Fri, Jul 20, 2012
Brings Total Number Of The Aircraft To Five Purchased In 18 Months
Two additional AW139 intermediate twin helicopters have been ordered in Japan to perform fire fighting missions. Contracts have been signed by the Fire Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) and Yokohama City respectively. AgustaWestland announced Monday at Farnborough that these latest orders bring to five the number of fire fighting-configured AW139s purchased in Japan in just 18 months continuing the rapidly growing success of this model for this role across the nation. Customers now include Saitama Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture, Yokohama City and the Fire Disaster Management Agency which has bought two AW139s.
Second FDMA’s AW139 is expected to be delivered to customer in 2013. The aircraft will be provided with a comprehensive mission-dedicated fit also including weather radar, Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) capable GPS, Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), search light, cargo hook, rescue hoist, ice detector system, snow skis, loudspeaker, belly tank and bambi bucket.
Yokohama City’s AW139 will be operated by its Fire Department. The aircraft will perform fire fighting and disaster relief missions within the Yokohama City area at ordinary times. This helicopter will be shipped from AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia assembly line to Japan by the end of the year with delivery to customer following in March 2013. The Yokohama City Fire Department’s AW139 will also feature weather radar, Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) capable GPS, Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), search light, cargo hook, rescue hoist, main rotor blade high visibility painting, belly tank and FLIR provision.
The AW139 offers superior safety levels in the fire fighting role due to its class leading performance, outstanding one engine inoperative capabilities, system redundancy and superior levels of crashworthiness. These contracts further strengthens the presence of the AW139 in the Japanese helicopter market where around forty helicopters have been ordered by customers that also include the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, Japan Coast Guard, All Nippon Helicopter (NHK), Kansai TV, and Japan National Police Agency.
(Image provided by AgustaWestland)
Also: AEA $$Giveaway$$, LAM Aviation, Able Flight, Jack Pelton On Aero-Medical Reform We start our report this morning with something that has very little to do with the EAA AirVen>[...]
ONE Aviation: Let’s Fly Together ONE Aviation delivers innovative access to general aviation by bringing together a line of products suited to the missions and budgets of ind>[...]
Get The EARLY Inside Details On THE Most Exciting NEW Innovations And Product Announcements From OSHKOSH... The staff of EAA and the Aero-News Network are pleased to announce that >[...]
Sporty's Pilot Shop Is A Pivotal GA Resource! Sporty’s Pilot Shop was founded over 50 years ago by a flight instructor, and ever since has been for pilots and by pilots. Hal >[...]
OSH2016 Sponsor: Always-Innovative Aspen Avionics Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced display and sensor technology from the >[...]