A helicopter operating in the South China Sea suffers a lightning strike that forces it to take refuge on an oil platform, blocking its only landing pad from other movements. Within seconds of the engines shutting down, staff at AgustaWestland’s logistics center at Lonate Pozzolo near Milan are aware of the problem and a response plan is swinging into action that will see technicians assessing the extent of the damage and dispatching a replacement rotor within a few hours so that the aircraft can return to base to complete repairs without further disrupting operations.
Transcanada’s ANR Pipeline Co. has ordered three AgustaWestland AW119s for offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The first two aircraft will be delivered late this summer and the third will follow next year. ANR operates a major natural gas pipeline in the U.S. Meanwhile, the company is doubling to 214,000 sq ft the size of its logistics center in Lonate Pozzolo, near Milan. The expansion will be operational by the end of the summer.