Second prototype AW169 makes maiden flight


The second Aw169 prototype performs first flight as first prepares for debut at Farnborough Airshow

AgustaWestland AW169AgustaWestland
has announced the second prototype AW169 helicopter, successfully
completed its maiden flight at Cascina Costa in Italy.

Meanwhile the first AW169 prototype
arrived at Farnborough in the UK
in preparation for its public premiere at the Farnborough International Airshow.

The first two prototypes will be
joined by another later this year and a fourth prototype in 2013. The AW169
programme is on schedule to achieve civil certification in 2014.

The AW169 is part of AgustaWestland’s family of new generation
helicopters that includes the AW139 and AW189 models. Launched at the Farnborough International Airshow in
July 2010, the AW169, now has orders for more than 50 aircraft so far from
customers worldwide.