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Leonardo rolls out AW609 in Philadelphia

Leonardo rolls out AW609 in Philadelphia

Photos taken yesterday have emerged on the internet of prototype AC3 on the ramp at the Leonardo facility in Philadalphia, Pennsylvania.  Registered N609PA and all white with huge AW609 titles, the aircraft is clearly being prepared for a flight in the near future. In May 2016, Leonardo announced that AC3 had started ground runs at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jan-17

AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced that the first flying AW609 prototype has arrived in Philadelphia following a recent resumption of flight testing. Departing from Arlington, Texas, the aircraft’s flight plan included an overnight stop in Huntsville, Ala, before arriving in Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 10. With industrialization underway, Leonardo-Finmeccanica has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Aug-16

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AW609 resumes test flights

AW609 resumes test flights

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has confirmed that the first AW609 TiltRotor prototype has resumed flight testing in helicopter and airplane modes. Flight testing activities will continue to take place in Arlington, Texas, with plans to soon fly the AW609 to Philadelphia and ultimately relocate the aircraft at the company’s facilities in Italy. The third prototype, assembled and ground… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 08-Aug-16

Third AW609 prototype starts ground runs

Third AW609 prototype starts ground runs

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that the third prototype (A/C3) of the AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor has completed its first ground run at the company’s facilities in Cascina Costa, Italy, marking a critical milestone as the programme advances its testing and plans a resumption of flight testing activities. Aircraft AW609 A/C3 began restrained ground run testing with all… Read more »

Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica, 05-May-16

Era Helicopters to help develop EMS role for AW609

Era Helicopters to help develop EMS role for AW609

Finmeccanica Helicopter Division has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Era Group Inc, for the development of the Emergency Medical Service variant of the AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor. Era is a major customer of AgustaWestland helicopters, both as an operator and a lessor – recently including two AW189s. The signing of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Mar-16

Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

In 2015, we published a total of 3,298 news stories on HeliHub.com to keep the global helicopter industry fully up-to-date with the news from all corners of our planet – approximately 13 stories every working day of the year.  We publish a wide range of stories, some from press releases, others from postings made by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-16

UAE signs for three AW609s in SAR role

UAE signs for three AW609s in SAR role

The Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the United Arab Emirates announced today it has selected the AW609 TiltRotor for search and rescue (SAR) missions. Delivery of the first three AW609 TiltRotors to the JAC, with three additional options,is expected to start in the 2019 timeframe. The Joint Aviation Command will be the launch customer for… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Nov-15

AgustaWestland AW609 test flight – fatal accident

AgustaWestland AW609 test flight – fatal accident

HeliHub.com are sad to report the fatal test flight accident in Italy of AgustaWestland AW609 prototype N609AG, killing test pilots Pietro Venanzi and Herb Moran.  The pair are being praised in the Italian media for bringing the aircraft down in fields away from a town when it was widely reported as already being on fire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Oct-15

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Héroux-Devtek to provide AW609 landing gear systems

Héroux-Devtek to provide AW609 landing gear systems

Héroux-Devtek Inc. (TSX:HRX) (“Héroux-Devtek” or the “Corporation”), a leading international manufacturer of aerospace products, today announced that it has been awarded a long-term contract by Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland to supply the landing gear for the AW609 TiltRotor aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement, Héroux-Devtek will design, develop, fabricate, assemble, test and deliver complete landing gear systems… Read more »

Source: Agusta Westland, 25-Sep-15

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AW609 claims 1000km record of 2 hours 18 minutes

AW609 claims 1000km record of 2 hours 18 minutes

The Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor set a speed record on a 1000 km ‘point-to-point’ journey. The aircraft, with its unique combination of the turboprop airplane’s speed and helicopter’s take-off and landing capabilities, flew from its Yeovil facility in southwest England to its Cascina Costa facility near Milan, Italy, a distance of 1161 km (721 miles /… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Sep-15

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AgustaWestland brings AW609 to UK

AgustaWestland brings AW609 to UK

AgustaWestland is bringing one of the AW609 development aircraft from Italy to the UK this weekend.  The aircraft has scheduled appearances at both the Yeovilton Air Day on Saturday, and AW’s own invitation-only Families Day at the Yeovil plant on Sunday.  The type has only appeared in the UK before at the Farnborough Air Show,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-15

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AgustaWestland launches AW609 interior design competition

AgustaWestland launches AW609 interior design competition

AgustaWestland announced today the launch of the second edition of its “Flydeas for the City” initiative, within the framework of the ‘Energy for Creativity’ Exhibition-Event that was officially opened today by INTERNI magazine in Milan. The initiative is aimed at developing an all new, advanced corporate cabin interior for the AW609 TiltRotor with several design… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Apr-15

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Bristow Leads in New TiltRotor Technology

Bristow Leads in New TiltRotor Technology

Our customers push boundaries. Whether you’re exploring new terrain for the world’s energy needs or reaching others in need of rescue, we understand the demand for safer, faster, more cost-effective transportation. That’s why Bristow has partnered with Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland to develop the AW609 TiltRotor, an incredible aircraft that flies like a plane, but with… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 24-Mar-15

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Mayor Nutter welcomes AW609 production to Philadelphia

Mayor Nutter welcomes AW609 production to Philadelphia

Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger welcomed yesterday’s announcement by AgustaWestland that the AW609 civil TiltRotor helicopter will be manufactured at the company’s Philadelphia facility. “As one of this city’s most innovative and global companies we are tremendously excited that this new cutting edge aircraft will be manufactured by… Read more »

Source: Agustawestland, 12-Mar-15

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HeliHub.com launches Facebook fan page for AgustaWestland AW609

HeliHub.com launches Facebook fan page for AgustaWestland AW609

With increasing interest in AgustaWestland’s AW609 tilt rotor, HeliHub.com has proactively set up a fan page on Facebook for the type.  This will provide the opportunity to bring together people interested in the AW609 programme and the news and information they are able to share.  This may be photos from events where the type is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Mar-15

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AgustaWestland and Bristow Sign Exclusive AW609 Development Agreement

AgustaWestland and Bristow Sign Exclusive AW609 Development Agreement

AgustaWestland and Bristow announced today the signing of a platform development agreement for the AW609 TiltRotor programme. The announcement was made at Heli-Expo (Orlando, FL) on the occasion of the ‘on static’ public premiere of a real AW609 aircraft at the US exhibition, featuring a dedicated Bristow/Eastern Airways paint scheme. The development agreement envisages AgustaWestland… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 03-Mar-15

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Further Performance and Product Improvements for AW609

Further Performance and Product Improvements for AW609

AgustaWestland announced today that the Company has introduced several performance and product improvements for the AW609 TiltRotor to enhance the aircraft’s capabilities. It has recently completed an extended technology development flight test programme which has confirmed an increase in the maximum take-off weight up to 18,000 lbs (8,165 kg) thanks to engine upgrades, landing gear… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Mar-15

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AW609 Test Pilots Receive Iven C. Kincheloe Award

AW609 Test Pilots Receive Iven C. Kincheloe Award

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that three of its AW609 test pilots have received from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots the prestigious Iven C. Kincheloe award and were recognized at the Society’s annual gala. The Kincheloe Award recognizes outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight-testing by a test pilot member of the Society… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Oct-14

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AgustaWestland completes AW609 autorotation trials

AgustaWestland completes AW609 autorotation trials

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that autorotation trials for the AW609 TiltRotor program have been completed successfully. Between the end of March and early April 10 dedicated flight hours saw more than 70 power-off conversions from airplane mode to helicopter mode flown from the Arlington (Texas) facility in the USA. The tests… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 25-Apr-14

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AgustaWestland Demonstrates AW609 to Chevron

AgustaWestland Demonstrates AW609 to Chevron

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced today that it has completed the first customer demonstration flight of the AW609 to Chevron on February 25th  The round trip flight began in Angels Stadium in Anaheim and continued off the coast of Southern California. Flying Second-in-Command was Chevron pilot Patrick Nevin, who currently flies AW139s in support of… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 28-Feb-14

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AW609 TiltRotor to Perform First Ever Customer Demonstration Flights at Heli-Expo

AW609 TiltRotor to Perform First Ever Customer Demonstration Flights at Heli-Expo

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the AW609 TiltRotor has flown 1100nm (2000km) from its base in Arlington, Texas, to Long Beach Airport, California to perform the first ever customer demonstration flights at Heli-Expo 2014. The AW609 will highlight its game changing capabilities and performance that will soon be available to the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 26-Feb-14

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AW609 TiltRotor Completes Envelope Expansion Flight Trials

AW609 TiltRotor Completes Envelope Expansion Flight Trials

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it completed AW609 TiltRotor flight envelope expansion trials in December 2013, allowing the certification testing phase to commence as it makes progress towards Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) certification in 2017. This was achieved with the first two test aircraft which have now together flown almost 1,000… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 25-Feb-14

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Northrop Grumman Provides Inertial Navigation Products for AW609

Northrop Grumman Provides Inertial Navigation Products for AW609

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been selected by AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, to provide flight-critical inertial instruments on the new AW609 TiltRotor aircraft undergoing civil certification through the Federal Aviation Administration. These Northrop Grumman navigation products will be showcased at HELI-EXPO 2014 in booth #502 Feb. 25-27 in Anaheim. Developed by Northrop Grumman Navigation and Maritime Systems Division’s… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 24-Feb-14

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AW609 update 3 – The Challenges

AW609 update 3 – The Challenges

Last week, HeliHub.com had access to the key executives of the AW609 program. This is one of three updates we are presenting this week to our readers. See AW609 update 1 – Catching up the last two years And AW609 update 2 – The Future The road ahead for the AW609 is not a simple one…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-13

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AW609 update 2 – The Future

AW609 update 2 – The Future

Last week, HeliHub.com had access to the key executives of the AW609 program. This is one of three updates we are presenting this week to our readers:- The third prototype was at Cascina Costa, and prepared for road shipment to AgustaWestland’s factory at Vergiate, less than 20 miles away. The road trip is expected in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-13

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AW609 update 1 – Catching up the last two years

AW609 update 1 – Catching up the last two years

Last week, HeliHub.com had access to the key executives of the AW609 program.  This is one of three updates we are presenting this week to our readers. The AW609 started off life as the BA609, a 50:50 joint venture with Bell Helicopter.  After a period of owning a majority share, AgustaWestland took over the whole… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-13

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AW609 TiltRotor Aerodynamic Improvements Set To Boost Performance

AW609 TiltRotor Aerodynamic Improvements Set To Boost Performance

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is flight testing a number of aerodynamic improvements that will boost the performance of the AW609 TiltRotor. On the 25th July 2013 AgustaWestland undertook the first flight of a modified vertical tail fin on AW609 TiltRotor prototype #2 at its Cascina Costa flight test facility in Italy. The modified vertical fin is one part… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Sep-13

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AgustaWestland launches Paris Airshow App 2013 and Official Twitter Account

AgustaWestland launches Paris Airshow App 2013 and Official Twitter Account

As the Paris Air Show gets closer, AgustaWestland is getting ready to provide visitors with a unique insight into the Company’s presence at one of the industry’s premium airshows. This year AgustaWestland will be even closer to you thanks to the implementation of two new tools: **the AgustaWestland Paris Airshow App 2013 (AWPAS) for iOS and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Jun-13

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AgustaWestland AW609 certification slips to 2017

AgustaWestland AW609 certification slips to 2017

Certification of the AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor has slipped to 2017 as the Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer wrestles with an ambitious development programme and regulatory uncertainty over how to approve a concept never previously used for civil applications. (See Full Story)

Source: Flight Global, 11-Jun-13

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Noise Certification Standards for Tiltrotors

Noise Certification Standards for Tiltrotors

A new rule amends the regulations governing noise certification standards for issuing type and airworthiness certificates for the civil, hybrid airplane-rotorcraft known as the tiltrotor. This noise standard establishes new noise limits and procedures as the basis to ensure consistent aviation noise reduction technology is incorporated in tiltrotors for environmental protection. It provides uniform noise certification… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Jan-13

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AgustaWestland GrandNew and AW609 to feature at EMS conference

AgustaWestland GrandNew and AW609 to feature at EMS conference

AgustaWestland is taking the GrandNew it delivered to Doctor Heli earlier this year to an EMS event in Japan next week.  The 19th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Aeromedical Services will feature demonstration flights of the aircraft. On Friday 9th November, there will also be a presentation under the title of “Doctor-Heli features… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Nov-12

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Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion® enters rotorcraft market

Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion® enters rotorcraft market

The selection of Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics for AgustaWestland’s AW609 TiltRotor marks new territory for Rockwell Collins. AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is the first European customer for Pro Line Fusion and the first announced forward-fit application of Rockwell Collins’ touch-control primary flight displays. “This is a very important win for Rockwell Collins as it demonstrates the… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 29-Oct-12

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AgustaWestland signs Key Supplier agreements for AW609

AgustaWestland signs Key Supplier agreements for AW609

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has signed agreements with three key suppliers for its AW609 TiltRotor programme. These three major agreements form part of a succession of contracts signed with AW609 TiltRotor component suppliers since AgustaWestland acquired the tiltrotor programme in November 2011. These latest agreements signed with Pratt &… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Jul-12

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AW609 Tiltrotor Programme Update

AW609 Tiltrotor Programme Update

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is moving forward with the development of the AW609 tiltrotor programme following the completion of its acquisition in November 2011. The company will continue the certification process with the Federal Aviation Administration targeting AW609 certification in the first half of 2016 and deliveries following immediately afterwards. To do so AgustaWestland has… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Feb-12

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AgustaWestland leases 99,000 sq.ft in Texas for AW609 development

AgustaWestland leases 99,000 sq.ft in Texas for AW609 development

AgustaWestland have taken a lease on 98,851 square feet of space at Arlington Airport in Texas, and are intending building a further 7,000 sq.ft. The lease allows the building to be used for “Aircraft sales, engineering and design, flight testing, and aircraft maintenance” and  “any other aviation related activity or incidental uses in connection with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Nov-11

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AgustaWestland completes 609 tiltrotor programme acquisition

AgustaWestland completes 609 tiltrotor programme acquisition

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has finalised the transaction with Bell Helicopter Textron for the acquisition of the 609 tiltrotor programme. All legal and regulatory approvals have now been successfully completed. The development of the AW609 tiltrotor programme is now moving forward under full AgustaWestland control with civil certification expected… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Nov-11

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Bell’s sale of BA609 program is US taxpayers’ loss

Bell’s sale of BA609 program is US taxpayers’ loss

When Bell Helicopter officials announced last month that they were selling the company’s interest in the BA609 civil tilt-rotor aircraft program, it meant giving up on a $600 to $700 million investment.  (Full story)

Source: Star-Telegram, 19-Jul-11

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AgustaWestland rebrands civil tilt-rotor as AW609

AgustaWestland rebrands civil tilt-rotor as AW609

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce today that it has taken full ownership of the BA609 tiltrotor programme. Bell Agusta Aerospace Company (BAAC) will be renamed will remain a US company being the new type certificate applicant to FAA. The new company will be totally owned by AgustaWestland and the BA609 tiltrotor will… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jun-11

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Bell sells its share in BA609 but remains key supplier

Bell sells its share in BA609 but remains key supplier

Paris, France  (June 21, 2011) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced today at the Paris International Air Show, that AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company,  has agreed to purchase Bell’s ownership interest in the BA609 tiltrotor program, a Bell-AgustaWestland joint venture. Bell Helicopter will remain the key supplier of engineering services and key… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Jun-11

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AgustaWestland seeks sole ownership of BA609

AgustaWestland seeks sole ownership of BA609

Giuseppe Orsi has said that the development process of the BA609 was still being held up in negotiations with Bell Helicopter, whom he inferred was reluctant to hand over the development baton to AgustaWestland.

06-Mar-11

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AgustaWestland to learn BA609 fate by end of June

AgustaWestland to learn BA609 fate by end of June

AgustaWestland says the long-delayed decision on whether Bell Helicopter will cede its majority share in the BA609 program to AgustaWestland will be made by the end of June

22-Feb-10

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AgustaWestland looks to take full control of BA609 programme

Italian rotorcraft maker AgustaWestland hopes to acquire control of the BA609 civil tiltrotor programme it shares with Bell Helicopter, in order to speed up the aircraft’s certification and delivery to market. Italian rotorcraft maker AgustaWestland hopes to acquire control of the BA609 civil tiltrotor programme it shares with Bell Helicopter, in order to speed up the aircraft’s… Read more »

Source: Flightglobal, 21-Sep-09

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Finmeccanica sees 500 BA609 choppers sold by 2013

AgustaWestland should sell about 500 of the new BA609 Tiltrotor aircraft it is making with Bell for 20 million euros each from 2013.

Source: Reuters, 08-Sep-09

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Bell/Agusta prepping two more BA609s for testing

Source: AIN, 24-Feb-09

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AgustaWestland May Get More Tiltrotor Work

Source: Rotor & Wing, 22-Feb-09

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Bell/Agusta BA609 Tiltrotor Makes Its First Appearance At Farnborough Air Show

Bell/Agusta BA609 Tiltrotor Makes Its First Appearance At Farnborough Air Show

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Jul-08

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