Leonardo‘s AW109 Trekker light twin-engine helicopter was issued with type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2018.
The AW109 Trekker is based on AW109/Grand range of helicopters and is equipped with skid landing gear and Genesys Aerosystems “glass” cockpit. The cockpit display system provides pilots only with the necessary information to help reduce their workload, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
The AW109 Trekker is powered by two FADEC equipped Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C turbine engines.
The cabin can accommodate up to six passengers or one stretcher with three/four medical attendants or two stretchers and two medical attendants. Capable of single pilot operation, an additional passenger can be carried in the cockpit if required.
The AW109 Trekker has safety features including a cocoon-type airframe; crash resistant fuel system, crew and passengers seats, full category A / Class 1 performance in hot environments and a 30 minute ‘run-dry’ main gear box.
The aircraft is designed with a modular configuration approach in order to meet different needs, from single pilot VFR to dual pilot IFR.
A wide range of role equipment is available including a cargo hook, external rescue hoist, searchlight, external loudspeakers, FLIR (Forward Looking Infra-Red) camera, video downlink, snow skis and emergency floats as well as a wide range of interior layouts to meet various customers’ operational requirements.
The AW109 Trekker can be configured for roles such as EMS, SAR, law enforcement, utility, surveillance, and passenger transport and government duties.
Leonardo has won a contract to supply two AW139s for the Italian Coast Guard and six for the Customs and Border Protection Service valued at approximately 112 million euro for delivery by 2020. The Italian Coast Guard has signed a contract for two AW139s to perform search and rescue missions, with deliveries to be completed by the end of 2018, while the Italian Customs and Border Protection Service (Guardia di Finanza) has ordered six to perform patrol operations, with deliveries to be completed by 2020, the company said in a statement Monday
Leonardo- Selex has won a contract to provide an end to end TETRA (terrestrial trunked radio) solution to Saudi Arabias General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). This will provide secure communications throughout the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah, the company said in a statement Tuesday
Leonardo has delivered the first of 16 AW101 all-weather search and rescue helicopters the Norwegian Ministry of Justice & Public Security. The aircraft departed Leonardos Yeovil facility on November 17th for Sola Air Base in southern Norway where the aircraft will enter a period of Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E) before entering service with the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 2018, the company said in a statement Monday
Leonardo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Defence Technology Institute (DTI) of Thailand covering technology transfer and the establishment of helicopter maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) capabilities in the country, should the AW101 aircraft be ordered for use by the Police, Army, Air Force and Navy. The MoU was signed by Colonel Tawiwat Veeraklaew, Acting Director General of the Defence Technology Institute (DTI), and Brian McEachen, Head of Region - Asia & Oceania at Leonardo Helicopters Division, at the Defense & Security 2017 exhibition being held in Bangkok 6th to 9th November, the company said in a statement...
Leonardo has signed two contracts to provide Air Traffic Control (ATC systems) for Somalia and Sudan, the company announced today at the African Air Show 2017 in Accra, Ghana. The first contract was signed in Montreal with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on behalf of the Federal Government of Somalia
Leonardo has been awarded the first European Defence Founds initiative, OCEAN2020, to boost Europe's defence capabilities, issued by the European Union under the ‘Preparatory Action on Defence Research programme. OCEAN2020 will see unmanned platforms of different type (fixed wing, rotary wing, surface and underwater) integrated with naval units command and control centres, allowing for data exchange via satellite, with command and control centres on land
Leonardo has signed a contract for two AW119Kx single engine helicopters plus option for an additional unit for State Border Guard of Latvia The contract also includes customised configuration and aircrew/maintenance technician training services. The aircraft will be delivered from the Companys facility in Philadelphia in 2019 and will perform a wide range of missions including search and rescue (SAR), transport, firefighting and disaster relief; replacing two ageing AB206B Jet Rangers, the company said in a statement Tuesday
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