Leonardo: AW139s to support Queensland Government’s helicopter fleet modernization programme

 Order signed for two AW139s that will enter service by December 2018
 The aircraft will add to three AW139s already in service performing EMS/SAR missions
 Over 1000 AW139s have been ordered by more than 250 customers in nearly 70 countries to date
Rome, 24 October 2017 – Leonardo announced today that the Government of Queensland in Australia has placed an order for two additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircrafts are expected to enter into service by December 2018 performing emergency medical services and search and rescue missions over land and sea. The AW139s will replace two older helicopter models as part of a fleet modernization programme and reduce maintenance costs.

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SEAHOUSES LIFEBOAT CALLED TO ASSIST AMBULANCE TO REACH A CASUALTY AT HOLY ISLAND

At 06.25hr on Monday 23th October 2017, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat, to assist the North East Ambulance Service to reach an elderly casualty on Holy Island. The Causeway was closed by the tide. As the ambulance dispatched was from Belford Ambulance Station, it was directed to Seahouses.

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Textron Aviation inks order for 11 aircraft to support air ambulance missions in Norway

WICHITA, Kan. (Oct. 16, 2017) – Textron Aviation, Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, has secured a fleet order from Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance for 11 aircraft, including the first medevac-configured Cessna Citation Latitude midsize jet and 10 Beechcraft King Air 250 turboprops.  The aircraft will support Babcock’s contract with Air Ambulance Services of Norway to provide communities across Norway with vital air ambulance support.

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AW169 helicopter scores first contract success in the US emergency services market

 The order for three AW169 Emergency Medical Services helicopters was placed by Travis County, Texas for its STAR Flight program
 Travis County’s AW169s will be the first in the US to support patient transport, search and rescue, law enforcement and firefighting missions
 Contract builds on the global success of the AW169 for EMS and public service operations, as total orders exceed 160 of the type for 70 customers in 30 countries around the world

Rome, 16 October 2017 – Leonardo announced today at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Fort Worth, USA that Travis County, Texas has signed a contract for three AgustaWestland AW169s for its STAR Flight program as the county-based EMS provider upgrades its helicopter fleet to more modern and capable aircraft.

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Firefighting helicopters to be deployed by Prefectures and Agencies of Tokyo, Shizuoka, Fukushima and Yamaguchi

 Expanding presence in Japan includes first AW189 for a Japanese customer and the first firefighting configured AW169
 The AW189 and AW169, with two additional AW139s, will add to a fleet of 120 Leonardo helicopters operated in Japan also for government, medical emergency and first response missions
 Tokyo, Shizuoka, Fukushima and Yamaguchi agencies will replace older helicopter types with Leonardo products between 2019 and 2020

Rome, 16 October 2017 – Leonardo announced today that it has significantly grown its market share in the Japanese helicopter market by securing orders for AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopters in firefighting configuration following highly competitive tenders.

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Exmouth RNLI volunteers called out on service in Storm Ophelia

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PR171017 Volunteers launching on service in Storm Ophelia (credit: John Ford)

PR171017 Recovery at Exe Sailing Club (credit: Exmouth RNLI)

Exmouth’s inshore lifeboat launched at 4.19pm on 16 October to a man on board a 21’ cabin cruiser in the river Exe, during Storm Ophelia.

Crew volunteers were on scene near the Exe Sailing Club within 12 minutes in Force 6 conditions. The local man was attempting to secure his boat onto a mooring after the storm increased. A damaged propeller, along with strong waves and wind caused difficulties in positioning the boat, so a Crew volunteer was put on board to secure the cabin cruiser successfully. The casualty requested to stay on board. Because of the challenging conditions in front of the lifeboat station, recovery took place at Exe Sailing Club.

Helm, David Preece said:

It seems the casualty had reached his boat from near the railway line as he was concerned for his property and wanted to protect it in the increasing weather conditions. There was always a danger he would find himself unexpectedly in the water and wasn’t wearing a lifejacket. We would advise boat owners to check their moorings are secure in all weathers.

British Transport Police and National Police Air Service (Exeter) were also tasked following calls from concerned members of the public.

 

 

A varied weekend for Exmouth RNLI volunteers: Fish Supper, carnival and celebrations

 

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PR161017 Carnival assembly, just before pagers sounded

PR161017 Fish Supper

PR161017 Shop volunteers celebrating at Guildhall, London

Crew, Fundraising and Shop volunteers from Exmouth were busy supporting and representing the charity that saves lives at sea in various methods and places on 13 and 14 October.

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Serious flaw discovered in thermal security cameras

It has been reported that there are secret hard-coded accounts in thermal security cameras manufactured by FLIR Systems, Inc., one of the largest vendor of such products. Depending on the FLIR camera version, the following username-password combos will grant an attacker access over the device.

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