By year-end, Leonardo hopes that after a decade in the making its AW609 commercial tiltrotor finally will be awarded certification and go on to steal a lead in the expected market for high-speed rotorcraft.

Further, the European manufacturer envisages a family of tiltrotor platforms from small unmanned systems to a 20-seater. Now, the company is gearing up for its Next Generation Commercial Tiltrotor Technology Demonstrator, which aims to further technologies that will help to develop and scale that lineup of tiltrotors.