AW169 in a big­ger en­ve­lope

Pilot - - PILOT NOTES -

Leonardo-fin­mec­ca­nica is ex­pand­ing the flight en­ve­lope of the AW169. Flight tests, sched­uled to take place in Leadville, Colorado, will de­ter­mine sin­gle-en­gine Cat­e­gory A per­for­mance in hot-and-high con­di­tions. The AW169 is cer­ti­fied to 15,000ft. “We’ve done test­ing at 20,000ft, but not Cat A,” says test pi­lot Chris Hy­der. The hot-and-high tri­als will fin­ish with an eval­u­a­tion by pi­lots from EASA, which cer­ti­fied the AW169 in 2015. FAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is ex­pected this year, and Us-as­sem­bled AW169S will start com­ing off the com­pany’s Philadel­phia pro­duc­tion line in 2018.

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