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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

AgustaWestland AW109 Trekker – Now With Skids

By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief

Heli-Expo, Anaheim – During the afternoon on Tuesday AgustaWestland introduced what CEO Daniele Romiti called the new member of the AW109 family, the light twin AW109 Trekker. Dancers from Circque du Soleil, whose representation of rugged dance, heralded the unveiling of the helicopter.

 

AW109 Trekker unveiling at Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim. Photo by Andrew Drwiega

 

Geoff Hoon, managing director for international business, said that there had been market “pressure for a rugged, reliable and as cheap as it is going to be” helicopter. The production aircraft will be based on the cabin of the AW109 Grand.

Bob Price confirmed that the AW109 Trekker would be initially built at the company’s Philadelphia facility in the U.S., another addition to the already promised AW169. The aircraft would be certified this year and its first flight would be in 2015.

Hoon said that customers had been pressurizing the OEM for a version of the AW109 with skids.

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