The prototype AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter made its first flight in December 2011, ahead of schedule. The aircraft was launched at the 2011 Paris Air Show. AgustaWestland aims to achieve civil certification for the AW189 in 2013 and to start deliveries in early 2014. The first prototype will be used for avionics systems testing and certification of offshore equipment options, while the second prototype, set to fly this year, will be dedicated to a “load survey” program. The AW189 design ...


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