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January 1, 2007
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE SPEED OF AN AIRPLANE and the maneuverability of a helicopter lies the Bell/Agusta Aerospace Co. BA609 civil tilt-rotor. This sleek, futuristic aircraft has the fuselage and tail of a fixed-wing jet, the wings and engines nacelles of a turboprop, and the mammoth blades of a... Read More »
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March 1, 2008
BELL HELICOPTER AND AGUSTAWESTLAND OFFICIALS remain committed to gaining certification of and fielding the BA609 civil tilt-rotor. But they may be doing so for a smaller market. The partner companies are working toward certification of the BA609 by late 2010 or early 2011. However, the aircraft s... Read More »
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November 1, 2005
Despite program delays and skepticism about the effects of the BA609's costs on potential markets, those with orders on the books say they're sticking with the civil tilt-rotor. DESPITE YEARS OF BA609 PROGRAM SLIPS, AIR CENTER Helicopters in Fort Worth, Texas, is holding on tight to its two orders... Read More »
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August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW AgustaWestland CEO Giuseppe Orsi wants the BA609 civil tilt-rotor flying again at Le Bourget in four years time. But he wants a customer to be flying it. By the next Paris Air Show in 2009, a BA609 will fly without restrictions on its normal flight envelope, Orsi (shown bottom left... Read More »
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July 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW How do you fit an air show appearance into a tight flight test program, even one as deliberate, shall we say, as that for the Bell/Agusta Aerospace Co. BA609? Make the show demonstration part of the test program is AgustaWestland s answer. That s what the company did to permit the... Read More »
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November 1, 2007
Bell Helicopter and AgustaWestland officials on the BA609 civil tilt-rotor program are less concerned these days about building infrastructure for rotorcraft operations in the United States and other key markets. BA609 leaders in the past have pointed to the need for a more concerted industry... Read More »
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July 1, 2005
Sikorsky Vows to Break `Pure Helicopter' Sound Barrier Sikorsky is challenging the conventional thinking that a rotorcraft cannot be built to exceed 200-kt. cruise speed without sacrificing the abilities that make a helicopter unique and valuable. "Today's top cruise speeds of 150-170 kt. are only... Read More »
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May 1, 2006
With the exception of Frank Robinson, a common refrain at Heli-Expo was "I could sell every helicopter I can build. I just can't build them fast enough." Not that anyone's really complaining. Heli-Expo 2006 in some ways felt more like an NBAA Show than the annual rotorcraft gathering. The exhibit... Read More »
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December 1, 2006
Chinook Tops EH101, S-92 in CSAR-X Race In the end, it may have been a matter of who could field the aircraft fastest. In a move that generally shocked the rotorcraft world, at least in North America, U.S. Air Force officials on Nov. 9 chose Boeing s CH-47 as the basis for their next-generation... Read More »
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June 29, 2011
AgustaWestland has bought out Bell s share in the BA609 tiltrotor program and is now expecting certification in 2015 12 years after the first flight with deliveries beginning immediately afterwards. After years of discussions, the two helicopter manufacturers have found an agreement that was... Read More »
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March 7, 2011
As much as AgustaWestland CEO Giuseppe Orsi showed exuberance, even impatience on Saturday in his desire to bring the BA609 online and begin to ramp up its much-delayed testing program, Bell Helicopter s CEO John Garrison was remarkably tight-lipped about his company s desire to achieve the same... Read More »
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February 9, 2007
Bell Helicopter reports it has received an order for another BA609 civil tilt-rotor from Hindustan Construction Co., the Indian newspaper The Hindu reports. The BA609 is a joint program of Bell and AgustaWestland. Hindustan Construction is reportedly the first Indian company to order a BA609. For... Read More »
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April 1, 2005
February's annual HAI gathering in California was a busy and productive event for operators and suppliers alike. Here's a rundown of some highlights. Airframes Talk of New Aircraft, Government Help A new species of eagle is soaring through the skies. She is the Global Eagle, the newest upgrade for... Read More »
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April 1, 2011
Financial Stake Bell has far more at financial stake than AgustaWestland (see BA609: Two Different Tones, page 14). [Bell CEO John] Garrison s focus is a Bell turnaround. The BA609 s niche market is of little importance compared with V-22 production and the Bell-Boeing relationship. Plus... Read More »
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March 6, 2011
By Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor 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... Read More »
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September 13, 2007
The market for corporate and VIP transport in Europe is the most promising market for the BA609 civil tilt-rotor being developed by Bell Helicopter and AgustaWestland. Bell s senior vice president of business development, Bob Fitzpatrick, told Rotor & Wing a recently concluded market study for the... Read More »
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July 7, 2008
Four months ago, Rotor & Wing told you that Bell Helicopter executives were doubting the size of the market for the BA609. It is developing that civil tilt-rotor with AgustaWestland. Bell senior vice president for marketing and sales, Bob Fitzpatrick, shared with us in the run-up to Heli-Expo that... Read More »
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September 1, 2005
Bell Beats Boeing, Aims for ARH Deliveries Next Year Bell Helicopter plans to start delivering Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter to the U.S. Army starting next year. The U.S. Army picked Bell in late July to build its next-generation armed reconnaissance and scout helicopter. Plans call for the... Read More »
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November 1, 2011
Bell has turned its tiltrotor attention to the V-22, as the manufacturer is in the final stages of selling its interest in the BA609 joint venture to AgustaWestland. Bell Photos Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison knew exactly what he wanted to talk about when sitting down for an Oct. 11... Read More »
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August 1, 2005
FOR JUST ABOUT A WEEK IN JUNE every two years, the aviation world is focused on the ramps and runways at the heart of Le Bourget. At that famed airport outside Paris where Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo transatlantic crossing nearly 80 years ago, the latest in fighters, airliners... Read More »
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