First all new helicopter type in its category in over 30 years set to enter service
- Marks operational readiness of the whole AW Family of new generation helicopters
- Outstanding capabilities and innovation made available in less than five years
- Over 150 aircraft already sold to customers worldwide for a wide range of roles
Excerpts from Agusta Westland press release :
Fimeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today the new generation AW169 helicopter has been issued with type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 15 July 2015. Delivery of the first production helicopters to customers will now commence.
AgustaWestland has achieved EASA type certification less than five years after the AW169 programme launch.
More than 150 AW169 helicopters have been ordered by customers around the world to date, including framework contracts and options, for a wide range of applications including executive/corporate transport, air ambulance, law enforcement, offshore transport and utility roles.
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 is certified in accordance with EASA CS-29 / FAR Part 29 latest Amendments.
The AW169 is designed with inherent ease of maintenance, for reliable, intensive utilisation in the most demanding conditions with high time between overhauls (TBO) and minimal life-limited parts. Maintenance programmes can be tailored to meet operators’ specific requirements, making the AW169 an ideal platform for operators wanting to maximize aircraft utilisation.