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Sunday, March 6, 2011

AgustaWestland Shows AW169 While Fixing Future Vision on Tiltrotor

As AgustaWestland officially uncovers the AW169 for its initial run at Heli-Expo, CEO Giuseppe Orsi made a point Saturday of restating his company’s commitment to the tiltrotor, and the future of vertical commuter transportation. The AW169—unveiled for the first time at the Farnborough Airshow in 2010—is the company’s latest light-twin 4.5-ton commercial transport helicopter. Its first flight is planned for later this year with certification by the end of 2014 and deliveries beginning thereafter. But the real issue concerning Giuseppe Orsi and AgustaWestland goes beyond the immediate launch of this aircraft—several decades beyond, in fact. -By Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor  Full Story

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