The world’s first multirole tiltrotor programme, designed to redefine a spread of economic and public providers, set a significant milestone with the maiden flight of the primary AW609 manufacturing plane. This plane introduces unprecedented capabilities beneath a devoted ‘powered carry class’ civil certification now beneath improvement. Designated AC5, the plane took to the air at Leonardo’s Philadelphia-based web site on thirteenth October performing as anticipated the preliminary in-flight analysis of programs and common dealing with. The primary manufacturing plane joins a prototype based mostly within the US and two extra positioned in Italy, all presently concerned within the final phases of testing actions forward of (Federal Aviation Administration) FAA certification. AC5 will probably be retained by Leonardo contributing to buyer demonstrations, mission functionality analysis and enlargement, and supporting the producer and the operators within the transition from the developmental to the operational section as soon as available on the market.

Gian Piero Cutillo, MD Leonardo Helicopters, mentioned: “This wonderful achievement provides to a number of milestones for the AW609 programme over the past yr, by means of its technical progress and through its public appearances. Collectively this testifies the extent of maturity this ground-breaking programme has reached and our credentials to pioneer within the rising quick rotorcraft area. I thank our built-in crew of expert and dedicated individuals throughout our geographies for making all of this attainable, as they proceed to work in direction of certification.”


At the moment, three prospects’ manufacturing plane are on the devoted ultimate meeting line at numerous phases of building in Philadelphia.Earlier this yr the AW609 launch buyer in the US, Bristow Group, participated in an indication flight in Philadelphia marking an necessary milestone as Leonardo and Bristow collaborate to introduce the AW609 plane into service. Additionally, in March 2022 the AW609 consumer base was additional expanded with the addition of an undisclosed long-established European operator of Leonardo’s helicopters who will purpose to introduce 4 tiltrotors to hold out a spread of passenger transport missions supporting its point-to-point operations worldwide.

The AW609 will revolutionise air transport due to its rotorcraft-like versatility and airplane-like efficiency. The AW609 excels at offering quick point-to-point transportation at lengthy ranges, whether or not connecting metropolis centres or offering well timed entry to distant places. It could actually transport as much as 9 passengers within the consolation of a pressurised cabin, reworking personal and enterprise journey, EMS, SAR, offshore operations and patrol, serving these in each the personal and authorities sectors. Thus far, the programme has logged almost 1,900 flight hours within the US and Italy. Customers will probably be supplied with complete assist and coaching packages, primarily headquartered at Leonardo’s new Coaching Academy in Philadelphia. Opened in 2021, it’s dwelling to the world’s first AW609 full-flight Simulator. An Italian Military white paper from 2015 included a tiltrotor plane for fast troop-transport and medical evacuation duties for which the AW609 might be a candidate, the one different possibility being the a lot bigger and dearer Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey.