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CHC Fields First AW139s for U.K. Coast Guard Duty

By James T. McKenna | March 24, 2008

CHC Helicopter has placed the first AgustaWestland AW139s in the hands of the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Two of the search-and-rescue-configured medium twins will be based at the agency’s Lee-On-The-Solent airfield; the third will be assigned to Portland. The agency has a contract through 2012 with CHC to provide round-the-clock airborne SAR coverage. Like its Sikorsky Aircraft S-92s fielded under that contract, each AW139 is equipped with a Goodrich dual hoist, SkyTrac ISAT-100 communications and flight-following system, Spectrolab SX-16 Nightsun, Wescam MX-15i forward-looking infrared sensor, Chelton 935-11 direction Finder, and Saab R4A SAR AIS transponder. For related news

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