Thursday, June 11, 2015
EASA Briefed on Latest AW189 Icing Tests
AgustaWestland is briefing European Aviation Safety Agency officials on the results of its latest icing tests for the AW189. The manufacturer in late May completed three months of in-flight icing tests of the super-medium twin. It is seeking broader approval for the AW189 to operate in icing conditions before the in-flight icing season in the North Sea begins. The aircraft type’s fleet leader is Bel Air of Denmark, according to the manufacturer. Bel Air’s first AW189 has accumulated more than 600 flight hours performing long-range offshore transport missions for DONG Energy and Hess Denmark in the North Sea. The recent testing, from Sawyer International Airport in Marquette, Mich., was supported by the U.S. Army’s Aviation Flight Test Directorate, which dispatched a Boeing CH-47D modified to carry the Helicopter Icing Spray System and an RC-12G Huron that monitored ice clouds produced by the Chinook. In 2014, AgustaWestland conducted icing tests from February through April from Duluth, Minn.