3-Aug-2021 Source: Exclases Group
The first light twin-engine AW109 Trekker helicopter was delivered to Russia.
“A new type of helicopter for Russia will become a leader in its niche due to its outstanding technical characteristics and an optimal combination of price, quality and safety,” said Pavel Ploshansky, CEO of Exclases Group.
The operator of the first AW109 Trekker in Russia will be SKYPRO HELICOPTERS, which has received all the approvals of the Federal Air Transport Agency and is ready to provide a full range of technical maintenance for AW109 Trekker helicopters.
Exclases Group, one of the key players in the helicopter distribution and after-sales support market, has delivered to Russia the first light twin-engine AW109 Trekker, based on the best-selling AW109 helicopter line of the Italian company Leonardo Helicopters. Shortly before this event, Leonardo Helicopters received the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (FAVT) type certificate for the AW109 Trekker.
The Exclases Group team highly appreciates the demand in Russia and the CIS countries for a light twin-engine Trekker, which becomes especially relevant in the context of a request from helicopter users for a skid landing gear.
“Trekker is able to satisfy the broadest needs of customers: the helicopter can be easily transformed for the tasks of ambulance services, law enforcement agencies and government agencies, it is suitable for search and rescue operations and passenger transportation,” says Pavel Ploshansky, CEO of Exclases Group. “I am convinced that the new type of helicopter for Russia, which our customers have been waiting for, will become a leader in its niche due to its outstanding technical characteristics and the optimal combination of price, quality and safety.”
The Trekker is equipped with Genesys Aerosystems’ state-of-the-art glass cockpit. The maximum take-off weight of the helicopter is 3175 kg. Payload weight – 1500 kg. Thanks to the installation of 5 fuel tanks with a capacity of 835 liters of kerosene, Trekker can fly for 4 hours and 20 minutes, covering a distance of 833 km.
The operator of the first AW109 Trekker in Russia will be SKYPRO HELICOPTERS, which will add another Leonardo helicopter to its fleet. The helicopter service center SKYPRO HELICOPTERS authorized by the manufacturer has already received all approvals from the Federal Air Transport Agency and is ready to provide a full range of maintenance for AW109 Trekker helicopters.
The company specializes in the operation and maintenance of Leonardo Helicopters, is one of the largest private operators of Leonardo helicopters in Russia, as well as an authorized service center for Leonardo Helicopters.
Vyacheslav Rulev, chief pilot of SKYPRO HELICOPTERS, appreciated the convenience of the new helicopter’s cockpit: “The newest AW109 Trekker equipment provides all the information necessary for the flight, reduces the workload and allows you to enjoy the control of light maneuverable equipment.”
The spacious Trekker cabin can accommodate up to six passengers or one three / four-seat stretcher, or two stretchers and two paramedic chairs. If necessary, an additional passenger can be accommodated in the cockpit.
The helicopter has many safety features – a monocoque fuselage, an emergency fuel system, Category A (Class 1) capability to work in hot conditions and the ability of the main gearbox to operate without oil for up to 30 minutes. The power plant consists of two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C gas turbine engines with electronic digital control (FADEC).
The Trekker is equally effective as a commercial vehicle, an everyday helicopter private property, and government air travel.
“The positive feedback we receive from operators around the world shows that the AW109 Trekker is able to meet the growing demand for versatility and efficiency,” said Pavel Ploshansky, CEO of Exclases Group. “Our after-sales support team is ready to provide customers with the latest helicopter in the Leonardo Helicopters lineup with full support in training, as well as in the supply of parts and equipment.”