AW169 Makes Its Heli-Expo Debut

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March 6, 2011, 9:10 AM

AgustaWestland’s AW169, introduced last summer at the Farnborough airshow, made its Heli-Expo debut today, and the Finmeccanica company says the program “is progressing as planned.” The new multipurpose twin will meet requirements for Category A, Class 1 operations and IFR single- and dual-pilot operations. New technology is prevalent throughout the AW169, from the rotors to the engines to the transmission, but in particular in the avionics suite. The package introduces a full digital NVG-compatible cockpit with three, eight-in by 10-inch displays and enhanced graphics. Powering the AW169 are two Fadec-controlled Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210 engines. Advanced rotor aerodynamics, new blade design and an improved rotor system combine to produce a very low external noise signature, “well below regulatory limits,” according to the company. The helicopter will be able to carry up to 10 passengers and can be configured for two stretchers in a cabin accessible by two sliding cabin doors. The AW169’s first flight is expected is 2012 and entry into service is anticipated in 2014. AgustaWestland forecasts a potential market for nearly 1,000 aircraft over approximately 20 years.

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