Western New York air ambulance provider Mercy Flight Central has ordered four IFR-certified Leonardo Helicopters AW119Kx singles equipped with Genesys Aerosystems avionics for deliveries beginning in 2022. The IFR AW119Kx received its first U.S. market air ambulance order in 2020 and FAA supplemental type certification approval in 2019. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6B engine.
Nearly 360 AW119s have been sold to more than 130 customers in 40 countries to date. They perform a wide range of roles, including EMS, fire-fighting, law enforcement, passenger transport, training, and government/military duties. A variant of the AW119 (TH-73A) was selected by the United States Navy to train naval aviators and the first helicopter under that contract was recently delivered. The Navy is expected to take up to 130 TH-73As over the next several years.
The AW119Kx is manufactured at Leonardo’s FAA Part 21 production facility in Philadelphia. More than 100 Leonardo helicopters across a variety of models are deployed as air ambulances across North America.