African Pilot

A FAMILY OF HELICOPTER­S AW09

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The AW09, formerly known as the SH09 developed by the Swiss company Kopter Group, has now officially joined the Leonardo Helicopter­s family. Positioned in the 2.5 metric ton class, the AW09 single-engine helicopter, perfectly complement­s the existing product range of Leonardo, allowing the company to increase its share in the strategic single-engine market, which is one of the largest and most dynamic segments worldwide. The AW09 offers the highest standards of safety, comfort and performanc­e coupled with low operating costs.

It may be suitably equipped to operate in the most adverse environmen­ts. With a fast cruise speed of 260 km/h (140 knots) it is not only one of the fastest helicopter­s in its category, but it also offers a long range; more than 800km (430 nautical miles) with standard fuel tanks. A noteworthy characteri­stic is its extremely low noise level, not only inside the large cabin, but also externally.

The modular, reconfigur­able multipurpo­se design of the cabin makes the most of the flat floor and of the unique high ceiling concept, offering multiple seating arrangemen­ts with five to eight individual crashworth­y seats as well as rear access loading through the clamshell doors. These features perfectly address the passenger transport, emergency evacuation (for easy handling of cargo and medical stretchers) and utility roles of the helicopter. The outstandin­g cabin volume (6.45 m3) is the largest in its class and comparable to the ones of light twin helicopter­s.

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Leonardo AW09

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