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AW609 Pilots Receive Prestigious Kincheloe Award

By Staff Writer | December 11, 2014

Adrian Board, president and CEO of AgustaWestland Tilt Rotor, has announced that three of the company’s pilots are the recipients of the Iven C. Kincheloe Award from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP). Paul Edwards, Pietro Venanzi and Dan Wells were selected on Sept. 27 for their work with AW609 program.

SEPT established the Iven C. Kincheloe award in 1958 to recognize “outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight testing.”

Edwards, Venanzi and Wells will share the award for a series of tests they conducted aboard the tilt rotor during FAA civil certification activities, specifically the full wind-milling and autorotation envelopes, which earlier in 2014 marked another major achievement for the development of the world’s first civil tiltrotor.

The AW609 flight testing aircraft have so far logged over 1,000 hours, and a third aircraft now in final assembly will soon join the program as development continues towards FAA civil certification.

The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is an international organization that seeks to promote air safety and contributes to aeronautical advancement by promoting sound aeronautical design and development; interchanging ideas, thoughts and suggestions of the members, assisting in the professional development of experimental pilots, and providing scholarships and aid to members and the families of deceased members.

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