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ELITE WINGS MAGAZINE | 3 ELITE WINGS MEDIA ELITE WINGS MAGAZINE (ISSN 2816-4040) PUBLISHED BY: ELITE WINGS MEDIA MONTREAL,CANADAQUEBEC WWW.ELITE WINGS.COM LinkedIn:/ ELITE WING CONTACTS Editorial editorial@elite wings.com Advertising ads@elite wings.com For other inquiries info@elite wings.com ELITE WINGS MAGAZINE (ISSN 2816 4040) IS PUBLISHED SIX TIMES PER YEAR (JAN/FEB, MAR/APR, MAY/JUN, JUL/AUG, SEPT/OCT, NOV/DEC) BY ELITE WINGS MEDIA, MONTREAL, CANADA. Any information of a technical nature contained in this document may contain inaccuracies and is subject to change and should never be relied upon for operational use Copyright © 2022 All rights reserved Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of ELITE WINGS MEDIA is strictly prohibited. Elite Wings is on a mission of providing timely, structured, validated, unbiased, and relevant business aviation intelligence. About ELITE WINGS WWW.ELITE WINGS.COM Majid Jlioui | CO FOUNDER & MD Patrick Janvier | EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Les Purkhardt | CONTENT ADVISOR Ridha El Khairy | CONTENT ADVISOR Mustapha Al Gadoum | CONTENT ADVISOR Sonia Yeara | SALES & MARKETING Yasmina El Otmani | IT & TECHNOLOGY Cover Picture: BELL429 ©BELL

For more than three decades, The Sikorsky S-76® represented the reference for corporate executives and VIP transportation HELICOPTER MANUFACTURERS | SIKORSKY 4 | ELITE WINGS MAGAZINE Leon Silva, Vice President of Global Commercial and Military Systems, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, answers EWM questions on the company’s commercial helicopter offerings and the latest innovations in urban air mobility enabling technologies.

What is the secret behind this exceptional longevity of the S 76® in the VIP/Corporate transportation role? Sikorsky is proud of the S 76 fleet’s legacy. For more than three decades, corporate executives and heads of state have recognized the S 76® helicopter as the standard of excellence for personal transportation. The attributes of the aircraft and best in class fit and finish of our VIP interiors are considered to be second to none. Earlier this year, Sikorsky announced halting taking orders for the S 76D due to the high production cost and low profitability of this legendary model. Is there any update on that front? Sikorsky will maintain an active S 76 spares production line at our headquarters site in Stratford, CT. Our world class support, which our customers have come to rely on, will continue as Sikorsky maintains its commitment to provide aftermarket spares and services to our customers worldwide. We are currently looking at international partnerships to extend the legacy and continue the future of the S 76D. In addition to its large success in the offshore oil and gas industry. The S 92® has proven a wonderful platform for VIP and head of state transportation. Can you tell us more about the popularity of this helicopter in this very demanding market segment? The success of the S 92 is attributed to its high quality, safety, reliability, performance and our top of the line interiors including a stand up cabin. The seating arrangements are individually customized to suit our customers’ needs. Whether it’s a private seating area, work areas, seating for attendants, lavatories, or storage, we have the expertise and the talent to satisfy each need. Also, when it comes to the S 92, you get the additional payload performance and extended range associated with a larger helicopter, but our Active Vibration Control ensures it is not at the expense of the ride quality for the passengers. The VIP/Head of State market has always been an important one for Sikorsky and we are delighted to have seen a significant increase in demand for this market segment so far in 2022 and have closed contracts for several new helicopters. In July 2022, Sikorsky announced the S-92® helicopter fleet surpassed two million flight hours in a variety of missions including search and rescue, oil and gas transportation, and VIP transportation in 28 countries.


Sikorsky Urban Air Mobility Read More on the Sikorsky Urban Air Mobility ecosystem of innovation In February 2022, Sikorsky demonstrated the maturity of its autonomous technology using an uninhabited BLACK HAWK helicopter.



It is less known, but Sikorsky is at the forefront of the urban mobility market, developing some key technologies that will enable that revolution such as Sikorsky’s MATRIX™ Technology aimed at enabling autonomous or optionally piloted rotorcraft. Can you tell us more about the portfolio of technologies you are currently testing for this market? Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, is working several initiatives for the urban mobility market. Leading this effort is Sikorsky Innovations, the multi disciplinary group whose purpose is to solve the toughest problems in vertical flight. Our foremost initiative is the continued investment and development of optionally piloted technologies through our MATRIX™ technology suite. At issue is the need to bring safe, reliable and efficient optionally piloted flight capability to the spectrum of advanced air mobility missions, from short distance air taxis to regional, luxury aircraft. Autonomy is critical to the long term success of urban air travel and operations in dense, highly dynamic, low altitude airspaces. Optionally piloted simply means that the aircraft operator can choose to fly with zero, one or two Increasedpilots.safety is the ultimate goal of the MATRIX technology suite. Sikorsky demonstrated the heightened maturity of this technology in February 2022 using a BLACK HAWK helicopter. The uninhabited military aircraft took off and flew unassisted for 30 minutes through a simulated cityscape, avoiding imaginary buildings and other obstacles by automatically rerouting its flight path. Sikorsky is actively exploring electric and hybrid electric powertrain technologies for these advanced aircraft. We believe electrification of VTOL powertrains can not only simplify aircraft design, build and operation, but also will dramatically reduce cost and maintenance. We are considering a wide range of potential technologies and aircraft size classes whose technologies might be applicable to electrified powertrains. Advanced health management systems is another area we are maturing for urban air mobility. These systems are already operational on our commercial helicopters under the acronym HUMS (Health and Usage Monitoring). Think of HUMS as the system that monitors the health of the aircraft, and reports any problems in real time to the pilot and maintainers. HUMS complements our continuing commitment to the Diagnostics, Prognostics and Health Management technologies that underpin aircraft fleet Thenmanagement.thereisthe collaboration we have underway with Otis. In March, Sikorsky and Otis publicly unveiled an expansion of our Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) vision through a digital document entitled Towards A Three Dimensional Future. The joint document invites the reader to explore a potential future where three dimensional mobility is as accessible and available as current multi modal transportation options. We are excited to collaborate with Otis, whose products move more than two billion people a day, and a company with the same focus on safety and reliability as Sikorsky.

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HELICOPTER MANUFACTURERS | AGUSTA With ‘Agusta’, Leonardo gives its VIP operators a strong brand that they can easily recognise and identify with 8 | ELITE WINGS MAGAZINE Interview with Leonardo

In October 2021 Leonardo launched the Agusta brand to consolidate its offering for the VIP/corporate helicopter market.


The launch of the new Agusta VIP brand was intended as a new initiative to reinforce Leonardo’s leading position in the world’s VIP/corporate helicopter market, as it pioneers new advanced and sustainable air mobility solutions in the vertical flight domain. Agusta becomes the brand that embodies the company’s distinctive design, technology and service philosophy and values in the executive transport rotorcraft sphere. Leveraging the heritage of an iconic name embedded in the helicopter industry community, and a symbol of commitment to stay at the forefront of innovation, Agusta is a unique combination of best in class performance, comfort and refined Italian style. Leonardo is committed to providing operators now and into the future unmatched tailored made solutions. New solutions will entail all new dedicated operational and customer services and information, aircraft interior and layout configurations and bespoke possibilities in the VIP transport sector. With ‘Agusta’, Leonardo gives its VIP operators a strong brand that they can easily recognise and identify with, a sign that embodies their desire for excellence and quality with a personal touch and distinction, which includes their flight experience. They can be themselves before take off, during flight and upon arrival at their destination, setting them apart from others. The strength and recognition of the Agusta brand legacy still continues to live on in this particular market segment. Since the arrival of the popular and iconic A109 fifty years ago, ‘speed and elegance’ have been clear examples of recurring words from operators to define a helicopter and an experience. The significant growth and evolution of the highly successful range of solutions across all civil and public service applications over the last decades led ‘Agusta’ to become synonymous with those characteristics of outstanding performance, aerodynamics, advanced technology and high customisation levels. This is particularly true and persistent for passenger transport roles. Leonardo is an indisputable leader in the VIP/Corporate helicopter segment, With the largest and most modern models and capabilities range of any other manufacturer. Can you give us a quick overview of Leonardo’s fleet operating in this segment? With a global fleet of more than 900 helicopters carrying out a range of passenger transport missions including private transport, corporate transport, charter, scheduled services and VVIP/Government transport, Leonardo has also been retaining a leading 45% share of the world’s multi engine VIP helicopter market over the last decade leveraging key differentiators which have made its dedicated model range the benchmark: top class speed and overall performance, high customization levels, outstanding cabin comfort, latest navigation and mission technology, latest certification and safety standards, a distinguished Italian style. Leonardo’s VIP helicopters operate across the globe and are the leaders in several markets (UK, Brazil, UAE to name a few).


Can you tell us how this iconic brand will reinforce Leonardo’s leading position in this market segment?

10 | ELITE WINGS MAGAZINE Can you give us a quick overview of these latest offerings? Leonardo is now providing an update on latest plans for new options and services dedicated to VIP/corporate helicopter operators under the Agusta brand initiative. These include the Interior Moods layouts, a new integrated maintenance service plan and a dedicated Agusta section in the Leonardo Helicopter Customer Portal. The Interior Moods, initially crated for the AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopter types, consist of three all new different options inspired by the names of iconic cities for interior layouts based on stylish specific colours, materials, seat configurations and on board options. These are intended to allow customers to select and create their ideal and perfect habitat which can best mirror their personality and meet their expectations: from the sense of warmth, harmony and pureness of ‘Florence’, to the coexistence of opposites in ‘London’ like tradition and innovation, and the energy and passion shown by ‘New York’ and its cosmopolitan cross fertilization of habits and behaviours. The new AGUSTAforYOU helicopter service plan specifically developed for operators of corporate rotorcraft, is intended to enhance aircraft availability, reduce inventory costs and optimize expenses and covers scheduled and unscheduled maintenance of airframe/avionics components and other items. Types initially supported include AW109 GrandNew, AW169 and AW139 with the plan to extend it to other platforms in the future. Furthermore, on the Leonardo Helicopter Customer Portal, VIP operators will have a dedicated area to verify the progress and status of their helicopter manufacturing and testing, also including images. Overall, these steps are aimed at delivering more distinct answers to meet exclusivity requirements and make the ownership and operations from day 1 a true 360° experience when choosing Agusta At EBACE this year, Leonardo introduced a new range of interior and services designed for the VIP/Corporate market under the Agusta VIP brand. HELICOPTER MANUFACTURERS | AGUSTA

ELITE WINGS MAGAZINE | 11 Leonardo is developing the AW609 TiltRotor. Can you provide us an update on this program and how this revolutionary aircraft may become a game changer in the VIP/Corporate helicopter market?

a context of innovative inter urban mobility. In addition, it makes it possible to reach remote areas and localities that today do not have efficient or constant connections, such as the most isolated small islands. The AW609 programme development has recently moved significantly closer to US FAA certification, after which deliveries to customers will begin. With this, the AW609 will be the world's first civilian certified multi role tiltrotor. The prototypes used in development activities, particularly in the United States and Italy, have clocked over 1,700 flight hours to date. The final assembly line is based at Leonardo’s US plant in Philadelphia, where manufacturing of the production models has already started. The entire training syllabus with advanced flight simulators and technical support services for customers has also opened.


The AW609 tiltrotor is one of the most significant technological innovations in the current global aviation landscape, designed and built to uniquely combine the helicopter’s operational versatility (vertical take off and la ding/hover) and the turboprop aeroplane’s performance (speed, range, altitude) advantages. Leonardo is currently developing configurations for different uses of the AW609 tiltrotor. For passenger transport (up to nine plus pilot and co pilot), the AW609 can connect the centre of two cities such as Milan and London, in about two hours’ flight time, heralding a real revolution in point to point connections in


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The rebranded H125 started its career as the French manufacturer Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil (Squirrel) model This highly successful single engine helicopter first flew on June 27, 1974, prior to entering service in March 1978 Originally assembled in Marignane facility near Marseille, France. Airbus Helicopter decided in 2013 to add an H125 line to the Columbus, Mississippi production site Powered by a single FADEC controlled Safran Arriel 2D Engine and a three blade main rotor, the H125 broke the record for the highest altitude landing and take off performed on Mount Everest, Himalaya at 29,029 feet. The flight deck features a glass touchscreen cockpit instrument panel with Garmin G500H TXi and a Vehicle & Engine Multifunction Display ® (VEMD), developed exclusively for Airbus

ACH125 MTOW 4,960 lbs Cabin Volume 61 ft3 PAX 1+5 Speed 143 kts Max Range 349 nm Max Endurance 4hr 57min

BELL505 MTOW 3,680 lbs Cabin Volume 61 ft3 PAX 1+4 Speed 125 kts Max Range 306 nm Max Endurance 3hr 54min

The Bell 505 is a clean-sheet design helicopter launched by Bell in 2013 as its short light single engine helicopter offering, replacing the legendary 1960’s era Bell 206 Jet Ranger Following the first flight on November 11, 2014, the 505 was FAA certified in June 2017. The 505 is assembled at the Bell Helicopter plant in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.


The single engine 505 uses a two blade rotor powered by a dual FADEC controlled Arrius 2R turboshaft engine from SAFRAN The cabin frame is mostly aluminum, the roof and sides of the cabin are composite. The cockpit is based on the Garmin G1000H, configured with two 10.4-inch LCD screens. Optional features include Garmin HSVT (Synthetic Vision Technology)

The AW119 is a light single-engine derivative of the twin-engines AW109 manufactured by the helicopter division of the Italian aerospace conglomerate Leonardo The AW119 entered service in 2009 as a lower priced helicopter compares to the AW109 with whom it shares the cockpit and the cabin design. The Italian designed airplane is assembled in Leonardo facility in Philadelphia, USA, with a fuselage structure manufactured in Poland

The Bell 407 completed its first flight on June 29, 1995, with full certification achieved in February 1996. The bell 407 is renowned for its exceptional hot & highperformance capabilities It is also certified for IFR operation The latest Bell 407GXi version is powered by a single FADEC controlled Rolls Royce 250 C47E/4 engine and features the latest generation Garmin G1000H NXI integrated avionics. This flight deck update brings significant capabilities and advanced features such as wireless cockpit connectivity, enhanced situational awareness with SurfaceWatch, map overlay on the HSI, and more The ACH130 is the corporate version of the H130 previously known as Eurocopter EC130 Developed from the French manufacturer AS350 (H125) Ecureuil (Squirrel) with an integrally enclosed anti torque tail rotor device called FENESTRON and an automatically varying three bladed Starflex main rotor. The H130 first flew on June 24, 1999, prior to entering service in 2001 Designed more for the passengers/ aerial tour/scenic view compared to the more utility oriented H125 The H130 offers excellent external visibility combined with the largest cabin of any single engine helicopter.

The four-blade, single-engine Bell 407 is a derivative of the legendary 1960’s era Bell 206 Long Ranger Combining the four blade rotor architecture of its military derivative the OH 58D (Kiowa Warrior) and an 8 inch wider fuselage

The AW119Kx (K for the old designation Koala) and x for the Garmin G1000NXi equipped flight deck is the latest iteration of the model. The new glass cockpit offering enhanced situational awareness and brings a large set of advanced navigation and safety features

ELITE WINGS MAGAZINE | 15 BELL407GXI MTOW 5,250 lbs Cabin Volume 85 ft3 PAX 1+6 Speed 133 kts Max Range 337 nm Max Endurance 4hr ACH130 MTOW 5,512 lbs Cabin Volume 131 ft3 PAX 1+6 Speed 134 kts Max Range 347 nm Max Endurance 4hr 13min AW119KX MTOW 6,283 lbs Cabin Volume 122 ft3 PAX 1+6 Speed 131 kts Max Range 498 nm Max Endurance 5hr 20min LIGHT SINGLE ENGINE




The MD 902 Explorer is a multipurpose twin engine helicopter from MD Helicopters The Mesa, Arizona based Helicopter manufacturer traces its roots back to 1955 when it was established as a rotorcraft division of Howard Hughes established Hughes Aircraft company. The helicopter business was sold to McDonnell Douglas in 1984 prior to becoming part of The Boeing Company in 1997 In 1999 Boeing decided to maintain the Military product line including the successful AH 64 Apache and sell the commercial product line creating what will become an independent MD Helicopters Company. Launched in 1989, the MD 902 was the launch application of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW200 series of turboshaft engines and the first MD helicopter model to feature the exclusive NOTAR(NO Tail Rotor) technology. The ACH135 is the corporate version of the twin engine H135 helicopter previously known under Eurocopter EC135 designation The development of the H135 started, as a German Messerschmitt Bölkow Blohm (MBB) design prior to Eurocopter formation in 1992.

MD902explorer 6,500 lbs Cabin Volume 124 ft3 PAX 1+4 Speed 6,570 Volume 141 ft3 1+6 kts Endurance 4hr 46min

131 kts Max Range 328 nm Max Endurance 3hr 42min ACH135 MTOW

Max Range 349 nm Max

The H135 completed its first flight on February 15, 1994, prior to entering service in 1996 The H135 offers a dual engine selection and can be equipped with either two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B3 engines or with two Safran Arrius 2B2plus, both are FADEC controlled. The H135 is also equipped with Airbus’ signature Fenestron shrouded tail rotor. Designed primarily for the Emergency Medical Service (EMS), the H135 features a large EMS optimized cabin providing ample room for patient care

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MTOW 7,000 lbs Cabin Volume 178 ft3 PAX 1+6 Speed 152 kts Max Range 450 nm Max Endurance 4hr 20min

The original version of the AW109 first flew on August 4, 1971, before entering service in 1976 The model went since through a long series of avionics and engine enhancements


The AW109 Trekker is the latest updated version, based on the AW109 Grand lengthened cabin and featuring a pair of FADEC equipped Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C engines together with an enhanced avionics configuration from Genesys Aerospace allowing for single-pilot IFR. The AW109 Trekker fixed landing skids make it particularly suitable for landing on yachts

MTOW 7,500* lbs Cabin Volume 204 ft3 PAX 1+7 Speed 155 kts Max Range 411 nm Max Endurance 4hr 30min

The 429 carry the external lines of Bell legendary 206 Jet Ranger with an all new wider airframe especially optimized for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) configuration. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW 207D1 turboshaft engines, the design of the 429 features a fourcomposite bladed rotor, a composite, and aluminum structure for a two person crew and up to six passengers, standard landing skids, and optional retractable landing gear for convenient taxiing

The Light twin-engine AW109 is one of the most popular offerings from the helicopter division of the Italian aerospace conglomerate Leonardo. This twin engine helicopter has always been very appreciated in the VIP/Corporate market where over 50% of the fleet is still serving today


The BELL 429 completed its first flight on February 27, 2007, prior to entering service in 2009


The Bell 429 offers a higher design weight IGW version which is not FAA certified but can be certified in over twelve countries outside the USA The Bell 429 is Single pilot IFR certified and features the Bell designed BasiX Pro flight deck * 7,000 lbs under FAA certification


MTOW 7,000 lbs Cabin Volume 178 ft3 PAX 1+6 Speed 156 kts Max Range 464 nm Max Endurance 4hr 31min TWIN ENGINE

The intermediate helicopter category combines the flexibility of large cabins with the compact design and lower operating costs of lower-weight helicopters


MTOW 8,378 lbs Cabin Volume 213 ft3 PAX 1+9 Speed 137 kts Max Range 366 nm Max Endurance 3h 55 min AW169 MTOW 10,582 lbs Cabin Volume 222 ft3 PAX 2+8 Speed 143 kts Max Range 349 nm Max Endurance 4h 57min




The ACH145 is the corporate version of the twin engine H145 helicopter previously known under the Eurocopter EC145 designation Developed under a joint program between Europe based Eurocopter and Japan Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The EC145 was aimed to replace the previous MBB/Kawasaki BK117 join helicopter program. The H145 completed its first flight on June 12, 1999, prior to entering service in 2002 Primarily designed for aerial rescue missions requiring high endurance and payload capability The EC145 combines the forward cockpit and modern avionics of Eurocopter’s EC135 with the proven BK117’s rear section. The ACH145 is powered by twin FADEC controlled Safran Arriel 2E engines In 2020 the ACH145 was upgraded by the addition of a new five bladed rotor, increasing the useful load by 330 lb

The AW169 is the latest generation offering from Leonardo in the 4.5 metric tonnes segment This ten seat twin engines helicopter carries a large design commonality with its bigger siblings the Medium size AW139 and Super MediumAW189 Launched in 2010, the AW169 first flew on May 10, 2012, before entering service in 2016. The AW169 is powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210A FADEC controlled turboshaft engines and incorporates a large selection of advanced capabilities such as a fully tested 33 minutes ‘run dry’ capable main gearbox and a unique Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) ‘mode’ ensuring missionreadiness with stopped rotors for enhanced ground operations safety. The flight deck features advanced Collins Aerospace integrated avionics configured with three 13 inch displays (AMLCD), dual touch screens, and a 4 axis dual digital autopilot system


The S-76 was the first Sikorsky helicopter designed solely for non military usage and aimed primarily at the corporate and offshore Oil & Gas transportation markets The original S 76 first flew on March 13, 1977, before entering service in 1979, establishing at that time a world record in terms of range, climb, speed, and ceiling capability. The latest S 76 model designed S 76D first flew on February 7, 2009, and entered service in 2012, powered by two 1,050 horsepower Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S turboshaft engines driving a redesigned four bladed fully articulated main rotor. The S-92D flight deck features THALES TOPDECK avionics suite with four IAD 68 (Integrated Avionics Displays) including a dual embedded FMS functionality Dual Flight Control Modules (FCM) and actuators provide the four axis autopilot with Stability Augmentation System (SAS).

MTOW 14,110 lbs Cabin Volume 283 ft3 PAX 2+8 Speed 165 kts Max Range 557 nm Max Endurance 5hr 05min

The ACH160 is the corporate version of the twin engine Airbus H160 helicopter The all composite H160 launched in 2015, was designed as a replacement for the very popular “Dolphin” (AS365 and EC155) in the medium class category. It completed its first flight in June 2015 prior to entering service in 2019. Primarily designed for the offshore oil & gas market in the twelve passengers segment, the H160 incorporates a wide range of corrosion resistant materials for long oversea operations Powered by twin Safran Arrano turboshaft engines, the H160 is the first airbus rotorcraft to feature the Blue Edge five-bladed main rotor. Further noise reduction is achieved through the airbus signature canted FENESTRON The H160 flight deck features the Helionix avionics suite with a total of four 10 inch multifunctional displays The AW139 is a medium-sized twinengine helicopter developed by Leonardo Initially launched as a joint development by helicopter leaders Bell and Agusta carrying Agusta Bell AB139 designation In 2005 Leonardo took over the full ownership of what will become one of the most successful commercial helicopters ever made. The first AW139 prototype completed its first flight on February 3, 2001, prior to entering service in December 2004 where it proved a large success, especially in the offshore oil & gas transportation market The AW139 is powered by two FADEC-controlled Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67C turboshaft engines, driving a five-bladed fully articulated main rotor, with an unmatched 60 min dry run transmission The flight deck features an advanced avionics suite from Honeywell with large displays enabling a large selection of enhanced safety features.

MTOW 11,875 lbs Cabin Volume 204 ft3 PAX 2+6 Speed 155 kts Max Range 472 nm Max Endurance 4hr ACH160 MTOW 13,338 lbs Cabin Volume 258 ft3 PAX 2+8 Speed 155 kts Max Range 460 nm Max Endurance 4hr 30min AW139




MTOW 18,298 lbs Cabin Volume 396 ft3 PAX 2+14 Speed 155 kts Max Range 651 nm Max Endurance 5hr 50min BELL525

MTOW 20,500 lbs Cabin Floor Area 88 ft2 PAX 2+16 Speed 160 kts Max Range 580 nm Max Endurance 6hr < The AW189 is a Super Medium twin engine helicopter developed by Leonardo Developed from the AW139 for the 8 metric tonnes, long range,19 passenger segment, it proved popular with the offshore oil & gas market where the AW189 is able to economically replace low performance older generation heavier helicopters. Launched in 2011, the AW189 completed its first flight on December 21, 2011, prior to entering service in 2015 with launch customer Bristow for operation in the North Sea Powered by either a dual Safran FADEC controlled Aneto-1K Turboshafts installation or a dual General Electric FADEC controlled CT7 2E1 Turboshafts installation the aw189 features an Industry leading 50 minutes ‘dry run’ capable main gearbox and a 60KW Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) from SAFRAN Launched in 2012 at the pick of the oil price, the Bell 525 is designed to fit the emerging “Super Medium” size category suited ideally to support offshore oil and gas operations It completed its first flight on July 1, 2015 Powered by a pair of General Electric CT7 2F1 turboshaft engines, the Bell 525 features a new composite five-blade main rotor equipped with a rotor hub vibration eliminator system that helps deliver a best in class ride, while minimizing noise When entering service, the Bell 525 will be the first helicopter equipped with a triple redundant full fly by wire flight control system. The flight deck is equipped with Garmin G5000 touchscreen avionics with four High Definition displays and two touchscreen controllers

MTOW 17,196 lbs Cabin Volume 434 ft3 PAX 2+12 Speed 151 kts Max Range 613 nm Max Endurance 4hr 30min AW189



Primarily designed to support the oil and gas industry in the new “super medium” 7 metric tonnes class The H175 was jointly developed by European Airbus Helicopter and Chinese AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation) launched in 2008, the H175 completed its first flight on December 17, 2009, prior to entering service in December 2014 with Belgian operator NHV for offshore oil & gas operations in the north sea The Airbus Helicopters built H175 is powered by two FADEC controlled Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C 67E Engines where the Chinese built helicopters are powered by a Joint Safran / AVIC co-developed Ardiden 3C/WZ16 engines. The H175 flight deck features the Helionix avionics suite with a total of four 10 inch multifunctional displays The Highly customized avionics largely benefit from Airbus Helicopter’s in house avionics expertise.

HEAVY Designed primarily for the long-range offshore oil & gas market, Heavy helicopters are very popular on the VVIP market for government officials and head of state transportation. S 92 in VIP configuration ©SIKORSKY



The AW101 has been primarily designed for anti submarine warfare and overwater Search And Rescue (SAR) missions for use by both the UK and Italian Navies as a replacement for the 1960s era

The H225 features a modern full glass cockpit

The AW101 is a Heavy threeengine helicopter developed by Leonardo Launched in 1984 through a Joint venture between Italian Agusta and UK Westland companies prior to their merger

MTOW 34,390 lbs Cabin Volume 970 ft3 PAX 2+15 VIP Speed 150 kts Max Range 810 nm Max Endurance 6hr 50min

MTOW 24,250 lbs Cabin Volume 685 ft3 PAX 2+11 VIP Speed 175kts Max Range 600 nm Max Endurance 4hr 05min S-92

The H225 first flew on November 27, 2000, prior to entering service in July 2004 The H225 design is based on the AS332 super puma (H215), replacing the four blade with a five blade main rotor with a new airfoil shape to reduce vibration and noise levels. The H225 is powered by two dual channel FADEC equipped Turbomeca Makila 2A1 turboshaft engines mounted over the cabin

The development of the S-92 multipurpose heavy helicopter from US helicopter leader Sikorsky is the direct result of the 1973 world oil crisis, pushing all major oil and gas companies to begin exploring further offshore oilfields Launched in 1992, the S 92 completed its first flight on December 23rd, 1998, before its FAA certification in December 2002.

MTOW 26,500 lbs Cabin Volume 685 ft3 PAX 2+14 VIP Speed 165 kts Max Range 547 nm Max Endurance 4h 30min

The S 92 is powered by twin General Electric CT7 8A turboshaft engines and equipped with a four bladed fully articulated rotor The airframe is made from aluminum with few composite components and features an advanced active vibration control system and an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) providing DC Power and Hydraulic pressure for ground operation The S 92 has been selected by the United States Marine Corps to replace the older Sikorsky SH 3 Sea King based Marine One U S presidential transport helicopter, under the VH 92 designation.


Sikorsky sea king

The H225 is a long-range passenger transport helicopter developed by Eurocopter (now Airbus) as the next generation of the civilian Super Puma family Designed primarily for the offshore oil & gas market in the 24 passengers class segment. This heavy helicopter has proved very popular on the VVIP market for government officials and head of state transportation

The AW101 first took to the sky on October 9, 1987, prior to entering service on June 2, 2000, with the UK Royal Navy under the Merlin HM1 designation. This heavy-lift helicopter is powered by a selection of three General Electric CT7-8E or RollsRoyce Turbomeca RTM322 turboshaft engines, driving a five blade rotor The AW101 flight deck features a full glass cockpit The AW101 can also be outfitted with a probe for aerial refueling


Can you give us a quick overview of Rotortrade? Rotortrade has turned 10 years old this year. Within this period we have reached several milestones in our efforts to positively change the helicopter pre owned market. We position ourselves as an inventory dealer and distributor selling all major makes and models, providing quality helicopters we control exclusively or own We have also been the sole international distributor of Leonardo’s pre owned helicopters for most of the decade and recently renewed for 3 more years We have been the first to bring Certified Pre Owned helicopters and engines to the market working closely notably with Leonardo and Pratt & Whitney Canada. Today Rotortrade has 10 branches around the world including offices in Miami, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Marseille, Melbourne, Mexico City, Paris, Riyadh, Sarajevo, Shanghai, and Singapore. We aim to be close to our customers and to accompany every deal locally We act as principal towards each of our clients, committing our own capital, assuming risk liabilities, and carrying the cost of the asset until resell This is the only way to deliver on our commitment to provide helicopters you can Recentlytrust.we have celebrated the acquisition of a majority share from PIF the Saudi Public Investment Fund in which we have found a great partner, to help the Kingdom and its sole commercial operator The Helicopter Company reach its vision 2030 and enable Rotortrade to grow to its full potential Aurélien Blanc, Rotortrade EVP Sales & Board Member, was ready to answer EWM questions on the state of the pre-owned market helicopter market for 2022.


The VIP pre owned helicopter market has seen a mostly homogeneous rise across almost all nations. The US remains the most active country in this segment of the pre owned market. Brazil, in second place, accounts for the majority of transactions in Latin America and growing fast. Canada sales have increased considerably overtaking Australia and New Zealand which have suffered longer from the Covid crisis. In Asia, we noticed a surge in pre owned transactions in Japan while the rest of Asia is only slowly coming out of the crisis but can be expected to soar as well. the UK, France, Switzerland, and Italy; have also grown while Russia which was developing fast in this segment has all but frozen while also affecting growth in eastern Europe. Rotortrade offers a Certified PreOwned program on selected helicopters and turbines. Can you give us more details on this program and how important it is for the corporate and private helicopter segment?

The Certified Pre Owned Program features nose to tail warranty including coverage on the airframe from Leonardo and on the engines by Pratt & Whitney Canada. We wanted to create higher value on the mature yet inefficient pre owned helicopter market. Our goal was to bring a quality product that would give peace of mind to the end user and particularly to private/VIP buyers. Some OEMs showed great interest to stand by their product and provide standard warranty terms based on a defined set of inspections and Launchedstandards.by Rotortrade, we are very proud of our successful partnership and collaboration with Leonardo and PWC. These are the partnerships that truly leverage the competencies and expertise of various key industry players for the benefit of operators in the too often neglected pre owned market.


From the second half of 2021 until today, the supply of second hand helicopters has been decreasing considerably as well. This phenomenon is the result of the long delivery times that major OEMs now have for brand new helicopters combined with above average Y on Y list price increases. It goes without saying that pre owned solutions have gained popularity thanks to the dynamic market and the growing trend for private transportation. Rotortrade is very active in the corporate/VIP segment notably thanks to its partnership with Leonardo, the leader in this segment. What we see is also very quick and unprecedented public acceptance of new modes of transport such as Urban Air Mobility initiatives (e VTOLS… etc) which will likely benefit turbine helicopters until the technology, regulatory environment, infrastructure, and general ecosystem matures. What are the most in-demand helicopters in the corporate and private segment? The corporate/VIP market is mainly divided into 3 to 4 segments, the single engine 2 to 3 Tons segment with many models to choose from namely the Airbus 350/H125/H130 family, the Bell 407 and Agusta 119, the light twin segment 3 to 5 Tons with the Agusta family dominating the space notably with the AW109E/S/SP followed by the Bell 429 and the Airbus 135/145, and last but not least the medium twin segment largely dominated by the AW139 and renewed interest in the S76C++/D models and the more limited supply H155. One could add the heavy niche segment which has seen no less than 6 H225 VVIP pre owned sales in the past 12 months alone! Which regions of the world do you see driving the demand in the corporate and private helicopter segment?

What are the latest trends in the pre owned market of corporate and private helicopters?

What are the main barriers to this market?

How do you see the corporate and private market developing in the future?

Aurélien Blanc, EVP Sales & Board Member with Rotortrade

Growing environmental consciousness will have a major effect and manufacturers are adapting as fast as they can, starting with the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel. While this will impact the older end of the market beyond 10 to 20 years notably, this will also drive helicopter replacements with younger more efficient helicopters Second, while flying in a helicopter is statistically much safer than riding a car, each crash especially in this high profile segment tends to make headlines which in turn affects at least spontaneously the market. Such tragic events may create short term gaps between supply and demand which may actually give rise to buying opportunities. The main barrier lies perhaps in the perception that helicopter operations and ownership are out of reach.


“Ultimately more and more people are realizing that the advantages and flexibility turbine helicopters bring to corporate and private users are absolutely unique and extremely valuable and it is only natural that this segment would develop further”

“From the second half of 2021 until today, the supply of second-hand helicopters has been decreasing considerably”

Upwards! As mentioned previously this market segment is buoyed by increasing prices and lead times of brand new helicopters combined with the growing maturity of operators and private buyers less worried about buying pre owned. In markets such as Japan for example that have typically been quite reluctant to accept pre owned helicopters, we see more and more demand. As previously mentioned, the growing trend of personal transport and the COVID induced acceleration of futuristic technology beyond the automobile are having a major positive impact. It is also important to note that as supply decreases, buyers tend to accept to buy older helicopters that can be refurbished at a fraction of the cost they have saved versus a newer model.

Today the trend is very positive brought about in part by the health crisis and fast emerging concepts of modern cities and air mobility as mentioned previously. We clearly see an increasing portion of High Net Worth individuals acquiring helicopters.


with over 85 years of history, Bell was the first in the industry to certify a commercial helicopter. Matt Jayne, Manager Commercial Product Marketing with Bell, answers EWM questions HELICOPTER MANUFACTURERS | BELL 28 | ELITE WINGS MAGAZINE


The Bell 429 has become a favorite for personal and corporate travel because of its spacious and highly customizable cabin including seating configurations, leather and other interior suite options. In addition, it also provides a very quiet cabin which is important for in flight conversations and executive level business.

How important is the corporate segment for your commercial helicopter market? Bell has been a proud provider of industry leading corporate aircraft for our 87 year history. The corporate market has always been a strategically important sector for Bell and one we are always looking at to drive innovation in our product portfolio to deliver the most advanced aircraft to our corporate customers around the world. In 2020, private aviation saw a 300% spike in new travelers, and we continue to see that demand in 20222. As businesses scope out their post pandemic futures, private helicopter travel could become the new standard for leaders who need to save time and gain flexibility. The large cabin Bell 429 has been particularly successful in corporate mission roles, can you tell us more about why this helicopter is so popular with corporate and VIP customers?

The Bell 429 is fast and comfortable, The Bell 429 features a twin engine can cruise at 150 knots as well as an advanced four blade rotor system that delivers a smooth flight.

All Bell Corporate aircraft, notable the Bell 429 can be equipped with advanced technologies, entertainment amenities, in order to provide our customer with a space that is fully customizable for their needs. We offer various seating configurations, an assortment of leathers for seats and upholsteries, pedestals for storage, ambiance lighting and unique designs that can be customized to anyone’s liking.


Earlier this year, Bell announced the introduction of the Bell 429 Designer Series interior, offering a more luxurious cabin experience. Can you tell us more about this new offering? The new Designer Series interior in the Bell 429 sets a new standard for Bell interiors. At Bell, it is important to us to provide our customers quality products and services. We’ve been working with our customers and listening to their feedback to design an interior that provides a comfortable and luxury experience in the aircraft.


The Designer Series interior upgrades all cabin materials, available in 4, 5, or 6 passenger models and features include: High quality leathers, enhanced flooring hardwood and carpet options, Improved seat tailoring that's now removeable and replaceable in the field, metal finishes on lights, air valves, cabin handles, and door latches, pictorial placards for enhanced aesthetics while retaining the same level of passenger safety, sturdier assist handles for ingress/egress, and headset jack bezels to improve the look and operation of passenger headsets. The new interior is offered in three coordinated color schemes created by Bell’s design staff. Bell combines material quality, cabin layout and soundproofing delivering an enhanced experience.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019, Bell presented its futuristic Nexus Air Taxi eVTOL concept showcasing Bell’s vision of the future of air mobility. Can you tell us more about this concept?

The Bell 525 team is currently engaged with the FAA on Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) flight testing and is submitting certification artifacts to the FAA in parallel. The Bell 525 is truly a next generation helicopter and will be an extension of Bell’s commitment to bring game changing aircraft to market. The Bell 525 will be the most spacious commercial helicopter developed by Bell, with a 427 sq feet. cabin that can hold up to 19 passengers + 2 flight crew. A rotor hub vibration eliminator system helps deliver a best in class ride, while minimizing noise. Huge panoramic windows provide stunning views. Modular seating, stowable flat screen monitors, table options, cabinets, coolers, custom carpet, and window tint choices provide plenty of versatility for travelers to design their own bespoke environment for traveling. Handcrafted leather upholstery adds comfort. A custom MAGnificient interior by Mecaer Aviation Group is available, providing an ergonomic design with a blend of style and technology that maximizes both functionality and luxury.

The Bell Nexus showcased Bell's expansion of our technology capabilities, how we visualize bringing new ideas and products to market. Bell continues to invest in its commercial and military products, showcased through the advanced features and benefits of its new portfolio of aircraft: the Bell 505, 525, V 280 and 360. We are also actively enhancing our existing commercial product line. At the same time, we're making key investments in over the horizon technologies, including autonomy, electrification, and safety and perception systems, and have already flown hybrid and electric solutions including our Autonomous Pod Transport and Electrically Distributed Anti Torque (EDAT).



The fly by wire super medium Bell 525 certification is expected this year. Can you provide us a quick update on this program and how you see this latest generation platform fitting in the VIP/Corporate helicopter market?

What are the key trends in the Helicopter maintenance market in 2022? At JSSI, we’ve seen the demand for VIP and emergency medical services (EMS) increasing of late, with S76s and AW109s for VIP services, and the five bladed H145 and AW169 helicopters for EMS leading the way. One key indicator that the market is recovering is that there are more job opportunities being advertised for engineers in the aviation and helicopter market. However, here is where we also see challenges that will continue to impact this and the entire aviation industry. Current shortages of qualified staff may affect growth initially, but there is the potential for staffing to be rectified in the longer term, as companies begin to invest in training younger people by way of apprenticeship schemes and licensing. It is, therefore, more important than ever that we make good use of the increasing amount of aircraft maintenance data and intelligent tools available to the market. We’ve come to a point in the industry where instead of operating on tribal knowledge and overnight delivery, we have an opportunity to tap into years of historical information. A helicopter operator or an MRO can schedule and forecast inventory requirements and upcoming scheduled maintenance events based on facts and not educated guesses. As the world grapples with the current energy crisis, we foresee an increase in the number of aircraft coming out of storage over the coming months to support the high demand for oil, gas, and offshore renewables, which will result in further demand for maintenance teams. This will have a ‘knock on’ effect for overhaul and repair shops too, increasing the demand for their services. In the West, now that the supply chain effects of the pandemic and Brexit are slowly easing, output and efficiency from these shops and facilities will increase, cutting down on lead times for parts and services.

Ty Corley, Helicopter Technical Advisor with Jet Support Services, Inc (JSSI) answers EWM questions



JSSI’s financial tools help helicopter owners and operators around the world accurately predict their maintenance budget, year after year, without being impacted financially by unexpected helicopter maintenance costs. How popular are the hourly cost maintenance programs for helicopter operators and especially in the Corporate/VIP segment?

Hourly cost maintenance programs are a growing market segment and a popular sector for us. This is particularly true for used aircraft, where the alternative may be a ‘buy in’ option for maintenance from the OEM. Many owners will choose a maintenance program instead, as they do not require a set buy in, but review the helicopter’s five year forecast and price the airframe accordingly to what may be due in that period. With JSSI’s hourly cost maintenance programs, if something on the aircraft engine requires replacing, JSSI will cover a pro rata share of that cost, depending on the life of the component and how long the helicopter engine has been on our program. As demand for corporate/VIP travel increases, new owners and operators of helicopters will be looking for hourly cost maintenance program options for their helicopters, outside of UnlikeOEMs.most OEMs maintenance programs limited to their own components, JSSI can offer Tip to Tail all inclusive maintenance programs covering airframe, engines, and APU. Can you tell us the advantage of these programs, and how popular they are in the helicopter market?


The upward trend in flight activity in North America, and indeed across the world, will drive helicopters into maintenance facilities to overhaul dynamic components, repair instruments or refinish rotor blades. Combined with an increase in aftermarket sales, I would expect MROs to be very busy in 2022 and 2023 with pre purchase inspections and customizations for new owners. The other trend I can see is the use of drones for some historically helicopter dependent operations. While I don’t think this is going to happen in the next couple of years, it’s something we need to be aware of. JSSI is best known as the leading independent provider of Hourly Cost Maintenance programs for Business Aviation. Can you tell us more about your growing portfolio of services? In 2021 we acquired SierraTrax and Traxxall, both leaders in aircraft maintenance tracking. We recently joined the solutions under one brand, called JSSI Maintenance Software which adds to our other complementary services: JSSI Maintenance Programs, JSSI Parts & Leasing, JSSI Conklin & de Decker, and JSSI Advisory Services. Traxxall provides business to business (B2B) centric software offerings for aircraft maintenance tracking, inventory management, and MRO operations across all sizes of operator or maintenance facilities. The sub company provides solutions for all makes and models of business jets, turboprops, and helicopters. SierraTrax serves as our business to consumer (B2C) offering for maintenance tracking software for customers looking for a simpler feature set at a lower price point. With more than 5,000 business aircraft supported by JSSI, Traxxall, and SierraTrax, the decision to align these maintenance products will enable us to significantly enhance the service we provide customers and position us to rapidly scale the business. What services are available for helicopter operators? Our portfolio of services can integrate to provide maintenance, operational, and financial support to helicopter operators and owners. No matter the helicopter, timely and efficient maintenance is vital. However, to avoid longer than necessary aircraft on ground (AOG) times, particularly with utilization increasing, maintaining a helicopter correctly is even more important to pay attention to than ever before.

These are popular for many helicopter operators who just want one maintenance invoice to pass on to their clients every month.

One of the main benefits of JSSI’s trademarked Tip to Tail Program is that for one simple hourly rate, there is only one central contact that manages everything, rather than having to deal with multiple maintenance providers. By combining the JSSI Engine Program and Airframe Parts Only Program, customers benefit from one point of contact for any maintenance needs they may have, and can even add mission specific equipment to further tailor a program to their helicopter. In today’s environment, it is tough for helicopter operators to predict their maintenance budget, as the potential for an unexpected expense is extremely difficult to estimate on your own. This is where JSSI’s more than 30 years of experience comes into play. JSSI programs stabilize the maintenance budget, while the JSSI team of technical advisors acts as an advocate and advisor to the entire flight operation.

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