BASE PRICE: $ 25,000,000
Tiltrotor technology answers the need for an aircraft with the speed, range, and altitude of a fixed-wing airplane and the vertical take-off and landing versatility of a helicopter. This revolutionary combination has been studied and tested for years prior to a successful introduction in military use with the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey.
Launched in 1998 as a joint Bell / Agusta program under BA609 designation. The AW609 is the first twin-engine tiltrotor aircraft designed for certification in the civilian market. Combining helicopter versatility with the speed and comfort of a pressurized cabin flying above bad weather.
The AW609 completed its first flight on March 6, 2003, kicking-of an ongoing long certification process. Since 2011, the Italian aerospace conglomerate Leonardo assume full ownership of the program.
The long-awaited aircraft proved very popular in the VIP market, with New York Times reporting U.S businessman Michael Bloomberg is “near the top” of the list of buyers who have put a deposit down. Leonardo is also teaming-up with Bristow to bring the tiltrotor to the offshore Oil & Gas market allowing for direct personnel transfer from major cities to oil rings.
The AW609 is powered by a pair of FADEC equipped Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67A turboshaft engines, each driving a three-bladed proprotor.
The AW609 flight deck features Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 with three LCD displays layout and head-up display system. Avionics include a triple-redundant digital fly-by-wire flight control system.
|Maximum Cruise Speed||275 kt|
|Economy Cruise Speed||270 kt|
|Service Ceiling||25,000 ft|
|Hover IGE Ceiling||10,000 ft|
|Hover OGE Ceiling||6,000 ft|
|Maximum Takeoff||18,000 lbs|
|Basic Operating||11,300 lbs|
|Usable Fuel||2,571 lbs|
|Maximum Payload||6,000 lbs|
|Model||Pro Line Fusion|
|Number of Engines||2|
|Manufacturer||Pratt & Whitney Canada|
|Takeoff Power||1,940 shp|
|Max Continuous Power||1,675 shp|
The AW609 cabin is pressurized and equipped with high-performance soundproofing technology. Access to the cabin is via a 35-inch wide, two-piece clamshell door installed underneath the wings.
Manufactured from high-strength composites, the AW609’s cabin offers a variety of VIP seating options to accommodate up to eight passengers. The 5-feet tall cabin offers similar amenities found on a light business jet with standard refreshment center and bathroom installation.