Leonardo has begun flight trials of the third prototype AW609 commercial tiltrotor as it targets certification of the high-speed rotary-wing aircraft by 2018. AC3, took to the air at the former AgustaWestland company’s Philadelphia facility on Jan. 30, and had already completed several test flights by the time the company announced the news on February 9. The aircraft is the first AW609 to be assembled and flown for more than 10 yr. Leonardo is now focused on bringing the aircraft ...

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