AgustaWestland AW189
united kingdom HM Coastguard

2017 to present


HM Coastguard AW189

Owned and operated by Bristow, the AW189 was due to have entered service in 2015 but the full icing protection system (FIPS) certification was only granted on July 2016. Starting in March 2017, Lee-on-Solent was the first base to operate the aircraft with scheduled fielding announced as follows: Prestwick, Lydd, St Athan and Inverness

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Prestwick Starts Operations with AW189, 04-Jul-17 : HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base in Prestwick, operated by Bristow, started flying the new Leonardo AW189 on Saturday July 1st, 2017

Coastguard Prestwick Received AW189, 02-May-17 : The first of two AW189 helicopters operated by Bristow for the Coastguard is set to arrive soon at Prestwick airport in Scotland to start operations next July in replacement of the S-92

AW189 Enters HM Coastguard Service, 31-Mar-17 : HM Coastguard helicopter base in Lee-On-Solent has started flying the AW189 helicopter for SAR operations. Operated by Bristow, bases Prestwick, St Athan, Lydd and Inverness will follow

Coast Guard Solent District Received AW189, 03-Jan-17 : HM Coastguard first of two new AW189 helicopters for the Lee-on-Solent base. Will replace the current AW139 from April 2017

Bristow Secured Financings for 8 SAR Helicopters, 14-Nov-16 : Bristow secured equipment seven-year financings for u$s 200M to be used in 3 S-92 and 5 AW189 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters being utilized for the UK SAR contract

AW189 Gets EASA Full Ice Protection System Certification, 11-Jul-16 : FIA 2016 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the AW189’s Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) clearing the way for the aircraft to operate in full icing conditions

AW189 SAR Variant Achieves EASA Certification, 23-Dec-14 : AgustaWestland announce it has achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the Search and Rescue variant of the AW189 paving the way for the UK search and rescue programme

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YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
2017/nowSolent District Lee-on-Solent
2017/nowLydd sector Lydd
2017/nowSt. Athan sector RAF St Athan
2017/nowPrestwick sector Prestwick

Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    89001 2014     G-MCGM: HM Coastguard, op by Bristow; 17feb15 pictured (top) at Norw+
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGM: AgustaWestland UK Nov14-Jan15, test serial I-EASN

Bristow G-MCGM: Bristow Helicopters from 19jan15
    92001 2014     G-MCGN: HM Coast Guard Apr15-Nov16, op by Bristow; 28apr15 pictured +
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGN: AgustaWestland Dec14-Apr15

Bristow G-MCGN: Bristow Helicopters Apr15-Nov16, for Coast Guard

Bristow G-CJNV: Bristow Nov16-Dec17, new white livery; 03jan17 pictur+

06Aug17 Info - to transfer to G-MCGN at end of 2017

Bristow G-MCGN: Bristow from Dec17

12jan18 Departed Aberdeen for Lee-on-Solent EGHF
    92002 2014     G-MCGO: HM CoastGuard from Jan17 at Solent District
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGO: AgustaWestland from Mar15

Bristow G-MCGO: Bristow for Coastguard
    92003 2014     G-MCGP: 11feb16 atMOD St Athan, South Wales
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGP: AgustaWestland from Mar15

Bristow G-MCGP: Bristow d/d 04jun15 at Norwich
    92004 2014     G-MCGR: HM Coastguard; 11jul16 pictured (pic1) on display at FIA 201+
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGR: AgustaWestland Mar15-Dec16

Bristow G-MCGR: Bristow from Dec16, for Coastguard
    92005 2014     G-MCGS: HM CoastGuard from Jan17 at Solent District
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGS: AgustaWestland Mar15-Sep16

Bristow G-MCGS: Bristow from Sep16, for Coastguard
    92006 2014     G-MCGT: HM CoastGuard from May17 at Prestwick
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGT: AgustaWestland Mar15-Feb17

Bristow G-MCGT: Bristow from Feb17, for Coastguard
    49005 2013     I-PTFF: 07oct14 unveiled by Bristow and AgustaWestland in HM colours+
AgustaWestland Italy I-PTFF: AgustaWestland P5 prototype 2013

Bristow I-PTFF: Jul13 AgustaWestland pre-production aircraft used for t+

AgustaWestland UK I-PTFF: 24sep13 pictured (pic1) in Bristow colours at London He+

04oct13 pictured (pic2) at Aberdeen, Scotland

AgustaWestland UK I-AWTG: AgustaWestland UK 2014, based at Yeovil still in Bristo+

AgustaWestland UK I-PTFF: 30sep14 in HM Coast Guard Rescue livery at Yeovil

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