Unveils New Generation Helicopter The AW189
By Jim Douglas
June 21, 2011 - AgustaWestland, has unveil the AW189, a new generation affordable multi-purpose twin-engine 8-tonne class helicopter designed in response to the growing market demand for higher payload, longer range and higher productivity.
The AW189 complements the modern range of AgustaWestland
commercial helicopters and will be certified in 2013 and
enter service in early 2014.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony Bruno Spagnolini,
CEO, AgustaWestland said ?It gives us great pleasure
unveiling the latest addition to our expanding
commercial helicopter product range here at the Paris
International Air Show.
demonstrates our commitment to offer the market the most
advanced, versatile and cost/effective helicopter in its class
by working in partnership with our customers to ensure the AW189
will meet their present and future requirements.?
with two General Electric CT7-2E1 engines, equipped with FADEC
and built-in particle separators, the AW189 will have class
leading performance. The aerodynamically efficient airframe,
rotor system and the innovative rotor blade design will ensure
the AW189 delivers low fuel consumption, high cruise speed and
an outstanding range capability.
factors will enable the AW189 to achieve low seat mile costs and
low fuel burn. The spacious unobstructed cabin is configured
with 16 seats as standard. Seating options include a high
density 18 seat layout or an ultra-long range 12-seat
configuration with a number of forward and backward facing
A mix of
seats, mission consoles, dedicated equipment and litters can be
installed according to the operational requirement. A modular
fuel system, that is quick to fit and remove, ensures the
optimum mission specific tradeoff between passengers and
distance can be achieved. Exceptional external visibility and
the deployment of the latest in avionics technology make the
AW189 the pilot?s choice.
architecture avionics suite includes a fully digital glass cockpit with
four 8? x 10? displays (AMLCD), a 4-axis dual-duplex digital automatic
flight control system (DAFCS) and dual Flight Management System (FMS).
All contribute to minimising pilot workload during VFR/IFR flight.
Single pilot IFR certification is a design objective. The avionics suite
is suitable for the NextGen satellite-based IFR navigation (with
vertical navigation and precision approaches) and advanced communication
and surveillance requirements.
The AW189 sets new
standards in situational awareness in low visibility flying conditions
and 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 AW189 will
meet the very latest international regulatory safety requirements (EASA
/ FAA Part 29, JAR OPS 3 / EU-OPS). Structural crashworthiness has been
a priority in the design of the airframe, fuel system and seats. The
helicopter main gearbox will have a 30 min ?dry-run? capability and Cat.
A, PC1 / PC2e performance will allow take-offs and landings with high
payloads and superior safety margins.
design, incorporating the latest in advanced situational awareness
technologies, will reduce crew workload and enhance safety. In the event
of an emergency landing or ditching, seats are aligned with large
push-out windows maximizing egress speed. There is an emergency exit
window for every two passengers.
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. A limited number of components are subject to overhaul
and retirement. Maintenance operations have been optimized to reduce
downtime for flight intensive schedules.
of advanced diagnostic tools to continuously monitor the health of
systems provides additional safety and reduced aircraft down time. The
AW189 will benefit from the extensive and expanding AgustaWestland
worldwide support network already serving the offshore oil and gas
array of simulator and training devices will progressively be made
available to serve the worldwide AW189 customer base. The AW189 is
optimized for the long range, deep water missions typical of current and
evolving offshore oil and gas support operations, but that are equally
relevant to several other missions including long range SAR.
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