AgustaWestland to display four helicopters at Heli-Expo 2013
AgustaWestland will be displaying four helicopters on its stand at Heli Expo 2013. AgustaWestland will also be highlighting its family of new generation helicopters and its customer support and training services.
“With the AW189 and AW169 helicopters on schedule to be certified this and next year respectively, AgustaWestland comes to Heli-Expo 2013 with the most modern range of commercial helicopters of any manufacturer,” said Daniele Romiti, AgustaWestland’s CEO. “We will be exhibiting four helicopters configured for EMS, offshore transport, corporate transport and national security missions, demonstrating our ability to meet customer requirements, whatever their mission. We will also be highlighting customer support and training service initiatives that will enable our customers to enhance their mission capability and to continue to improve safety.”
This year AgustaWestland will achieve civil certification for its new generation 8-tonne class AW189 on schedule and next year it will achieve the same for the all new 4-tonne class AW169 helicopter.
Highlighting its strong and growing industrial presence in the United States, three of the four helicopters on display at Heli-Expo have been built in the United States at AgustaWestland’s facility in Philadelphia, where nearly 600 skilled staff are employed. The fourth helicopter on display at Heli-Expo, a GrandNew, was customised and completed by AgustaWestland Philadelphia having been assembled in Italy.
Making its Heli-Expo debut will be the AW119Kx, an evolution of the successful A119Ke. The AW119Kx features the Garmin G1000HTM Integrated Flight Deck system with an advanced avionic suite comprising a Synthetic Vision System with Highway In The Sky (HITS) depiction, moving map and a Helicopter Terrain Avoidance Warning System (HTAWS) with worldwide terrain and obstacle database. The aircraft on display will show an EMS configured aircraft for Life Flight Network, the launch customer for the AW119Kx. Life Flight Network signed a contract at last year’s Heli-Expo for 15 EMS configured aircraft.
The company will be showcasing a GrandNew helicopter configured as a VIP/corporate aircraft. The aircraft on display at Heli Expo will be the first corporate GrandNew aircraft to be delivered in North America and the first GrandNew to be delivered to a Canadian customer.
AgustaWestland will also be displaying its multi-mission AW139 National Security Helicopter demonstrator. The aircraft is fully mission capable for operations in the cold of Alaska and in the sub-tropical maritime environment.
A second AW139 aircraft will also be on display in the offshore transportation configuration.