Leonardo AW109 Trekker gains EASA certificate

EASA has awarded the Leonardo AW109 Trekker its certificate and deliveries should start in the first quarter of 2018.

The AW109 Trekker is based on the AW109/Grand range of helicopters and is equipped with skid landing gear and the Genesys Aerosystems glass cockpit. It is powered by two FADEC-equipped Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C turbine engines.

The cabin is the same size as the Grand/GrandNew and can accommodate up to six passengers, one stretcher with three/four medical attendants, or two stretchers and two medical attendants.

The helicopter is capable of single pilot operation, which allows an additional passenger to be carried in the cockpit if required.

The AW109 Trekker can be easily configured for a wide range of roles and is the ideal solution for EMS, SAR, law enforcement, utility, surveillance, passenger transport and government duties.

Leonardo has orders for more than 40 AW109 Trekkers placed by customers worldwide.

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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