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TH-119 obtains FAA IFR certification

19th July 2019 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Leonardo’s TH-119 helicopter has received IFR supplemental type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The certification allows pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions, using advanced avionics by Genesys Aerosystems and redundant helicopter flight systems.

Based on the AW119, the TH-119 is Leonardo’s bid to replace the US Navy’s fleet of aging TH-57 training helicopters. IFR certification is a core requirement for the replacement programme, also known as Advanced Helicopter Training System TH-73. The navy is seeking up to 130 aircraft under the programme.

Powered by the Pratt & Whitney PT6B engine, TH-119 has a rugged and durable metal airframe that allows airframe repairs to be conducted on-site. It features an adjustable observer seat that provides a full view of the cockpit enabling more effective learning even when seated in the back. Reinforced skids with removable shoes allow countless touchdown repetitions while ‘hot’ pressure refueling allows the fuel tank to be safely refilled without shutting the engine down.

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