AgustaWestland unveils new AW119Kx at AMTC
AgustaWestland has announced the launch of the AW119Kx, the latest version of the AW119 single engine helicopter, which features the Garmin G1000H glass integrated flight deck system and the very latest avionics, including synthetic vision, moving map, highway in the sky and obstacle/terrain avoidance systems, to improve situational awareness and increase safety.
Certification of the AW119Kx is scheduled in the first quarter of 2013. The new aircraft was officially unveiled today at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle, USA.
The first customer for the AW119Kx is Life Flight Network, which is set to receive all of the 15 units ordered for its air medical helicopter transportation requirement during 2013. These helicopters, provided with an customised EMS interior with two stretchers, will be based in the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Bruno Spagnolini, CEO, AgustaWestland said “The launch of the new AW119Kx highlights AgustaWestland’s commitment to the continued enhancement of its product range, both through the development of brand new models and installing the very latest technology into its existing products.”
Spagnolini added “With the AW119Kx we are introducing greater capability into the single-engine market, thanks to an unequalled combination of advanced avionics and best-in-class performance and capacity. We are delighted that Life Flight Network, one of the world’s leading air medical transport providers, will be using the AW119Kx’s unique capabilities to help it save lives every day.”
Michael Griffiths, Life Flight Network’s CEO said “Life Flight Network has become the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the Western United States. We were looking for a helicopter designed to provide exceptional speed and performance, proven safety, and a fully-equipped medical cabin supporting up to two patients. Our new AW119Kx helicopters, with the Garmin G1000H avionics package, including synthetic vision, met our high standards and will greatly support Life Flight Network’s lifesaving mission with the most modern, well-equipped fleet in the nation.”