While THE international air fair and airshow of Australia, at Avalon, continues European helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland reports success. Australia’s Toll Group buys eight AW139 HEMS helicopters, while the first emergency medical service helicopter of the type for Ambulance Victoria has been delivered.
The Toll AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters will fly missions in the Southern Region of New South Wales from the newly constructed base in Bankstown (Sydney), Orange, Wollongong and from the existing base in Canberra. Toll does it as part of a contract signed during the International Air Show at Avalon near Melbourne.
In addition to this order, Toll’s base in Bankstown will become an AgustaWestland Authorized Training Center for the AW139 providing Australia’s first AW139 Full Flight Motion Simulator. The base will also include facilities for maintenance, crew training, the latest high fidelity virtual reality crewman and integrated crew training simulator and a Full Helicopter Underwater Escape Training Facilities.
Meanwhile the first of six ordered AW139s for Ambulance Victoria has been delivered. Operated by Australian Helicopters deliveries are expected to run until the early 2016. Honeywell delivers the avionics package to the AW139s. It has a four-axis digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) and large flat panel colour displays in the cockpit.
More than 220 customers have now placed orders for more than 800 AW139s, which fly in 60 countries.
Featured image (top): The AW139 of Ambulance Victoria, Australia (Image © AgustaWestland)