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FALCON AVIATION PRESENTS OFFSHORE-CONFIGURED AW169 HELICOPTER TO OIL & GAS COMMUNITY IN ABU DHABI
Monday, January 15, 2018
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Source: Falcon Aviation


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ABU DHABI -- During an official ceremony held at the Marina Mall Helipad in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) at the presence of H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Falcon Aviation presented the world’s first offshore-configured new generation AW169 helicopter of Leonardo to the Oil & Gas community.

"Falcon Aviation and TOTAL ABK are complying with the safety standards of the oil and gas industry," said Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Vice Chairman/ CEO of Falcon Aviation. "Safety is the number one priority for Falcon Aviation and TOTAL ABK, the use of the AW169 helicopter helps to maintain the high safety standards to which Falcon Aviation and TOTAL ABK operate".

Falcon Aviation is the first operator in UAE to use the new type and the first customer worldwide to operate the aircraft for offshore oil and gas transportation. This AW169 will now be used to support oil & gas operations in Abu Dhabi for TOTAL ABK. Falcon Aviation has placed orders for two AW169s, the second being in a VVIP transport configuration.

The introduction of the all new AW169 into their fleet expands the range of Leonardo helicopters operated by Falcon Aviation which already include four light twin helicopters, comprising the Grand and GrandNew models, and two all new AW189 8.6 tonne helicopters deployed for longer range, higher capacity duties.

The AW169 and AW189 models, used by Falcon Aviation, are part of Leonardo’s family of new generation helicopters that also includes the AW139. These helicopters all possess the same high-performance flight characteristics and safety features whilst sharing the same common cockpit concept and design philosophy. This approach facilitates synergies for operators of fleets across the 4 to 9 tonne weight categories in areas such as training, flight operations, maintenance and support. The combination of AW169 and AW189 offshore gives Falcon Aviation and its customer’s unmatched benefits in terms of efficiency, capability and safety.

Source:  Falcon Aviation
Associated URL: falconaviation.com
Source Date: January 15, 2018
Posted: 01/19/2018

 
 
BRITISH ARMY BIDS FAREWELL TO LYNX HELICOPTER
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Source: British Army


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LONDON -- The Lynx helicopter has had a long and distinguished career with the British Army stretching back nearly 40 years.

Described as a primary battlefield utility helicopter, the venerable Lynx entered service in 1978 and since then has been used to: destroy tanks, evacuate the wounded, gather intelligence, provide humanitarian support, rescue those in peril, wow the crowds at air shows and much more besides.

It’s proven itself across the globe in such exacting locations as: the freezing plains of Northern Canada, the steaming jungles of South East Asia and Central America, the sub-zero environment of the Arctic to the dust bowls of the Middle East and has supported British troops on active service in Bosnia, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.

However, age has finally caught up with the Lynx and although it’ll be a tough act to follow, Wildcat will replace the Lynx. With its superior avionics engines and improved capability it will prove a formidable force over any battlefield of the future.

To mark the Lynx’s decommissioning from British Army service, the Army Air Corps on Jan. 16 flew five of the last remaining air frames from RAF Odiham in Hampshire, where they are based, on a commemorative tour around England taking in some of the sites and locations to which the aircraft is most fondly associated: Middle Wallop, Upavon, Yeovil, Wattisham to name a few.

The flight culminated in an impressive "air procession" along the length of the River Thames over Central London.

Source:  British Army
Associated URL: mod.uk
Source Date: January 16, 2018
Posted: 01/19/2018

 
 
PARTS TO UPGRADE AIRCRAFT REPORTEDLY ARRIVE IN HONDURAS
Friday, January 19, 2018
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A Honduran Bell 412

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A Honduran Bell 412

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Honduras' Ministry of Defense has reported that parts to upgrade aircraft have begun to arrive in the country.

Honduras is upgrading its fleet of aircraft, including its F-5E/F Tiger II, Cessna A-37B Dragonflys, Bell 412s, as well as Embraer EMB-312 Tucanos, Bell UH-1Hs, and Hughes 500D's. A $209 million agreement between Honduras and Israel was approved by the Honduran legislature in November 2016.

According to the latest reports, at least two of Honduras' F-5E's will receive new digital communications and navigation systems from Elbit. An additional five F-5's will receive upgrades as well. In addition, five A-37Bs and four Bell 412 helicopters will receive a complete overhaul.

The parts received in January 2018 are for the four Bell 412 helicopters. Honduras reportedly has already received upgrade kits for it’s a-37 and F-5 fighters.

Under the agreement in which Honduras acquired its F-5s, Tegucigalpa must ask for permission from the U.S. to do any work on the aircraft. According to reports from the U.S., Honduras has not yet asked for this permission. As Honduras moves closer to doing the actual work on the aircraft it remains to be seen how that situation will play out.

Honduras has one of the best equipped air forces in Central America, both in size and maintenance status. While Honduras discussed the possibility of purchasing new fixed-wing aircraft in the mid-2000s, that plan was considered too expensive. As a result, Tegucigalpa decided to proceed with upgrades. The re-engining work will extend the lives of the aircraft for at least another decade.

Source:  El Heraldo
Associated URL: http://www.elheraldo.hn/pais/1142528-466/llegan-a-honduras-los-repuestos-para-av
Source Date: January 19, 2018
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 01/19/2018

 

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