Leonardo TH-119 avion­ics pow­ered up

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Leonardo’s Philadel­phia fa­cil­ity has con­ducted the first ‘power on’ of the TH-119’S new Ge­nesys Aerosys­tems IFR avion­ics. The TH119, which is ex­pected to fly this au­tumn and gain FAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in the first quar­ter of 2019, is a vari­ant of the com­mer­cial AW119 de­signed for mil­i­tary train­ing, and is con­fig­ured pri­mar­ily to meet US Navy re­quire­ments.

Leonardo says that the Ge­nesys Aerosys­tems cock­pit will give flex­i­bil­ity to in­struct from ei­ther seat, and that the TH-119 is the only sin­gle-vari­ant, sin­gle­con­fig­u­ra­tion he­li­copter which can ac­com­plish ev­ery­thing from the most ba­sic VFR train­ing flights (hov­er­ing, full au­toro­ta­tions) to ad­vanced train­ing flights (NVG, in­stru­ments, tac­tics, hoist, cargo hook, ship­board land­ings).

Ad­di­tional fea­tures in­clude a 180° ad­justable trainer ob­ser­va­tion seat at the base of the in­stru­ment panel giv­ing the oc­cu­pant a full view of the cock­pit; full night vi­sion de­vice (NVD)com­pat­i­ble cock­pit and cabin with high-vis­i­bil­ity cock­pit doors and a low-pro­file in­stru­ment panel to en­sure max­i­mum vis­i­bil­ity from the cock­pit; re­in­forced skids with re­place­able shoes which sup­port the mul­ti­ple rep­e­ti­tions of touch­down train­ing ma­noeu­vres; cargo hook and hoist op­tions for helilift train­ing; and a five-cell fuel op­tion pro­vid­ing more than five hours of flight time, with a pres­sure re­fu­elling port that re­duces down­time and per­mits ‘hot’ re­fu­elling with the en­gine run­ning.

ABOVE: Ge­nesys Aerosys­tems IFR panel

The TH-119 is ex­pected to gain cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Q1 2019

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