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The Leonardo (AgustaWestland) AW169 light intermediate twin-engine helicopter has achieved validation by the Federal Aviation Administration of its certification, with deliveries to begin in the U.S. this year.
A versatile, new generation twin-engine light-intermediate category helicopter, the AW169, has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets all the latest safety standards and has multi-role capabilities.
The AW169 incorporates several new technology features in the rotor system, engines, avionics, transmission and electric power generation and distribution systems and is ideal for VIP and emergency medical service (EMS) requirements in the U.S. The type has already been selected for a range of duties including executive/private transport, air ambulance, offshore transport and utility roles, with agreements signed for over 150 units including orders and options worldwide.
The AW169 is part of the family of new generation helicopters that includes the AW139 and AW189 models, which possess the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features as well as sharing a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance/training concept. This commonality will allow more effective operations for customers operating helicopter fleets across the four- to nine-ton categories.
Over 20 AW169s have been delivered to date to customers around the world for a range of applications including EMS, executive/private transport, utility, offshore transport and wind farm support. An AW169 Level D full-flight simulator, delivering advanced pilot training, has been certified and is in operation at the Leonardo Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy.