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D-HHMJ Leonardo AW169 c/n 69075 - HeliService international - Flugplatz Emden in Germany - 8 November 2019 Flugplatz Emden (EDWE)

The Leonardo AW169 is a large multi-role utility twin-turboshaft Transport Category helicopter in the 4.6 tonne class, accommodating 8 passengers and 1 or 2 crew. The AW169 is a conventional configuration helicopter having a 5-bladed fully articulated interblade main rotor, an antitorque three bladed fully articulated tail rotor and a tricycle retractable wheel landing gear. The AW169 has a fully digital glass cockpit. Development of the aircraft started in 2010 as the AgustaWestland AW169; a derivative of the successful six ton AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter, sharing a large level of commonality across both components and the cockpit configuration. The AW169 is powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210A Fadec-controlled turbine engines. The first of three prototypes AW169 (AC1 c/n 69002) I-EASF flew first at the Agusta Cascina Costa di Samarata plant in Italy, on 10 May 2012. The pre-serie helicopter (AC4 c/n 69005) I-AWCM flew on 31 January 2013. EASA certification was awarded on 15 July 2015. In January 2015, the assembly of the first production aircraft (c/n 69006) began in Vergiate, Italy. Leonardeo has dropped its plans to build the AW169 in the USA. The militairy variant of the AW169. Over 200 AW169 helicopters have now been ordered by customers all over the world.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator with Wake Category used to classify aircraft types is A169 for the AW169 helicopters.

On 1 January 2016, the name AgustaWestland was dropped while Finmeccanica S.p.a., the parent company of AgustaWestland, changed to a one company operation consolidating all its subsidiaries beneath one united name. From 28 April 2016, Finmeccanica S.p.a. changed its company name to Leonardo S.p.a.

The 2018-built Leonardo AW 169 s/n 69075 was tested as I-EASL. The helicopter was destined for Arctic Helicopters Iceland, but for delivery Arctic Helicopters leased the AW 169 to SQN Asset Finance Ireland, which company sub-leased the AW169 to HeliService international, Emden. On 25 October 2018, registration D-HHMJ was reserved in Germany for the AW 169, and in December 2018, the AW169 was delivered as D-HHMJ at Flugplatz Emden. On 9 January 2019, the Leonardo AW 169 was registered D-HHMJ with HeliService International GmbH, Emden.
On 8 November 2019, Leonardo AW 169 D-HHMJ was seen in service with HeliService International at Flugplatz Emden (EDWE / EME).

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