The world market for helicopters in the energy sector has over 1500 units. A quarter of these are comprised of products from Leonardo’s new generation helicopter family.
The technological evolution and development of cutting-edge products over the years has allowed Leonardo to introduce models that are able to reduce chemical and acoustic emissions. This is possible by utilizing a reduction in consumption with more efficient engines and new aerodynamic solutions, or with the ability to fly on preferred paths thanks to satellite assistance that can guarantee greater safety during the flight in several environmental and climatic conditions or at night. For example, 70+% of the helicopter is made of recyclable parts. The most modern models in Leonardo’s product line have the lowest level of fuel consumption, with the same load and number of passengers transported compared to the competitors.
Leonardo’s helicopters, equipped with sensors present on all the main critical components, are able to produce downloadable data even wirelessly during the flights providing the maintenance technician with useful information to determine which interventions must necessarily be carried out once on the ground, reducing intervention times.
In addition, Leonardo is increasing the use of simulation in pilots and crews’ training phases, allowing the replication of any flight or operational situation - one hour of flight in the simulator is equivalent to one hour of flight on the real helicopter, eliminating the relative emissions.
The vertical dimension of the flight is one of the topics in which a concrete effort is foreseen for the reduction of polluting emissions, for example in Europe and North America, considering the unique role played by the helicopter for transport or rescue even in inhabited areas.
Between 2003 and 2015, Leonardo certified and introduced the first family of the latest generation helicopters in the world, characterized by the sharing of the same design philosophy, certification and safety standards, and approach to support services. The three models share up to 30% of components and up to 30% of systems and equipment dedicated to maintenance.
The AW139, AW169 and AW189 of the offshore fleets of customers and operators worldwide have recorded nearly 1.9 million flight hours in just 18 years of operational activity to date. Almost all the most important operators in the sector have chosen Leonardo products for their activities.