28-Mar-2013 Source: City of Prescott
Italian firm AgustaWestland has returned to Prescott to continue helicopter flight testing operations at the Prescott Municipal Airport. The flight tests will be conducted primarily on the airport’s northern runway (Runway 3L-21R) for several hours per day as well as conducting off-airport flight operations within a 25 nautical mile radius of Prescott, at altitudes above 7,000 feet.
The company originally selected the Prescott Municipal Airport due to the airport’s combination of heat and high altitude conditions which provide the environmental parameters necessary to conduct specific flight test operations the company is evaluating. The company first came to Prescott last year during the warmer summer months and tested a prototype helicopter for factors such as flight controls and engine performance.
Project pilot for the AW189 helicopter Marco Feller said, “We will be in Prescott for a little over one month. We are expecting to start flying around March 25 for three to four days and then for about 40 days starting from April 4 or 5 to finish developing Airfield Performance Testing.”
“Prescott offers an ideal environment for AgustaWestland to test their helicopters. We are pleased they have returned to our airport,” said Mayor Marlin Kuykendall.