AgustaWestland AW609

February 26, 2014 - 4:25pm

AgustaWestland (AW) is performing customer demo flights aboard its prototype tiltrotor AW609 this week at Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., but with the aircraft still early in the certification process few potential customers qualified to get on board. The FAA requires such passengers to be appropriately rated rotorcraft pilots, undergo simulator training in the company’s AW609 simulator, conduct a familiarization flight in the aircraft and receive a second-in-command rating.

February 25, 2014 - 9:10pm

Northrop Grumman (Booth No. 502) will supply its latest flight information equipment for the AgustaWestland AW609 civil tiltrotor, the company announced at Heli-Expo 2014.

Developed by Northrop Grumman Litef in Germany, the LCR-110 inertial reference system and LCR-300A air data attitude heading reference system will be standard equipment on the AW609, which is now undergoing FAA certification testing. The combined avionics suite will allow AW609 pilots to perform precision required navigation performance (RNP) flight operations.

February 25, 2014 - 6:30pm

Northrop Grumman (Booth No. 502) will supply its latest flight information equipment for the AgustaWestland AW609 civil tiltrotor, the company announced at Heli-Expo 2014.

Developed by Northrop Grumman Litef in Germany, the LCR-110 inertial reference system and LCR-300A air data attitude heading reference system will be standard equipment on the AW609, which is now undergoing FAA certification testing. The combined avionics suite will allow AW609 pilots to perform precision required navigation performance (RNP) flight operations.

October 7, 2013 - 2:15am

AgustaWestland is flight-testing a redesigned vertical fin for the AW609 civil tiltrotor, part of an extensive package of aerodynamic improvements aimed at reducing drag by up to 10 percent, cutting weight and increasing performance. Other changes include new engine exhaust nozzles and modifications to the prop-rotor spinner cones.

July 1, 2013 - 1:35am

AgustaWestland has confirmed reports that certification of the AW609 civil tiltrotor has been pushed out to 2017, a one-year delay. A company spokesman told AIN that the schedule change is the result of numerous upgrades being made to the design in terms of aerodynamics and systems, including new engines, avionics and fly-by-wire flight controls.

January 1, 2013 - 5:35am

AgustaWestland is giving serious consideration to building production models of the AW609 civil tiltrotor in the U.S., possibly in Texas, a senior executive told AIN last month. Robert LaBelle, managing director of the AgustaWestland TiltRotor Co., said that initially the aircraft will be built partially in Italy and the U.S. but that the ultimate decision on where to conduct final assembly will be “driven by the customer base.” Some 35 percent of that customer base, he noted, is predicted to be in the U.S.

December 5, 2012 - 1:25am

Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has received $74 million from the UK Government Regional Growth Fund to help develop the AW609 civil tiltrotor and future tiltrotor designs. AW said it will work with the National Composites Centre, the University of Liverpool and key UK suppliers on the program. The tiltrotor is slated for certification in 2016. AgustaWestland said it would contribute more than $87 million to the program.

 
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