Monday, April 13, 2015
AgustaWestland Announces AW609 Interior Competition, AW119Kx Training and Fleet Management Solution
AgustaWestland has launched the second edition of its “Flydeas for the City” initiative, within the framework of the ‘Energy for Creativity’ Exhibition-Event that was officially opened today by INTERNI magazine in Milan. The initiative invites design studios to compete for the chance to develop an all new, advanced corporate cabin interior for the AW609 TiltRotor.
It highlights AgustaWestland’s desire to innovate and develop new cabin interior concepts, drawing on ideas beyond the usual interior design players and leading fashion design houses. The winner of the competition will be announced in October this year.
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AgustaWestland’s North American government business unit, along with Bristow Group, Doss Aviation and Rockwell Collins, are in discussions to form a consortium to develop a turn-key solution addressing the rotary-wing pilot training needs of U.S. military and government customers. The solution would provide for total life-cycle support and cost management around the Philadelphia-built AW119Kx, and would include provision of training helicopters, simulators, ground instruction, fleet management and maintenance of the aircraft.
This support model offers a distinct advantage to military and government customers in that they no longer have to incur the significant costs associated with acquiring this new technology fleet, nor the infrastructure to support it.
The prospective solution set was announced at the U.S. Navy League’s Sea, Air, Space exposition in Washington, D.C. The solution has been briefed to the U.S. Navy to address its future pilot training needs.