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AgustaWestland AW609
AW609

An AW609 in flight at the 2007 Paris Air Show.

Description
Role Civilian/corporate transport
Crew 1-2
Passengers 6-9
First flight March 6th, 2003
Entered service Under development
Manufacturer AgustaWestland
Produced
Dimensions
Length 44 feet 13.3 meters
Wingspan 38 feet 5 inches  11.7 meters
Height 16 feet 3 inches 5.1 meters
Wing area
Weights
Empty 10,483 pounds 4,765 kg
Loaded
Maximum takeoff 16,800 lbs 7,600 kg
Powerplant
Engine 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67A
Power (each) 1,940 shp
Performance
Maximum speed 315 mph 510 km/h
Cruising speed 299 mph 465 km/h
Range 852 miles 1,390 km
Ceiling 25,000 ft 7,260 m
Rate of climb 1,500 ft/min 7.62 m/sec

The AgustaWestland AW609 is a tiltrotor aircraft currently under development by AgustaWestland with the help of Bell Helicopter for civilian and corporate usage. 

HistoryEdit

Work on the AW609 began in 2002. At that point, the project was a joint venture between Bell and Agusta, under the name Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company. The aircraft, then named BA609, first flew on March 6th, 2003. The first in-flight conversion from helicopter to airplane mode occured on July 22nd, 2005. In 2011, AgustaWestland took full ownership of the project, while Bell remains in the role of design and certification. The AW609 is expected to recieve FAA and EASA certification in 2016, and be available for purchase in the early 2020s. Three prototypes have been built so far.

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