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Friday, May 23, 2008

AW, Italian Region Partner on Rescue School

AgustaWestland is setting up an international helicopter rescue school in partnership with Italy’s Valle d'Aosta Autonomous Region, according to the World Aeronautical Press Assn. The smallest of Italy’s regions (and originally called Augusta Pretoria by the Romans), Valle d'Aosta is in the Alps and bordered by Switzerland and France. It is home to four mountains that rise above 13,120 ft (4,000 m)—Montes Blanco, Cervino and Rosa and Gran Paradiso. Certified by the Italian airworthiness authority ENAC, the school is set up to train helicopter pilots as well as winchmen, engineers, doctors who fly on rescue missions. Owned 51 percent by AgustaWestland and 49 percent by the region, its goal is to promote safe, standard mountain-rescue techniques. For related news

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