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AIRCRAFT PROGRAM

Leonardo AW609

Lift typeTilt-rotor
Construction typeFactory-built
Control typePiloted
Engine typeTurboshaft
ApplicationBusiness
Final assembly Philadelphia (Northeast)
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The fuselage is aluminium with skin and wing formed of composites. The fuselage skin incorporates graphite stringers and Toray composites, as do the wing and nacelles.

The T tail configuration has conventional elevators and no rudder. The horizontal tailplane can be raised above the rotor wake to minimise pitching at transition phase.

Size of wing determined by fuel requirement vs centre of gravity and safety. It has two-segment, trailing edge flaperons.

Titanium/composites cross shafts keep both proprotors turning in event of single engine failure. A manual screw jack facility enables the proprotors to be tilted into helicopter mode if cross shafts fail.

Type variants

Variant Launch/First flight Production end  
Leonardo AW609 1997 / 2003 Light utility tiltrotor, formerly known as BA609 due to prior Boeing influence.

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Operations data

For detailed information about current charter operators, maintenance and training providers, and completions services for this aircraft, please consult our sister publication Business Air News: AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor

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Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. Analysis Prepreg: Primary structure materials consisting of 350F curing 3900-2 series highly toughened epoxy prepregs including T800H [ IM ] carbon fiber UD plus Standard modulus carbon fiber and glass fabric material forms.

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