First Production AW609 Tiltrotor Takes Flight

The very first production AW609 tiltrotor, designated AC5, throughout the first flight. (Photo: Leonardo)

This first flight brings the world’s very first business tiltrotor more detailed to accreditation and shipment to the very first clients.

The Leonardo AW609 tiltrotor just recently reached a brand-new turning point, with the first flight of the very first production airplane from the business’s centers in Philadelphia on October 13,2022 The airplane, designated AC5, carried out as anticipated throughout the preliminary in-flight assessment of systems and basic handling and will be maintained by Leonardo for additional screening, client presentations and objective ability assessment and growth.

The AW609 is now an action better to ending up being the world’s very first industrial tiltrotor on the civilian and public markets and is set to change the business air travel sector. The AW609 is presently thought about, in reality, among the most substantial technological developments in the international air travel market and may lead the way for a massive diffusion of the tiltrotor platforms. It is likewise among the most sophisticated tasks of the Italian helicopter maker, which seals its position in this sector.

The tiltrotor is created to make use of the benefits of both helicopters and set wing airplane. The outcome is offered by the proprotor nacelles that can be oriented vertically to fly in helicopter setup and immediately turned forward, once the ideal speed is reached, to transform to a set wing mode in about 40 seconds. This conversion procedure transfers the lift from the rotors to the wing, without abrupt modifications in elevation or flight attributes as it occurs within an ideal conversion “passage” immediately handled by onboard computer systems.

The first flight of the very first production Leonardo AW609 tiltrotor in october, 13, 2022.

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” This incredible accomplishment contributes to a number of turning points for the AW609 program over the in 2015, through its technical development and throughout its public looks,” stated Gian Piero Cutillo, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters. “Together this affirms the level of maturity this groundbreaking program has actually reached and our qualifications to leader in the emerging quick rotorcraft domain. I thank our incorporated group of knowledgeable and dedicated individuals throughout our locations for making all of this possible, as they continue to work towards accreditation.”

The AW609 AC5 will now sign up with the other US-based model and the 2 in Italy, which are all presently associated with the last phases of screening activities ahead of the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) accreditation. To date, the program has actually logged almost 1,900 flight hours in the United States and Italy. As the model AC4 was obtained throughout the buyout of the job from Bell, AC5 is likewise the very first to be produced under Leonardo’s sole ownership.

In truth, as we currently reported, the AW609 was born as a joint Bell and Agusta task, the bachelor’s degree609, which flew for the very first time in 2003 as the very first civilian tiltrotor airplane. In the future, Bell took out of the task with Agusta, which in the meantime was rebranded as Leonardo Helicopters, continued the advancement with the strategy of presenting the AW609 on the marketplace in the mid-2020 s.

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The medical devices of the AW609 air ambulance interior mockup.( Photo: Leonardo)

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The medical devices of the AW 609 air ambulance interior mockup. (Photo: Leonardo)

As a matter of reality, Leonardo is debuting an air ambulance interior mockup of the AW 609 at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Tampa, Florida. The AW 609 includes a 35 – inch-wide primary cabin door that quickly accommodates client transfer from ground ambulance litter to the airplane’s medical pedestal. The cabin is big enough for one client and 4 medical attendants or more clients with less attendants.

“The airplane has actually drawn a great deal of attention, specifically in the EMS setup,” stated Sunick. “The capability to have a point-to-point high-speed vertical lift airplane with a pressurized interior to carry that organ is substantial,” he included while discussing making use of airplane in backwoods and for the co-transport of transplant organs and associated medical groups.

In rural applications, the AW 609 has the capability to rapidly transfer clients to the medical center with the most suitable level of care, consisting of unique requirements such as burns and eye injuries, according to Sunick. The cabin can be pressurized down to sea level, allowing a greater level of care to be administered to clients.


Stefano D’Urso is a self-employed reporter and factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A graduate in Industral Engineering he’s likewise studying to attain a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Electronic Warfare, Loitering Munitions and OSINT strategies used to the world of military operations and present disputes are amongst his locations of proficiency.

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