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Bell-Agusta BA609 Tilt-Rotor

The AW609 Tilt-Rotor originally the Bell/Agusta BA609 is a groundbreaking aircraft that is poised to revolutionise point-to-point transportation.

By blending the speed, range, and altitude features of a fixed-wing turboprop with the vertical take-off and landing adaptability of a helicopter, this aircraft will provide unmatched efficiency.

Equipped with a pressurised cabin for flying above inclement weather, the AW609 will streamline travel time, offering the quickest mode of transportation for distances of up to 500 nautical miles.

Passengers will experience a luxurious and stylish journey on board this exceptional aircraft.

With the ability to soar at 25,000 ft and navigate through known icing conditions, the AW609 ensures that your travel itinerary remains unaffected by inclement weather.

Equipped with an advanced synthetic vision system and retractable, steerable landing light, this aircraft is prepared for flight at any time of the day or night.

Crafted from durable composites, the AW609 boasts a range of VIP seating choices for accommodating up to eight passengers, featuring a spacious 5 ft (1.52 m) high aisle for convenient entry.

Passengers can also enjoy added amenities like a refreshment centre and restroom for an enhanced flying experience.

Specifications

Crew

2

Capacity

6 to 9 passengers or 5,500 lb (2,500 kg) payload

Length

13.4 m (44 ft 0 in)

Wingspan

10 m (32 ft 10 in) (distance between prop-rotor centres)

Width

18.3 m (60 ft 0 in) rotors turning.

Height

4.6 m (15 ft 1 in) to top of fin.

Empty weight

4,765 kg (10,505 lb)

Max take-off weight

7,620 kg (16,799 lb)

Cabin height

4 ft 8 in (1.42 m)

Cabin width

4 ft 10 in (1.47 m)

Cabin length

13 ft 5 in (4.09 m)

Powerplant

2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67A turboshaft engines,

1,447 kW (1,940 hp) each

Main rotor diameter

2 × 7.9 m (25 ft 11 in)

Main rotor area

49 m2 (530 sq ft) each,

3-bladed prop-rotors

Performance

Maximum speed

509 km/h (316 mph, 275 kn)

Cruise speed

509 km/h (316 mph, 275 kn) maximum

Range

1,389 km (863 mi, 750 nmi) normal fuel

+

2,500 kg (5,500 lb) payload at 463 km/h (288 mph; 250 kn)

Ferry range

1,852 km (1,151 mi, 1,000 nmi)

Endurance

3 hours with normal fuel

Service ceiling

7,620 m (25,000 ft)

 Hover Ceiling out of Ground Effect

(HOGE)

1,525 m (5,003 ft)

G limits

+3.1 -1

Rate of climb

7.616 m/s (1,499.2 ft/min) at sea level

Disc loading

77.4 kg/m2 (15.9 lb/sq ft) max

Avionics

Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 package, including:

VOR

DME

ILS

ADF

Dual VHF radios

Rockwell Collins ALT-4000 radar altimeter.

GPS

TCAS

FDR

3 x LCD displays with standby instruments.

Rockwell Collins WXR-800 solid-state weather radar.

Sources

Agusta – AW609 Tilt Rotor

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