Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland today announced that the AW189 medium twin engine helicopter achieved FAA validation of its EASA certification, allowing deliveries and operations to begin shortly with customers in the United States.
The validation was received following US flight testing activities that took place in early 2015. The AW189 is ideal for long range and high capacity requirements for offshore,SAR, and corporate transport operations.
The AW189 super medium, designed to meet the growing demand for modern long range, high capacity and endurance capabilities, has become the outright market leader in its class with over 150 units sold, including framework contracts and options. Following EASA certification in early 2014 aircraft have already been delivered to customers in Europe, Asia and the Middle Eastincluding Bristow, Weststar Aviation Services, LCI, Gulf Helicopters and Bel Air.
The AW189 helicopter is part of AgustaWestland’s family of new generation helicopters that also includes the all new AW169 and the best-selling AW139. These helicopters all possess the same high-performance flight characteristics and safety features whilst sharing systems and cockpit common design philosophy. This approach facilitates synergies for operators of these models in areas such as training, maintenance and support. The AW189 benefits from an integrated and modern maintenance and training approach, advanced HUMS (Health Usage Monitoring System) technology and an ever expanding global network of service and spare parts centres.