12 novembre 2015
Nov 11, 2015 ASDNews Source : AgustaWestland
AW609 TiltRotor to be operated by the UAEaEUR(tm)s Joint Aviation Command
Joint Aviation Command to be the launch customer for the SAR variant of the AW609 TiltRotor
The extraordinary speed and range of the AW609 bring new capabilities to the market
The Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the United Arab Emirates announced today it has selected the AW609 TiltRotor for search and rescue (SAR) missions. Delivery of the first three AW609 TiltRotors to the JAC, with three additional options,is expected to start in the 2019 timeframe. The Joint Aviation Command will be the launch customer for the search and rescue variant of the AW609TiltRotor, which will include a tailored equipment configuration to meet its specific operational requirements.
4 mars 2015
AW609 TiltRotor photo AgustaWestland
Mar 3, 2015 ASDNews Source : AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company
Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland announced today that the AW609 TiltRotor program has achieved key milestones, initiating the production phase in anticipation of the first customer deliveries. The company has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the AgustaWestland Philadelphia facility through its designation as the first final assembly line for the only civil tiltrotor in development to date. A second final assembly line is expected to be established at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate facility in Italy at a later date.
6 septembre 2013
Empennage, tuyères et cônes d’hélices modifiés pour l’AW609 – photo AgustaWestland
5 septembre 2013 Aerobuzz.fr
L’hélicoptériste AgustaWestland a annoncé tester plusieurs améliorations aérodynamiques sur son convertible civil AW609. Empennage vertical, tuyères des moteurs, cônes d’hélice : l’ensemble des modifications devrait réduire la traînée de 10 % environ. Les concepteurs de l’AW609 comptent sur un allègement simultané. Au Texas et en Italie, les deux prototypes ont accumulé 800 heures de vol depuis le premier vol en 2003. La certification, régulièrement repoussée, est désormais attendue en 2017.
4 septembre 2013
ROME, Sept. 4 (UPI)
Aerodynamic improvements to AgustaWestland's prototype AW609 tilt-rotor VTOL aircraft are underway in Italy and the United States.
Among improvements to the vertical takeoff and landing fixed-wing plane – the company's answer to Bell Boeings V-22 Osprey – are a modified vertical fin, better designed engine exhaust nozzles and changes to the prop-rotor spinner cones, the Italian-British company said.
The improvements are designed to help reduce drag by about 10 percent, cut aircraft weight and improve efficiency.
"These aerodynamic improvements, new avionics, new cockpit display system and a large number of other improvements will together give the aircraft greater performance and mission capabilities, making it even more attractive for carrying out a wide range of missions which can benefit from its much higher cruise speed, high altitude cruise capability and longer range, when compared to existing helicopters or other proposed high-speed rotorcraft," said Clive Scott, AW609 Program manager.
Flight testing of the aircraft's modified vertical tail fin is being conducted on prototype 2 at the company's facility at Cascina Costa, Italy. Other enhancements are being tested in Texas on prototype 1 by AgustaWestland's U.S. subsidiary, AgustaWestland Tilt-Rotor Company.
AgusaWestland said an upgraded version of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engine is being used on the aircraft. Its integrated cockpit is being supplied by Rockwell Collins, while BAE Systems is providing an upgraded flight control computer.
Two additional AW609 two prototypes are under final assembly in Italy.