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Leonardo AW169 Receives EASA, ANAC Certifications

By S.L. Fuller | November 22, 2016
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Leonardo’s AW169 has been issued one European and one Brazilian certification. The light, intermediate, twin-engine helicopter received an increased maximum gross weight kit certification from EASA, and basic type certification by Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), the company said.

At the end of October, EASA granted AW169 approval to operate with 441 pounds of extra payload. Originally certified with 10,141 pounds of maximum gross weight, the helicopter is set to have 10,582 pounds of maximum gross weight. The increase also allows an extended range by 100 nautical miles. Retrofit capabilities will be available, and deliveries with the new weight are planned to start in the near future.

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Deliveries of the twin engine are also expected to start soon in Brazil with the new type certification. Twenty agreements have been signed for the Leonardo AW169 in Brazil already. Around the world, 150 have been signed. The helicopter has been selected for operations including air ambulance, corporate transport, offshore and utility. New technologies are featured in the rotor system, engines, avionics, transmission, and electric power generation and distribution systems.

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