Leonardo, Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) and Sazma Aviation Sdn Bhd (Sazma) celebrated the delivery of a AW139 mid-twin helicopter of the Vergiate Final Assembly Line facility on the 27the September. The aircraft will be leased by Sazma from ADA to perform offshore transport operations supporting the energy industry sector in Malaysia from Sazma’s base at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sabah. If necessary, the helicopter will also carry out VIP transport missions. This is the third AW139 leased from Sazma and brings the number of Leonardo helicopters purchased by ADA to date to 27, most of which are AW139s.

Additional functionality for the AW139 using the latest avionics software standard

This latest aircraft delivered includes the Honeywell Primus Epic Phase 8 baseline avionics software release, adding additional capabilities including advanced synthetic vision, enhanced 2D maps and wireless data loading providing all-weather capabilities and mission efficiency. even larger, and EGPWS (Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System). This latter standard increases crew situational awareness and reduces workload for operations at night or in marginal weather.

The advanced Synthetic vision system aids in navigation and landing approaches when using difficult terrain, oil rigs and other demanding scenarios, accomplished via a 3D presentation of the external scenario, including surrounding terrain, obstacles, runways and helipads in the background of the main flight display. A friendliness 2D interactive navigation (INAV) The feature showing the helicopter’s position and flight plan on a map in the Multi-Information Display (MFD) provides unparalleled alignment and accuracy of the navigation system with the actual flight path taking into account environmental factors. Stage 8 also has built-in wireless connectivity, providing high-speed data access for transferring flight plans and collecting maintenance data from the aircraft. Additionally, the custom approach functionality provides the ability to design, define, and fly an automated approach to any user-defined location, including oil rig helidecks.

Consolidated partnership between Leonardo and Abu Dhabi Aviation

This delivery further strengthens the partnership between Leonardo and ADA and the presence of the AW139 in Malaysia and in the global energy industry market as a reference helicopter in its category. Leonardo and ADA have been collaborating for over 15 years and expanded to comprehensive localized support, maintenance and overhaul services in the UAE approximately 10 years ago with the creation of the joint venture AgustaWestland Aviation Services and training and simulation afterwards. In recent years, ADA has also added the latest generation AW169 lightweight mid-size twin, the best possible complement to the AW139 in the light mid-range category leveraging the unique benefits of the AW family with a similar design and the latest standards.

Abu Dhabi Aviation is a national joint-stock company and the largest commercial helicopter operator in the MENA region, established in 1976. The company has a fleet of nearly 60 aircraft, including more than 50 helicopters and several fixed-wing aircraft. ADA also operates aircraft for various entities. ADA has won several international aviation awards. He has flown over a million hours safely.