14 Facts About AgustaWestland AW109


AgustaWestland AW109, originally the Agusta A109, is a lightweight, twin-engine, eight-seat multi-purpose helicopter designed and initially produced by the Italian rotorcraft manufacturer Agusta.

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Furthermore, hundreds of AgustaWestland AW109 fuselages have been manufactured by the Polish aerospace company PZL-Swidnik since the mid-1990s.

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The AgustaWestland AW119 is a derivative of the AW109, the principal difference being that it is powered by a single engine and has a fixed undercarriage.

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Work on what would become the AgustaWestland AW109 commenced during the late 1960s at the Italian helicopter manufacturer Agusta, which sought to design an indigenous rotorcraft suitable for commercial activities.

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In 2004, AgustaWestland formed a joint venture with the Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation for the support and production of the AW109 in China; by 2009, the joint venture was reportedly capable of performing the final assembly of the AW109 in addition to independently manufacturing major sections, such as the fuselage.

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In February 2014, AgustaWestland announced the development of the AW109 Trekker, an updated models.

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Akin to the prior models, the final assembly of the AgustaWestland AW109 Trekker is undertaken at sites in both the US and Italy.

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AgustaWestland AW109 is a lightweight twin-engine helicopter, known for its speed, elegant appearance and ease of control.

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AgustaWestland AW109 have promoted the type for its multirole capabilities and serviceability.

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In 2008, AgustaWestland claimed the AW109 to be "one of the industry's best-selling helicopters".

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The AgustaWestland AW109 has a forced trim system which can be readily and selectively activated by the controlling pilot using triggers located on the cyclic and collective which hold the control inputs at the last set position if activated.

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The AgustaWestland AW109 has reduced maintenance requirements due to an emphasis on reliability across the range of components used.

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Optional mission equipment for the AgustaWestland AW109 has included dual controls, a rotor brake, windshield wipers, a fixed cargo hook, snow skis, external loudspeakers, wire-strike protection system, engine particle separator, engine compartment fire extinguishers, datalink, and rappelling fittings.

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AgustaWestland AW109 is flown by a range of operators including private companies, military services, emergency services and air charter companies.

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