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Italian Carabinieri takes delivery of AW169M

Italian Carabinieri takes delivery of AW169M

22-Jan-2024Source: Leonardo

Italy’s Carabinieri takes a further step forward in the framework of their helicopter fleet modernization, taking delivery of their sixth Leonardo AW169M. Visiting the Leonardo’s Vergiate final assembly line facility yesterday, Carabinieri’s General Commander Lieutenant General Teo Luzi had a chance to get an update on the progress made in the service’s modernization programme and... Read more

AW139 flies in 100% SAF

AW139 flies in 100% SAF

7-Dec-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Pratt & Whitney Canada announced the successful completion of the first flight for a AW139 intermediate twin helicopter, powered by PT6C-67C engines, using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Accomplished at Leonardo’s facility in Cascina Costa di Samarate (Italy) on 21 November, the 75-minute flight and ground tests evaluated engine performance with multiple power... Read more

Slovenia to buy six Leonardo AW139Ms

Slovenia to buy six Leonardo AW139Ms

28-Nov-2023Source: Defence of the Republic of Slovenia

The Minister of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia, Marjan Šarec, and the Minister of Defence of the Italian Republic, Guido Crosetto, signed an amendment to the Implementing Agreement between the Ministry of Defence of the Italian Republic and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia on cooperation in the field of military... Read more

Conti Federal Services awarded $14M contract for Combat Rescue Helicopter Simulator Facility,

Conti Federal Services awarded $14M contract for Combat Rescue Helicopter Simulator Facility,

10-Nov-2023Source: US DoD

Conti Federal Services LLC, Orlando, Florida, is awarded a $14,998,242 firm-fixed-price contract for P-242 Combat Rescue Helicopter Simulator Facility, Aviano, Italy. This work includes the construction of an addition to, and renovation of, an existing squadron operation facility (Building 7300) to support bed-down of the Combat Rescue Helicopter simulator. Work will be performed in Aviano,... Read more

Alpine rescue org ICAR makes DRF Luftrettung permanent member

Alpine rescue org ICAR makes DRF Luftrettung permanent member

8-Nov-2023Source: DRF Luftrettung

In future, DRF Luftrettung will be represented as a permanent member of ICAR (International Commission for Alpine Rescue), the leading international professional organization for alpine rescue. This was recently decided unanimously at the ICAR conference in Toblach, Italy, which brought together around 200 delegates from 41 countries.   The aim of ICAR and its 72 international... Read more

Jetson is the first certified ultralight eVTOL in Italy

Jetson is the first certified ultralight eVTOL in Italy

23-Oct-2023Source: Jetson

Jetson announced that the company has obtained two critical flight permits by the Italian aerospace authorities.... Read more

Italian Navy complete deliveries of NH90s

Italian Navy complete deliveries of NH90s

3-Oct-2023Source: Leonardo

The Italian Navy achieved a major rotorcraft capability enhancement milestone with the completion of deliveries of its NH90 helicopters combined with a dedicated simulation centre for its NH90 crews. The 46th SH-90A ASW/ASuW aircraft, assembled at Leonardo’s facility in Venice Tessera, has been deployed at the Italian Navy’s Maristaeli Luni Base and presented during an... Read more

LCI delivers trio of EMS helicopters to Alidaunia

LCI delivers trio of EMS helicopters to Alidaunia

11-Jul-2023Source: LCI

LCI, a leading aviation company, has delivered three Leonardo AW169 helicopters on long-term lease to the Italian operator, Alidaunia S.r.L. (Alidaunia). The aircraft were all delivered new from Leonardo and are valued at over US$30 million.  They form part of the LCI and SMFL joint venture (JV) fleet, which now totals 57 aircraft valued at approximately... Read more

Loft Dynamics sells H125 Simulator to Helixcom

Loft Dynamics sells H125 Simulator to Helixcom

10-Jul-2023Source: Loft Dynamics

Loft Dynamics AG (formerly VRM Switzerland), creator and operator of the world’s first and only virtual reality (VR) simulators qualified by a major aviation regulator,  announced the sale of a VR Airbus H125 training device to Multicom based in Sicily, Italy. Helixcom – a subsidiary of Multicom – will use the simulator to establish a... Read more

Lilium signs agreement with Air-Dynamic to serve Switzerland and Italy

Lilium signs agreement with Air-Dynamic to serve Switzerland and Italy

26-May-2023Source: Lilium

Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet, announced an agreement with Air-Dynamic SA, a Switzerland-based private jet and helicopter company. The firm agreement includes deposit payments to Lilium for delivery of up to five Lilium Jets.   Air-Dynamic SA, a proud supporter of the new generation of electric... Read more

Air Corporate of Italy orders 43 Airbus helicopters at EBACE 2023

Air Corporate of Italy orders 43 Airbus helicopters at EBACE 2023

25-May-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

Leading Italian business aviation operator Air Corporate has placed a firm order for 43 helicopters from Airbus on the concluding day of EBACE 2023. The helicopters include 40 single-engine helicopters (H125/H130) plus three ACH160s from Airbus Corporate Helicopters in Line configuration with the Lounge package to add to two ACH160s already on order. The contract is the... Read more

Leonardo obtained certification in Italy for military aircraft training

Leonardo obtained certification in Italy for military aircraft training

17-May-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo, through its Helicopters Division and in coordination with Aircraft Division, has become the first industrial player in Italy to deliver the entire range of military aircraft basic maintenance training. This was possible through the “Maintenance Training Organisation” certification recently assigned to Leonardo Helicopters by the Italian Secretariat General of Defence/National Armaments Directorate, according to... Read more

Leonardo to exhibit maritime defence event IMDEX Asia in Singapore

Leonardo to exhibit maritime defence event IMDEX Asia in Singapore

4-May-2023Source: IMDEX Asia

Leonardo, a strategic partner of the Italian Navy and a key supplier to many international naval forces, will exhibit at the leading naval and maritime defence event IMDEX Asia in Singapore 3rd to 5th May. During the show, the company will present multi-domain technologies developed to meet the modern needs of Armed Forces and strengthen... Read more

EASA crew performs first flight on AW609 tiltrotor

EASA crew performs first flight on AW609 tiltrotor

28-Mar-2023Source: Leonardo

On 16-17th March, in Cascina Costa di Samarate (Italy), EASA CT staff were given the chance to fly the AW609. The EASA flight crew took part in the first round of familiarisation activities for the AW609 programme. This event marks the first time EASA has flown the AW609, after the FAA’s pre-TIA (Type Inspection Authorization) flight test... Read more

Babcock sells emergency services business; Avincis name reappears

Babcock sells emergency services business; Avincis name reappears

1-Mar-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock International Group today announced the conclusion of its portfolio alignment programme with the completion of the sale of certain of its aerial emergency services businesses to Ancala Partners.  These businesses were sold for a cash consideration of €136.2 million (c. £120 million), before completion adjustments and transaction costs. In turn, Ancala have rejuvenated the... Read more

Guardia di Finanza opens Air-Naval Operations simulation centre

Guardia di Finanza opens Air-Naval Operations simulation centre

3-Feb-2023Source: Leonardo

Guardia di Finanza (Italy’s Police Force, with general capability in economic and financial matters, is the only maritime Police Force in Italy) opened its Air-Naval Operations Simulation Centre at Pratica di Mare Air Base (Rome) today, during an official ceremony in the presence of institutional and Leonardo representatives. The new centre was developed by the... 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

Politician raises questions over Friuli Venezia Giulia Region rescue contract

Politician raises questions over Friuli Venezia Giulia Region rescue contract

30-Nov-2022Source: HeliHub.com

A political controversy is being reported in Italy over the helicopter rescue contract in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region.  The contract is held by Elifriulia using an Airbus H145 from a base at the main hospital in the town of Udine.  The contract covers a region of 3060 square miles, containing a population of just... Read more

Eliance Group completes purchase of Italian operator Elifriulia

Eliance Group completes purchase of Italian operator Elifriulia

18-Nov-2022

This news story follows the announcement in July of the intention of Eliance eto purchase Elifriulia The Eliance Group, a Spanish operator active in the helicopter services sector, has acquired the majority of the share capital of Elifriulia SpA alongside the two institutional financial partners who remain in the shareholding with a minority stake. In... Read more

Carabinieri introduces mission capabilities with new AW119Kx

Carabinieri introduces mission capabilities with new AW119Kx

28-Oct-2022Source: Leonardo

  Leonardo has announced today the signing of a contract by Italy’s Carabinieri for the supply of 20 AW119Kx single engine helicopters for its Air Service. The aircraft will be assembled at Leonardo’s Vergiate facility (Varese) with deliveries expected in the 2023-2026 period. The contract also includes a comprehensive turnkey logistics support package and training... Read more

Volocopter completes first crewed eVTOL test flights in Italy

Volocopter completes first crewed eVTOL test flights in Italy

11-Oct-2022Source: Volocopter

  Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), Atlantia, UrbanV, and the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), Volocopter, have successfully completed the first crewed eVTOL test flights in Italian airspace. These tests were part of a mobility ecosystem setup at Fiumicino’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport. This is a key milestone toward the envisioned rollout of advanced air mobility... Read more

Alidaunia joins Leading Helicopter Academies

Alidaunia joins Leading Helicopter Academies

4-Oct-2022Source: Alidaunia

  Alidaunia, one of the largest helicopter operators in Italy, is joining LHA, Europe’s first helicopter training network. Founded in 1976, Alidaunia offers HEMS, firefighting and commercial transport, as well as its academy. It’s also the only company that operates a scheduled helicopter service in Italy. EHC CEO and LHA Spokesperson Anette Kruhaug Haldersen: “We... 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

Babcock sell some Onshore operations for €136.2M

Babcock sell some Onshore operations for €136.2M

20-Jul-2022

Aside from their offshore operations, Babcock are also selling their onshore interests. Employees were told yesterday that Ancala Partners, a mid-market infrastructure investor was buying Babcock operations in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Finland.  The deal is priced at €136.2 million Excluded are operations in UK, France, Canada and Australia, where Babcock also operates defence... Read more

Spain’s Eliance buys Italy’s Elifriulia

Spain’s Eliance buys Italy’s Elifriulia

11-Jul-2022Source: Eliance

Elifriulia is a helicopter operating company founded in 1971 with headquarters at Trieste Airport, Friuli Venezia Giulia region. It mainly offers search and rescue, firefighting and medicalized air transport services. In addition, it has a Part 145 maintenance organization and a pilot school. Elifriulia operates AIRBUS helicopters similar to those operated by Eliance, facilitating synergies... Read more

Starspeed services wins tender to the Isles of Scilly

Starspeed services wins tender to the Isles of Scilly

30-Jun-2022Source: Starspeed

  Starspeed Ltd, one of the largest VIP helicopter operators worldwide and registered since 1978 as a helicopter company, is proud to announce that it will take over operations of the Penzance Helicopters service to the Isles of Scilly in the very South-West of the United Kingdom in winter 2022, replacing current operator Sloane Helicopters. The decision awarding the... 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

09-Jun-22 I-ELOP Leonardo AW119 Mount Cusna, Italy (7F)

09-Jun-22 I-ELOP Leonardo AW119 Mount Cusna, Italy (7F)

9-Jun-2022

Crashed and completely burned out on Mount Cusna, Italy.  Wreckage found two days after reported overdue. All 7 on board suffered fatal injuries – named in this report as pilot Corrado Levorin, Turkish citizens Kenar Serhat, Cez Arif, Ilker Ucar, and Altug Erbil and Lebanese citizens Chadi Kreidy and Tarek Tayah. All six passengers were... Read more

27-May-22 I-PLLY Airbus SA318C Quargnento, Italy

27-May-22 I-PLLY Airbus SA318C Quargnento, Italy

27-May-2022

Helicopter experienced difficulties shortly after take off.  All four POB seriously injured Wreckage airlifted the next day by the fire service Reparto volo dei #vigilidelfuoco di #Torino impegnato #oggi a Quargnento (AL) nella rimozione di un elicottero precipitato ieri pomeriggio pic.twitter.com/GOkk7aDpQD — Vigili del Fuoco (@vigilidelfuoco) May 28, 2022  ... Read more

Airbus and ITA Airways partner to develop urban air mobility in Italy

Airbus and ITA Airways partner to develop urban air mobility in Italy

5-May-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus and ITA Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on urban air mobility (UAM) in Italy. The two companies will explore the creation of tailored UAM services, by identifying strategic use cases for emission-free mobility solutions. The agreement foresees a joint approach toward local mobility stakeholders in order to onboard additional partners... Read more

Air Corporate acquires simulators from Entrol

Air Corporate acquires simulators from Entrol

31-Mar-2022Source: Entrol

Air Corporate, one of the biggest operators in Italy, has completed the purchase of two FTD Level 3 simulators based on the H125 and H145 helicopters. With bases throughout Italy in places like Roma, Milano, Rimini or Verona, Air Corporate accumulates more than 35,000 flight hours in more than 60,000 different missions. Both simulators will... Read more

Elilombarda wins offshore AW109 contract from Babcock

Elilombarda wins offshore AW109 contract from Babcock

30-Mar-2022Source: Oscar Bernardiv

Elilombarda, one of the oldest Italian helicopter companies, based in Calcinate del Pesce, Varese, won a contract to supply 2 helicopters to ENI, the Italian multinational oil and gas company, to support oil rigs in the Adriatic and Sicilian seas. The contract starting on April 1st 2022 will last 5 years, utilizing two Leonardo AW109ST... Read more

Rotortrade adds office in Italy

Rotortrade adds office in Italy

4-Mar-2022Source: Rotortrade

Rotortrade, the leading global helicopter distributor, is proud to announce the opening of a new office in Italy and the appointment of Massimo Vilardi as Sales Director. Massimo will be responsible for the Italian market and help develop the UK market. Massimo, an aerospace engineer and private pilot, has more than 20 years of experience... Read more

Leonardo signs Austria AW169M LUH contract

Leonardo signs Austria AW169M LUH contract

14-Jan-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and the Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness of the Italian Secretariat General of Defence/National Armaments Directorate signed yesterday the Acquisition Contract for the supply of AW169M Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) to the Austrian Ministry of Defence. The contract, valued at 346 million EUR, was signed in the framework of the Italy-Austria Government-to-Government (G2G)... Read more

Italian Army completes first 1,000 flight hours in UH-169B training helicopters

Italian Army completes first 1,000 flight hours in UH-169B training helicopters

7-Jan-2022Source: Leonardo

Two UH-169B helicopters in service since 2H2020 are preparing crews for the future operational transition to the all-new advanced multirole Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) programme Italian Army quote “This is an important step for the Italian Army Aviation, in cooperation with Leonardo, towards the future” Over 290 orders and options to date for the AW169... Read more

Babcock ramps up EMS night flights in Italy

Babcock ramps up EMS night flights in Italy

15-Dec-2021Source: Babcock

Aerospace, Defence and Security company Babcock International is ramping up technology in its Italian air ambulance operation and having a major impact on its pilots’ ability to fly at night and keep communities safe. Increasing in use by 75% over the last five years the ‘night flight’ is now a critical part of Babcock-managed air... Read more

Indian Defence Ministry lifts ban on Leonardo

Indian Defence Ministry lifts ban on Leonardo

19-Nov-2021Source: The Tribune

The defence ministry has formally lifted a ban on Italian firm Leonardo SpA and its subsidiary AgustaWestland as their names have not figured in an updated list of companies debarred and suspended from business dealings with it, officials familiar with the developments said on Sunday. See Full Story.... Read more

Volocopter promotes eVTOL in Rome

Volocopter promotes eVTOL in Rome

10-Nov-2021Source: Volocopter

From Fiumicino’s Leonardo Da Vinci airport to the center of Rome, and vice versa, in just 20 minutes, and with zero emissions in flight. This is one of the main advantages of VoloCity, the innovative air taxi created by the German company Volocopter, which will be on display in Piazza San Silvestro, in the heart... Read more

Atlantia, Rome Airport and Volocopter to bring eVTOL to Italy

Atlantia, Rome Airport and Volocopter to bring eVTOL to Italy

29-Oct-2021Source: Volocopter

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), the infrastructures’ holding company Atlantia and Aeroporti di Roma, the largest airport operator in Italy, announced their partnership today to bring electric air taxis to Rome. Alongside the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) and ENAV, the companies are pushing for sustainable innovation in aviation. Urban air mobility... Read more

Savback Helicopters evolves business model to better serve customers

Savback Helicopters evolves business model to better serve customers

25-Oct-2021Source: Savback

Savback Helicopters AB, a leading specialist helicopter vendor with a global client base, is pleased to present its new, ‘independently focused’ business model –showcased in a brand-new website.  Savback.com. Bolstered with a wider geographical reach, following the opening of offices in the UK, Italy and Slovakia, Savback, headquartered in Sweden, will carefully consider clients’ requirements and travel... Read more

SEA Milan Airports and Skyports look to develop Vertiports across Italy

SEA Milan Airports and Skyports look to develop Vertiports across Italy

21-Oct-2021Source: Skyports

Skyports, the world-leading vertiport owner and operator and SEA Milan Airports one of the main airport operators in Europe, have recently signed a partnership agreement to investigate the development and operation of a network of vertiports across Italy. Starting with Milan, where SEA manages Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate airports, the partnership will enable Skyports... Read more

Italian State Police Air Service celebrates 50 years

Italian State Police Air Service celebrates 50 years

20-Oct-2021Source: Polizia di Stato

The Italian State Police Air Service celebrates its 50th anniversary: ​​half a century in flight with airplanes and helicopters capable of providing invaluable help from above in emergency situations. Men and women, who since 1971 have always been ready for take-off to operate in difficult-to-reach contexts, to transport operational units, if necessary, and to search... Read more

Italian Army retires the A109

Italian Army retires the A109

19-Oct-2021Source: Italian Defence

The Italian Army has retired the Agusta A109 helicopter after 45 years of service. The last flight was on 14 October from Chelotti Heliport, home of the 1st AVES “Idra” Support Regiment in Bracciano where all the administrative procedures for the type’s retirement will be managed. The A109, which recently marked 50 years since its... Read more

Leonardo addresses new naval challenges at Seafuture 2021

Leonardo addresses new naval challenges at Seafuture 2021

5-Oct-2021Source: Leonardo

With over 60 years’ experience working closely with many Navies and developing the technologies necessary to face the complex challenges imposed by new scenarios, Leonardo is sponsoring and exhibiting at the seventh edition of Seafuture 2021 in La Spezia, from 28 September to 1 October. The biennial international event – organised in collaboration with the... Read more

Leonardo rejuvenates Agusta as its VIP brand

Leonardo rejuvenates Agusta as its VIP brand

4-Oct-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has announced the launch of a new initiative to reinforce its leading position in the world’s VIP/corporate helicopter market, as it pioneers new advanced and sustainable air mobility solutions in the vertical flight domain. Today Agusta becomes the brand that embodies the company’s distinctive design, technology and service philosophy and values in the executive... Read more

Piaggio Aerospace partners with Safran

Piaggio Aerospace partners with Safran

28-Sep-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

The Italian aircraft and engine-parts manufacturer Piaggio Aerospace and the French company Safran Helicopter Engines have announced that they signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to cooperate on the production of the Ardiden 3 aeroengine family. The agreement covers the manufacture of critical parts for the variants of the Ardiden 3 family, both for turbopropulsor... 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

Leonardo’s new threat warning system goes into production

Leonardo’s new threat warning system goes into production

2-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo’s new MAIR (Multi Aperture InfraRed) threat warning system has gone into series production, with manufacturing underway on an initial batch of dozens of units for installation on helicopters including the Italian Army’s LUH (Light Utility Helicopter), based on the AW169M. The move follows a successful trials campaign, which proved the system’s ability to quickly... Read more

Leonardo celebrates 50th anniversary of A109

Leonardo celebrates 50th anniversary of A109

4-Aug-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo celebrates the 50th anniversary of its A109 helicopter, an iconic product which represented a revolution in the life of the company. The type enabled Italy to become one of the world’s only nations with an OEM capable of autonomous design, development, manufacturing of helicopters, which became highly successful in both national and export markets.... Read more

Novaris adds new base at Genoa Airport

Novaris adds new base at Genoa Airport

19-Jul-2021Source: Genoa Airport

A helicopter based at Genoa Airport to serve customers who need fast travel between the Ligurian capital and the main tourist destinations of the Riviere, especially Portofino: it is the novelty of “Cristoforo Colombo” in the private flight sector. The company Novaris, which has already operated on the Ligurian territory both for air taxi services and... 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

Leonardo delivers HH-139B helicopter to the Italian Air Force

Leonardo delivers HH-139B helicopter to the Italian Air Force

28-Jun-2021Source: Leonardo

Italian Minister of Defence Lorenzo Guerini and Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Alberto Rosso attended the acceptance ceremony of an Italian Air Force HH-139B helicopter during an official visit to Leonardo’s helicopter facility in Vergiate (Italy). Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo General Manager Lucio Valerio Cioffi, and Leonardo Helicopters’ MD Gian Piero Cutillo... Read more

UMS Skeldar to start flight trials of ECARO V-150 UAV

UMS Skeldar to start flight trials of ECARO V-150 UAV

15-Jun-2021Source: UMS Skeldar

Europe’s leading provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms, UMS Skeldar, arrived this week at the Grottaglie Airport in Italy with its V-150 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) air vehicle ahead of a three-week flight test campaign with the Distretto Technologico Aerospaziale (DTA). The tests form part of the ECARO project which, among other... Read more

02-May-21 HB-ZQQ Leonardo AW109S Padua, Italy

02-May-21 HB-ZQQ Leonardo AW109S Padua, Italy

2-May-2021

Main blades struck canopy over fuel area at airport.  Rotor disc imbalance was serious enough for the main blades to slice the tail boom off The pilot had reportedly planned on refuelling at Ozzano but was unable to do so on arrival and flew on to Padua.... Read more

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

14-Apr-2021

In a detailed press release under the brief title of “Business Update”, Babcock International Group not only reaffirmed the sale of their offshore business, but also indicated that all aerial emergency services businesses are under review.  The company admitted that the Avincis acquisition in 2014 has not delivered shareholder value with low returns on high... Read more

31-Mar-21 I-MIAT Airbus H125 Bisaccia, Italy

31-Mar-21 I-MIAT Airbus H125 Bisaccia, Italy

31-Mar-2021

Helicopter was involved in loadlifting operations, and lost altitude suddenly , crashing into trees as seen below in the image from Vigili del Fuoco.  37 year old pilot was the only POB and was taken to hospital... 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

EHang partners with Giancarlo Zema Design Group for Italian Vertiport

EHang partners with Giancarlo Zema Design Group for Italian Vertiport

17-Mar-2021Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company announced to partner with an Italian architecture firm Giancarlo Zema Design Group (GZDG) to extend its air mobility solutions in the EU. With EHang’s passenger-grade AAV technologies and air mobility solutions, GZDG has designed and will... Read more

30-Dec-20 I-LGLG Airbus H125 San Martino, Italy

30-Dec-20 I-LGLG Airbus H125 San Martino, Italy

30-Dec-2020

Crashed in white-out conditions during landing, during which the main rotor disc hit the ground.  20 minutes after the accident the helicopter caught fire and completely burned out.  It is evident from images that the helicopter was written off in the accident (boom in multiple pieces) prior to the conflagration.  Pilot named in this report... Read more

Leonardo’s acoustic sub hunter technology adds dipping sonar in new demo

Leonardo’s acoustic sub hunter technology adds dipping sonar in new demo

22-Dec-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has recently proven the newly-expanded capabilities of its ULISSES acoustic anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system in a demonstration off the coast of Italy. During the demo, Leonardo showed how the Firefly, AQS-18, dipping sonar from L3Harris Technologies worked in concert with the ULISSES processor to automatically locate simulated enemy submarines and alert the crew to... Read more

Eliance launches two H145s for Madrid EMS contract

Eliance launches two H145s for Madrid EMS contract

5-Nov-2020Source: Comunidad de Madrid

[electronic translations] The Community of Madrid has renewed the two medical helicopters of the SUMMA 112 (the Medical Emergency Service of the Community of Madrid) destined to attend to emergencies that occur in the region. The new model of these aircraft, which came into operation on November 1, is the Airbus H145. It is a... Read more

Leonardo CEO Profumo given 6 year jail sentence and €2.5M file

Leonardo CEO Profumo given 6 year jail sentence and €2.5M file

20-Oct-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Last Thursday 15th October, an Italian court sentenced the former Chairman of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) bank, Alessandro Profumo, and the former CEO, Fabrizio Viola.  The pair have each been given six years in prison for irregularities regarding the financial accounts between 2012 and 2015, as well as a fine of 2.5M... Read more

Leonardo and ENAV join forces on digitalization, sustainability and safety

Leonardo and ENAV join forces on digitalization, sustainability and safety

7-Oct-2020Source: Leonardo

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... Read more

President of Uruguay welcomes first SAR AB412

President of Uruguay welcomes first SAR AB412

18-Sep-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Yesterday, at “Carlos Curbelo” Naval Air Base in Punta del Este, a ceremony was held to welcome the first of two AB412s acquired by the Uruguay Navy. The event was attended by the President of the Republic, Dr. Luis Lacalle Pou, Defence Minister Dr. Javier Garcia, Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Defense Colonel Rivera... 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

Italian order highlights continuing success of ACH160

Italian order highlights continuing success of ACH160

16-Jul-2020Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) has won a new order for its latest ACH160 helicopter, announced just days after the H160 achieved certification. This new order, placed by an experienced Italian operator for use on private and corporate flights mainly inside Italy, means the ACH160 has been ordered by customers in eight countries across North America,... 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

Kopter SH09 helicopter test flights go ahead in Sicily

Kopter SH09 helicopter test flights go ahead in Sicily

24-Jun-2020

Leonardo, through Kopter Group AG (Kopter), has announced that the flight test activities of the third prototype of the SH09 single-engine helicopter (designated P3) have restarted in Pozzallo, Sicily, in Italy last week. The Kopter flight test & prototype maintenance teams arrived in Pozzallo earlier this month to prepare P3 and perform all necessary technical... Read more

Babcock MCS Italia loses first appeal over €51 Million fine

Babcock MCS Italia loses first appeal over €51 Million fine

20-May-2020Source: Babcock

Babcock, the aerospace and defence company, has been informed that its subsidiary Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia S.p.A (“BMCS Italy”) was unsuccessful in its first instance appeal against a decision by the Italian Competition Authority (the “ICA”) to impose a fine in respect of a publicly -available “tariff list” dating back to 2001. BMCS Italy... Read more

COVID-19 – Italian Air Force HH-101A used for bioncontainment transport

COVID-19 – Italian Air Force HH-101A used for bioncontainment transport

26-Mar-2020Source: Leonardo

“The Italian Air Force’s Leonardo HH-101A Caesar helicopter, assembled in Yeovil, Somerset, is being pressed into civil action for pandemic-response transportation operations in Italy as the country manages the impact of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The Italian Minister of Defence, Lorenzo Guerini, has made the AW101 variant available to Italian civil authorities during this... Read more

Babcock adds another EMS H145 in Italy

Babcock adds another EMS H145 in Italy

18-Feb-2020Source: HeliHub.com

On February 1, 2020, the fourth helicopter used in the helicopter rescue in South Tyrol entered service. In addition to Pelikan 1, Pelikan 2 and Aiut Alpin Dolomites, the additional aircraft with callsign “Pelikan 3” will be based in Lasa in Val Venosta to strengthen the EMS coverin the western part of the South Tyrol... Read more

Leonardo delivers AW169M to Italian Guardia di Finanza

Leonardo delivers AW169M to Italian Guardia di Finanza

18-Nov-2019Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has delivered the first of 22 latest-generation AW169M light intermediate twin-engine helicopters for Italy’s Guardia di Finanza. The handover event was held at Leonardo’s Vergiate plant on 12 November. The initial delivery is linked to a contract worth 280 million euros, which was signed at the end of 2018, it also includes a complete... Read more

06-Nov-19 MM81487 Leonardo AW101 Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy

06-Nov-19 MM81487 Leonardo AW101 Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy

6-Nov-2019

Helicopter belonging to the  1° Gruppo Elicotteri of the Italian Navy crash landed aboard  Caio Duilio AAW (Anti-Air Warfare) Destroyer at the end of a night training flight. Helicopter on its side, 6 POB not seriously injured... Read more

New General Manager for Airbus Helicopters in Italy

New General Manager for Airbus Helicopters in Italy

24-Sep-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

[electronic translation] Airbus Helicopters has appointed Alexandre Ceccacci General Manager of his own customer assistance center in Italy. The appointment of Alexandre Ceccacci follows the recent acquisition by Airbus of Aersud Helicopters, historical distributor of Airbus Helicopters in Italy. Airbus has thus consolidated the its presence in an important market that currently has 250 Airbus helicopters... Read more

Airbus develops its presence in Italy

Airbus develops its presence in Italy

22-Jul-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has strengthened its footprint in Italy with the acquisition of its distributor and 50-year partner Aersud Elicotteri. Headquartered in the North of Italy, near the city of Verona, Aersud has played a key role in the development of the country’s helicopter market. It has successfully increased Airbus Helicopters’ market share in Italy, particularly... Read more

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