AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor ready to appear on the market in 2016

Tiltrotor AW609, developer which is an Anglo-Italian company AgustaWestland, appeared in 1996 as the Bell XV-15, which created together companies Boeing and Bell. After company Boeing withdrew from the project, its place was taken by Agusta, which merged with Westland and bought its stake at the office Bell. At the moment there are flight-testing of the machine. It is planned that the last time she will be certified and will be available civilian traffic.

AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor is ready to hit the market in 2016

So now, whether peresyadut South American government VIP'y on tiltrotor, so getting rid of the use of "flashers"?

There are two models of AW609, the maximum speed can reach 510 km per hour (airplane mode), the ceiling — 7550 meters, their big take-off weight is 7,620 kilograms. The crew includes 1 st or 2-pilots, cabin designed for 6-9 passengers. Compared with the military konvertoplanov have civilian and interior, and the cabin is sealed. Power 2-engines Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67A is 1940 hp each. Tiltrotor flight distance can be up to 1,296 km. Total flying prototype is 650 hours. At the moment we are building the third and fourth copies needed for certification.

Recall that the main advantage of konvertoplanov before the helicopter is the cost of the flight (in airplane mode). Potential buyers AW609 are the organizers of the VIP-transport (including in urban areas) and the oil companies. At present used for such transport helicopters flying hour are worth many times more than that of the aircraft, which has the same load.

However, do not reach the tiltrotor aircraft in streamlining everyday due to the fact that they have a longish blades and motors huge cross section to be even stronger than on the plane.

The developers claim that they could to a large extent solve both problems through the creation of a new laminar airfoil and the development of comparable small motors. With all of this in the process of piloting the airplane mode should be a bit more strict due to the stalling speed, which is associated with the use of economical and more than a high-speed airfoil.

AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor is ready to hit the market in 2016

Today, the main challenges are working off the autopilot for the machine. It must be emphasized that previously the company's ability to read as unmanned flight, at the moment neither the statements nor the certification schemes such, nothing anymore. You can imagine what exactly the difficulties associated with working off the autopilot, were the main factor, which Requests the creation of additional prototypes and inhibits the certification of aircraft.

Company AgustaWestland wants to get the certification of the Federal Agency of the United States of America in 2016. She said it has received more than 70 preliminary orders from individuals and private oil companies that have offshore drilling platforms.

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