Fabio Nannoni of Leonardo Helicopters wins two prestigious awards


Fabio Nannoni

Fabio Nannoni, Senior Vice President for Safety Management Governance at Leonardo Helicopters, has been commended with two impressive accolades from two prestigious and respected bodies in the aerospace community. Recently, the Royal Aeronautical Society announced Nannoni was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his ‘profound contribution to helicopter design’.

In addition, Mr Nannoni was also selected for the Vertical Flight Society’s Prestigious 2021 Nikolsky Lectureship. The lectureship recognises an ‘individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development and is skilled at communicating technical knowledge and experience’.

Fabio Nannoni joined Agusta in 1985 and was initially involved in the development of methodologies for the Preliminary Design of Rotorcraft applicable to all fields of Flight Mechanics.

In the 1990s, Nannoni was responsible for Agusta’s Aeromechanics Department; he participated in the design, development and certification of the EH101, A119, A109 Power, AW109 Grand, AW109 GrandNew, A129 helicopters and the AW139.

In 2003, after the certification of the AW139, Nannoni became the aircraft’s Chief Project Engineer. Within this role, he looked after the industrialisation, customisation and initial operations of the AW139.

He was appointed Head of the Helicopter Systems Design Department in 2007 and in this role; Nannoni managed the integration of the AgustaWestland new products portfolio. In 2009, he was named Senior Vice President of Engineering at the now Leonardo Helicopters.

Since July 2019, Fabio Nannoni has been responsible for Safety Systems Governance at Leonardo Helicopters.