The AW109 Trekker’s recent entry into service expands the legacy of the popular Leonardo AW109 light-twin on the world market. The Trekker is strong in, and well-suited to, utility and parapublic applications and provides a unique combination of performance, payload and cost-effectiveness. As it nears certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the AW109 Trekker has already logged orders for over 60 units. These orders have come from more than 15 customers in almost a dozen nations worldwide–with nearly 30 percent based in the Americas–adding to the more than 1,550 AW109s sold globally to date.
The ergonomic, modular glass-cockpit with large-format, six-inch by eight-inch EFIS (electronic flight instrument system) displays can be customized to meet requirements for single- or dual-pilot VFR or IFR. To help maximize safety in single- and dual-pilot operations, and reduce crew workloads, the Trekker integrates a flight management system; 3D synthetic vision system with highway-in-the-sky navigation; helicopter terrain awareness and warning system; moving map and Global Positioning System functions; and ADS-B Out capability. Mission equipment based on tailored solutions can include a cargo/dual-cargo hook, rappelling hooks, rescue hoist, loudspeakers, searchlight, engine particle separator, emergency floats, fire rafts, electro-optical/infrared camera, video downlink, snow skis, mission console and foldable stretchers.
The AW109 Trekker’s performance characteristics allow for full Category A, Class 1 operations in hot and high conditions, over land and sea, and in a variety of demanding situations. Operators can also leverage enhanced reliability and safety with a transmission that has a 30-minute run-dry capability.
Less than a year after initial deliveries began, the AW109 Trekker has already started performing law-enforcement and EMS missions in Asia. To help support these crews, and every customer, with maximum operational safety and aircraft availability, Leonardo’s global customer support and training network is providing AW109 Trekker operators with a range of service plans and a state-of-the-art training capability.