AW609 TiltRotor completes autorotation trials

The AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor completes the autorotation trials progamme.
AgustaWestland AW609

AgustaWestland AW609.

The AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor has completed the series of autorotation trials successfully.

Between the end of March and early April, the aircraft performed ten dedicated flight hours that saw more than 70 power-off conversions from airplane mode to helicopter mode, flown from the Arlington, Texas facility in the USA.

The test were carried out under FAA supervision.

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The handling qualities of the aircraft exceeded expected characteristics seen during preparation in the engineering simulator in Arlington Texas.

The AW609 flight envelope expansion trials were completed in December 2013.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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