CASCINA COSTA, Italy — AgustaWestland is planning to begin certification flights for its AW609 commercial tiltrotor in early 2014. The company is closing in on the end of envelope exploration trials using the first and second prototypes of the aircraft. The first is based in Arlington, Texas, and the second at Cascina Costa, AgustaWestland’s main test facility near Milan. Company test pilots are to finalize the type’s auto-rotation capabilities in the coming weeks before starting ...

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