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AW109 Trekker ready to enter US market

19th March 2019 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Leonardo’s AW109 Trekker light twin helicopter has received FAA type certification clearing the way for its entry into the US market.

The AW109 Trekker maintains the AW109 Grand airframe and offers greater payload. The aircraft features skid landing gear and Genesys Aerosystems’ glass cockpit. It is powered by two FADEC equipped Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C turbine engines.

The helicopter can accommodate up to six passengers or one stretcher with three/four medical attendants or two stretchers and two medical attendants. Capable of single pilot operation, an additional passenger can be carried in the cockpit if required. The aircraft’s safety features include a cocoon-type airframe, crash resistant fuel system, crew and passengers seats, full Cat A/Class 1 performance in hot environments and a 30 minute ‘run-dry’ main gear box.

The aircraft has been designed with a modular configuration approach in order to meet different needs, from single pilot VFR to dual pilot IFR. A wide range of role equipment is available including a cargo hook, external rescue hoist, searchlight, external loudspeakers, forward looking infra-red camera, video downlink, snow skis and emergency floats as well as a wide range of interior layouts to meet operational requirements.

The AW109 Trekker can be deployed to perform emergency medical service, law enforcement, utility and passenger transport operations.

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