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Milestone to lease two AW169s to Northern Rescue Helicopters

Milestone to lease two AW169s to Northern Rescue Helicopters

14-May-2024Source: Milestone Aviation

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced that it has signed lease agreements with Northern Rescue Helicopter Limited (“Northern Rescue”) for two Leonardo AW169 helicopters which are scheduled to deliver in the coming months. The helicopters will operate missions from Northern Rescue’s bases in northern New Zealand, including the... Read more

Bristow UK pilots and tech crew strike in pay dispute

Bristow UK pilots and tech crew strike in pay dispute

7-May-2024Source: BALPA

The British Airline Pilots’ Association says its members in Bristow Helicopters have been forced to strike by a management which continues to belligerently ignore their calls for a fair and reasonable pay offer. The pilots and tech crew (including search and rescue winch operators and winch paramedics) will be involved in strike action on Tuesday... Read more

Bristow Ireland confirms agreement with Unite the Union

Bristow Ireland confirms agreement with Unite the Union

26-Apr-2024Source: Bristow

Bristow Ireland Limited, a subsidiary of Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the leading global provider of innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, and Unite the Union have reached an agreement in preparation for the transition to the next Irish Coast Guard Search & Rescue (SAR) Aviation Contract. The new framework agreement between Bristow and Unite... Read more

5+ more helicopters for Carabineros de Chile

5+ more helicopters for Carabineros de Chile

25-Apr-2024Source: HeliHub.com

Following the announcement at the recent FIDAE Air Show in Chile of the delivery of a new Airbus H125, we can now reveal that Carabineros de Chile also have plans to add both an H135 and an H145 in the short term. An Airbus H135 is in the process of being procured for the Maule... Read more

Uni-Fly expands into oil & gas with AW169 contracts in Spain and Southern North Sea

Uni-Fly expands into oil & gas with AW169 contracts in Spain and Southern North Sea

24-Apr-2024Source: HeliHub.com

Uni-Fly has been contracted to assist the support vessel MSV Seawell with crew change flights in the Gulf of Cadiz as an oil major carries out exploration work there. The Danish-headquartered operator has been flying an AW169 from Jerez Airport for this contract.  The aircraft left its UK base at Humberside on 25th March for... Read more

Dominican Republic acquires four Leonardo AW169s

Dominican Republic acquires four Leonardo AW169s

27-Mar-2024Source: HeliHub.com

The Dominican Republic Air Force has reported the acquisition of four Leonardo AW169s with the arrival by airfreight of the first pair in recent days. The helicopters were originally built for the Qatar Emiri Air Force, and local Dominican Republic sources are reporting that the Middle East nation never accepted the four from Leonardo. Initially... Read more

HeliSpeed and NHV partner for EASA/CAA AW139 maintenance training

HeliSpeed and NHV partner for EASA/CAA AW139 maintenance training

27-Mar-2024Source: HeliSpeed

HeliSpeed, a renowned provider of helicopter training solutions, and NHV Group, a leading helicopter services provider, are pleased to announce their partnership to deliver comprehensive helicopter maintenance training. Leveraging HeliSpeed and NHV’s PART-147 approval covering both EASA & UK CAA standards, this collaboration aims to enhance the accessibility and quality of helicopter maintenance education. The... Read more

Leonardo and NZ industry sign MoU for nation’s Maritime Helicopter programme

Leonardo and NZ industry sign MoU for nation’s Maritime Helicopter programme

20-Mar-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is collaborating with New Zealand industry – including the development of Small to Medium Enterprises – through a set of comprehensive Memorandum of Understandings (MoU). The MoU outlines technical and programme support, operations, maintenance, and job creation, which will foster a symbiotic relationship as part of Leonardo’s offer for the country’s MHR programme with... Read more

Malmstrom AFB welcomes first MH-139A Grey Wolf

Malmstrom AFB welcomes first MH-139A Grey Wolf

12-Mar-2024Source: US Air Force

Gen. Thomas Bussiere, commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, offers remarks during an arrival ceremony for the MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter March 9, 2024, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The Grey Wolf will support nuclear security and continuity of government operations with its increased speed, range, life and endurance while also meeting missile field... Read more

HeliFlite Announces New Additions to the Fleet for 2024

HeliFlite Announces New Additions to the Fleet for 2024

8-Mar-2024Source: HeliFlite

The HeliFlite team is excited to announce, in line with our commitment to meeting increasing demand and delivering unparalleled service, that we are expanding our fleet in early 2024. During the first quarter of 2024, we are introducing two Sikorsky S76C++ into our Northeast fleet. We’ve also recently added a new Leonardo AW139, which will... Read more

Leonardo secures order for 2 more AW139 from LifeFlight Australia

Leonardo secures order for 2 more AW139 from LifeFlight Australia

7-Mar-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has announced a further growth in presence of the AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter in Australia at Heli-Expo 2024, with orders for three more aircraft by LifeFlight Australia. These add to two additional aircraft for LifeFlight’s joint venture partner StarFlight, that had been ordered in late 2023. The helicopters will be used to carry out... Read more

MMEA selects AW189 for SAR

MMEA selects AW189 for SAR

7-Mar-2024Source: Leonardo

The Leonardo AW189 super medium helicopter’s success grows stronger in Malaysia and Asia. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has selected the type for its long range search and rescue requirement. Four aircraft will be delivered under a contract signed with Galaxy Aerospace Malaysia Sdn Bhd between 2025 and 2026, adding to a fleet of... Read more

Qatar celebrates 2,500 flight hours on NH90 fleet

Qatar celebrates 2,500 flight hours on NH90 fleet

5-Mar-2024Source: Leonardo

On the occasion of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) 2024, the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) and Leonardo celebrated the 2,500 flight hours of the NH90 helicopter fleet. This milestone has been made possible through strategic cooperation, which has been aided by Leonardo’s direct involvement in providing training and supporting maintenance... Read more

Leonardo announces three AW139s and one AW169 for Japanese customers

Leonardo announces three AW139s and one AW169 for Japanese customers

29-Feb-2024Source: 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 three 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 over... Read more

Leonardo and Bell to evaluate collaboration on tilt rotor technologies

Leonardo and Bell to evaluate collaboration on tilt rotor technologies

29-Feb-2024Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, and Leonardo S.p.A., have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to evaluate cooperation opportunities in the tiltrotor technology domain. As global leaders in designing, manufacturing, and supporting rotorcraft for commercial and military applications, Bell and Leonardo share a multi-decade history of industrial cooperation on both traditional helicopters... Read more

Leonardo and FlightSafety to evaluate training and simulation collaboration in US

Leonardo and FlightSafety to evaluate training and simulation collaboration in US

29-Feb-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and FlightSafety International (FSI) have announced at Heli-Expo 2024 the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to evaluate a range of potential collaborations in the field of training and simulation in the United States. Under the MoU, the partners will evaluate the potential design, production, sale and operation of training devices for use... Read more

Castle Air to add third AW139 in 2025

Castle Air to add third AW139 in 2025

29-Feb-2024Source: Leonardo

At Heli-Expo 2024 in Anaheim, CA, leading helicopter service provider CastleAir has announced the addition of a third AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter to perform in-country VIP/corporate transport missions. The delivery of the aircraft is expected to be performed in 2025. The move further expands the fleet of Leonardo helicopters in service with the operator,... Read more

Lufttransport to lease two AW139s from Milestone

Lufttransport to lease two AW139s from Milestone

28-Feb-2024Source: Milestone

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, today announced that it has signed lease agreements for two Leonardo AW139 helicopters with new customer, Lufttransport RW AS (“Lufttransport”), a Norwegian helicopter operator. The helicopters are scheduled to deliver in 2025. Sébastien Moulin, the Head of Europe & Americas, Milestone Aviation, said,... Read more

Sloane Helicopters signs for nine AW09s, two AW109 Grand New and two Trekkers

Sloane Helicopters signs for nine AW09s, two AW109 Grand New and two Trekkers

28-Feb-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Sloane announced at Heli-Expo 2024 a major reinforcement of their collaboration in the UK and Ireland commercial helicopter market with the signing of Preliminary Sales Contracts for nine AW09 next-generation single engine aircraft, and new orders for two AW109 Grand New and two AW109 Trekker light twins. The Preliminary Sales Contracts for the... Read more

THC signs for over 130 Leonardo helicopters, including contract for 20 AW139s

THC signs for over 130 Leonardo helicopters, including contract for 20 AW139s

28-Feb-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and THC (The Helicopter Company), owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced yesterday a substantial growth of their collaboration with an order for 20 AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters and a multi-year Framework Agreement for over 130 aircraft. The announcement was made during an official ceremony held at... Read more

Metro Aviation signs distributor agreement for Leonardo AW09; commits to 30 units

Metro Aviation signs distributor agreement for Leonardo AW09; commits to 30 units

28-Feb-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Metro Aviation, a prime privately-owned HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) operator and service provider in the US, have announced the signing of a Distributor Agreement for the AW09 next generation single engine helicopter. Metro will act as a Leonardo distributor for the type in the US and Canada for all civil market applications.... Read more

Bristow signs AW189 Framework Agreement including 10 firm orders

Bristow signs AW189 Framework Agreement including 10 firm orders

28-Feb-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the leading global provider of innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, announced a framework agreement including firm orders for 10 AW189 super medium helicopters plus 10 options. Bristow is currently operating 21 AW189 helicopters globally with another five due off the assembly line in 2024. The new framework... Read more

Outerlink Air IP adds FAA STC approvals to AW139, B407 and S76

Outerlink Air IP adds FAA STC approvals to AW139, B407 and S76

28-Feb-2024Source: Outerlink

Outerlink’s multicellular Air IP is expanding with additional FAA STC approvals and expanding across law enforcement and corporate clients. The key to Air IP’s success is the ability to provide ample bandwidth for everyone onboard simultaneously. Users report consistent connectivity at over 140 mph and thousands of feet above the ground for up to ten... Read more

LifeFlight Australia to add another three AW139s

LifeFlight Australia to add another three AW139s

28-Feb-2024Source: LifeFlight Australia

LifeFlight Australia has expanded its fleet of helicopters to meet increasing demand and to provide more emergency aeromedical care to Queenslanders. Leonardo and LifeFlight announced three new AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters this week at HAI Heli-Expo in California. The helicopters, expected to arrive later in the year, will provide emergency medical services and search and rescue response... Read more

Future UK military helicopter reaches next competition stage

Future UK military helicopter reaches next competition stage

27-Feb-2024Source: UK MoD

The next stage of the New Medium Helicopter (NMH) Programme has been announced by the Minister for Defence Procurement, James Cartlidge, today. The NMH Programme is an initiative to acquire a modern medium-lift support helicopter, which will deliver up to five rotary wing requirements using a single aircraft-type. This means that the platform will be... Read more

Astronautics selected by Nova Systems for secure airborne mission system

Astronautics selected by Nova Systems for secure airborne mission system

27-Feb-2024Source: Astronautics

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AeroSync Max, a wireless air-ground communications system (AGCS), has been selected by Nova Systems for more than 20 additional installations on its airborne C4ISR mission systems solution for Leonardo AW139/189 and Sikorsky S-92 helicopters deployed in a search and rescue (SAR) role with customers in Europe. For the Nova Systems application,... Read more

Leonardo VxR simulator debuts at Heli-Expo

Leonardo VxR simulator debuts at Heli-Expo

27-Feb-2024

At HAI HELI-EXPO 2024, Leonardo will exhibit its new Virtual and Extended Reality Simulator (VxR) for the first time with its motion system. Officially launched at Heli-Expo 2023, the full-scale system featuring a cockpit, motion, and instructor console is now on display on Leonardo’s Stand (6031) and is available for demos. The Virtual Extended Reality... Read more

Canadian Forces pick Axnes wireless comms for CH-149 fleet

Canadian Forces pick Axnes wireless comms for CH-149 fleet

26-Feb-2024

Axnes, a leading provider of wireless communication solutions, is pleased to announce that its PNG Wireless Intercom System (WICS) has been selected by IMP Aerospace & Defence, in collaboration with the Canadian Forces, for the CH149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) aircraft upgrade project. This partnership underscores Axnes’ commitment to providing cutting-edge communication solutions for... Read more

Leonardo highlights unique AW09 connectivity capabilities

Leonardo highlights unique AW09 connectivity capabilities

26-Feb-2024

Leonardo is pleased to bring a connectivity solution that simplifies customers’ operations and maintenance and offers enhanced support. A joint Leonardo Services and Kopter Engineering team has designed and developed this solution, focusing on customers’ needs and addressing challenging regarding weight, form factor, and performance requirements. “The AW09 connectivity will significantly streamline our customers’ operations... Read more

Leonardo and Daedalean complete flight testing of AI navigation capabilities

Leonardo and Daedalean complete flight testing of AI navigation capabilities

26-Feb-2024Source: Daedalean

Daedalean, a developer of safety-critical and certifiable artificial intelligence systems for situational awareness and flight control, has announced the completion of flight testing of Daedalean’s visual awareness system by Leonardo, a leader in aerospace, defense, and security. “Leonardo is working towards prudently integrating AI in its products and services through both in-house developments and cooperations.... Read more

Donaldson Announces Record Sales of its Popular Inlet Barrier Filter

Donaldson Announces Record Sales of its Popular Inlet Barrier Filter

22-Feb-2024Source: Donaldson

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), announces record sales of its industry leading inlet barrier filter (IBF), and invites customers to Heli-Expo Booth #8102 to see the first ever display of its Leonardo AW169 IBF. “The success of our IBFs is testament to our ongoing commitment to our helicopter OEM customers—listening... Read more

LCI signs framework agreement for 21 Leonardo helicopters

LCI signs framework agreement for 21 Leonardo helicopters

22-Feb-2024Source: LCI

LCI, a leading aviation company, has announced a framework agreement for up to 21 of the latest generation helicopters from Leonardo, comprising of 10 firm plus 11 options. The innovative new framework agreement covers the latest generation light-intermediate AW169, intermediate AW139 and super-medium AW189 helicopters, which will collectively address industry renewal and replacement requirements. The new... Read more

P&WC adds heli engine overhaul capability in Singapore

P&WC adds heli engine overhaul capability in Singapore

21-Feb-2024Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada announced it will expand its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities by creating a new overhaul line in Singapore for its PT6C-67C engines, which power the Leonardo AW139 medium-twin helicopter. Pratt & Whitney is an RTX (NYSE: RTX) business. The Singapore facility was chosen as the location for the new overhaul line in response to... Read more

Coptersafety upgrading AW169 sim to Phase 8 avionics

Coptersafety upgrading AW169 sim to Phase 8 avionics

21-Feb-2024Source: Coptersafety

Coptersafety announced that they are upgrading theirTRU Odyssey H AW169 Full Flight Simulator to Avionics phase 8. The simulator is estimated to be ready by the Q4 of 2024. Head of FSTD at Coptersafety, Toni Rönnberg, said “I’m pleased to announce that Coptersafety is upgrading its TRU AW169 FFS to the latest Avionics phase 8... Read more

Smith Myers launches partnership to bring Artemis mobile phone detection to Leonardo helicopters in MENA region

Smith Myers launches partnership to bring Artemis mobile phone detection to Leonardo helicopters in MENA region

12-Feb-2024Source: Smith Myers

Smith Myers and AgustaWestland Aviation Services (AWAS) have formed a partnership to bring Smith Myers award-winning ARTEMIS mobile phone detection, location and communication systems to existing Leonardo’s helicopter users in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regions. Abu Dhabi-based AWAS provide a combination of engineering and maintenance expertise that will offer current Leonardo’s helicopter... Read more

Uni-Fly operating short-term AW169 windfarm contract from Dundee

Uni-Fly operating short-term AW169 windfarm contract from Dundee

6-Feb-2024Source: HeliHub.com

Uni-Fly has been operating one AW169 helicopter out of Dundee Airport weekly to conduct mid week crew change operations to the Fred Olsen Windcarrier vessel Blue Tern since 28th December Uni-Fly was contracted by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) in support of their construction of the EDF and EBS owned Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind... Read more

Bulgaria takes delivery of the first of eight A109S Trekkers

Bulgaria takes delivery of the first of eight A109S Trekkers

4-Feb-2024Source: HeliHub.com

The Government of Bulgaria has taken delivery of their first A109S Trekker from Leonardo for a new national air ambulance operation, with the aircraft landing in Sofia on 1st February. The helicopter was then the subject of an official presentation on February 2 in the presence of Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov, Health Minister Hristo Hinkov,... Read more

Gama Aviation acquires Specialist Aviation Services

Gama Aviation acquires Specialist Aviation Services

1-Feb-2024Source: Gama Aviation

Gama Aviation Plc (the “Company”) today announces that it has agreed to purchase (the “Purchase”) the business of Specialist Aviation Services Limited (“Specialist”), a helicopter special mission business, as part of a pre-pack acquisition from its appointed administrators. Deal highlights Adds further scale and strength to Gama’s Special Mission strategic business unit (“SBU”) with some... Read more

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

Leonardo UK Helicopter Engineer receives International Aviation Award

Leonardo UK Helicopter Engineer receives International Aviation Award

18-Dec-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo’s Simon Tutcher has been awarded the Sir Ralph Robins Medal Award at this year’s Royal Aeronautical Society’s Honours, Medals and Awards ceremony in London. The Royal Aeronautical Society has been honouring outstanding achievers in the global aerospace industry since 1909, when Wilbur and Orville Wright came to London to receive the Society’s first Gold... Read more

Sky Shuttle officially ceases operations in Hong Kong and Macau

Sky Shuttle officially ceases operations in Hong Kong and Macau

18-Dec-2023

Scheduled operator Sky Shuttle has finally ceased operations by surrendering their Air Operations Certificate, according to CH Aviation. This decision is the final stage in a down-turn for the company which started in 2018 with the opening of a road bridge between Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau. The pandemic also significantly dented progress and they... Read more

Leonardo delivers 700th helicopter from US production line

Leonardo delivers 700th helicopter from US production line

14-Dec-2023Source: Leonardo

In November, the 700th American-made helicopter was delivered from Leonardo ‘s production line in Philadelphia, representing an enormous milestone achievement in the United States that speaks to the technical maturity of its industrial operations in the U.S. The actual 700th aircraft, an AW119Kx single engine, was delivered to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer... 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

Abu Dhabi Aviation and Leonardo accomplish first SAF-powered AW139 flight

Abu Dhabi Aviation and Leonardo accomplish first SAF-powered AW139 flight

1-Dec-2023Source: Leonardo

This press release follows HeliHub.com breaking the news three days prior Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) and Leonardo are pleased to announce today that ADA’s AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter accomplished two flights powered by aviation fuel blended with SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) in Abu Dhabi on 28 and 30 November (the latter carrying on board UAE... Read more

Leonardo demonstrates commitment to New Zealand military

Leonardo demonstrates commitment to New Zealand military

29-Nov-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo attended for the first time the Air Festival at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, New Zealand, to demonstrate its commitment in the region. The company is proud to support the aviation industry and a number of domestic companies that provide services, maintenance, and technology solutions for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). A team of... Read more

Abu Dhabi Aviation makes first rotary wing SAF flight in MENA

Abu Dhabi Aviation makes first rotary wing SAF flight in MENA

28-Nov-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Abu Dhabi Aviation announced today that they have made the first rotary-wing flight powered by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In a social media post, Abu Dhabi Aviation showed one of their large fleet of Leonardo AW139 helicopters, seemingly on the ramp at ABu Dhabi International Airport... 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

Léman Aviation signs Preliminary Sales Contracts with Leonardo

Léman Aviation signs Preliminary Sales Contracts with Leonardo

28-Nov-2023Source: Leonardo

The number of global partners for the AW09 next-generation single-engine helicopter in the world market grows further with the announcement at European Rotors (Madrid, 28-30 November) of the addition of Léman Aviation, who has signed Preliminary Sales Contracts for ten units. Léman Aviation offers tailored solutions for customers looking for personal and professional management of... Read more

Uni-Fly to add third AW169 via Milestone

Uni-Fly to add third AW169 via Milestone

28-Nov-2023Source: Milestone

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, today announced that it has signed lease agreements with Danish and UK helicopter operator, UNI-FLY, for three Leonardo AW169 helicopters. The transaction was announced during the EUROPEAN ROTORS 2023 event in Madrid. The agreements include the extension of two AW169 helicopters and the... Read more

Omni orders three AW189s from Leonardo

Omni orders three AW189s from Leonardo

28-Nov-2023Source: Leonardo

The world’s most successful super-medium class helicopter, the AW189, grows its presence further in the energy support market and Latin America with an order placed by leading helicopter operator Omni Helicopters International (OHI) for three units, including two AW189s (powered by General Electric engines) and one AW189K (powered by Safran engines). This latest contract follows... Read more

GDAT leases three new AW189s to Omni Helicopters International

GDAT leases three new AW189s to Omni Helicopters International

23-Nov-2023Source: GDAT

GDAT Company Limited(GDAT),the China’s most prominent helicopter lessor and operator medium and heavy helicopters, is pleased to announce the successful completion a long-term operating lease agreement Omni Helicopters International(OHI),Latin America’s largest provider of air mobility and delivery solutions, three new LeonardoAW189 helicopters to meet OHI’s onshore/offshore mission requirements. “We are delighted to expand our super-medium... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance raisings funds for second AW169

Cornwall Air Ambulance raisings funds for second AW169

20-Nov-2023Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance is delighted to announce the launch of the Heli 2 Appeal, aiming to purchase a second AW169 helicopter. The charity supports over 1,000 patients who are seriously ill or injured each year, but there is scope to reach even more people by air with the purchase of a second aircraft. The appeal,... Read more

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega launches Full-Flight Simulator from Reiser

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega launches Full-Flight Simulator from Reiser

20-Nov-2023Source: Swiss Air-Rescue Rega

Rega strives for new helicopter pilot and crew training levels by adopting the innovative FFS, underscoring their strong commitment to safety and sustainability in air rescue operations. The latest addition to the RST FFS family is officially handed over to Rega at the Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) Site in Opfikon, Switzerland, on November 16th.  This... Read more

UK – Magpas Air Ambulance shortlisted for seven national awards

UK – Magpas Air Ambulance shortlisted for seven national awards

20-Nov-2023Source: Magpas Air Ambulance

Magpas Air Ambulance is thrilled to announce that a record number of the charity’s team members and supporters have been shortlisted for the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence. The national awards are held once a year by Air Ambulances UK (AAUK), the national body that represents the UK’s 21 air ambulance charities, and the awards... Read more

Omni to add seven super-mediums to fleet – both H175 and AW189

Omni to add seven super-mediums to fleet – both H175 and AW189

16-Nov-2023Source: Omni

Lisbon-based Omni Helicopters International (OHI), Latin America’s largest provider of air mobility and delivery solutions, announced that it has secured seven (7) additional Super Medium helicopters for delivery in 2023 & 2024 to meet new customer demands, citing sustainability and product reliability benefits. OHI´s Group Chief Operating Officer, Duncan Moore said “We decided to step... Read more

Leonardo details Dubai Airshow 2023 plans

Leonardo details Dubai Airshow 2023 plans

13-Nov-2023Source: Leonardo

UAE is one of the largest export markets for Leonardo: 100 helicopters, 45 ships featuring dedicated systems and artillery and the Al Fursan aerobatic team’s airplanes New growth opportunities in the Space and Cyber Security fields, starting from the recent collaboration with Khalifa University to offer certification and training programmes in Abu Dhabi With a... Read more

AI set to revolutionise Royal Navy engineering capabilities

AI set to revolutionise Royal Navy engineering capabilities

2-Nov-2023Source: Royal Navy

A new AI tool could produce solutions to military engineering problems in seconds, helping keep more vehicles at readiness for deployment. At Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, a collaborative project between 1710 Naval Air Squadron (based in HMNB Portsmouth), DE&S Digital AI Team and Royal Navy Engineers is showcasing pioneering new capabilities to innovative defence... Read more

Poland receives first two of 32 AW149s

Poland receives first two of 32 AW149s

2-Nov-2023

On October 30 in Nowy Glinnik, the head of the Ministry of National Defense handed over the first copies of AW-149 helicopters to soldiers of the 25th Air Cavalry Brigade. The AW-149 helicopter was selected for the Polish Army as part of the Perkoz multi-role support helicopter program. Based on the contract signed in July 2022,... Read more

Polish Land Forces take delivery of first two AW149s

Polish Land Forces take delivery of first two AW149s

31-Oct-2023Source: Leonardo

The Polish Land Forces has taken delivery of their first two AW149 helicopters during a ceremony held at the 25th Air Cavalry Brigade in Tomaszów Mazowiecki yesterday, where they are entering service 15 months after the contract signing. The new Polish military helicopters’ configuration allows combat support missions among others. Fully meeting the requirements of... Read more

AW169 – higher gross weight for skid-equipped variant

AW169 – higher gross weight for skid-equipped variant

31-Oct-2023Source: Leonardo

The AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter’s operational capabilities and range of options will grow further with the launch of a 5,100 kg (11,243 lb) IGW kit and an 11-seater configuration fully compliant with the IOGP (International Association of Oil & Gas Producers) Report 690. Both will be made available for the aircraft version with... Read more

AAMS Announces 2023 Community Award Winners

AAMS Announces 2023 Community Award Winners

24-Oct-2023Source: AAMS

Each year, the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) recognizes the best and brightest in emergency medical transport through a variety of notable international awards. The 2023 honorees were announced earlier today at the opening General Session at the annual Air Medical Transport Conference in Columbus, Ohio. AAMS is pleased to announce this year’s winners: Program... Read more

Leonardo confirms Monroe County order for three AW139s

Leonardo confirms Monroe County order for three AW139s

23-Oct-2023Source: Leonardo

HeliHub.com editor note – this order was originally announced on HeliHub.com over six months ago when Monroe County had made their decision.  The press release below is merely Leonardo confirming that the contract is signed Leonardo announced an order today for three AW139 medium twin-engine helicopters by Monroe Country in Florida. These aircraft will be operated... Read more

South African Air Force helicopter fleet is 83% grounded

South African Air Force helicopter fleet is 83% grounded

22-Oct-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The maintenance situation of the South African Air Force (SAAF) fleet is woeful, and has been highlighted in a recent parliamentary Written Response by the Minister of Defence to a Question to a question posed by S J F Marais of the Democratic Alliance party.  Mr Marais is a member of both the Joint Standing... Read more

Remote rescue recognized as winner of 2022 Cormorant Trophy

Remote rescue recognized as winner of 2022 Cormorant Trophy

18-Oct-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Cormorant Trophy which has been awarded to Rescue 439, a CH-149 Griffon helicopter crew that pushed the aircraft to its limits in challenging conditions in an evolving remote rescue scenario in Quebec. On October 12, 2022 at 11:00 hrs, Rescue 439, a CH-149 Griffon helicopter... Read more

LCI extends leases on three AW139s with Omni Helicopters International

LCI extends leases on three AW139s with Omni Helicopters International

11-Oct-2023Source: LCI

LCI is pleased to share that it has concluded long-term lease extensions for three Leonardo Helicopters AW139s currently being operated by Omni Helicopters International (OHI), a leading operator of helicopter and air mobility services. The three helicopters, which are valued at approximately US$30 million, are part of a wider fleet of 14 helicopters from LCI’s... 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

Health Care District of Palm Beach County receives first AW169

Health Care District of Palm Beach County receives first AW169

21-Sep-2023Source: Health Care District of Palm Beach County

The Health Care District announces the delivery last week of the first of two Leonardo AW169 helicopters. The AW169 helicopters were selected for Trauma Hawk following more than a decade of planning and due diligence. It’s anticipated the second helicopter will also be delivered this month. “This marks a new era in the Health Care District’s... Read more

Specialist Aviation Services appoints restructuring specialist

Specialist Aviation Services appoints restructuring specialist

18-Sep-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Specialist Aviation Services have appointed Nick Pike (pictured) as a director of both Specialist Aviation Services Ltd (“SAS”) and Specialist Aviation Services Group Ltd (“SAS Group”), effective 6th September – according to public filings for SAS and SAS Group with Companies House, the executive agency of the British Government that maintains the register of companies. In... Read more

London Heli Shuttle expands service with second AW139

London Heli Shuttle expands service with second AW139

15-Sep-2023Source: HeliHub.com

The popular London Heli Shuttle, which links London Biggin Hill Airport and the centrally located London Heliport in just six minutes is expanding. Offering the “fastest touchdown to downtown’” service from the time it opened in late 2014, the London Heli Shuttle has been operated by Castle Air on their AOC (Air Operators Certificate). Initially... Read more

Leonardo unveils Proteus uncrewed helicopter concept at DSEI

Leonardo unveils Proteus uncrewed helicopter concept at DSEI

14-Sep-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) are pleased to unveil a mature concept of the technology demonstrator, known as project “Proteus” by the British Armed Forces, at DSEI London 2023 . As part of phase 3a of the RWUAS CCD Phase 3 TDP, awarded in July 2022 by the UK MOD Defence Equipment... Read more

Leonardo UK achieves £1.6 billion of export orders in 18 months

Leonardo UK achieves £1.6 billion of export orders in 18 months

12-Sep-2023Source: Leonardo

At the DSEI defence and security exhibition taking place this week in London, Leonardo has revealed new figures that demonstrate how its UK onshore helicopters business, recently granted official status as the ‘Home of British Helicopters’, continues to compete effectively in export markets. The headline figure, £1.6Bn in helicopters exports over the last 18 months, includes orders for... Read more

Leonardo publishes the 2022 supply chain spending figures

Leonardo publishes the 2022 supply chain spending figures

25-Aug-2023Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has published the 2022 supply chain spending figures for its UK-based helicopter business. This highlights the important role the company plays in generating prosperity nationwide through the 750 companies in its supply chain. With a strong order book for its Yeovil-based business, and as UK MOD and international customers’ demands for the company’s helicopters... Read more

The Home of British Helicopters: Yeovil celebrates official status

The Home of British Helicopters: Yeovil celebrates official status

24-Aug-2023Source: Leonardo

Yeovil, home to Britain’s only onshore helicopter manufacturer Leonardo, is celebrating its official recognition by the town and local councils as the “Home of British Helicopters”. The status reflects Yeovil’s storied history of aviation firsts and the huge value helicopter design and manufacture contributes to the local, regional, and national economies. To mark the new... Read more

Bristow sign Irish SAR contract for six AW189s

Bristow sign Irish SAR contract for six AW189s

22-Aug-2023Source: Bristow

Bristow Ireland Limited, a subsidiary of Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the leading global provider of innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, has signed a contract with the Irish Department of Transport for the provision of rotary and fixed-wing aviation services for the Irish Coast Guard. Bristow will begin transitioning to the new contract in... Read more

British Government stops VIP helicopter contract

British Government stops VIP helicopter contract

18-Aug-2023

The British Government has decided not to renew a contract whereby a commercial operator supplies the Ministry of Defence with a helicopter for VIP use –  including the Prime Minister, Ministers, Senior Military Officers, and Government Officials.  The contract is known as RWCSAT – Rotary Wing Command Support Air Transport. A tender was issued for... Read more

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