When Agusta introduced the A109 in the mid-1970s, the company had specifically targeted the corporate market -- a bold move, untried by any of the other better known helicopter manufacturers. To address the go-anywhere-anytime demands of that new market, the aircraft was IFR-certified, multiengined and fast. The early models of the series -- the A109, A109 MkII and A109C -- were fitted with Allison 250-C20 engines. While that powerplant was the standard among light helicopters, most pilots ...

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