viernes, 28 de diciembre de 2018

Coast Guard suspends search for missing cruise ship crewmember 267 miles northwest of Puerto Rico

HC-130, Air Station Clearwater ©USCG (archive) 
Coast Guard crews suspended their search at approximately 2:30 p.m., Thursdayfor a missing Royal Caribbean cruise ship Harmony of the Seas crewmember 267 miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico received a notification from the cruise ship Tuesday at approximately 1:45 p.m., stating a crewmember had reportedly went overboard.

“We’ve been in contact with members of Mr. Hough’s family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult and painful time for them,” said Cmdr. Christopher Douglas, Coast Guard Sector San Juan chief of response. “Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly.”

HC-144 Ocean Sentry, Air Station Miami ©USCG (archive)
Coast Guard rescue crews were composed of Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplanes, Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplanes and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute (WMEC-620), homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Crews searched for approximately 83 hours covering 3,707 square miles.

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Coast Guard rescues 2 from grounded vessel

MH-65 Dolphin New Orleans ©USCG (archive)
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued two people from their vessel near Hopedale, Louisiana, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 6:20 p.m. of a 16-foot pleasure craft running aground with two people on board.

Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew at 7:09 p.m. The aircrew arrived on scene at 10:07 p.m., hoisted the two individuals and transported them to Hopedale Marina in St. Bernard, Louisiana.

There were no reported injuries.

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jueves, 27 de diciembre de 2018

Coast Guard searching for missing cruise ship crewmember 267 miles northwest of Puerto Rico

HC-130, Clearwater ©USCG (archive)
MIAMI — The Coast Guard is searchingWednesday for a missing crewmember, who went overboard from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Harmony of the Seas 267 miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received a notification from the cruise ship stating a crewmember went overboard Tuesday.

Assets searching:
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane crew
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute (WMEC-620)
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Coast Guard searching for missing cruise ship crewmember 267 miles northwest of Puerto Rico

HC-130, Clearwater ©USCG (archive)
MIAMI — The Coast Guard is searchingWednesday for a missing crewmember, who went overboard from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Harmony of the Seas 267 miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received a notification from the cruise ship stating a crewmember went overboard Tuesday.

Assets searching:
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane crew
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute (WMEC-620)
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miércoles, 26 de diciembre de 2018

Sikorsky, Boeing Provide First Look At SB>1 DEFIANT™

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.Dec. 26, 2018/PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), and Boeing (NYSE: BA) provided the first look at the SB>1 DEFIANT™ helicopter the companies have developed for the U.S. Army's Joint Multi-Role technology demonstrator program. The SB>1 DEFIANT™ is designed to fly at twice the speed and range of today's conventional helicopters and offers advanced agility and maneuverability. It will help inform the next generation of military helicopters as part of the U.S. Army's Future Vertical Lift program.
The helicopter is participating in the Army's Joint Multi-Role-Medium Technology Demonstrator program. Data from SB>1 DEFIANT™ will help the Army develop requirements for new utility helicopters expected to enter service in the early 2030s.

Coast Guard rescues man from grounded vessel near Venice, Louisiana

MH-65 Dolphin ©USCG (archive)
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued a man from a grounded vessel on the Lower Mississippi River near Venice, Louisiana, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 1:02 p.m. of a 32-foot fishing vessel taking on water with one person aboard near Venice.

The owner of the vessel beached the vessel to prevent it from sinking.

Sector watchstanders directed the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Venice and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to assist the man.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 3:10 p.m., hoisted the man and transported him to Boothville Airport in Venice in stable condition.

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martes, 25 de diciembre de 2018

A319neo with CFM LEAP-1A engines wins joint Type Certification from FAA and EASA

The A319neo powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines has achieved joint Type Certification from both the US FAA and European EASA airworthiness authorities. This means that now all three aircraft models – the A319neo, A320neo and A321neo – are certified by the international authorities to operate with the CFM LEAP-1A engine option.
This latest achievement follows an intensive certification flight test programme since the A319neo’s first flight in March last year, with this variant having now accumulated over 500 flight hours. The A319neo with LEAP-1A engines is the fifth* airframe/engine variant of the NEO family certified over the last three years. Its certification also paves the way for the ACJ319neo (Airbus Corporate Jet) variant to enter service with VIP operators during the first half of 2019.
The A319neo is the shortened-fuselage member of Airbus’ game-changing A320neo product line. This airliner can seat 140 passengers in two classes or as many as 160 in a high-density layout with a range of up to 3,750 nautical miles, while its impressive takeoff performance enables it to operate from even the most challenging and remote airports. Meanwhile, the ACJ319neo’s ability to fly eight VIP passengers 6,750 nm or 15 hours will bring much of the world within non-stop range.
The A320neo Family offers a choice of two new-generation engine options (the PurePower PW1100G from Pratt & Whitney and the LEAP-1A from CFM International), as well as the incorporation of large, fuel-saving “Sharklet” wingtip devices. Moreover, the NEO Family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle product line with over 6,200 ordered from over 100 customers since its launch, capturing some 60% share of the market. Thanks to their wide cabins, all members of this family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and 18” wide seats in economy as standard.
*Note: Certification of the A319neo with LEAP-1A engines follows these previous variant Type Certifications:
  • - A320neo/P&W – 24 November 2015;
  • - A320neo/CFM – 31 May 2016;
  • - A321neo/P&W – 15 December 2016;
  • - A321neo/CFM – 1 March 2017.

Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk returns to Key West after 42-day patrol

KEY WEST, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC 913), homeported in Key West, returned Sunday following a 42-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea.

The cutter crew worked with multiple Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft while countering transnational criminal organizations attempting to smuggle drugs, humans and other dangerous cargoes to the United States.

Over the course of the patrol, Mohawk’s crew, complimented by a deployable specialized forces team from U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South, successfully interdicted and seized nearly $17 million of cocaine. Part of the cutter’s duties included a four-day engagement with the Guatemalan Naval Forces to exchange tactics and best practices, strengthening the collaborative efforts of regional security partners. Furthermore, crewmembers spent over 20 hours restoring a local K-12 community school to make it more habitable for the students. These efforts resulted in a new roof for one of the buildings, the rejuvenation of athletic and bathroom facilities, and the repainting of one of the classrooms.

“Additionally, Mohawk’s crew conducted daily damage control, navigation, and combat drills to ensure the cutter remains ready to save lives, defend our nation and enforce federal laws,” said Ensign Kira Dabrowski, public affairs officer aboard the cutter. “Upon our return to homeport, the crew will continue to work diligently to prepare to return to sea and continue to serve the American people.”

The Mohawk is a 270-foot famous class cutter named after the Algonquin tribe of the Iroquoian Indians who lived in the Mohawk Valley of New York and homeported in Key West.

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lunes, 24 de diciembre de 2018

Coast Guard rescues 6 people from disabled vessel

MH-65 Dolphin Aircrew with the Rescue Swimmer in hoist operation ©USCG (archive)
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued six people from a disabled vessel in the Atchafalaya Bay near Morgan City, Louisiana, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report from St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Department at 12:50 a.m. of a disabled 16-foot bass boat with two adults and four children on board.

Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew at 1:15 a.m. The aircrew arrived on scene at 2:30 a.m. to locate and establish communications with the disabled vessel and a St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Department surface asset crew.

Due to the water depth the surface asset crew was not able to reach the disabled vessel.

The MH-65 aircrew hoisted the six people from the vessel and transferred them to Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport in Patterson, Louisiana, at 3:58 a.m.

There were no reported injuries.

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Coast Guard assists 4 waterway users in 2 rescues Sunday

MH-65 Dolphin ©USCG (archive)
HONOLULU — Coast Guard crews diverted from training exercises to conduct two separate rescues off Hawaii, Sunday.

These events range from a medevac of a snorkeler to the rescue of passengers from a capsized vessel. 

A Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew medevaced a snorkeler suffering from a medical emergency at Molokini Crater.

“Our crews are always ready for any event they may need to respond to,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Beasley, a Sector Honolulu watchstander. “The boat crew happened to be training in the area when the call came in and was able to respond even more quickly. It is in such situations their training pays off.” 

The RB-M crew was able to transfer the snorkeler and bring him to awaiting Maui County emergency responders at Kihei boat ramp. He was reportedly conscious and breathing. 

At 9:55 a.m., Station Maui watchstanders received a call from the captain of the vessel Pride of Maui regarding a 69-year-old passenger who was suffering symptoms of a stroke. The RB-M crew was conducting training in the area and diverted to render assistance. 

Once on scene, the RB-M crew transferred the snorkeler from the Pride of Maui and brought him to awaiting emergency services. 

The weather at the time was isolated showers with winds of 19 mph and seas up to 4 feet. 

Later that morning, an Air Station Barbers Point HM-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, along with the Honolulu City and County Fire Department and Ocean Safety, responded to a capsized pleasure craft off Kaaawa beach. 

“Our aircrew was conducting training nearby when the call came in,” said Ensign Seth Gross, a Sector Honolulu command duty officer. “We received the call and the Dolphin crew was on scene within four minutes.” 

At 11:24 a.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders heard a report of a capsized 14-foot pleasure craft with three boaters aboard about one mile off Kaaawa Beach. Coordinating with the Honolulu City and County emergency services the Dolphin aircrew diverted to assist and was on scene at 11:28 a.m. 

The aircrew hoisted the three boaters, clinging to the hull of the capsized vessel and brought them to awaiting Honolulu City and County emergency services at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay where they received medical treatment for minor injuries. 

A salvage plan for the capsized vessel is being formalized. The maximum pollution potential is low at three gallons of gasoline and marine battery. 

The weather when the Dolphin arrived on scene was winds of 19 mph and seas up to 3 feet.

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domingo, 23 de diciembre de 2018

Anatomía de la operación SAR: EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon)

Vídeo del US Coast Guard, Suboficial de 2ª clase Corinne Zilnicki.

El teniente Daniel Dunn y el suboficial Travis Unser del US Coast Guard, observadores en el 5° District Command Center en Portsmouth (Virginia), y el teniente Tyler Monez, piloto de uno de los helicópteros MH-60 Jayhawk de la USCG Air Station Elizabeth City (Carolina del Norte), subrayan la importancia del uso y registro adecuado de las radiobalizas.

El Guardacostas norteamericano respondió a más de 700 alertas falsas de las EPIRB a lo largo de este 2018, e insta a todos los propietarios de balizas a registrar correctamente sus dispositivos con la NOAA.

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia. Después de responder a más de 700 falsas alarmas en 2018, el Guardacostas comunica a cualquier persona que pueda necesitar en algún momento el envío de su posición ante una emergencia que registre su radiobaliza correctamente siguiendo los trámites establecidos al efecto.

Una EPIRB es un dispositivo que transmite una señal de socorro al sistema Cospas-Sarsat. Éste es un programa internacional de carácter humanitario dedicado a la búsqueda y salvamento de personas en situaciones de peligro en cualquier parte del mundo.

Cospas-Sarsat (Cosmicheskaya Sistema Poiska Avariynyh Sudov, cuyo significado es Sistema Espacial para la Búsqueda en Emergencia, y SARSAT es acrónimo de de Search And Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking), utiliza una red satelital para detectar y localizar las señales emitidas por las radiobalizas instaladas en embarcaciones, aeronaves, balsas salvavidas y portátiles.

El objetivo es dar apoyo a todas las organizaciones existentes en el mundo con responsabilidad SAR (Search And Rescue), en operaciones de búsqueda y rescate, tanto en mar, aire o tierra, con el fin de reducir los tiempos para detectar y localizar a las personas en peligro.

Estos satélites transmiten la señal a una red de unidades terrestres, éstas al USCG y otras unidades de emergencia, al igual que ocurre en los servicios SAR competentes en cada país, según dónde se produzca la emergencia.

Los armadores de barcos pesqueros, buques de pasajeros que transporten a seis o más personas, y buques comerciales están legalmente obligados a llevar EPIRB. Sin embargo el USCG recomienda que todo marinero que navegue en alta mar lleve también una radiobaliza portátil.

La Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC) requiere que todos los propietarios de EPIRB registren sus balizas en la NOAA, y mantengan la información de registro actualizada.

En Estados Unidos si se activa una baliza no registrada, la FCC puede iniciar el procesamiento del propietario basándose en las pruebas que serán proporcionadas por el Guardacostas; emitirá notificaciones de advertencia y avisos de responsabilidad con multas que ascienden hasta los 10.000 $.

El personal del USCG sólo pudo comunicarse con 163 de los más de 700 propietarios de EPIRB para determinar la causa de las falsas alertas debido a que el resto no había registrado sus balizas, actualizado su información de registro o incluso las habían eliminado de forma incorrecta.

"Manejamos las alertas de las EPIRB bajo un sesgo de acción", Teniente Daniel Dunn, uno de los oficiales del 5° Coast Guard District's Command Center, "Tenemos que tratarlas como llamadas de socorro reales hasta que podamos cerciorarnos con toda seguridad de lo contrario".

Cuando los vigías de los Guardacostas reciben una alerta EPIRB y no pueden rastrear al propietario debido a la falta de información de registro, o bien ésta está desactualizada, inmediatamente movilizan y envían equipos de aeronaves y embarcaciones para buscar en el área signos de que la emergencia es real.

Cuesta aproximadamente 15.000 $ por hora volar un avión HC-130 Hercules, 10.000 $ por hora de vuelo para un helicóptero MH-60 Jayhawk y 5.000 $ por hora la operación con un bote de pequeño tamaño del US Coast Guard.

"Si la gente utilizara este sistema de la forma adecuada se resolverían muchas de las incógnitas que envuelven una misión búsqueda y rescate", Teniente Daniel Dunn. "Las EPIRB no registradas dan como resultado una enorme pérdida de tiempo, dinero y un mal uso de los recursos que podrían utilizarse para salvar la vida de alguien que sí lo necesita".

Coast Guard rescues 2 people from grounded vessel

The Coast Guard rescued two people from their vessel near the Stump Lagoon area of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, December 22, 2018. The Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew hoisted the men and transported them to Hopedale Marina. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy video/released)

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard rescued two people from their vessel near the Stump Lagoon area of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 10:15 a.m. of a 17-foot outboard motor recreational vessel with 2 people on board that became stuck in mud.

Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew at 11:41 a.m. The aircrew arrived on scene at 12:42 p.m. and hoisted the 2 individuals and transported them to Hopedale Marina in St. Bernard.

The Coast Guard marked the vessel as derelict until the owner can return to salvage.

The individuals were reported in stable condition.

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sábado, 22 de diciembre de 2018

Alameda-based Coast Guard cutter and crew to return home for the holidays following 105-day Western Pacific Ocean deployment

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Munro are scheduled to return Monday to their homeport in Alameda after a 105-day, 17,000-nautical mile, multi-mission deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean.
The crew conducted a Western Pacific Living Marine Resources patrol during the 105-day deployment. Munro’s law enforcement teams conducted 10 at-sea inspections of foreign flagged fishing vessels on the high seas to counter illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing practices in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission area.
“The crew worked tirelessly to execute 10 fisheries boardings, 186 flight evolutions, and dozens of boat operations in support of fisheries enforcement which demonstrates U.S. presence in the Western Pacific,” said Munro’s commanding officer Capt. Jim Estramonte. “Munro’s successful deployment paves the way for future Coast Guard Oceania patrols. Having the opportunity to bring the cutter to Guadalcanal, a place of Coast Guard lore, made the patrol even more meaningful for the crew.”

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Boeing Delivers First 737 MAX Airplane to Royal Air Maroc

Morocco's flag carrier continues to modernize its fleet with the first of four 737 MAX 8s
Royal Air Maroc's first 787-9 Dreamliner also arrived this month
SEATTLEDec. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] today delivered the first 737 MAX for Royal Air Maroc, which plans to use the fuel-efficient, longer-range version of the popular 737 jet to expand and modernize its fleet.
Morocco's flag carrier - which welcomed its first 787-9 Dreamliner last week - will take delivery of three more 737 MAX 8s and three more 787-9s over the next few months as part of its strategic plan to strengthen its operations.
"We are pleased to receive our airline's first 737 MAX, which will soon be joined by three other airliners from the same family. These new 737 MAX airplanes expand our medium-haul portfolio, which forms the backbone of Royal Air Maroc's fleet. Our choice of this airplane is in line with our strategy of continuously expanding and modernizing our fleet, and comes just a few days after the announcement of Royal Air Maroc's invitation to join the most prestigious Oneworld Alliance. This in turn will further strengthen our leadership position on the continent, both for our country and for Royal Air Maroc," said Abdelhamid Addou, CEO and Chairman of Royal Air Maroc.
The 737 MAX 8 airplanes will build on the success of Royal Air Maroc's fleet of Next-Generations 737s. The MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, and other airframe enhancements to improve performance and reduce operating costs. It also integrates engine technology to reduce the operational noise footprint of the airplane.
Compared to the previous 737 model, the MAX 8 can fly 600 nautical miles (1,112 kilometers) farther, while providing 14 percent better fuel efficiency. The MAX 8 can seat up to 178 passengers in a standard two-class configuration and fly 3,550 nautical miles (6,570 kilometers).
Royal Air Maroc plans to deploy its 737 MAX 8 on routes from Casablanca to Accra (Ghana), Lagos(Nigeria), London-Heathrow (England), Bologna (Italy) and Paris (Orly and CDG). With the 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner, Royal Air Maroc will now operate the most capable airplane in the narrowbody and medium widebody segments. It's an unrivaled combination of efficiency and performance that will allow the airline to profitably grow its network and business," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company.
"We are thrilled to celebrate two major milestones this month with our long-time customer Royal Air Maroc. Over the past five decades, we have been honored to see them grow on the wings of Boeing airplanes and we are very excited to see the next chapter of our partnership."
Boeing has also partnered with the industrial sector in Morocco, supporting the development of the kingdom's aviation industry through initiatives such as the joint venture MATIS Aerospace that specializes in producing wire bundles and wire harnesses for airplanes. Boeing is also helping to educate local youth through partnerships with EFE-Morocco and the INJAZ Al-Maghrib association.
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating about 4,800 orders from over 100 customers worldwide. For more information and feature content, visit www.boeing.com/commercial/737max.

Coast Guard medevacs injured logger off Coos Mountain, Ore.

A Coast Guard aircrew, aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Sector North Bend, medically evacuated an injured logger after he was struck by a tree, 17 miles east of Coos Bay, on Coos Mountain, Dec. 21, 3019.

The 37-year-old logger had been conducting logging operations when the top of a tree-length reportedly sprung from tension and struck him in the head and torso. 

U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector North Bend.

NORTH BEND, Ore. — The Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured logger after he was struck by a tree, 17 miles east of Coos Bay, on Coos Mountain, Friday afternoon.

A Coast Guard aircrew, aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Sector North Bend, safely hoisted the 37-year-old logger, who reportedly suffered head and torso injuries, and transported the man to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield.

The man had reportedly been conducting logging operations when the top of a tree-length sprung from tension and struck him in the head and torso.

Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector North Bend command center received the medical evacuation request from Riverside Logging Inc. personnel at 12:22 p.m. Paramedics were on scene and provided initial medical care to the logger. The aircrew was dispatched to render assistance at 2:12 p.m. and was able to land on scene at 2:45 p.m.

The injured man and a paramedic were both transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center.

The condition of the man is unknown at this time.

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viernes, 21 de diciembre de 2018

Leonardo: TH-119 helicopter performs first flight. Training excellence built in US, ready for US Navy

First  IFR single  engine helicopter  in decades with FAA  certification expected in  early 2019

The  TH-119,  based on  the successful  AW119, is Leonardo’s  offer to replace the U.S. Navy’s  TH-57 training helicopter fleet

Manufactured  in the US, with  a strong national suppliers’  base, the AW119 is in service with  a range of American public services and  private operators and with homeland security  and military operators worldwide

Philadelphia,  21 December 2018  – Leonardo  is pleased to  announce it successfully  completed the initial flight  test of the TH-119 IFR training  helicopter yesterday. The TH-119 is  Leonardo’s bid to replace the U.S. Navy’s  aging fleet of TH-57 Sea Ranger training helicopters,  a variant of the successful AW119, manufactured in the US  with strong local supplier base. By completing this important  milestone, the TH-119 remains on track to achieve full FAA IFR  certification in early 2019, making it the only single-engine IFR-certified helicopter  in production in decades.

The  TH-119  was flown  by Leonardo  pilot Patrick  McKernan at the  company’s Philadelphia  plant where all variants  of AW119s are built. The  helicopter performed excellently  during the flight which included an  assessment of general handling and avionics  systems. If selected by the U.S. Navy, a fleet  of over 125 TH-119s will be built in Philadelphia  utilizing the plant’s existing AW119 manufacturing and support  facility.

“Already  made in USA,  the TH-119 is an  affordable, off-the-shelf  teaching helicopter that combines proven  performance, flexibility and safety. It is  built to accomplish every current Navy undergraduate  training mission and flight skill maneuver with plenty  of room to grow over the venerable TH-57,” said Andrew Gappy,  Leonardo Director of U.S. Government Sales.

A  variant  of the successful  AW119 specifically configured  for military training, the TH-119  is the only modern single engine helicopter  certified to operate in actual instrument conditions  (IMC), resulting in more available training days that limit  “VFR only” aircraft and add to overall time to train. The TH-119  is a full-spectrum training helicopter, meaning that with a single variant configuration  the Navy can accomplish fundamental training flights like sliding landings, hovering, and full  autorotations (without offloading any of them to simulation) equally as well as advanced training  flights including NVG, instruments, navigation, tactics, hoist, external cargo, and search and rescue.  This makes the TH-119 the best solution on the market for “Navy” days: challenging weather and low visibility.

The  TH-119’s  dual-display  Genesys Aerosystems  advanced glass cockpit  allows instruction from either  pilot seat with full IFR capabilities  including flight director and 3-axis full  autopilot. Its unique 180-degree adjustable observer  seat offers student pilots full view of the cockpit  providing a better learning environment even while riding  as a passenger. The TH-119 combines exceptional power margins,  thanks to its popular and reliable 1,000 shp Pratt & Whitney Canada  PT6-B engine, with the durability of a cocoon-type metal airframe and reinforced  shock stabilized skids for touchdown maneuver training. To minimize time on the ground  and maximize operational flexibility the TH-119 can “hot” pressure refuel.

The  TH-119  is manufactured  and supported at  Leonardo’s existing  FAA Part 21 production  facility in Philadelphia, providing  the Navy a low-risk delivery schedule  and fleet support as well as economical  single engine costs saving millions of taxpayer  dollars over competing twin engine helicopters.

Ukrainian Ministry of Interior takes delivery of its first H225s

Kiev, 21 December 2018 - Kick-starting the modernisation of Ukraine’s helicopter fleet, Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two H225s, out of an order for 21 aircraft, to the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior. One aircraft is destined for search and rescue missions and the other one will be operated by the National Guard for law enforcement missions. The H225 helicopters were repurposed to suit these public service missions in just over three months. Another two H225s will join the fleet in the coming weeks.
“Further to the Intergovernmental Agreement signed between Ukraine and France earlier this year,  we are pleased to be celebrating the first deliveries. This Agreement for 55 helicopters enables Ukraine to provide its population with a complete range of helicopter services from search and rescue, emergency medical services, firefighting to law enforcement missions,” said Arsen Avakov, Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. “Thanks to the excellent operational cooperation with Airbus, we will also set up a local training and maintenance centre in Ukraine to support our new modernized fleet of helicopters” he added.
“We are pleased that these two H225s have landed in Ukraine in a record amount of time. Now that the pilots have completed their H225 certification training in France, Ukraine can immediately take advantage of the excellent payload and range that the multi-purpose H225 offers along with the aircraft's state-of-the-art autopilot that provides precision while reducing crew workload in the most demanding mission conditions,” said Matthieu Louvot, Executive Vice President for Support and Services at Airbus Helicopters who attended the delivery ceremony in Kiev. “One of the next steps is to accompany the Ministry of Interior in setting-up a dedicated training and maintenance centre for the helicopters in Ukraine,” he added.  
The first deliveries have taken place in the frame of the Intergovernmental  Agreement contract signed in July 2018 for 55 aircraft– 21 repurposed H225s, 10 brand new H145s, and 24 H125s, all aimed for search and rescue (SAR), EMS and other public service missions.
The 11-tonne-category twin-turbine H225 is recognised as a reference in SAR operations and is relied on by organisations worldwide including the Japan Coast Guard, the Spanish Coast Guard and the Argentine Coast Guard. Benefits for these demanding missions include a takeoff sequence of less than five minutes, its all-weather capability including in full icing conditions, its SAR modes and renowned autopilot precision.
The H225 offers outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed, and can be fitted with a wide range of mission equipment to suit any role. The H225 family has accumulated over 640,000 flight hours to date.