AgustaWestland’s eight-seat twin-engine GrandNew helicopter began a six day demonstration tour of New Zealand on April 4. The tour started in New Plymouth on the west coast of North Island and will also include stops in, among others, Wellington, Dunedin and Wanaka before finishing in Auckland. During the tour, both existing customers and potential customers will experience the comfort, performance and capabilities of the GrandNew which can fulfill a wide range of civil and public service roles. The GrandNew features the most advanced avionics of any helicopter in its class while retaining the outstanding performance characteristics of the original Grand. The GrandNew is the first type certified light twin (CS/JAR/FAR 27) to enter service with a new EFIS featuring Synthetic Vision and the first helicopter in this class on the market fully compliant with the latest advanced global positioning system-based navigation requirements for all weather operations.
AW1144. Photo, courtesy of AgustaWestland
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