A109 Enters Service With 32 The Royal Squadron
03 Apr 2006
Three AgustaWestland A109 Power helicopters have entered service the 1st of April with the Royal Air Force 32 (The Royal) Squadron at RAF Northolt to the west of London. The aircraft will be used for military and government communications flying.
In early March 2006 RAF pilots underwent conversion to type training at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate facility in Italy and at Sloane Helicopters in the UK. In mid-March the aircraft underwent final preparation at Sloane Helicopters in the UK before delivery to 32 (The Royal) Squadron at RAF Northolt, with the first of the three aircraft arriving on 22nd March 2006 and all three ready for service on April 1st.
The A109s are part of a contract signed with AgustaWestland. It provides 32 Sqn with a Civil Owned Military Registered (COMR) helicopter service for 900 flying hours per year during a five year period, which can be extended. Sloane Helicopters has been subcontracted to provide maintenance and spares support services for the aircraft, including first line servicing at RAF Northolt.