Sunday, January 1, 2012
AW Takes 609 Controls
Bell Helicopter has finalized the sale of the BA609 tiltrotor (now AW609) to AgustaWestland. The transaction marks the end of a months-long regulatory approvals process, with AgustaWestland announcing its intent to take over the program in March 2011. Civil certification of the AW609 is projected in late 2015, with deliveries scheduled to begin in early 2016. AgustaWestland will incorporate two additional prototypes into the program for icing certification and avionics implementation. The manufacturer plans to introduce updated avionics and a new satellite-based navigation system to increase the AW609’s operational capabilities.