. The new support centre will expand the services already provided by the existing facility headquartered in São Paulo. 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 Leonardo’s Be Tomorrow 2030 Strategic Plan.

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. 

Articolo tratto da QC – QUOTIDIANO del CANAVESE

LEVONE (TO) Si è svolta lunedì 31 Agosto la cerimonia di inaugurazione dell’area per l’atterraggio notturno dell’elisoccorso. Un numeroso pubblico ha atteso l’arrivo dell’aeromobile AgustaWestland AW139 nonostante il ritardo sul programma a causa di una emergenza relativa al trasporto di un paziente. Ubicata all’interno del campo sportivo Ottavio Cortina, è stata predisposta con i più alti standard di sicurezza e accessibilità che potranno garantire l’eccellenza del servizio in caso di necessità.   

Il progetto ha visto la realizzazione di importanti investimenti da parte dell’Amministrazione Comunale che contemporaneamente hanno anche migliorato la fruibilità delle strutture sportive – l’area è sede degli allenamenti e delle partite di calcio della A.S.D. Valmalone – costituendo così un sicuro punto di riferimento anche per le comunità vicine.

«Abbiamo sostituito tutto l’impianto illuminante – commenta il sindaco Massimiliano Gagnor – con lampade e led moderne e di ultima generazione che garantiscono immediate e anche ripetute accensioni senza tempi di attesa. Abbiamo migliorato l’accessibilità all’area mediante rifacimento di una rampa che consentirà l’ingresso dell’ambulanza e dei mezzi di supporto al servizio di soccorso. Abbiamo messo in sicurezza tutta la recinzione ed installato un quadro dei comandi elettrici in modo che in qualsiasi ora del giorno e della notte l’elicottero possa atterrare e ripartire anche senza preventive ricognizioni ed in totale ed assoluta autonomia. Il progetto ha visto anche l’installazione di adeguata cartellonistica stradale per indirizzare i mezzi e il personale verso l’accesso riservato». 

«Pur con la speranza di non averne mai bisogno – continua Gagnor – siamo consapevoli che questo servizio servirà a offrire una percezione di sicurezza maggiore ed una conseguente miglior qualità della vita non solo per gli abitanti di Levone ma anche per i comuni limitrofi che sono sprovvisti di tale opportunità e per i turisti che affollano i nostri sentieri e le nostre montagne». 

Le operazioni di collaudo del sito, consistenti anche nella ricognizione aerea della zona prima dell’atterraggio e nella verifica delle strutture e degli impianti necessari al corretto e funzionale utilizzo in caso di emergenza, hanno avuto tutte esito positivo e pertanto il sito sarà a breve inserito negli elenchi ufficiali a disposizione degli organismi di soccorso.

L’area di atterraggio di Levone, viste le sue peculiarità, potrà essere inserita nel progetto che prevede un network di rotte satellitari e relative procedure che permetteranno il collegamento capillare tra varie elisuperfici. A regime verranno rese operative circa 25 aree di atterraggio e una rete di tratte di volo che unirà i punti nevralgici della rete dell’assistenza sanitaria piemontese.

Il velivolo ha sostato per circa mezz’ora all’interno dell’area di atterraggio dando così la possibilità agli intervenuti di avvicinarsi e conoscere anche il personale di soccorso ponendo, con le dovute precauzioni anti-Covid, numerose domande sul loro impegnativo ma anche affascinante operato.

Durante la cerimonia di inaugurazione, alla presenza del sindaco, del vicesindaco Laura Allice e di numerosi consiglieri, l’Amministrazione comunale ha omaggiato gli equipaggi del soccorso intervenuti con un paniere di prodotti tipici della zona ed ha espresso la più sentita riconoscenza per il lavoro svolto spesso in condizioni di estrema difficoltà.

Link all’articolo originale: https://www.quotidianocanavese.it/cronaca/levone-inaugurata-l-area-di-atterraggio-per-l-elisoccorso-del-118-28720

  • 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.

MM81973 / 11-16 – ITALIAN ROTORS update

Thanks to Yuri VIVALDI for this image of the newly delivered Leonardo AW139 MM81973 / 11-16 operated by Guardia Costiera … while taking off from Luni Sarzana, July 2020.

  • Honeywell Primus Epic Phase 8 software and EGPWS with offshore modes obtain EASA Certification
  • Latest standard delivers increased mission capabilities, enhanced situational awareness and reduce crew workload for safety beyond standards in all weather conditions with the introduction of synthetic vision, enhanced 2D Map, increased Navigation, wireless flight plan data loading and advanced collision avoidance for all commercial and government missions
  • The AW139 is the unmatched leader in its class with continued growth capability and outstanding market success and operational track record.

PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 17 July 2020

Leonardo announced today further enhancements for the AW139 intermediate twin engine market leader with the recently obtained EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certifications for the Honeywell Primus Epic integrated avionics Phase 8 software and the EGPWS (Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System) optional kit with offshore modes.

The Phase 8 software release marks the introduction of an advanced Synthetic Vision System (SVS) specifically tailored for helicopter applications, improved 2D maps and wireless data loading delivering even greater all-weather capabilities and mission effectiveness for all commercial and government missions.

This latest standard increases crew situational awareness and reduces workload for operations at night or in marginal weather. The advanced Synthetic Vision System assists with navigation and landing approaches when operating within challenging terrain, oil rigs, and other demanding scenarios, which is accomplished via 3D presentation of the external scenario, including surrounding terrain, obstacles, runways and helipads within the background of the Primary Flight Display. A user-friendly 2D Interactive Navigation (INAV) feature showing the helicopter position and flight plan on a map into the MultiFunctional Display (MFD) delivers unparalleled navigation system alignment and precision with the actual flight path taking into account environmental factors. Phase 8 has also wireless connectivity embedded, providing high speed data access for flight plans transfer and maintenance data gathering from the aircraft. Additionally, Custom Approach functionality provides the capability to design, set and fly an automated approach to any user-defined location, including oil rig helidecks.

The introduction of the new EGPWS version -036, which is also available for Phase 7, perfectly complements the latest software release and enhanced navigation capabilities for safer offshore operations. This more sophisticated HTAWS (Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System) introduces recommendations of CAA CAP 1519 for optimal use in offshore environments, and gives pilots more time margin and earlier notifications for warning of a potential collision. This will prove to be a key enabler for recognizing and responding to unsafe conditions.

Orders for nearly 1200 units in over 70 countries have been placed by more than 280 commercial, paramilitary, and military customers worldwide and over 1050 helicopters are in service with more than 2.8

million flight hours logged in operations to date. With more than 1000 kits certified to date and continued capability growth, the AW139 remains unmatched in its’ category as the world’s most important helicopter programme in the last 15 years. The AW139 has a proven track record of outstanding mission accomplishment in the harshest conditions.

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.