AW189S having a high time in the North Sea
In January the two Agustawestland AW189S operated by North Sea offshore operator Bel Air of Denmark passed a joint total of 6,000 flight hours, becoming fleet leaders for the type. Bel Air recently improved the level of their AW189S’ capabilities by installing the Limited Icing Protection System (LIPS), which enables flight within a defined envelope of icing conditions, provided that the capability to descend into a known band of positive temperature is maintained throughout the intended route, thus enabling operations to continue in severe weather conditions that ground other types. A Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) is also available. Leonardo now holds orders and options for more than 150 AW189S, and has delivered thirty to customers worldwide for offshore transport, SAR and transport duties. Meanwhile, the AW169 light intermediate twin has received US FAA certification, paving the way for first customer deliveries this year. More than 150 have been ordered or optioned by customers worldwide, and by the start of the year twenty were in the hands of operators in executive/private transport, air ambulance, offshore and utility transport roles. Leonardo has also received an order from the Pakistan Ministry of Defence for an undisclosed number of AW139S for utility and transport. Deliveries will begin mid-year.
One of the pair of Bel Air AW189S that have racked up over 6,000 flight hours between them