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  • AgustaWestland AW609



    AgustaWestland AW609

    Formerly known as the Bell/Agusta BA609 AgustaWestland announced the acquisition of ownership of the programme in June 2011 from Bell Agusta Aerospace Company (BAAC).

    As of December 2011, the two prototypes have achieved more than 600 flight hours and the AW609 programme is to be managed by a single Integrated Development Team, based in Cascina Costa, Italy. AgustaWestland will also open a new operational base in Arlington, Texas, to manage US based tiltrotor operations.

    As of July 2012, approximately 60 AW609 units have already been ordered by around 40 customers in over 20 countries.

    The second prototype was lost in tragic accident on October 30, 2015. The First prototype resumed flight testing on August 3, 2016. Certification delayed at least up to 2018.

    As of February 2019, the AW609 progress ahead of FAA certification including first production aircraft entering final assembly at the Philadelphia facility.


    Engine: 2 x PW C PT6C-67A 2000 shp
    Capacity: 2 + 9
    Length: (m) 13.4
    Height: (m) 4.6
    Blades: 3
    Rotor diam.: (m) 7.9
    Disc area: (m2) 530
    Weight: (kgs) Empty: 4765     Max: 7620
    Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 509
    Range: (km) 1390
    Ceiling: (m) 7620
    Rate/Climb: (m/min) 456

    Derivatives & Versions

    NGCTR 2021 The Next-Generation Civil Tiltrotor (NGCTR) is scheduled to fly in 2021. The 20-passenger rotorcraft, larger than the nine-seat AW609 model, sta ...

    List of Operators of AgustaWestland AW609

    From Organisation with model AW609
    italy AgustaWestland Italy
    usa AgustaWestland Philadelphia
    usa ERA Helicopters
    united arab emirates United Arab Emirates Air Force
    usa Bristow US
    Construction Numbers on database of AW609 or its versions


    Construction Numbers

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    C/NBuilt asYearHistory
    60001 2003 US N609TR : Bell USA; Bell Agusta BA609 f/f 2003; 2011 to AgustaWes+
    Maiden flight
    pictured (pic1) at Arlington, Texas still reg Bell Heli+
    IT N609TR : AgustaWestland from Jun11
    US N609TR : Feb14 at Anaheim, CA for Heli-Expo 2014
    pictured (pic2) at HeliExpo 2015, Orlando, FL. Eastern +
    03aug16 resumes flight testing after 2nd prototype acci+
    15:00 at Richmond, VA
    at AW Facility in Philadelphia
    pictured (pic3)
    60002 2006 US N609AG : Bell USA; Bell Agusta BA609 f/f 2006; 2011 to AgustaWes+
    US N609AG : AgustaWestland, PA from Jun11
    IT N609AG : AgustaWestland from Jun11
    pictured (pic1) at Cascina Costa flight test facility,+
    pictured (pic2) and video on display at Yeovilton Air +
    pictured (pic3) at Rivolto Airbase, 55th Anniversary P+
    w/o near SanthiĆ , Vercelli. 2 fatalities
    63003 US N609PA : AgustaWestland, PA from Oct15; AC3
    Feb17 preparing for ice trials

    engine-handling certification flight test, see tracking
    63004 US N609PH : AgustaWestland, PA from Mar19 f/f pictured at Philadel+
    63005 US N609LH : AgustaWestland, PA from Jan20
    5 C/N.

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