|By Steve Mills|
One of the most beautiful aircraft ever built.
To amplify the comment above, the A109 was designed in the mid 1960s as a high speed, agile, turbine powered, 8 seat helicopter. The A-109 first flew 4 Aug 1971 and has appeared in several versions. A109A Hirundo became operational in 1976, the A109CSG Coast Guard version was available from late 1981, the A109 Naval is a primarily a shipborne version and the A109K is a fixed undercarriage version with Turbomeca Arriel, raher than Allison powerplants targetted at hot-and-high customers. Military orders have included the armed forces of Argentina, Iraq, Italy, Libya, UK and Venezuela.
Dubai Police 20 Years of AW109 Operations, 09-Nov-15 : Dubai Airshow 2015 The Dubai Police achieved 20 years of operations and over 16,000 flight hours with its fleet of A109K2 light twin-engine helicopters.
Derivatives & Versions
|A109CM||1971|| Military variant. Known as EOA-1 (Standard) and EOA-2 (Special) in Italian Army |
|A109K||1988|| Enhanced military version based on the A109A-II but powered by Arriel 1K engines. Sold to Peru |
1st protoype flew Apr 1983, 2nd prototype first flight Mar 1984.
|A109C||1989|| Eight seat civil version, powered by two Rolls-Royce 250C20R-1 |
|A109K2||1991|| High-altitude variant with fixed wheels. 38 built |
|A109E Power||1995|| The A.109E Power is an upgraded version, powered by two Turbomeca Arrius 2K1 or two Pratt & Whitney PW206C engines.
From 2001 was renamed as ... |