Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
16 July 2014
22 December 2011
EUR€25 million (USD$26 million)
HeliVert and Leonardo Helicopters* (*) lead contractor
Parent System: AW189
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 16 July 2014
Maiden Flight: 22 December 2011
Total Production: 273
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Description: The AgustaWestland AW189 is a twin-engine, 8-ton class multi-purpose helicopter designed in response to the growing market demand for higher payload, longer range and higher productivity. The aircraft is well suited for offshore transport, search and rescue, passenger transport and a variety of commercial missions. The AW189 is powered by two General Electric CT7-2E1 engines equipped with FADEC and built-in particle separators. Each engine is rated at 1,625-shp of power at takeoff. Its advanced avionics are intended to minimize pilot workload and single pilot IFR certification is also underway for the AW189 helicopter. AgustaWestland unveiled the AW189 at the Paris Air Show in June 2011. Aircraft certification was carried out in 2013 and first customer, Weststar, took delivery of the AW189 helicopter at the Farnborough International Airshow on July 16, 2014.
The AW189 airframe is aerodynamically efficient and the rotor design will ensure low fuel consumption, high cruise speed and an outstanding range. The spacious unobstructed cabin is configured with 16 seats as standard with an optional high density layout for 18 seats. With a 12 seats layout the aircraft can enjoy of ultra long range. The open architecture avionics suite includes a fully digital glass cockpit with four 8x10 inches displays (AMLCD), a 4-axis dual-duplex digital automatic flight control system (DAFCS) and dual Flight Management System (FMS). The avionics suite is compatible with the NextGen satellite-based IFR navigation and advanced communication and surveillance requirements. The AW189 has an all weather capability thanks to its Synthetic Vision System, which emulates the surrounding topography, and to the Enhanced Vision System which sees through darkness, smoke, dusk and light fog, further improving operational safety.
The aircraft's airframe, fuel system and seats has been designed to deliver the best structural crashworthiness and overall will meet the latest international safety requirements such as EASA/FAA Part 29, JAR OPS3 and EU-OPS. The main gearbox will have a 30 minutes dry-run capability. The AW189 will carry out takeoffs and landing with high payloads within safety margins. There is an emergency exit window for every two passengers. Emergency floatation aids enable the AW189 to remain stable in up to sea state 6 conditions, while life rafts are positioned for access directly from the helicopter cabin. The aircraft also incorporates advanced diagnostic tools to continuously monitor the health of systems. The air conditioning can operate with the power supplied by the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) without the main engines running.
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