Leonardo AW189 to Support Operations in Russia from Sakhalin Island

Leonardo recently announced that an AW189 super medium helicopter will be operated by Aviashelf to perform transport operations from Sakhalin Island in Russia supporting the oil & gas industry. The aircraft will be supplied together with a support and training package with delivery expected in summer 2018.

This latest result confirms the competitiveness of Leonardo’s modern solutions in the oil & gas market and further strengthens the success of the AW189 in Russia and globally thanks to its performance, new design, latest

safety standards, and cost effectiveness. The AW189 will be equipped with a full ice protection system (FIPS) allowing operations in known icing conditions when other helicopters would be grounded.

With agreements for more than 150

helicopters including orders and options with customers worldwide, the 8.3/8.6-tonne AgustaWestland AW189 is the most successful commercial helicopter in the super-medium category. Developed to meet the growing market demand for a modern multirole helicopter with large capacity and long-range capability, the AW189 meets the latest and most stringent certification and safety standards. The spacious cabin is configured with 16 seats as standard with the option of a high- density 19-seat layout. The cockpit design, incorporating the latest in advanced situational awareness technologies, reduces crew workload and enhances

safety. The AW189 is also fully compliant with the latest requirements of the oil & gas producers’ helicopter operations guidelines. The AW189 is unique in having a 50-minute ‘run-dry’ capable main gear box, exceeding current certification standards and offering unmatched safety and reliability for long- range operations. More than 30 aircraft are already in service in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas for transport and public service duties including search and rescue, and have logged in excess of 25,000 flight hours.

H145 emergency float system. Now certified for Sea State 6, the float system boasts longer maintenance intervals, weight savings and is compatible with OEM fixed provisions.

DART offers an exclusive patented float design with integrated liferafts. The safety benefits of this system architecture compared to in-cabin rafts include improved access to the liferaft in emergency situations and faster liferaft deployment following a water landing

Nearly 10 years ago, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) conducted a study on several helicopter accidents in which the aircraft crashed or ditched into the Gulf of Mexico. Safety recommendations done by the NTSB to the FAA covered the two benefits above when equipping rotorcraft with externally mounted liferafts.

DART H145 Emergency Float System FAA & EASA Approved

DART Aerospace has recently received FAA & EASA approvals for the redesigned

Additional features and benefits of the H145 Emergency Float System include: • -Inspections at 18 months intervals (instead of 12) • -Field replaceable valves • -Two externally mounted integrated liferafts • -Improved stability due to Tri-bag float design • -45 percent lighter than other external liferaft options achieved by eliminating the container or valise

Available variants of this system include: automatic inflation, LH or RH hoist compatibility, skid extensions, valve covers and float system without integrated liferaft.

for the Bell 525. The new interior for the Bell 525 brings an ambiance of a luxurious limousine to the aircraft and passengers.

MAG Design Studio Receives Second Red Dot Award

Mecaer Aviation Group’s in-house design studio, known as MAG Design Studio, recently announced the receipt of a second Red Dot Award.

The MAG Design Studio won the award in the category of ships, trains and planes for the luxury helicopter interior designed

18 Sep/Oct 2017

The style and design of the interior maintains a family feel to the brand known as “MAGnificent.” Previously designed for the Bell 429 helicopter, and also a Red Dot Award, the MAGnificent carries over into the Bell 525 helicopter as well. Similar style can be noted in the design of the seats, ergonomics of the interior panels and the sound-reducing technology known as SILENS (Sound Intensity Level Enhanced Noise System). In addition, cabinetry and various forms of infotainment are all integrated into the style of the interior.

MAG’s design approach for the Bell 525 offers a variety of layouts and allows clients to customize each interior to reflect their personal preferences. The interior incorporates the organization’s “I-FEEL” (In-Flight Entertainment Enhanced Lounge) which provides a fully customized interactive touch-screen-based entertainment and cabin management system. The style and flexibility of the I-FEEL allows for passengers to not only customize the visual components of the interior, but also the mood and environment during their flight experience.

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