Leonardo TH-119 avionics powered up
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