AW609 coming to a helipad/airport near you!

I have been following this project since 2010 when I first learned about it. Leonardo Augstawestland has announced that the 609 will be in production THIS WEEK!
The company says it will start building the first AW609 production model this week at its factory in Philadelphia.
If all goes as planned, the AW609 will gain Federal Aviation Administration certification by the end of this year and enter service sometime in 2020. Seating nine passengers and two crew, these unique hybrids fly thanks to turboprop propeller engines on the ends of each wing. Each engine swivels up or down, depending on whether the aircraft is hovering, landing, taking off or cruising across the sky.

The AW609 will be the first civilian Tilt Rotor out there, the AW609 took it’s first flight in 2003, unfortunately some accidents have happed. On 30 October 2015, the second of the two prototypes (N609AG), which first flew in 2006, crashed near AgustaWestland’s Vergiate facility in North West Italy, killing long-time test pilots Pietro Venanzi and Herb Mora, the aircraft broke up in midair after 27 minutes of flight, on a flight plan that included high speed testing. Investigators consider the most likely cause to be changes in flight control laws and tail changes. These led to a “Dutch roll” instability while diving at 293 kn where previously only 285 knts had been achieved. After the accident the Italians did seize one of the AW609s which is back flying.

The AW609 market will be for Medivac, Offshore Oil Operations and SAR. The cost of the AW609 will between $4 to $9 million dollars.


Wow! That’s really cool! I can’t wait to see these flying around!

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Oooooooo, nice… really cool!! I will love to see it in my home soporto once…

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Me too, it’s the next generation of flying I believe

So in a sence, it is just a civilian V22?

Kinda sorta, Its much smaller then the Osprey but it’s faster

So it’s a smallified V22?

A very different type of Osprey. Smaller, faster, different operations, different engines

Your helicopters confuse me.


  • 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 takeoff 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


  • 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

V-22 Osprey

General characteristics

  • Crew: Four (pilot, copilot and two flight engineers/crew chiefs)

  • Capacity:

    • 24 troops (seated), 32 troops (floor loaded), or
    • 20,000 lb (9,070 kg) of internal cargo, or up to 15,000 lb (6,800 kg) of external cargo (dual hook)
    • Growler light internally transportable ground vehicle[287][288]
  • Length: 57 ft 4 in (17.5 m)

  • Rotor diameter: 38 ft 0 in (11.6 m)

  • Wingspan: 45 ft 10 in (14 m)

  • Width with rotors: 84 ft 7 in (25.8 m)

  • Height: 22 ft 1 in/6.73 m; overall with nacelles vertical (17 ft 11 in/5.5 m; at top of tailfins)

  • Disc area: 2,268 ft² (212 m²)

  • Wing area: 301.4 ft² (28 m²)

  • Empty weight: 33,140 lb (15,032 kg)

  • Loaded weight: 47,500 lb (21,500 kg)

  • Max. takeoff weight: 60,500 lb (27,400 kg) (self-deploy/long runway)

    • Maximum rolling takeoff weight: 57,000 lb (STOL)
    • Maximum vertical takeoff weight: 52,600 lb[51] (23,859 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Allison T406/AE 1107C-Liberty turboshafts, 6,150 hp (4,590 kW) each


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Also the Osprey is Military with guns, the AW609 is civilian with no guns


Jokes aside, I get the point. I just am not a big Fan (pun not intended) of VTOL aircraft. So it is a little confusing.

All good, I shared the differences hopefully you can see all the big differences between the Osprey and the 609

I move forward the motion with the request to add an own Helicopter category to the IFC for @RotorGuy.

Very interesting to read, as always.

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mmmmm saucy I LIKE IT!

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Yooooo… that looks really amazing! Looks very sleek 😎

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You are awesome! Lol

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