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Japanese News Group To Use GrandNew Light For News Missions

AgustaWestland Helicopters : 29 October, 2010  (Application Story)
Aerial photography and news gathering to be the function of a GrandNew light twin helicopter from AgustaWestland delivered to Asahi Shimbun of Japan
Japanese News Group To Use GrandNew Light For News Missions
AgustaWestland and Kaigai Aviotech announce that Japanese newspaper ĎThe Asahi Shimbun' has taken delivery of a GrandNew light twin engine helicopter. This Helicopter will be used to perform news gathering and aerial photography missions. The aircraft is the first GrandNew Helicopter to be sold in Japan and is the first of its type to be used for Electronic News Gathering.

The GrandNew was chosen by the customer for its class leading performance modern technology, safety and reliability. The Asahi Shimbunís GrandNew is configured with six forward facing seats allowing for cameras to be more easily used through the cabin doors and windows. The aircraft will be customized in Japan with the installation of a gyro-stabilised camera under the tail boom. The aircraft will enter operational service in early 2011.

The Grand New features the most modern developments in Avionics while retaining the Grandís outstanding performance and features. The GrandNew is the first type certified light twin (CS/JAR/FAR 27) to enter service with a new EFIS featuring Synthetic Vision and the first Helicopter in this class on the market fully compliant with the latest advanced global positioning system-based navigation requirements for all weather operations. The GrandNew offers operators unprecedented abilities to exploit the advantages of a helicopter.

Following its launch in February this year the GrandNew has achieved great success around the world with orders for over 50 units being placed for various commercial applications. Orders for around 290 helicopters from the Grand series have been placed by almost 150 customers in over 30 countries worldwide, in order to perform many tasks including ENG, VIP/corporate transport, passenger transport, EMS, SAR, harbour pilot shuttle, maritime patrol and water pollution monitoring.

AgustaWestland's success in the Japanese commercial Helicopter market continues to grow with strong sales in recent years across its complete product range. AgustaWestland opened a new regional business headquarters in Tokyo in 2008 in support of its growing business in Japan. The commercial Helicopter fleet in Japan is also supported by three official service centres which provide spare parts, maintenance and repair services.

Since its inception as a newspaper in 1879, the Asahi Shimbun Company's fundamental mission has been to serve the public, record history factually, pursue the truth and provide accurate information to people across the country and has become a leading organ of public opinion.
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