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Mecaer Unveils AW169 Cabin Mockup

 - February 11, 2012, 4:30 PM
Mecaer Aviation Group will introduce the full-scale AW169 cabin mockup on Sunday morning at Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas.

Borgomanero, Italy-based Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) introduced a new cabin design for AgustaWestland AW169 helicopters this morning at Heli-Expo.

The six-seat cabin mockup on display at the Mecaer booth (No. 5924) was developed, with a vision toward passenger comfort, noise reduction and inclusion of a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system. The design allows for a variety of cabin layouts, including one that accommodates an additional passenger.

The new cabin will be equipped with the Silens System, MAG’s proprietary cabin noise and vibration reduction system. Silens is already certified and flying in the AW139 and the company expects it to be certified in Eurocopter’s EC145 special-edition Mercedes Benz model later this month or in early March. The interior was also created to accommodate MAG’s IFeel cabin electronics package, which includes a customized cabin management and in-flight entertainment system.

Armando Sassoli, MAG co-general manager said the new mockup “represents a further confirmation of our philosophy of working closely with OEMs from the very beginning of a new project.”

Alessandra Pasqua, head of the MAG Design Studio, said the AW169 interior “features exquisite materials, refined woods and sophisticated ambient cabin lighting.

“We try our best to translate customer’s emotions, desires and expectations through an integrated design process,” she added. “With this AW169 interior, we believe we have reached this goal.”

Mecaer Aviation Group is an international provider of aircraft flight controls and landing gear, as well as interior completions and MRO services for the helicopter, business and general aviation markets.

AgustaWestland’s AW169 is expected to make its first flight this year and according to the OEM, the company “has already logged a significant number of firm orders worldwide.”