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    100th AW169 is First for Cornwall Air Ambulance

    Leonardo delivered AW169 helicopter number 100 to British operator Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) marking the first to enter service with Cornwall Air Ambulance


    100th AW169 is First for Cornwall Air Ambulance

    Helis, December 28, 2019 - Leonardo's Vergiate plant in Italy delivered the 100th AW169, a major milestone since its Certification in 2015.

    The AW169 was the first all new helicopter in the light intermediate category in more than 30 years.

    The delivery marks the first Leonardo (formerly known as AgustaWestland) helicopter to enter service with Cornwall Air Ambulance in the South West of England which had previously used Bo105, EC135 and currently MD902.

    The aircraft will be operated by Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) and joins another five ambulance services end users. SAS is also an Authorized Service Centre for the AW169 in the UK providing a range of support and maintenance services to AW169 customers.

    A new generation twin engine light intermediate category helicopter, the 4.8 tonne AW169, incorporates several new technology features in the rotor system, engines, avionics, transmission and electric power generation and distribution systems.

    Over 200 AW169 helicopters have been signed by over 80 customers in nearly 30 countries around the world to date for a wide range of applications including offshore transport, executive/corporate transport, air ambulance, law enforcement and electronic newsgathering.

    Leonardo, December 31, 2019 - Leonardo has delivered its 100th AW169, setting a major milestone since its EASA Certification in the summer of 2015 for the first all new helicopter in the light intermediate category in decades. The aircraft was handed over to Specialist Aviation Services/Cornwall Air Ambulance during an official ceremony at Leonardo’s plant in Vergiate (Varese - Italy) on 12 December 2019

    The delivery marks the first Leonardo helicopter to enter Cornwall Air Ambulance’s fleet; the AW169 will be operated by Specialist Aviation Services and adds another end user to six AW169 EMS customers in the UK. The twin-engine multi-role helicopter will be conducting EMS operations throughout the South West of England.

    Over the course of the next few months, the AW169 will undergo a bespoke installation of an aeromedical interior in the hands of the team at Specialist Aviation Services in Gloucestershire. The helicopter is a key platform for EMS missions due to its enhanced safety characteristics. Its main and tail rotors have high clearance which enables safe passenger and crew transportation. Also, the AW169 has large sliding doors which allow easy patient entry and egress.

    In addition, the AW169’s auxiliary power unit mode ensures the continued operation of the environmental control systems, radios and medical devices when the rotors are stopped. The large cabin can accommodate two stretchers as well a full suite of the most advanced life support equipment.

    The AW169 is in operations around the world in all continents, with over 220 units sold to nearly 90 customers in more than 30 countries. The first AW169M military variant was recently certified adding one more option for government and military operators worldwide.

    Designed to provide the highest versatility, the AW169 has established itself as a true multirole helicopter conducting a variety of missions globally: operational awareness, rescue, and transport in support of a wide range of operations, including public safety, counter-terrorism activities, drug enforcement operations, border control, and search and rescue, VIP/Corporate transport, electronic newsgathering, utility and fire-fighting, military duties.

    Paula Martin, CEO of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust commented: “It was very special to return to Vergiate some six years after our first visit, to accept the new air ambulance helicopter for Cornwall. It is clear to us that our careful deliberations concluded in the right choice of aircraft to provide EMS to our largely rural and coastal communities, both now and in the future. The helicopter itself looks outstanding, and I have no doubt that our charity supporters will be completely wowed by what they have made possible when it arrives in Cornwall in spring 2020.”

    Luke Farajallah, CEO of Specialist Aviation Services, commented: “We are absolutely delighted and proud to be the partner of choice of the team at Cornwall as we bring the 100th AW169 into operation in early 2020 on their behalf. Our team of pilots and engineers can’t wait to be maintaining and flying this fantastic helicopter in and around the county and to demonstrating its advanced features when and where it’s needed most. Exciting times.”

    Aircraft mentioned in this article :
    AgustaWestland AW169 G-CRWL     ( Specialist Aviation Services )

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