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Another First for The Helicopter Museum


The Helicopter Museum at


Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has secured another First for a UK aviation collec- tion, with the addition of an ex-Italian Guardia di Finanza Agusta A109GdiF helicopter. The aircraft is the first all- Italian aircraft and second addition this year to the Museum’s helicopter collec- tion. The helicopter was unveiled by UK Tourism Minister John Penrose and officially handed over to the Museum by Graham Cole,


AgustaWestland’s Managing Director during a ceremony held at the Museum. Following a first flight in 1971 the twin-engined A109 was the first all-Italian heli- copter to enter large scale pro- duction, and the first to adopt the sleek lines and styling com- mon among more modern hel- icopters of today. Since its introduction the basic design has been constantly upgraded and improved over the years and the aircraft is in worldwide service for military, corporate, search and rescue, air ambu- lance, law enforcement and


other missions. The Guardia di Finanza, which is a parapublic organisa- tion equating to a national cus- toms and immigration force, purchased its own variant of the A109 during the 1980s to patrol Italy’s borders and territorial waters. It has recently been tak- ing delivery of the new genera- tion AW109N Nexus to replace the older aircraft and declared the A109 surplus to require- ments earlier this year. The acquisition by The Helicopter Museum was supported person- ally by the Chief Executive Officer of manufacturer AgustaWestland, Giuseppe Orsi, and the company also sponsored shipment of the helicopter from Frosinone, Rome, where it has been stored since withdrawal from service last June. ◆


Night Flight Concepts Launches Website To Advance Night Vison Goggle Safety Through Education


At this year’s Air Medical


Transport Conference , Night Flight Concepts, a premier provider of comprehensive night vision solutions, is pleased to unveil a new educational web- site, NVG Safety.com, to help organizations to implement new or existing night vision goggle (NVG) programs. The site was designed to create a single, cen- tralized information source for educational information to help streamline program planning and encourage safe, effective NVG implementation. Randy Rowles, VP Business Development for Night Flight Concepts explains, “As a provider of comprehensive night vision solutions, Night Flight Concepts is well aware of the variety of challenges faced when developing a Night Vision Goggle program. Most organiza- tions find it very difficult, time- consuming and expensive to determine what is required to develop, implement and maintainNVG-enabled night operations. . After years of working with numerous civil and government organizations around the globe to assist them with this challenge, we decided to create online resource – NVGSafety.com - to address this need.”


Information. Education.


Results. NVGSafety.com provides a single, centralized information


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