Rescue 151 crew honoured by Honourable Company of Air Pilots

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The crew of Rescue 151, an AW139 operated by Bristow on behalf of the HM Coastguard, has been awarded with the prestigious Prince Phillip Helicopter Rescue Award by the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, one of the City of London’s ancient Guilds. The award recognises Capts Rob Green and Simon Hammock together with crewmen Philip Caudle and Duncan Tripp MBE for their rescue of a party of climbers trapped and injured on the upper slopes of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, in appalling conditions. In award citation points to the” highly demanding rescue completed in the most extreme weather conditions. The winchman’s actions on the mountain side demonstrated self-less tenacity and bravery in the face of the most demanding situation.  However, the entire crew, faced with a developing multiple casualty scenario, displayed the highest standard of crew-cooperation, judgement and handling skills to ensure a safe outcome for those in danger”.

You can read the full award citation by clicking here

Entrol enter Turkmenistan market

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Entrol is expanding its presence in Asia, the company is manufacturing a AW139 based FNPT II simulator with Ussat Inzhener a Turkmenistani engineering company. The simulator will be installed at  Turkmenistan Airlines’ premises in Ashgabat by the summer 2023. The simulator will be equipped with the latest technology Entrol has to offer, including their six channel 200ºx70º FOV projections system, High Realism Vibration system and debriefing station to review  training after each session.

Commenting on the announcement Juanjo Lechosa, Business Manager of Entrol said: We are glad to include Turkmenistan to the list of countries with an Entrol device. It shows how the company has been improving and increasing worldwide presence the last years. Turkmenistan Airlines have purchased a great training tool, which I am certain will improve the quality of their training. We are proud of this project”



UAE’s NRSC selects Artemis for AW139 SAR fleet

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Host of the International Search & Rescue conference and exhibition, the United Arab Emirates National Search and Rescue Centre (UAE-NRSC), has announced that it will adopt the Smith Meyers Artemis detection system for its fleet of search rescue helicopters.

Commenting on the announcement UAE NRSC General Manager, H.E. Maj. Gen. Dr Stephen A. Toumajan, General Manager, said, “Smith Myers and Artemis outperformed others during extensive in-country testing. This new and unique sensor will lead to more rapid and positive Search and Rescue mission outcomes.” 

Meanwhile,  Andrew Munro, Company Director at Smith Myers, attending the conference as a guest speaker, said, “We are proud to be working with NSRC to bring this new and life-saving capability to the UAE. Working with NSRC has been a great experience. But for us, this is where the relationship begins, as we support the transition to operations of our new T-A ARTEMIS system with NSRC.”

Leonardo awards HeliService International ‘excellent service centre’ status

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Leonardo is consolidating its strategy to strengthen  support and maintenance services offered to its customer base in Germany and Europe through the appointment of HeliService international GmbH (HeliService) as an Excellent Service Centre. The ‘Excellent’ ranking is assigned to selected Service Centres focused on maintaining third party fleets with the largest scope of service capabilities, while guaranteeing Leonardo’s customers stringent expectations continue to be met and specific market requirements are considered.

 As a result of this appointment,  HeliService will be able to deliver MRO support for  AW109 , AW16, and AW139 twin types. These aircraft’s importance and presence in Europe have constantly increased over recent years, with further potential in Germany. HeliService has operated AW139s and AW169s for offshore wind farm support missions in the North Sea over the last few years delivering outstanding operational capability and safety standards with ongoing successful expansion in Asia and USA, adding three new AW169s from next summer. Commenting on the elevation; Roy Hurrel, Head of Maintenance Munich/ Oberpfaffenhofen, said: “To be only 1 of 6 Leonardo Excellent Service Centres worldwide is a great confirmation of the quality of our work. Being part of this team fills me with pride.”


Heli One to create AW139 MGB servicing capability

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Heli-One is advancing its work to create AW139 Main Gear Box (MGB) services at its facility in Delta, British Columbia the company revealed in Cologne today. Heli-One has supported the AW139 platform globally since 2008 and the introduction of MGB maintenance services will add further depth and strength to its market offering.

Heli-One in Canada has had AW139 Intermediate Gear Box (IGB) and Tail Gear Box (TGB) capability since 2020, alongside long-standing approval for small component capabilities.

“Our AW139 capabilities have grown over the years in response to market drivers and our recognition that there has been an opportunity to broaden the maintenance options for operators,” says Carolyn Forsyth, General Manager of Sales, Commercial & Customer Support.

Heli-One has worked in close collaboration with Leonardo on this latest addition to its capability portfolio, which positions Delta as the global hub for Heli-One’s AW139 IGB, TGB and MGB MRO operations. Heli-One’s technicians have completed training at Leonardo in Italy and the necessary tooling is set up in Heli-One’s production facility. The technicians have been working through projects with one MGB ready for testing and another in progress. Heli-One has also stocked up with exchange units with one exchange already completed and further units available.

It has also enhanced its in-house testing resources to incorporate the AW139 IGB and TGB capability – an investment that will benefit all customers. “The more capabilities you deliver in-house for the process, the better the turnaround times for customers and the more confident we can be in setting and delivering their expectations,” adds Carolyn.

Heli-One is a Leonardo Helicopters Authorized Component Repair Center and Leonardo Helicopters Authorized Service Center (Airframes) and offers MRO services ranging from major inspections to small component repair. Heli-One also offers extensive Avionics and Rescue Equipment maintenance services to AW139 operators. Custom modifications and repairs developed by Heli-One design engineers are also available to operators.


Heli-One brings AW139 gearbox testing capability in-house

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CHC subsidiary Heli-One  has established in-house testing capability for the AW139 Intermediate Gear Box (IGB) and Tail Gear Box (TGB) at its Canadian facility in Delta, British Columbia.

The company says that this new capability will expedite turnaround of MRO work at its base, but also widens the service options for AW139 operators globally.

Carolyn Forsyth, General Manager of Sales, Commercial & Customer Support, said: “The modification programme to our gearbox test cell to incorporate the AW139 IGB and TGB adds a new dimension to our service offering.

“It smooths and shortens the gearbox overhaul process, and in turn can enable operators to optimise their asset availability. In a broader context, it’s yet another demonstration of our determination to remain at the forefront of MRO provision internationally.”

Heli-One is exhibiting at next month’s EUROPEAN ROTORS in Cologne, Germany.

Milestone signs three-helicopter deal with PHI

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The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”) have announced a leasing deal with PHI Aviation (“PHI”) for three helicopters.

The agreements include the placement and extension of two Sikorsky S92 helicopters and one Leonardo AW139 helicopter, bringing PHI’s total fleet on lease from Milestone to four, including the existing lease of one S92 helicopter. All four helicopters are supporting PHI’s growing operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Australia, transporting passengers for the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world.

Commenting on the announcement Keith Mullett, Managing Director, PHI Aviation, said, “We are excited to extend our working relationship with Milestone in two of our most important markets. Increased flying activity had meant PHI’s existing, and mostly owned fleet, was fully deployed. This arrangement with Milestone enables us to continue to meet the increased demands for the high-quality service our customers expect. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Milestone.”

Sazma Aviation adds another AW139 to fleet

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Malaysia’s Sazma Aviation has taken delivery of a AW139 Leonardo aircraft directly from Leonardo’s Vertigate assembly line. The aircraft which is leased to Sazma by Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) will be used primarily in support of the energy industry although it may also be tasked for VIP transport. The aircraft is the third which it has leased from ADA and comes fully equipped with Honeywell’s Primus Epic Phase 8 avionics suite with synthetic vision, improved 2D maps and wireless data loading delivering even greater all-weather capabilities and mission effectiveness, and EGPWS (Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System) and the ability to design custom approaches to facilities like oil rigs.

ADA has a portfolio of 50 helicopters 27 of which are Leonardo aircraft, predominantly AW139s although increasingly it also offers the AW169 as a light intermediate alternative to the 139.

Leonardo grant Bel Air AW139 & 189 Excellent Service Centre status

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The maintenance operation of Denmark’s Offshore Specialists Bel Air have been awarded “Excellent Service Centre Status” for AW139 & 189 aircraft. The certification covers both at its Eisberg Headquarters and Den Helder base. With extensive experience in operation of both types in the demanding offshore support sector the company’s maintenance teams have enviable knowledge how to keep both types ready to go.

Leonardo and Boeing deliver first four MH139s

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Leonardo and Boeing have delivered the first four MH139A multi role helicopters to the US Air Force (USAF). The delivery follows on from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issuing the last supplemental type certificate necessary to complete U.S. Department of Defence aircraft acceptance requirements.  Boeing and the USAF will now continue with additional developmental and initial operational testing to support the aircraft.

The aircraft, based on the AW139 platform, form part of an order for up to 80 aircraft which together with training and support equipment was valued at USD 2.4 billion when it was announced just under four years ago. The aircraft which are intended to replace the service’s fleet of UH-1Ns, will be produced at Leonardo USA’s facility in Pennsylvania. “
We are thrilled that the first four MH-139As have been accepted by the U.S. Air Force” said Clyde Woltman, Chief Executive Officer, Leonardo Helicopters U.S. “This aircraft is well-positioned to become an important asset in the defense and security of the United States.  I especially want to thank the combined program teams at Leonardo and Boeing whose tireless work and ingenuity made this possible.”