Second prototype AW169 makes maiden flight

AgustaWestland AW169AgustaWestland
has announced the second prototype AW169 helicopter, successfully
completed its maiden flight at Cascina Costa in Italy.

Meanwhile the first AW169 prototype
arrived at Farnborough in the UK
in preparation for its public premiere at the Farnborough International Airshow.

The first two prototypes will be
joined by another later this year and a fourth prototype in 2013. The AW169
programme is on schedule to achieve civil certification in 2014.

The AW169 is part of AgustaWestland’s family of new generation
helicopters that includes the AW139 and AW189 models. Launched at the Farnborough International Airshow in
July 2010, the AW169, now has orders for more than 50 aircraft so far from
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: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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