*** Irish Air Corps add Helicopter display to their Support of Newcastle ***
Our 2nd confirmation of the day, and our 2nd from the Irish Air Corps, who are providing excellent support this year is a Helicopter display from their AW139.
The Irish Air Corps AW139 displayed in Newcastle in 2016 for the first time and did an excellent fire fighting demo. They also had the aircraft on static before the display.
The Air Corps took delivery of its first two Agusta Westland AW139 aircraft in November 2006. There are currently six of the type in service.
The AW139 is a medium-lift twin-engine helicopter with a troop lifting capacity of up to 14 personnel in the normal configuration. In the cockpit the aircrew have a fully integrated digital avionics and cockpit display system, which includes an autopilot, a dual flight management system with GPS and a radio navigation system. The AW139 is utilised mainly in the army support role.
The first flight of an AW139 was on 3rd February 2001 and was originally designed and developed jointly by Agusta and Bell Helicopters and marketed as the Agusta-Bell AB139, it was redesignated the AW139 when Bell withdrew from the project.
We will have another couple of confirmations tomorrow!