AgustaWestland has a long history of designing and building helicopters. The company was founded in 1948, and within 5 years had already designed the Agusta-Bell 47G helicopter for civil use. In 1968 they introduced the Wasp, which became one of their most successful aircrafts. More recently, in 2005 they launched the AW109 helicopter to great success–the next generation of this aircraft is now on its way to becoming just as successful!
The AW109 Grand is a lightweight, twin-engine, eight-seat multi-purpose helicopter built by the Anglo-Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland. The AW109 Grand has been developed from the AW109 by lengthening the cabin and main rotor blades with different tip design.
The Agusta Grand is fitted with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C engines whereas its predecessor AW109E has two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206C engines. It originally entered service in 2005 and has since been a versatile platform that can be used for all types of activities including transport, search-and-rescue, and military roles.
The AW109 GrandNew differs with the addition of single Instrument flight rules (IFR), TAWS and EVS avionics.
The AW109 Trekker is a variant of the AW109S Grand with fixed landing skids; it was released in March 2016.
AgustaWestland AW109 Variants
Marketed as the AW109 Grand, has a lengthened cabin-upgraded civilian version with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C engines and lengthened main rotor blades with different tip design from the previous AW109E version.
Single pilot IFR, TAWS and EVS, with new avionics. Aircraft front section of the fuselage is made from carbon fiber to reduce weight.
AW109SP “Da Vinci”
Customised version of the AW109SP for Swiss Air Rescue, fixed landing gear.
Complete with fixed landing skids and equipped with a Genesys Aerosystems glass cockpit.
Agusta A109S Grand in Mexico
Agusta 109S Grand VVIP interiors with cabinet
Specifications (A109S Grand with PW207 Engines)
Data from www.leonardocompany.com
AW109 Performance & Specification
- Maximum speed: 311 km/h (193 mph, 168 kn)
- Cruise speed: 289 km/h (180 mph, 156 kn)
- Never exceed speed: 311 km/h (193 mph, 168 kn)
- Ferry range: 859 km (534 mi, 464 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 4,900 m (16,200 ft)
- Rate of climb: 9.3 m/s (1,830 ft/min)
- Crew: 1 or 2
- Capacity: 6 or 7 passengers
- Length: 12.96 m (42 ft 6 in) fuselage
- Height: 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in)
- Max takeoff weight: 3,175 kg (7,000 lb) internal MTOW
- Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C Turboshaft engine, 548 kW (735 hp) each
- Main rotor diameter: 10.83 m (35 ft 6 in)