19-Aug-2013 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it will be attending the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 14th to 16th August, where it will be showcasing its range of new generation corporate helicopters. As the market leader in the corporate/VIP transport market in Brazil, with its AW109 Power, GrandNew and soon to enter production AW169, AgustaWestland has an unrivalled range of modern cabin-class helicopters that provide class leading levels of comfort, performance and speed.
For the first time at LABACE, AgustaWestland will be showing a full scale mockup of its all new 4.5 tonne AW169 helicopter which has already achieved significant sales success in the Latin American market with over 20 sales, out of a total of more than 80 sales secured worldwide. The AW169 incorporates several new technology features to provide the highest levels of safety and operational benefits for its customers.
In the eight-seat (pilot plus seven passenger) twin-engine category AgustaWestland will be exhibiting the GrandNew, the world’s most advanced light twin-engine helicopter available today and the market leader in the Brazilian corporate/business market. Completing the lineup of helicopters on display at LABACE will be the AW119, AgustaWestland’s advanced eight-seat single-engine helicopter that is recognized for its high performance and payload.
AgustaWestland Do Brasil, with its headquarters in Sao Paulo, is AgustaWestland’s regional support centre providing customer support services to the growing fleet of AgustaWestland helicopters in Brazil and other South American countries. Services provided include spares, maintenance, product support, engineering services and training for the AW119, AW109 series, Grand, GrandNew and AW139 helicopters and will be expanded to include the new AW189 and AW169 helicopters in the near future.
AgustaWestland has over 180 commercial helicopters operating in Brazil performing many roles including corporate transport, law enforcement and offshore transport. Nearly 30 AW139 helicopters are now being operated mainly in support of Brazil’s offshore oil and gas industry and over 140 AW109 series and GrandNew light twin-engine helicopters are operating mainly in the corporate and VIP transport market.
About the AW169
A versatile, new generation twin engine light intermediate category helicopter, the 4.5 tonne AW169 has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets all the latest safety standards and has multi-role capabilities. The AW169 incorporates several new technology features in the rotor system, engines, avionics, transmission and electric power generation and distribution systems.
The AW169 is part of the AgustaWestland family of new generation helicopters that includes the AW139 and AW189 models, which possess the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features as well as sharing a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance concept. This commonality will allow more effective operations for customers operating helicopter fleets across the 4 to 8.5 tonne categories. Over 80 AW169 helicopters have now been ordered for a wide range of missions including corporate transport, air ambulance, law enforcement, utility and offshore transport. With four prototypes already flying, the AW169 is on schedule to achieve certification in 2014. Two final assembly lines for the AW169 are being established, one at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate facility in Italy and a second one at AgustaWestland Philadelphia in the USA. The AgustaWestland facility in Yeovil is also playing a crucial role in the design, development and manufacture of the AW169.
About the GrandNew
The GrandNew features the most modern developments in avionics while retaining the outstanding characteristics of the Grand. The GrandNew is the first type certified light twin (CS/JAR/FAR 27) to enter service with a new EFIS featuring Synthetic Vision and the first helicopter in this class on the market fully compliant with the latest advanced global positioning system-based navigation requirements for all weather operations. The fastest helicopter in the light twin category, the GrandNew also features the largest and most comfortable cabin in its class.
The combination of world-class technology, performance, comfort and safety standards allow a unique flying experience and make the GrandNew the ideal solution for VIP/corporate transport missions. AgustaWestland offers its GrandNew customers comprehensive support and training packages to maximize operational effectiveness and safety while keeping operating costs low. Orders for more than 330 helicopters from the Grand series have been placed by over 200 customers in nearly 40 countries worldwide, to perform many missions including VIP/corporate transport, passenger transport, EMS, SAR, harbour pilot shuttle, maritime patrol, law enforcement and water pollution monitoring.
About the AW119Kx
Unveiled in October 2012, the AW119Kx is the latest evolution of the proven AW119 single-engine helicopter which features the Garmin G1000HTM integrated flight deck system while keeping the AW119’s outstanding performance, cabin space and payload. The new avionics system includes a synthetic vision system, moving map, highway in the sky and obstacle/terrain avoidance systems for enhanced situational awareness and safety. The new avionics are also optimized for diagnostics and data analysis for maintenance purposes. Over 225 AW119 helicopters have been ordered to date in more than 30 countries by over 100 customers. The AW119Kx is perfectly suited to perform many roles including air medical transport, VIP/corporate transport, utility, fire-fighting, offshore transport, law enforcement and government duties.