Leonardo’s AW Family of New Generation Multipurpose Dual Use Helicopters Deliver Unprecedented Levels of Versatility and Exceptional Fleet Management

The three models (AW169, AW139, AW189) covering the 4.5-9-ton categories also demonstrate a similar approach in the cockpit layout and symbology. This provides unparalleled advantages for training with a 40% reduction in time for pilots moving from one type to another

Date: Issue 92 - July 2019

Leonardo is a major force in delivering complete training solutions to its growing customer base worldwide. Leonardo has several Training Academies and Authorized Training Centers which allow for close customer proximity, they have trained over 10,000 students (crews and maintainers) from every continent across the globe and have logged more than 40,000 simulator flight hours in 2018.  The company offers a comprehensive package of customized services designed in-house and the most modern and complete range of training rotorcraft.  With a strong commitment to training as a key element for successful, effective and safe operations, and to create maximum return on customer investments, Leonardo provides its clients with services covering the full syllabus, from basic to advanced flight, from type certificates to recurrent, maintenance and mission training. 

A total capability provider, Leonardo combines the best platform for the task, whatever the mission may be, with capabilities that allow pilots and technicians to maximize the effectiveness of their assets, to perform at their best and with the highest levels of safety and survivability, for operations over land and sea. Customers are offered digital training service solutions for distance learning across all geographies, dedicated classrooms at its Centers and Academies, virtual interactive procedural trainers to familiarize users with the cockpit layout and control, flight training devices of each helicopter type and Level D full flight simulators (a 1 hour flight is equal to 1 hour on the real aircraft, according to certification standards) developed with prime partners (such as CAE) or 100% in-house based on customer requirements, virtual maintenance trainers and full scale maintenance trainers. Pilots and cabin crews will receive the flight and mission training they need for their aircraft, configuration, mission profile and environment. Maintainers will be enabled to perform critical maintenance, repair and overhaul activities homeland or where aircraft are required to carry out their missions with the highest standard of quality, efficiency and safety. 24 hours, 7days a week real time distance assistance is provided to make sure error is not an option when on duty performing technical support. Additional services developed by Leonardo include Mission Planning Systems allow the crew to plan the mission, accounting for all key factors including risk assessment. Leonardo is also developing and testing an advanced stress monitoring system for the real time evaluation and analysis of crew stress and workload during flight and mission and of data collected via sensors in the cockpit. This would be highly beneficial for training in demanding operating conditions in order to maximize effectiveness, safety and survivability.

Helicopter types ideally suited for training purposes include the AW119 single engine and the AW109 Trekker light twin engine models. 

Developed from the popular AW109 twin, the 2.8-ton AW119 is the best helicopter in the single engine category with best in class performance, cabin space, rugged airframe and multiple redundancies of all main critical systems, typically available on multiengine helicopters. Highly successful on the global market among military and parapublic operators for the widest spectrum of roles including training, utility, law enforcement, patrol, MEDEVAC/SAR, firefighting with more than 320 units on order, the mission purposed AW119 is the best of both worlds as it uniquely combines light twin performance and single engine economy.  The latest variants (AW119Kx and TH-119) feature advanced digital avionics, also including synthetic vision for navigation in demanding conditions. The TH-119 is set to be the first single pilot IFR-certified single engine type in the world in nearly 40 years. The AW119 has also demonstrated 24,000 feet flying capabilities. Government operators, both NATO and non NATO, who have chosen the AW119 include, among others, the Portuguese Air Force (as a multipurpose aircraft also delivering training for crews before moving to frontline helicopters such as the AW101 long range SAR and the naval Super Lynx), the Finnish Border Guard and the Latvian Border Guard, the US, Chilean and Brazilian law enforcement agencies, the Ecuadorian Air Force, and operators in Africa and Asia.       

The newest type in the Leonardo light twin range of bestselling AW109 products, designed to meet the widest scope of utility missions in the market is the AW109 Trekker which has already logged orders for over 60 units worldwide. The Trekker retains the AW109 Grand airframe, dynamics, outstanding performance and the largest cabin in the light twin class, while featuring all new digital avionics and, for the first time ever on an AW109, skids for operations on rugged and unprepared terrains and a stronger training and utility-oriented approach. The Trekker also boasts the best payload characteristics in the light twin segment and a highly competing unit price compared to its nearest contenders.   

A distinguished and winning element that Leonardo products offer is strategy, the AW Family of new generation multipurpose dual-use helicopters (AW169, AW139, AW189) covering the 4.5-9-ton categories delivers unprecedented levels of versatility to the market and exceptional fleet management and cost/effectiveness. Sharing commonalities in terms of design and certification standards, performance and flying characteristics, maintenance equipment, the three models also demonstrate a similar approach in the cockpit layout and symbology. This provides unparalleled advantages for training with a 40% reduction in time for pilots moving from one type to another.