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AW139 Full Ice Protection System Receives FAA Certification

aw784smMay 5, 2010 - AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) for the AW139 medium twin helicopter has received FAA certification.


May 5, 2010
By Corrie
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 The Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) for the AW139 medium twin
helicopter has received FAA certification.

May 5, 2010 – AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to
announce that the Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) for the AW139 medium twin
helicopter has received FAA certification.

The FAA certification follows EASA certification
which was issued in February of this year. TCAA (Canada) certification is
expected soon.
The AW139 is the
first helicopter in its weight category to receive FIPS Certification. With
FIPS, the AW139 is equipped to fly into known icing conditions with
unprecedented all weather capabilities. In 2010 AgustaWestland expects to
deliver 12 FIPS-equipped AW139s.

Since 2004, AgustaWestland teams based in
Italy and the United States have worked together under the supervision of the
aviation authorities from Europe, the United States and Canada, to complete the
certification process.
FIPS certification,
achieved following three extensive series of trials in North America, completes
the process that makes the multirole AW139 suitable to operate in the most adverse
and harsh environmental conditions. The AW139 helicopter has also demonstrated
excellent flight performance and ample margins in a wide range of demanding
icing conditions, well in excess of those normally encountered by helicopters
in typical operating environments.

The FIPS system is available as an option and includes ice detectors, automatic
activation system with manual back up, electrical power generators, engine
intake protection grids, heated windshield and blades (main and tail rotor).
The AW139 equipped with the FIPS system retains the performance and procedures
for Cat.A operations and generates no restrictions during IFR operations,
therefore expanding the already impressive all-weather operating capability. A significant
number of operators utilising the aircraft for roles such as offshore transport,
search and rescue/emergency medical service, corporate transport and passenger shuttle
services are expected to utilise FIPS. The FIPS is the latest addition to a
large range of systems and equipment available for the AW139 to meet a variety
of mission requirements from customers around the world.

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