lunes, 24 de junio de 2019

Coast Guard searching for person in the water in Lake Salvador, Louisiana

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles (archive).

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for a person in the water at Lake Salvador, Louisiana, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 6:50 p.m. Sunday of a 22-year-old male who reportedly entered the water without a personal flotation device on the northeastern end of Lake Salvador.
Involved in the search are:
  • Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  • Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department
  • Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries
Anyone with information is requested to contact Sector New Orleans at (504) 365-2200.

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Safran continuará brindando soporte para los motores de los helicópteros Merlin y Apache británicos

24 de junio de 2019, Fareham.

Safran Helicopter Engines ha firmado la prolongación del contrato de soporte durante tres años más con el Ministerio de Defensa de Reino Unido, continuando así con el servicio de disponibilidad "de extremo a extremo" para los motores RTM322 en las flotas de AW101 (EH101) Merlin de la Royal Navy y los AH-64 Mk1 Apache de la British Army.

Cubriendo el total de más de 400 motores, el contrato representa una continuación del soporte proporcionado por Safran para este tipo de turboeje desde 2013, cuando la compañía francesa adquirió la participación de Rolls-Royce en el RTM322. Desde entonces Safran ha mejorado significativamente la fiabilidad de la turbina.

Safran Helicopter Engines gestiona este contrato desde sus instalaciones del Reino Unido en Fareham, Hampshire, cubriendo la provisión de motores, módulos, accesorios y repuestos e incluyendo mantenimiento, reparación y revisión, logística, soporte técnico y la emisión de publicaciones técnicas.

Estará en activo hasta el 31 de marzo de 2022, con opción prolongable en dos años adicionales más.

Safran to continue supporting UK MOD Merlin and Apache helicopter engines

24 June 2019, Fareham.

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a three-year support contract extension with the UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support agency, to provide an end-to-end availability service for the RTM322 engines fitted to Royal Navy Merlin and British Army Apache AH Mk1 helicopters. Covering a fleet of more than 400 engines, the contract represents a continuation of the support provided by Safran for this engine type since 2013, when they bought out Rolls-Royce’s share of the RTM322. Since then, Safran has significantly improved engine reliability and can now boast more than four years of significantly exceeding availability targets for engines, accessories and spare parts. 

Safran Helicopter Engines manages this contract from its UK facility in Fareham, Hampshire with more than 40 people on site directly involved. The contract covers the provision of engines, modules, accessories and spares, including maintenance, repair and overhaul, logistics, technical support and technical publications.  It runs until 31st March 2022 with additional option years to 2024.

Air Vice-Marshal Graham Russell, Director Helicopters at the UK MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support Organisation, commented: “Safran Helicopter Engines has provided highly capable, reliable and responsive support to our fleet of RTM322 engines during the previous contract, consistently delivering high levels of engine availability.  Consequently, we are very pleased to have signed this extension to the contract which will ensure continued effective support to the front line.” 

Franck Saudo, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, said, “We’re delighted to be awarded this contract extension. It shows a high level of confidence from the UK MOD in our engine solutions and in our teams. We are committed to earn that trust by providing them with a high level of service, as they prepare to deploy these helicopters aboard the UK’s new aircraft carriers.” 

Shenzhen Eastern General Aviation Company se convierte en el cliente de lanzamiento del ACH160 en China

La Compañía de Aviación General del Este de Shenzhen (Shenzhen Eastern GAC) firmó un acuerdo para un ACH160, convirtiéndose en el cliente de lanzamiento de la versión VIP de este helicóptero medio (6 Tons) en China.
La aeronave se utilizará para realizar, principalmente, misiones de aviación privada y de negocios (PBA) alrededor del área de la Bahía de Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau en China, que alberga una población de aproximadamente 70 millones de personas y contribuye al 12% del PIB del país asiático.
Shenzhen Eastern GAC es la única compañía en China que participa en un proyecto piloto que explora la flexibilización de las regulaciones del espacio aéreo a baja altitud en China. También ha sido el primer operador de helicópteros del país en volar entre Hong Kong y el continente.
Su flota de helicópteros en servicio está compuesta por 12 aeronaves, incluidos tres helicópteros ligeros del bimotor de Airbus: el H135.
Zhao Qi, presidente de Shenzhen Eastern GAC: “El ACH160 es la próxima adición a nuestra flota de Airbus H135s, ya que buscamos reforzar nuestra presencia de PBA en el área de Greater Bay y explorar nuevas oportunidades dirigidas al mercado privado de aviación, para el cual ya contamos con una infraestructura bien desarrollada".
"Nos sentimos honrados de que Shenzhen Eastern GAC haya optado por ampliar su asociación con Airbus Helicopters al llevar el ACH160 a China", Marie Agnes Veve, jefa de la región de Asia del Norte y Airbus Helicopters China. "Desde su elegante interior y su navegación suave hasta su avanzado sistema de aviónica digital Helionix, el ACH160 ofrece la combinación perfecta de versatilidad, confort y tecnología para los pasajeros más exigentes de China así como de todos aquellos que los vuelan".
La gama completa de helicópteros ACH consta de las variantes ACH125 , ACH130ACH135 , ACH145 , ACH160 yACH175 de la familia de modelos ligeros y medios de Airbus Helicopters. Una gama de terminaciones en diseños interiores de lujo, incluyendo diferentes soluciones a medida disponibles para todos los modelos.
El H160 es el innovador helicóptero bimotor medio de Airbus Helicopters diseñado y fabricado para crear un valor añadido para los clientes en términos de rendimiento, competitividad económica, seguridad y comodidad. 
Las configuraciones que se están desarrollando incluyen transporte marítimo (Oil & Gas), servicios comerciales y privados (VIP y PBA), servicios públicos (SAR, vigilancia, operaciones policiales, etc) y transporte comercial de pasajeros. S
entrada en servicio está prevista para el próximo año 2020.

French Prime Minister meets Airbus Helicopters apprentices

During a visit dedicated to highlighting the role of apprenticeships in the French aeronautical industry, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe met with some of the several hundred young apprentices that work at Airbus Helicopters. The Prime Minister was then invited to experience first-hand one of the next generation helicopters that they have contributed to during their apprenticeship.
Leaving the Paris Air Show in comfort, thanks to the H160’s low vibration and sound levels, the Prime Minster was joined by the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, who unveiled the military version of the H160, the “Guépard”, a couple of weeks earlier, as well as Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO.
Apprenticeship is an effective way of learning essential work skills and ultimately finding a job in the technical fields of work in the French aeronautical industry. 370 apprentices, of which 15% were women, worked at Airbus Helicopters in 2018, and more than 200 new young people enter the apprenticeship system each year. Airbus values apprenticeship as a path to excellence, with 40% of its apprentices receiving awards in the 2018 national competition for the Best Apprentice in France.

domingo, 23 de junio de 2019

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns to homeport after 62-day patrol

USCG Cutter Dependable.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Cutter Dependable (archive).

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returned to Little Creek, Virginia, after completing a 62-day Mid-Atlantic fisheries patrol, Saturday.

From New Jersey to South Carolina, the Dependable’s boarding teams conducted 39 boardings, and inspected the catch, gear and lifesaving equipment of U.S. fishing vessels to ensure they met all required federal laws and regulations.

During the patrol, the Dependable’s boarding team members adeptly identified a variety of lifesaving equipment concerns on board several commercial and recreational fishing vessels. The boarding team members helped those mariners fix their issues on the spot, and educated them on the importance of maintaining their equipment.

“Living marine resource patrols are vital to ensuring the continued stability of the multi-billion dollar U.S. seafood industry, as well as the stewardship and sustainability of living marine resources, such as fish, turtles and marine protected species,” said Cmdr. Rula Deisher, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Dependable. “Our boarding team members ensured that the mariners’ safety and fishing gear were fully operational, and that they were operating within U.S. fishing regulations. We enjoyed the opportunity to serve the public so close to our homeport.”

The Dependable is a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Little Creek, and routinely deploys in support of counter-drug and alien migrant interdiction, living marine resources and search and rescue missions.
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Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant crew returns home after Caribbean patrol

A member of Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team West fast-ropes from a 176th Wing, 210th Rescue Squadron Alaska Air National Guard UH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter onto the deck of one of the Coast Guard Cutters, specifically the Alex Haley (WMEC 39), in a joint training exercise in Chiniak Bay, Alaska, Feb. 23, 2019. Team members are trained and are technically proficient in advanced techniques with federal, state and local partners to protect the nation from threats at sea and in air. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Dean (archive). 


US Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant, photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Luke Clayton.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —The crew of the​Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant​ returned home Sunday to Cape Canaveral after a two-month Caribbean patrol.

The crew's patrol focused on enforcing U.S. federal laws by conducting boardings of U.S. and international vessels throughout the Caribbean basin, while working with other government agencies and international partners, to increase national security.

While on patrol, the crew ensured the safe return of 50 Haitian migrants to their home country after their illegal and dangerous voyage was disrupted by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered, a fast-response cutter homeported in Miami. The crew was also involved in a search for a person reported to be in the water after falling overboard from his sailing vessel.

The Vigilant crew​ interdicted a go-fast vessel illegally smuggling 7,800 lbs of garlic from Haiti to the Dominican Republic. Garlic smuggling is a global issue on the rise and has had negative impacts on the agricultural industry in the Dominican Republic in the last few years. Upon hearing of the interdiction, the Dominican Navy sent a ship to meet the Vigilant to take over the case for the prosecution. The contraband was valued at approximately $30,000 and was the largest Coast Guard seizure of its kind.

During their 59-day patrol, the crew strengthened multiple international and domestic partnerships by working with agencies including the Jamaican Defense Force, Royal Bahamian Defense Force, Dominican Navy, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Navy.

The Vigilant is a multi-mission​ 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter​ whose missions include illegal drug and migrant interdiction, as well as search and rescue. 

The Vigilant patrols throughout the Caribbean basin and Atlantic seaboard to ensure safety of life at sea and enforce international and domestic laws.

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sábado, 22 de junio de 2019

Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk returns after 90-day Eastern Pacific patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) patrols the the Eastern Pacific Ocean, Thursday, May 16, 2019. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) returned to their homeport in Key West following a 90-day counter-smuggling patrol in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South, operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. (Coast Guard Photo).

KEY WEST, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) returned to their homeport in Key West following a 90-day counter-smuggling patrol in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South, operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

The Mohawk crew, along with Coast Guard crews from Tactical Law Enforcement Team—South (TACLET South), Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) and multiple partner agencies, interdicted more than 16,500 pounds of cocaine and more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana to counter and disrupt the illegal smuggling operations of transnational criminal organizations.

The cutter crew also conducted joint operations with crews from the Costa Rica Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas, in which they assisted in the rescue of four Costa Rican mariners. The Mohawk crew also rescued four sea turtles entangled in fishing gear.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Ricky Ogborn helps free an entangled sea turtle in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, Monday, June 3, 2019. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) returned to their homeport in Key West following a 90-day counter-smuggling patrol in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South, operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. (Coast Guard Photo).

The Coast Guard increased U.S. and allied presence in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin, which are known drug transit zones off of Central and South America, as part of its Western Hemisphere Strategy. During at-sea interdictions in international waters, a suspect vessel is initially located and tracked by allied, military or law enforcement personnel coordinated by JIAFT-S. The interdictions, including the actual boarding, are led and conducted by U.S. Coast Guardsmen. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific is conducted under the authority of the Coast Guard 11th District headquartered in Alameda, California.​

The cutter Mohawk is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter, whose missions include search and rescue, maritime safety and security, and maritime law enforcement operations, such as illegal migrant and drug interdiction operations.

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viernes, 21 de junio de 2019

Comprobación de seguridad en toda la flota de H175 tras aparecer una grieta

Airbus Helicopters H175. Imagen: ©NHV
Se han iniciado exhaustivas inspecciones en toda la flota mundial del helicóptero súper-medio de la clase de 7 toneladas H175, cuyo mayor mercado se encuentra en el sector Oil & Gas principalmente en el Mar del Norte, tras encontrar una grieta en uno de ellos durante una postvuelo.


El fabricante Airbus Helicopters ha emitido un boletín a los operadores del modelo en el que indican que para mayor seguridad limiten la velocidad máxima permitida en los H175 de forma temporal, hasta que finalicen con todos las controles necesarios para averiguar el origen, que se ha localizado en uno de los estabilizadores horizontales (sin afectar en principio a los End Plates).

El cliente de lanzamiento del modelo, el grupo belga NHV (Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen), ha decidido en un primer momento paralizar todas sus unidades hasta inspeccionarlas minuciosamente y garantizar la máxima seguridad durante los vuelos, tras lo que han reanudado las operaciones con su flota de H175 esta misma mañana.


Por otro lado el operador británico Babcock está realizando un profundo control sobre los dos H175 que tiene en propiedad, puesto que la grieta apareció en uno de ellos.

Airbus HC mantiene contacto directo con los clientes para mantener un constante flujo de información sobre el asunto y, en caso necesario, aportar la solución definitiva una vez establecida la causa.

jueves, 20 de junio de 2019

Viking Names Cascade Aerospace as Integrator and 2nd Program Partner for Aerial Firefighter Avionics Upgrade Program

Pictured above: The proposed layout of the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics suite to be featured in the Viking Avionics Upgrade Program (AUP).

Paris, France, June 20th, 2019: Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia has signed a contract with Cascade Aerospace of Abbotsford, British Columbia naming it as integrator for Viking’s Avionics Upgrade Program (AUP) on Canadair CL-215T and CL-415 aerial firefighting aircraft. The announcement makes Cascade the second contributor to join the Avionics Upgrade Program.
The contract calls for Cascade to complete the design, installation, testing and certification of the AUP on two prototypes, a CL-415 and a CL-215T, and the completion of ten post-STC AUP installations at Cascade’s facilities. The contract also includes Cascade’s production of forty “A-Kits” consisting of structural components, wiring harnesses and other permanently-installed items that link together the new flight controls, navigation and communication systems being provided by Collins Aerospace as “B-Kits”.
As part of the certification, Cascade will develop the detailed production process, including drawings, task cards and kitting activity that will marry the A-Kit with the B-Kit through clearly defined and efficient sequenced instructions for subsequent installations.
“Based on Viking’s longstanding relationship working with Cascade on the Series 400 Twin Otter program, combined with their extensive experience upgrading Canadair CL-215s to turbine configuration, Cascade was a natural choice to welcome as a key contributor to the Viking AUP,” commented Dan Seroussi, director of the program for Viking. “Their specialization in aircraft modification, particularly with avionics upgrades, and their experience with Canadair aerial firefighters gave them a clear advantage.”
“We are thrilled to be conducting this new program for Viking, a key long-term OEM partner of ours,” said Kevin Lemke, Cascade executive vice president & COO. “This exciting program is a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate our strengths as a company with highly skilled and experienced people, and to continue to forge relationships with Viking, Longview Aviation, and Collins Aerospace.”

In 2018, through Viking’s sister-company Longview Aviation Services, Cascade was awarded a contract to assist with the CL-415EAF “Enhanced Aerial Firefighter” update and conversion program, including conducting the first aircraft modification using Viking-supplied conversion kits and providing on-site process training to Longview personnel.

Viking Avionics Upgrade Program (AUP)

To face challenges with supportability and end-of-life components inherent with aging technology, the AUP utilizes modern and reliable COTS systems that will easily interface with specialized mission equipment. The system is designed as a complete integrated solution for a harmonized cockpit that will not only meet current regulatory requirements, it will also address future operational and technical requirements over a 25+ year horizon.
A key component of the AUP is the introduction of the Collins Pro Line Fusion digital avionics suite, a FAR/Part 25 certified scalable software-based system. The avionics suite’s core configuration includes Flight Director, Flight Management System (FMS) coupled with SBAS-GPS and LPV capability, Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS), ADS-B Out, Synthetic Vision, crew alerting system display indicators, and a multi-functional keyboard panel with dual cursor controls providing an alternative to touch screen commands. A SATCOM system, multiband radio, weather radar, datalink, and auto-pilot are few of the available options to further enhance and customize the avionics system based on operator requirements.
The AUP will initially be offered as an upgrade to operators of CL-215T or CL-415 who can select either a complete modification including the supply and installation of the avionics suite, or as a parts kit for installation by an approved Maintenance Repair Organization.

Cascade Aerospace

Cascade Aerospace, an operating unit of IMP Aerospace & Defence, is a leading Canadian specialty aerospace contractor that provides long-term integrated aircraft fleet support and program management, aircraft maintenance, modification, engineering services & integrated logistics support to domestic and international military, government, and commercial customers. For more information, visit www.cascadeaerospace.com.

Lockheed Martin And Airbus Reaffirm Tanker Partnership At 2019 Paris Air Show

LE BOURGETFranceJune 20, 2019/PRNewswire/ -- With an agreement in place to explore U.S. military tanking opportunities, Airbus and Lockheed Martin senior executive leaders met for some "tanker talk" during the 2019 Paris Air Show. The Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) provided the perfect backdrop for the meeting with (l to r) Alberto Gutierrez, Head of Military Aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space; Michele Evans, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space.
"Since signing our Memorandum of Agreement with Airbus last December, our teams have been working to expand our business relationship with a focus on providing the U.S. Air Force with the very best capability in aerial refueling," said Michele Evans, Executive Vice President for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. "We believe with Airbus' and Lockheed Martin's expertise in air refueling and innovative, combat-tested technologies such as low observability and networking operations, we make a powerful team to address the U.S. Air Force's tanker needs today and into the future."
Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, said: "The relationship with Lockheed Martin through this exciting project is growing day by day, and we're looking forward to presenting our offer to the U.S. military in the near future. Our A330MRTT has been refueling U.S. military aircraft on combat missions since 2014, and together with Lockheed Martin's proven record serving the U.S. Air Force we truly believe we can offer unbeatable capabilities."
"We have said it before and I can only repeat it – the A330MRTT is the most successful and most capable tanker platform in the world. It has proven its versatility and capability time and again. It is a tremendous asset for any military, including the U.S.," said Alberto Gutiérrez, Head of Military Aircraft at Airbus.
This and other press releases and high resolution photos are available on: AirbusMedia
Visit our Paris Air Show page to stay updated on Airbus presence at Le Bourget.

miércoles, 19 de junio de 2019

Pratt & Whitney GTF™ Engine Fuel Savings Exceed $270M

PARIS, June 19, 2019 – Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), estimates that its Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine customers collectively have saved more than 150 million gallons of fuel valued at $270 million USD, while avoiding 1.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions since the engine entered service in 2016. The GTF engine program continues to attract new orders and is ramping up production deliveries, all while supporting a growing in-service fleet.    
"The GTF engine is providing incredible value to our customers, enabling them to reduce operating costs while opening new markets," said Tom Pelland, senior vice president, Commercial Engine Programs at Pratt & Whitney. "The geared architecture is delivering fuel savings and environmental benefits that are unmatched in the industry today."
Over the past year, the company welcomed 14 new airlines to the in-service GTF family, and more than doubled the fleet. There are now over 470 GTF-powered aircraft in operation with 36 airlines around the world. Total engine flight hours are over 2.7 million for the combined GTF powered fleet of A320neo family, A220 and E190-E2 aircraft.
Pratt & Whitney production rates are at historic highs as the company continues to ramp up production and remains on track to meet GTF engine delivery commitments for the year. GTF engine shipments in the first quarter of 2019, including those in the spare engine pool, more than doubled those from the first quarter of 2018. Pratt & Whitney developed the world’s first horizontal jet engine assembly lines which provide up to 50% more productivity compared to the traditional assembly process.
Pratt & Whitney is investing more than $2.5 billion in 21st century manufacturing and aftermarket technology to transform its global footprint to support the ramp up of the GTF and other engine programs.
Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine family has delivered on its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 to 20 percent, and to dramatically reduce regulated emissions and noise footprint.

Leonardo: Wiking signs 30 million euro contract for two AW139 helicopters to enhance offshore transport capabilities in Northern Europe

- Latest  order  adds  to  a  four  unit  AW139  fleet;  deliveries  expected  between  2019  and 2020   

- The  AW139  is  the  aircraft  of  choice  for  demanding  overseas  operations  in  Northern Europe and  worldwide     

- Over  1100  AW139s  have  been  ordered  by  more  than  270  customers  in  over  70 nations  to  date

Paris,  19  June  2019  –  Leonardo  announced  today  the  signing  of  a  contract  valued  at  30 million  euro  for  two  AW139  intermediate  twin  engine  helicopters  with  Wiking  Helikopter Service  GmbH  of  Germany.  The  aircraft,  which  are  expected  to  be  delivered  in  2019  and 2020,  will  be  used  to  perform  offshore  transport  operations  in  Northern  Europe,  further expanding  the  AW139  fleet  of  Wiking which already  operates  four  helicopters  in  the  region.   

Wiking  has  been  an  offshore  transport  specialist  in  the  North  and  Baltic  Sea  areas  for  over  43 years.  The  Company  also  performs  sea  pilots  transfer,  windmill  engineer  hoisting  service  and emergency  medical  service  operations.  This  latest  AW139  contract  provides  more  evidence  of the  unrivalled  mission  capabilities,  operational  efficiency  and  reliability  of  the  world’s  most successful  type  in  its  category  to  carry  out  demanding  missions  overseas.  The  AW139  fleet augmentation  programme will  allow  Wiking  to  meet  the  evolving  requirements  of  its  clients.   

The  AW139  has  proven  extremely  popular  in  the  region  for  offshore,  search  and  rescue, passenger  transport  and  law  enforcement  duties.  The  type  set  new  standards  in  terms  of flight  and  mission  technology,  cabin  space  and  comfort,  performance,  safety  and  reliability  as well  as  introducing  advanced  support,  maintenance  and  training  services.  The  AW139  is  even exceeding  the  evolving  Oil&Gas  market’s  stringent  requirements  with  unique  features  including a  60+  minutes  run  dry  capable  main  gear  box  and  full  or  limited  ice  protection  system  as  an option  to  fly  in  known  icing  conditions  for  true  all  weather  operations.  Over  1100  AW139s  have been  ordered by  more  than 270 customers  in  more  than 70  nations to date  for  any  kind of mission.  The  global  fleet  has  amassed  over  2.3  million  flight  hours  and  the  1000th  aircraft will  be  delivered  this  year.   

Leonardo: AW169 helicopter enters European crew change offshore market with NHV Group order

- Contract  for  two  AW169s,  with  deliveries  between  2019  and  2020,  adds  to  three aircraft  already  in service  in  Norway  for  harbour  pilot  shuttle   

- The  AW169  has  proven  highly  successful  in  Norther  Europe  also  for  windfarm support,  emergency  medical  service,  VIP/Corporate  transport  and  law  enforcement 

- Over  200  AW169s have  been  ordered by  more  than 80  customers  in  over  30  nations

Paris,  19  June  2019  –  Leonardo  has  announced  to  have  recently  signed  a  contract  for  two AW169  light  intermediate  helicopters  with  helicopter  service  provider  NHV  Group.  The  aircraft, expected  to  be  delivered  between  2019  and  2020,  will  be  used  by  NHV  to  perform  offshore transport  operations  in UK  and North Sea  area. 

This  latest  order  brings  the  total  number  of  AW169s  purchased  by  NHV  Group  to  five, with  the  first  three  aircraft  already  in  service  in  Norway  for  harbor  pilot  shuttle  duties  with  NHV’s subsidiary  Airlift  AS.  The  contract  also  marks  the  entry  of  the  new  generation  AW169 helicopter  type  into  the  European  crew  change  offshore  market  following  the  rapidly growing  success  for  emergency  medical  service and VIP/corporate  and private  transport.   

With  offshore  and  onshore  operations  in  Europe  and  West  Africa,  NHV  Group  delivers  a  range of  services  including  Oil&Gas  support,  EMS/SAR,  transport  and  aerial  works.  Already  being  an established  AW139  operator  for  longer  range  and higher  capacity  offshore missions,  with the  AW169  NHV  Group  is  now  expanding  its  fleet  of  Leonardo  helicopters  supporting  the Oil&Gas  industry  with latest  generation  technology.   

The  only  new  generation  light  intermediate  twin  engine  helicopter  in  the  market  in  nearly  40 years,  the  AW169  design  and  versatility  is  demonstrating  extremely  successful  across geographies  with  orders  for  over  200  units  from  more  than  80  customers  in  over  30 nations  to  date.  More  than  70  aircraft  are  in  service  worldwide.  In  Norther  Europe,  in  addition to  passenger  transport  and  rescue  tasks,  the  AW169  has  also  been  chosen  for  windfarm support  and law  enforcement.   

Airbus Helicopters y Safran Helicopter Engines se unen para conseguir un vuelo vertical más ecológico

Los líderes mundiales de la industria firman un programa de investigación sobre innovación.


Airbus Helicopters, el mayor fabricante de helicópteros civiles del mundo, y Safran Helicopter Engines, el líder mundial en turbinas para helicópteros, se unen para preparar juntos el futuro hacia un vuelo vertical más limpio, silencioso y eficiente, adelantándose al próximo programa de investigación Horizon Europe, que se llevará a cabo a lo largo de la próxima década.


Las dos compañías han firmado una Carta de intención (LOI) en el Salón Aeronáutico de Le Bourget en París, en el que formalizaron su voluntad para mostrar próximas tecnologías futuras de manera conjunta. Éstas contribuirán significativamente a la reducción de las emisiones de CO² y rastro sonoro para el futuro de las plataformas de aterrizaje y despegue vertical (VTOL).


Asimismo investigarán sobre otros objetivos tecnológicos, como el desarrollo de turbinas de mayor eficiencia o el uso de combustibles alternativos, así como arquitecturas avanzadas de motores para reducir aún más su rastro sonoro.


"Estamos cerca de una revolución verde en nuestra industria, y como el fabricante de helicópteros civiles más grande del mundo creo que es nuestra responsabilidad avanzar en nuevas tecnologías y soluciones" Bruno Even (CEO de Airbus Helicopters). "Esta futura cooperación con Safran Helicopter Engines asegurará que nos encontremos en la mejor posición para aprovechar y desarrollar nuevos métodos de propulsión, que respaldarán el desarrollo de helicópteros más limpios y silenciosos. El programa Horizon Europe es la solución ideal para comprobar las habilidades y conocimientos en toda Europa, y creo firmemente en nuestra capacidad para impulsar un cambio duradero en la industria".


Airbus Helicopters y Safran Helicopter Engines han trabajado durante años en el desarrollo de soluciones de propulsión más avanzadas, entre la que se incluye la más reciente e innovadora "Modo Eco"; la cual permite la pausa y reinicio de una turbina de gas en vuelo (lógicamente para helicópteros con más de un motor).


Esta tecnología, que generará ahorro de combustible y aumentará el alcance y radio de acción, se probará en el demostrador de alta velocidad Racer desarrollado en el marco del programa de investigación europeo Clean Sky 2.


Franck Saudo, CEO de Safran Helicopter Engines: "Esta futura cooperación con Airbus en el marco del programa Horizon Europe es una gran oportunidad para preparar sistemas de propulsión para los helicópteros del futuro. Hoy Safran es el proveedor más capaz en sistemas de propulsión eficientes, con el más amplio rango de potencia en turbinas de gas y una completa gama de sistemas eléctricos para soluciones híbridas. Además de una sólida experiencia en pruebas, calificación y certificación, nos complace asociarnos con Airbus Helicopters en este viaje para conseguir una menor huella ambiental en el transporte aéreo".

Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman 300 miles east of Cape Canaveral

HC-130 Hercules Air Station Clearwater, U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse (archive).

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday for a missing fisherman who reportedly went overboard 300 miles east of Cape Canaveral.

Missing is Russell Minor.
After searching more than 4,640 square miles for over 42 hours, officials were unable to locate Minor who was reported missing Sunday.

Involved with the search were the Coast Guard Cutters Dependable (WMEC-626) and William Flores (WPC-1103) and aircraft crews from Coast Guard Air Station ClearwaterElizabeth City, and Miami.

U.S. Coast Guard photograph courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Dependable (archive).
USCG Cutter William Flores, U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristen Cheyenne Yarber (archive).

"The decision to suspend a search is never easy and not one we make lightly," said Christopher Eddy, search and rescue specialist for the Coast Guard 7th District. "Coast Guard crews searched day and night but, unfortunately, were unable to locate Mr. Minor. Our hearts go out to the entire family during this difficult time."

The Coast Guard’s search will remain suspended pending the development of new information.​

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