Somerset

November 15, 2013 - 1:19pm

The AgustaWestland AW101 won Norway’s competition for a new search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter. The win could be worth more than €1 billion if Norway buys 16 aircraft as planned and exercises options for another six. The AW101s will replace Sea Kings provided by Westland in the 1970s.

August 31, 2011 - 7:50am

Britain’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills is loaning AgustaWestland $36 million to support the new AW169 medium twin helicopter program that is based in Yeovil, UK. AW estimates a market for 1,000 AW169s over the next 25 years. Customer deliveries are slated to begin in 2015.

November 30, 2010 - 6:37am

Britain’s Labour Party Members are pushing for a full Parliamentary inquiry into a government deal to pump more than £32 million into Italian-owned helicopter maker AgustaWestland rather than British-owned companies. AW operates the former Westland plant in Yeovil that manufactures the heavy AW-101 and is expected to ­produce the AW169 medium twin. Treasury secretary Danny Alexander is defending the decision.

February 20, 2010 - 4:23am

The UK’s Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset is using the latest technology to provide a 360-degree virtual tour of the popular tourist attraction even before visitors leave their homes.

Portishead-based company 360VirtualTours.co.uk picked out the museum as its first chosen charity and has created a number of interactive tours free of charge, including hangar tours and even an internal cockpit view.

 
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