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Junior doctors swap hospitals for AW169 in Air Ambulance Taster Day

Junior doctors swap hospitals for AW169 in Air Ambulance Taster Day

22-May-2023Source: Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

On 18 May, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) hosted another successful taster day where doctors and paramedics showcased the multifaceted aspects of pre-hospital emergency medicine (PHEM) to trainee doctors. PHEM is a rapidly expanding and evolving medical sub-speciality, and yet it is rarely included in medical school or foundation curricula, making it hard for... Read more

UK – New rooftop helipad planned for Dorset County Hospital

UK – New rooftop helipad planned for Dorset County Hospital

22-May-2023Source: NHS

The helicopter landing site at Dorset County Hospital will temporarily move to allow enabling works and construction of the new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit to take place. Dorset County Hospital has plans to build a brand-new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit, including a rooftop helipad, on the former Damers School site. To allow... Read more

Leonardo summarises orders taken at Heli-Expo 2023

Leonardo summarises orders taken at Heli-Expo 2023

21-Mar-2023Source: Leonardo

Following the company’s successful attendance at Heli-Expo 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia (7th -9 th March), Leonardo is announcing further growth within the commercial helicopter market, with new orders for nearly 40 aircraft of various models to several operators across Middle East, Asia, Americas and Europe primarily for energy support, rescue and public service duties, and... Read more

Mitsui Bussan Aerospace signs for six AW139s

Mitsui Bussan Aerospace signs for six AW139s

16-Mar-2023Source: Leonardo

Mitsui Bussan Aerospace (MBA), the authorised distributor for the Leonardo AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopter models in Japan, announced with Leonardo orders recently signed for a total of six AW139s, to meet the requirements of various upcoming opportunities in the country. These latest orders confirm the continuous success of the AW139 in Japan with nearly... Read more

AW169 VIP On Display at Avalon 2023

AW169 VIP On Display at Avalon 2023

1-Mar-2023Source: Rotortrade

Rotortrade, leading global helicopter dealer and sole international distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters, is proud to announce the availability of the only 169 preowned VIP helicopter for sale in Australia. The helicopter has been maintained by Leonardo and has only been used for VIP flights, ensuring high comfort and reliability. In addition to a 6-month/500-hour... Read more

HELP Appeal donates to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

HELP Appeal donates to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

7-Feb-2023Source: HELP Appeal

The HELP Appeal, which is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding lifesaving hospital and air ambulance base helipads, has donated £26,787 to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, for new runway lights, helipad lighting and a new windsock at its Henstridge Airfield home. The new lights, due to be installed this month, will... Read more

Leonardo delivers first AW169M to Guardia di Finanza

Leonardo delivers first AW169M to Guardia di Finanza

24-Jan-2023

Leonardo and Guardia di Finanza (Italy’s Police Force with general capability in economic and financial matters as well as the only maritime Police Force in Italy) celebrated today the delivery of the operator’s first AW169M light-intermediate twin engine helicopter in a special configuration featuring skids. The handover was performed at Leonardo’s Vergiate assembly line (Varese)... Read more

Norwegian regional Police chief requests helicopter to patrol Russian border

Norwegian regional Police chief requests helicopter to patrol Russian border

24-Jan-2023Source: The Barents Observer

A former commander with the Kremlin-linked Wagner private military company fled across the border to Norway in dramatic circumstances last Friday. Local police fear life and health are at risk if more illegal border crossers are coming in the polar night with temperatures down to minus 25 Celsius. See Full Story.... Read more

Slovenia Police orders third AW169

Slovenia Police orders third AW169

7-Dec-2022Source: Slovenia Government

[electronic translation] In the Ministry of the Interior, we strive for the best possible and modernly equipped police force. Today’s signing of the contract for the supply of a new multipurpose transport helicopter is one of the steps in this direction. The contract for the third Leonardo AW169 multipurpose transport helicopter was signed today in the presence... Read more

Uni-Fly to launch UK AW169 maintenance org

Uni-Fly to launch UK AW169 maintenance org

23-Nov-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Danish operator Uni-Fly has this week launched recruitment advertising for a UK Part 145 Maintenance Manager. The candidate will be based at their Humberside Airport operations centre, from there they fly two UK-registered Leonardo AW169 helicopters in support of the renewable energy sector. Uni-Fly also has a locally-registered AW169 based in Denmark alongside a pair... Read more

AW169 gains EASA certification for skid undercarriage and IFR, single pilot, SAR Modes

AW169 gains EASA certification for skid undercarriage and IFR, single pilot, SAR Modes

10-Nov-2022Source: Leonardo

The AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter’s operational capabilities and configuration options grow further with the recent EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certification of the skid undercarriage and unique IFR, single pilot, Advanced Search and Rescue (SAR) Modes. These latest achievements follow additional enhancements, such as the introduction of the Phase 8 core avionics software... Read more

Leonardo showcases AW609 and AW169 at AMTC 2022

Leonardo showcases AW609 and AW169 at AMTC 2022

26-Oct-2022Source: Leonardo

  Leonardo is back to AMTC, the annual tradeshow for the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) focusing on the newest technologies and the most innovative products and services for the medical transport industry. This year the exhibition, called AMTC2022 Elevated, takes place in the Gulf Coast of Florida, in Tampa from October 24 –... Read more

Rega cancels AW169 order as Leonardo unable to deliver to agreed spec

Rega cancels AW169 order as Leonardo unable to deliver to agreed spec

3-Oct-2022Source: Rega

  Swiss Air-Rescue Rega and Italian helicopter manufacturer Leonardo have terminated the agreement to purchase three new AW169-FIPS rescue helicopters with a Full Ice Protection System as it was not possible to develop them in accordance with the contractually agreed specifications. Delivery of the three rescue helicopters had been scheduled for 2023. Leonardo has informed... Read more

Leonardo presents aviation solutions at Airpower 2022

Leonardo presents aviation solutions at Airpower 2022

5-Sep-2022

  Airpower 2022, one of the most eagerly awaited air shows on the European scene, opens its doors again from 2 to 3 September in Zeltweg, Austria. This air show will highlight military and civil aeronautics from some 20 countries as well as an unmissable opportunity for industries to present their products. Leonardo will present its... Read more

Where now for helicopter support of offshore wind farms in Europe?

Where now for helicopter support of offshore wind farms in Europe?

2-Sep-2022Source: HeliHub.com

The use of helicopters to support offshore wind farms in Europe is in a state of flux. In years past, Babcock flew EC135s from both Lowestoft on the east coast of the UK and from Sandscale Heliport on the west cost – but both locations are now quiet.  The Sandscale operation in Cumbria was terminated... Read more

Sloane Helicopters to supply AW169s to Children’s Air Ambulance

Sloane Helicopters to supply AW169s to Children’s Air Ambulance

30-Aug-2022Source: Sloane Helicopters

Sloane Helicopters, the UK’s longest established and privately owned helicopter company, is expanding its HEMS operations through the recent takeover of the Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) operation. Sloane will be supplying the Charity with two EMS AW169 helicopters later this year, together with pilots and aircraft maintenance. Having commenced operations in March 2022, the service... Read more

Leonardo’s announces Brazilian fleet growth LABACE 2022

Leonardo’s announces Brazilian fleet growth LABACE 2022

12-Aug-2022Source: Leonardo

  Leonardo’s leadership in the world’s VIP/corporate multiengine helicopter market continues to grow with new orders announced at LABACE (São Paolo, 9-11 August 2022), including two AW169 light intermediate twins and one AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter. One AW169 and the AW109 Trekker will be delivered to a private operator in 4Q2023. An AW169... Read more

Chinese offshore operator orders four AW139s

Chinese offshore operator orders four AW139s

26-Jul-2022Source: Leonardo

  China’s CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company (COHC) has signed a contract for four AW139 medium twin-engine helicopters, which will be utilised in country for offshore Oil and Gas Production (OGP) operations. The deliveries will be completed by first half of 2023, expanding Leonardo fleet operated by COHC to 10 helicopters with 8 AW139s, one AW169... Read more

Milestone delivers two AW169s to Sloane Helicopters

Milestone delivers two AW169s to Sloane Helicopters

25-Jul-2022Source: Milestone Aviation

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, has announced that it has delivered a second AW169 helicopter to UK-based operator, Sloane Helicopters (“Sloane”). The first helicopter, a new AW169, was delivered in December 2021. Sloane will operate the helicopters on behalf of the Children’s Air Ambulance UK, an inter-hospital transfer... Read more

Sloane Helicopters renews Leonardo distributor agreement

Sloane Helicopters renews Leonardo distributor agreement

21-Jul-2022

  Leonardo’s continued success in the UK and Ireland helicopter market expands as its regional distributor, Sloane confirmed renewal of its Distributor Agreement for the 2022-2024 timeframe with the company at the Farnborough International Airshow on 19 July. The agreement covers the AW109 GrandNew, AW109 Trekker and AW169 types, and foresees a minimum of seven... Read more

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance to add second AW169

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance to add second AW169

19-Jul-2022Source: Leonardo

  Leonardo is pleased to announce that the UK charity Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) will be introducing its second AW169 helicopter for its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations. The agreement between Specialist Aviation Services and EHAAT, which was signed at the Farnborough International Airshow, includes a bespoke medical interior, in addition to... Read more

Alidaunia Enables SKYTRAC In-Flight Medical Data Transfer and Telemedicine Onboard AW139 and AW169

Alidaunia Enables SKYTRAC In-Flight Medical Data Transfer and Telemedicine Onboard AW139 and AW169

23-Jun-2022Source: SKYTRAC

  SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. (SKYTRAC), a global leader in aerospace intelligent connectivity and satellite communications (Satcom), today announced that Alidaunia S.R.L (Alidaunia), a leading Italian air ambulance, charter, and passenger services provider, has enabled SKYTRAC’s medical data transfer and telemedicine capability onboard their fleet of Leonardo AW139 and AW169 helicopters. In 2019, Alidaunia began leveraging... Read more

LCI and SMFL deliver two AW169s to Alidaunia

LCI and SMFL deliver two AW169s to Alidaunia

16-Jun-2022Source: LCI

LCI, a leading aviation company and a subsidiary of the Libra Group, and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL), have delivered two new Leonardo AW169 helicopters from its joint venture leasing operation to the well-established Italian helicopter operator, Alidaunia. The two state-of-the-art aircraft will be based in Naples and Salerno on long term... Read more

Leonardo celebrates 10 years of the AW169

Leonardo celebrates 10 years of the AW169

11-May-2022Source: Leonardo

  Leonardo celebrates first ten years of the AW169 in the skies with it redefining the light-intermediate market with best performance, advance capabilities, and latest technology. A decade ago the first prototype of the AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter took to the skies for the first time at the company’s site in Cascina Costa... Read more

NHV hits flying hour milestone with the AW169

NHV hits flying hour milestone with the AW169

7-Apr-2022Source: NHV

At the end of 2020, while COVID was putting most of the world into lockdown, NHV was expanding with a new base in Blackpool and bringing the AW169 into the UK Oil & Gas market. There is an energy-rich stretch of the Irish Sea that hosts several offshore platforms, providing the UK with oil and... Read more

Thai Natural Resources Ministry buys AW169

Thai Natural Resources Ministry buys AW169

28-Mar-2022Source: HeliHub.com

The Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment (MNRE) in Thailand have ordered a Leonardo AW169. The aircraft was noted on Friday test flying in Italy in the full standard MNRE colour scheme. MNRE have the responsibility for the protection and restoration of the nation’s natural resources, including forests, water, oceans and minerals. Helicopter market intelligence... Read more

Up to 772 pound payload increase certified for Leonardo AW169

Up to 772 pound payload increase certified for Leonardo AW169

17-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Leonardo has recently had upgrades to the AW169 certified, providing increased payload in several operational conditions, both Sea Level and Hot & High scenarios.  The certified increases are up to 350kg (772 pounds) and dependent on operational situation eg HOGE and CatA operations. Known in shorthand as “Phase 7”, two Performance Packs have been approved... Read more

Vestas sign long-term Taiwan windfarm contract with HeliService

Vestas sign long-term Taiwan windfarm contract with HeliService

13-Jan-2022Source: Vestas

Danish offshore wind turbine maker Vestas has recently signed a long-term deal with German offshore helicopter service firm HeliService to support Vestas’ offshore wind projects in Taiwan – via their local subsidiary Vestas Offshore Wind Taiwan Ltd Starting from the summer of 2023, HeliService will provide Offshore Helicopter Services in Taiwan with two new Leonardo... Read more

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance buy their AW169 outright

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance buy their AW169 outright

7-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

British EMS operator Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance (D&SAA) have bought out the “other half” of the Leonardo AW169 operated for them by Specialist Aviation Services (SAS). Prior to the transaction date in December, their aircraft was owned by SAS (Dorset & Somerset) Ltd, a company set up in 2017 jointly owned by the charity... Read more

Falcon Aviation Services sign Letter of Intent for two AW169s

Falcon Aviation Services sign Letter of Intent for two AW169s

17-Dec-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Falcon Aviation Services have announced today the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to procure two latest generation AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft are intended to further expand the offshore transport capabilities of Falcon Aviation Services for  energy transport service opportunities in Africa. As the global launch operator for... Read more

Angola becomes latest country for AW169 operations

Angola becomes latest country for AW169 operations

16-Dec-2021Source: HeliHub.com

United Arab Emirates based operator Falcon Aviation Services has ferried one of their five Leonardo AW169 helicopters to Angola for a new contract. Falcon Aviation Services is working with local company Turaco Aviation to bring the AW169 helicopter to the offshore support arena in Angola. A ceremony was held at the Turaco Falcon Hangar in... Read more

Castle Air wins Cornwall Air Ambulance contract

Castle Air wins Cornwall Air Ambulance contract

26-Nov-2021Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance is pleased to announce it has appointed Castle Air as its helicopter operations partner. The Liskeard-based company will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance and engineering of the charity’s AgustaWestland (AW) 169 helicopter, which was manufactured by Leonardo. Castle Air has over 40 years’ experience in the management of aircraft and is... Read more

22-Nov-21 N307TC Leonardo AW169 Bastrop, US-Texas

22-Nov-21 N307TC Leonardo AW169 Bastrop, US-Texas

22-Nov-2021

Bird strike on climb-out from hospital helipad, damaging windscreen and beam.  ADSB data shows helicopter continued its 12 minute flight back to base... Read more

Leonardo increases global presence with sale of 4 AW169 to Bestfly of Angola

Leonardo increases global presence with sale of 4 AW169 to Bestfly of Angola

18-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

The Leonardo AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter further reinforces its global market presence and its success in the energy industry sector with the sale of four aircraft to Bestfly of Angola. This contract marks the entry of the AW169 into the African market with the first purchase from major local operator. The introduction of... Read more

Bestfly orders four Leonardo AW169s

Bestfly orders four Leonardo AW169s

17-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

The Leonardo AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter further reinforces its global market presence and its success in the energy industry sector with the sale of four aircraft to Bestfly of Angola. This contract marks the entry of the AW169 into the African market with the first purchase from major local operator. The introduction of... Read more

AMTC 2021: Leonardo makes US EMS sales of AW119Kx and AW169

AMTC 2021: Leonardo makes US EMS sales of AW119Kx and AW169

3-Nov-2021Source: Leonardo

At AMTC 2021 (Air Medical Transport Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, 31 October-2 November) Leonardo has announced a further expansion of its presence in the US emergency medical service (EMS) market with new contracts. These latest sales continue to grow the share of Leonardo helicopters in the North American EMS market, which now totals over... Read more

Story related to Children’s Air Ambulance and Specialist Aviation Services

Story related to Children’s Air Ambulance and Specialist Aviation Services

5-Oct-2021Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com has suspended a story ran four hours ago regarding The Children’s Air Ambulance and Specialist Aviation Services. We are checking the accuracy of the text provided, which was largely based on a statement provided to the HeliHub.com news team. The story was suspended 7 minutes after the HeliHub office was contacted by a party... Read more

LCI grounds two Elitaliana AW169s

LCI grounds two Elitaliana AW169s

2-Sep-2021Source: HeliHub.com

There are very few countries where the national registration authority openly lists a registration cancellation as being due to an IDERA (Irrevocable Deregistration and Export Request Authorisation).  The website of CAA in Australia describes an IDERA as “a voluntary measure that provides greater security to creditors by preventing a debtor from flying an aircraft to... Read more

Milestone announces purchase leaseback with NHV for an AW169

Milestone announces purchase leaseback with NHV for an AW169

14-Jul-2021

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”) has signed a Purchase/Leaseback (PLB) arrangement for a AW169 helicopter with Belgian-based operator, NHV Group (“NHV”), a leading provider of B2B helicopter services. The AW169 helicopter delivered earlier this month will support missions in the UK for Italian oil and gas company, ENI. It will be based in Blackpool, United... Read more

Leonardo, Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps renew cooperation agreement

Leonardo, Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps renew cooperation agreement

12-Jul-2021Source: Leonardo

The enhancement of existing technologies to save human lives and the development of new operative and training solutions make helicopter rescues more efficient and safer when deploying rescue personnel. These objectives form the renewed agreement between Leonardo and the Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico – CNSAS), which... Read more

Sloane Helicopters to add fifth base at London Elstree

Sloane Helicopters to add fifth base at London Elstree

25-Jun-2021Source: Sloane Helicopters

Sloane Helicopters Ltd, the UK’s longest-established privately-owned helicopter company, is expanding its engineering and support services by acquiring a new hangar facility at London Elstree Aerodrome. Sloane Helicopters has signed Heads of Agreement for the acquisition of a dedicated new hangar at Elstree. The Elstree hangar facility is expected to be open from early 2022... Read more

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance add second aircraft for summer months

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance add second aircraft for summer months

22-Jun-2021

British EMS charity Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance (LNAA) have today started a short term contract for a second aircraft. The Leonardo AW109 was ferried today from Sywell to the main LNAA base at Waddington, as seen in these images, and thence to Strubby in the east of Lincolnshire where it will be based until... Read more

UK – Halo Aviation sold to Directional Aviation

UK – Halo Aviation sold to Directional Aviation

6-May-2021

As the spate of mergers, take-overs, IPOs and SPACs continues around the industry, this one has raised a few eyebrows.  British operator Halo Aviation has been sold to Directional Aviation, a “private investment firm whose singular focus is private business aviation”.  As Halo becomes the 15th member of the ever-increasing Directional family of companies, there’s... Read more

German operator scores first success in UK EMS market

German operator scores first success in UK EMS market

22-Apr-2021

The UK air ambulance market is a mature one with very good coverage across the country. A total of 44 helicopters are flown for EMS work, supplemented by a handful of other aircraft for maintenance cover, together with a few fixed wing in certain situations including supporting the Channel Islands.   Apart from two in Scotland,... Read more

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives keys to new HQ

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives keys to new HQ

8-Apr-2021Source: HELP Appeal

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) has taken possession of its new Headquarters based on A15 Sleaford Road, next to RAF Waddington. The new purpose-built home, which will see staff, crew, helicopter and Critical Care Cars under one roof for the very first time, will provide a unique opportunity for the charity to welcome... Read more

ENAV and Leonardo launch first satellite navigation procedures for helicopters

ENAV and Leonardo launch first satellite navigation procedures for helicopters

7-Apr-2021Source: Leonardo

ENAV and Leonardo have tested and validated the PBN (Performance Based Navigation) procedure for the Foggia – Tremiti S. Domino Island route in the Apulia region (Southern Italy). This was carried out with an AW169 helicopter operated by Alidaunia, a company providing transport services to and from the Tremiti Islands, as well as emergency medical... Read more

27-Mar-21 MM81970 Leonardo AW169 Bolzano, Italy

27-Mar-21 MM81970 Leonardo AW169 Bolzano, Italy

27-Mar-2021

Substantially damaged in ground running incident prior to take-off (see video below).  The explanation is approximately as follows:-  Nose wheel is locked (should have unlocked in pre-taxi check list).  Pilot then tries to taxi and turn left but the aircraft doesn’t respond as expected.  After a pause, the nose wheel is unlocked, but without first... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance appoints Interim CEO

Cornwall Air Ambulance appoints Interim CEO

8-Mar-2021Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

The following is a statement from Mark Carne, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Cornwall Air Ambulance: Paula Martin left the position of Chief Executive Officer at the end of February 2021 after 12 years of committed service to the charity. Under Paula’s tenure as CEO, the Trust has developed substantially. As well as... Read more

Two Japanese prefectures sign helicopter cooperation agreement

Two Japanese prefectures sign helicopter cooperation agreement

5-Mar-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The prefectures of Ehime and Yamaguchi have this week signed a Mutual Support Agreement regarding their helicopter operations. Under the agreement, each prefecture will be able to request support from the other for their firefighting and disaster prevention requirements. Ehime Prefecture operates a Kawasaki built EC145, while Yamaguchi Prefecture has a Leonardo AW169. Under the... Read more

AW169 lands contract in the VIP market in Mexico

AW169 lands contract in the VIP market in Mexico

12-Jan-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced that the AW169 new generation light intermediate twin engine helicopter is set to enter the Mexican VIP/Corporate market, further expanding the success of the type among operators across Latin America and the globe and strengthening the role of Leonardo in the world’s multiengine VIP helicopter segment which already accounts for an approximately 40%... Read more

CopterSafety targets March operations for AW169 simulator

CopterSafety targets March operations for AW169 simulator

8-Jan-2021Source: Coptersafety

Coptersafety started the installation of its next Level D Full-Flight simulator at the beginning of summer 2020, and it is estimated to be ready for training at the beginning of 2021. The installation work is done in cooperation with the experts from TRU Simulation + Training and Rockwell Collins, which are responsible for delivering Coptersafety’s... Read more

Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

6-Nov-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced that Life Link III, a n EMS o p e r a to r in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the United States, has signed a contract for an AW169 and an AW109 Trekker for air medical transport missions. The helicopters will ensure in-flight critical care and transport patients across the upper-Midwest of the... Read more

Full Ice clearance for AW169 delayed by COVID19

Full Ice clearance for AW169 delayed by COVID19

19-Oct-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Leonardo have confirmed to HeliHub.com that FIPS (Full Ice Protection System) clearance for the AW169 has been delayed by COVID19. The original order from Rega (Swiss Air Rescue) was announced in December 2015, and consists of three AW169 helicopters. The organisation provides emergency medical service and search and rescue missions (EMS/SAR) all over Switzerland, from the... Read more

Austria orders the AW169M

Austria orders the AW169M

22-Sep-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner has announced that her country has placed an order for 18 AW169M helicopters from Leonardo, following recommendation of Chief of Staff Robert Brieger. The procurement is to replace and expand on the capability of the Alouete III fleet, which has provided 50 years of service and will be retiring from... Read more

Lifesaving work of Cornwall Air Ambulance to feature in new TV series

Lifesaving work of Cornwall Air Ambulance to feature in new TV series

15-Sep-2020Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance is set to feature in a new TV series to showcase its lifesaving work. The 10-part documentary for Discovery will follow the charity’s critical care paramedics, doctors and pilots as they attend emergencies across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The series has been filmed over the summer months- the aircrew’s busiest... Read more

Leonardo AW169 AW189 – EASA AD 2020-0196 – Tail Rotor Servo Actuator

Leonardo AW169 AW189 – EASA AD 2020-0196 – Tail Rotor Servo Actuator

10-Sep-2020Source: EASA

An accident occurred with an AW169 helicopter, the root cause of which is still under investigation. While the helicopter was on a take-off phase at low forward speed, a loss of yaw control has been observed. As incorrect installation of the TRA might have been a factor, as a precautionary measure, Leonardo issued ASB 169-120 to... Read more

Heliservice working with Rega on AW169 service introduction

Heliservice working with Rega on AW169 service introduction

31-Aug-2020Source: HeliService

In the course of the preparations for a new all-weather capable Rescue Helicopter, the AW169-FIPS, the Swiss Rescue Operator Rega conducts different flight and navigation test this week with a AW169 of HeliService in Switzerland. On Monday, August 17th, 2020, pilots from Rega flew a Leonardo AW169 from the North Sea in Emden, Germany to... Read more

Leonardo are test flying AW169 with skids

Leonardo are test flying AW169 with skids

13-Aug-2020Source: HeliHub.com

As with all manufacturers, Leonardo have a continuing development program for each model in their line-up.  In the last few years we have seen the AW109S Trekker with skids, the AW139 gross weight increase, the AW189K with its Safran Aneto-1K engine and so on. Now the Italian-based manufacturer is test flying its first visible development... Read more

Italian Army to introduce next-generation capabilities with the AW169

Italian Army to introduce next-generation capabilities with the AW169

23-Jul-2020Source: Leonardo

The delivery of the first of two AW169 twin-engine training helicopters to the Italian Army heralds the start of a new programme – the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) – that will see our platform enable a step-change in capability to the operator and the country. The next-generation training helicopters will train crews in preparation for... Read more

Leonardo delivers its first basic training AW169 to the Italian Army

Leonardo delivers its first basic training AW169 to the Italian Army

13-Jul-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today the delivery of the first of two AW169 basic training twin engine helicopters to the Italian Army during an official ceremony held at the 2nd Rgt. AVES ‘Sirio’ based in Lamezia Terme in the presence of representatives from the operator and industry. The second aircraft is expected to be handed over in... Read more

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

6-Jul-2020Source: Ørsted

World leader in offshore wind, Ørsted have today confirmed that CHC Helicopter has been awarded the contract for aerial transportation during the construction and operations phases of its Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. CHC will continue to work with UniFly to deliver flight operations for Hornsea One, covering the construction phase as well as the... Read more

The Air Ambulance Service charity predicts £2.2M income shortfall but still has £12M in the bank

The Air Ambulance Service charity predicts £2.2M income shortfall but still has £12M in the bank

6-May-2020Source: TAAS

[Please also see Editor’s note at the foot of this post] The Air Ambulance Service charity, providing vital support to the NHS frontline, is asking the public to back an urgent appeal to safely reopen its stores which provide the much-needed income to operate its clinical services. Your Local Air Ambulance is currently in the... Read more

NHV wins AW169 offshore contract from Blackpool UK

NHV wins AW169 offshore contract from Blackpool UK

5-May-2020Source: HeliHub.com

NHV Group today announced a new long-term contract with Spirit Energy to provide passenger transfer services in support of their East Irish Sea operations. The operations are expected to start in December 2020, and will be based at Blackpool (UK).  The contract is currently flown by Babcock MCS Offshore. Spirit Energy has a group of... Read more

Health Care District of Palm Beach Purchases Two AW169

Health Care District of Palm Beach Purchases Two AW169

22-Apr-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced that the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, FL—a Federal Aviation Administration certificated air carrier in southern Florida also known as Trauma Hawk—has signed a contract to purchase two light-intermediate AW169 helicopters. Palm Beach County is the largest county by area in Florida with more than 2,300 square miles. The District maintains... Read more

15-Apr-20 N51NL Leonardo AW169 Philadelphia, US-Pennsylvania

15-Apr-20 N51NL Leonardo AW169 Philadelphia, US-Pennsylvania

15-Apr-2020

Copilot window fell out at 1000 ft agl.  Corporate part 91 operation... Read more

Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

2-Mar-2020Source: Axnes

Wireless intercom technology innovator, Axnes has announced the integration of the PNG wireless intercom system for multi-mission provider, Travis County STAR Flight. Based in Austin, Texas, STAR Flight has recently taken delivery of three AW169 airframes as part of a fleet modernization program to support their air medical transport, hoist, and fire suppression operations. Designed... Read more

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex marks 30 years with royal visitor

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex marks 30 years with royal visitor

10-Feb-2020Source: Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Redhill Aerodrome on 4th February 2020 to meet the Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (AAKSS) team and view the new technology and training facilities that will allow the AW169 aircraft to operate in weather conditions where it is currently not possible and the crew to deliver more inflight... Read more

Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

3-Feb-2020Source: Axnes

Wireless intercom technology innovator Axnes has announced the integration of the PNG wireless intercom system for multi-mission provider Travis County STAR Flight. Based in Austin, Texas, STAR Flight has recently taken delivery of three AW169 airframes as part of a fleet modernization program to support their air medical transport, hoist, and fire suppression operations. Designed to improve crew... Read more

Leonardo delivers its 100th AW169

Leonardo delivers its 100th AW169

6-Jan-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has delivered its 100th AW169, setting a major milestone since its EASA Certification in the summer of 2015 for the first all new helicopter in the light intermediate category in decades. The aircraft was handed over to Specialist Aviation Services/Cornwall Air Ambulance during an official ceremony at Leonardo’s plant in Vergiate (Varese – Italy)... Read more

First AW169 EMS Helicopter Fleet in US in Service

First AW169 EMS Helicopter Fleet in US in Service

6-Nov-2019Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) that the first AW169 EMS helicopter fleet in the United States is now in service. Travis County’s three AW169 EMS helicopters assist rescue efforts in south central Texas, an area with over 1.2 million people that includes Austin. STAR Flight, Travis County’s air ambulance operator, is... Read more

UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

30-Oct-2019Source: Robert Swan

The Belgian NHV Group announced on Monday 28th October that it had been granted a UK Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) for its offshore operations from the UK. Six of the fleet of helicopters already based at Norwich and Aberdeen-Dyce had been re-registered from the Belgian register to NHV Helicopters Ltd on the British register by... Read more

Civil helicopter market presence grows in South Africa

Civil helicopter market presence grows in South Africa

24-Oct-2019Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today the signing of a Distributorship Agreement with Absolute Aviation Group in South Africa for the civil and commercial market. The Agreement, which has the potential to be extended to other Southern African nations in the future, includes the AW119Kx single engine, the AW109 GrandNew and AW109 Trekker light twins, the AW169 light... Read more

Slovenian Police receive first of two AW169s

Slovenian Police receive first of two AW169s

18-Oct-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Yesterday, the Police in Slovenia received a new Leonardo AW169 from the factory in Italy.  Serial 69102 was delivered on an Italian test registration, but will take up the local mark S5-HPI in the near future.  The helicopter is fitted with a hoist to starboard, but currently has no other obvious externally fitted items of... Read more

Daegu Fire Department to take delivery of new AW169

Daegu Fire Department to take delivery of new AW169

5-Sep-2019Source: Daegu Fire Department

Daegu Fire Department in South Korea is shortly to take delivery of a brand-new Leonardo AW169 to strengthen its aerial capacity. The aircraft, serial number 69101, the 101st to be built, is currently undergoing test-flying at Varese-Venegono in Italy with the test marks I-RAIM. It will be registered as HL9649 when it is delivered. Daegu,... Read more

NHV orders two AW169 for offshore operations

NHV orders two AW169 for offshore operations

1-Jul-2019Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has announced to have recently signed a contract for two AW169 light intermediate helicopters with helicopter service provider NHV Group. The aircraft, expected to be delivered between 2019 and 2020, will be used by NHV to perform offshore transport operations in UK and North Sea area. This latest order brings the total number of... Read more

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