Certification Flight-Test Work Nears For AW609

By Tony Osborne
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
December 02, 2013
Credit: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland is preparing for a ramp-up in the development of its AW609 civil tiltrotor as it moves toward the beginning of certification flights early next year.

The company, which bought out Bell Helicopter's share of the tiltrotor program back in 2011, admits progress has been slow on the project. However, officials point out that some of this has been due to preparatory work to boost aircraft performance and ultimately help lower the manufacturing cost when serial production of the aircraft begins in the coming years.

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