28 December, 2017: The AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter global fleet has set a milestone of two million flight hours, across all operational scenarios on five continents, while carrying out an extensive range of missions with commercial, government and military operators. This accomplishment was reached just three years after the achievement of the first million.
This latest operational achievement is the combined result of the AW139’s design, quality, performance and market success as well as Company’s capability in supporting the global fleet. The two million flight hour milestone was made possible through the variety of Leonardo services and support packages and the extended support network distributed in geographies around the world.
The AW139 complies with the latest certification and safety standards, offering exceptional performance with notable power margin and one engine inoperative capability and also with a certified 60+ MGB ‘run dry’ capability which provides the highest standard in terms of safety.
The AW139 is available with more than 1000 certified equipment options. Among some of the most recent new systems available for the type are the LIPS and FIPS(Limited and Full Icing Protection Systems, respectively), and the OPLS (Obstacle Proximity Lidar System) that enhance mission capability and safety.
The AW139 has considerably developed its capabilities in years. This includes a maximum take-off weight extension (MTOW) to 7,000 kg for newly built and retrofitted aircraft, and as a result, new Cat A offshore improved procedures, avionic suite releases delivering ADSB-Out (automated dependent surveillance-broadcast), TCAS II (Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System), RNP performance (Required Navigation Performance), EGPWS update (Enhanced Ground Proximity System), Wide Area Augmentation System/Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance, and many other features.
A 30 per cent reduction in maintenance time has been achieved with a dedicated Service Excellence initiative. Leonardo has established a Reliability Data Sharing Group (RDSG) and has launched a Flight Crew Operations Manual (FCOM) as additional services. Since its certification in 2004, approximately 5300 pilots and 7700 technicians have been trained with over 150,000 simulator hours logged so far.