AgustaWestland has selected the Curtis-Wright Controls Avionics & Electronics (CWC-AE) division to provide the AW169 with accident data and voice recorders. The “black boxes” were installed for the flight-testing phase of the new helicopter variant, “mounting directly to the airframe,” according to David Adams, co-chief operating officer for CWC. Shipments for the series product line are set to begin in 2013. Adams added that this is the first CWC-AE division’s technology in use for the AW169. The CWC Penny + Giles business unit will manufacture the products under this contract at its Christchurch, UK facility.