AW609 tiltrotor climbs towards 2018 certification

The third prototype of the AW609 tiltrotor aircraft is set to continue testing in the US

Since the resumption of flight testing in April last year following a fatal air crash in October, 2015 that claimed the lives of two test pilots, the third AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor aircraft prototype carried out several weeks of ground testing, which were followed by flight trials that involved full testing of avionics and all the aircraft’s systems. These were conducted at the company’s facilities in Italy, but the aircraft has now been shipped to the US, where icing trials are set to take place through the winter.

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