First day at the Farnborough International Airshow
The 50th edition of the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), one of the world's leading events for the aerospace industry, is underway. Leonardo's participation at FIA 2016 holds a special significance: the Company is present for the first time at the airshow with a new name and a new brand, as highlighted by CEO and General Manager Mauro Moretti, during the opening Press Conference. Mr. Moretti stated, “Leonardo is more than just a new name, it is part of a journey, a transformation of our Company which began two years ago and today makes us a completely renewed entity, with a new identity, founded on deep roots that come from an important past. Leonardo is not just the most famous artist of all time. He can be considered the first, the best engineer and an expert in aerospace and defence. There is no area of our business that does not find a link in some way with the work of Leonardo da Vinci.”
Many delegations visited the Leonardo Pavilion and static area on the first day. In particular, with reference to Italian institutions, the Company’s top management welcomed the Minister of Education, University and Research Stefania Giannini, the President of the Lombardy Region Roberto Maroni, the President of the Lazio Region Nicola Zingaretti, the President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) Roberto Battiston, the President of the Industry Commission of the Italian Senate Massimo Mucchetti, and the Ambassador of Italy to the United Kingdom Pasquale Terracciano. Among the most important British institutions that visited Leonardo’s exhibition area was the Minister of State for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne.
The opening of the 50th edition of the Farnborough Airshow was also an occasion for the official debut of Leonardo’s Aermacchi M-346FT. The M-346FT is a multirole version of the M-346 that passes very easily from the trainer aircraft configuration to the operational mission. Mauro Moretti stated, "We invest in the technological development of highest-added-value activities so that we can stay one step ahead of our competitors.”
One of the most important moments of Leonardo’s first day at FIA 2016 was the celebration for the imminent delivery of the 50th AW139 helicopter for Japan, which saw the participation of Leonardo’s top management and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace of Japan.
During the same day, the certification of the AgustaWestland AW189 Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was announced. The system allows the helicopter to operate in full icing conditions when other helicopters would be grounded.