Helicopters Magazine

Government of Panama orders six AW139s

August 12, 2010  By Carey Fredericks

August 12, 2010, Yeovil, U.K. - AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the signing of a contract by the Government of Panama for six AW139 medium twin engine helicopters.

contract also includes pilot and maintainer conversion to type training. Four aircraft will be equipped to perform a wide
range of national and public security roles, one will be used for utility
missions and the last aircraft will be used to transport senior government
officials and other VIPs.

Emilio Dalmasso, Senior VP Commercial
Business Unit, AgustaWestland said after the signing of the contract "We are
delighted that the AW139 has been selected by the Government of Panama for this
important requirement. This latest endorsement by the Government of Panama is
further recognition that the AW139 continues to be the outright leader in its

The two powerful PT6C-67C turboshaft engines, each producing 1,252
kW (1,679 shp) give the AW139 class leading performance with a maximum cruise
speed of 167 knots (310 km/h).  The
aircraft has a range of over 1000 km or an endurance of over 5 hours with
auxiliary fuel, making it ideal for long range transport and for border patrol
missions. The cockpit features the latest technology including a Honeywell
Primus Epic® fully integrated avionics system, a 4-axis digital Automatic
Flight Control System and large flat panel colour displays – reducing pilot
workload and allowing the crew to concentrate on the mission.

Over 470 orders have been placed by almost 130 customers from over 50
countries to date, making it the benchmark helicopter in the medium twin
category for a wide range of roles including EMS/SAR, offshore transport,
VIP/corporate transport, law enforcement, fire fighting and other government


This latest contract for AW139s further
expands the presence of AgustaWestland in the Panamanian helicopter market
where the company has already sold four AW119Ke
single engine helicopters.


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