Prototype P4 is instrumented for load certification and is being used to increase the AW189's maximum take-off weight and demonstrate the aircraft's structural capabilities to the European Aviation Safety Agency.
AW189 prototype P4 on a test flight from AgustaWestland's Yeovil facility in Somerset on November 23, 2012.
AgustaWestland has completed the maiden flight of a production AW189. The twin-engined helicopter (I-RAID, c/n 49007) flew at Vergiate in Italy on October 10, 2013 and is due to be delivered to Bristow Helicopters before the end of the year. Two more AW189s are being assembled at Vergiate, while a second production line is being created at Yeovil, Somerset. More than 80 AW189s have been ordered, most of which will serve in the offshore energy support role.
AW189 protoype PP5 is the one non-instrumented prototype that is closest to a series production standard aircraft, and is likely to be used for instructor training in Italy this spring.
Еще одним дебютантом "Ле Бурже-2013" стал новый итало-британский средний многоцелевой вертолет AW189, первый прототип которого поднялся в воздух 21 декабря 2011 г. В настоящее время завершаются его сертификационные испытания, и с 2014 г. планируется начать поставки. На сегодня есть 30 заказов на AW189 из Катара, Великобритании, Малайзии и Азербайджана
Bristow Helicopters, the launch customer for the AgustaWestland AW189, began offshore operations with its first two aircraft in late July 2014, supporting a contract with oil and gas firm GDF SUEZ E&P. The company has six AW189s on order for offshore work, and 11 in search-and-rescue configuration to support a UK SAR contract from next spring. Two of the SAR AW189s have been delivered in kit form to AgustaWestland’s Yeovil factory in Somerset for final assembly, with first delivery expected in September to allow crew training to begin.
Pre-production AgustaWestland AW 189 l-PTFF (c/n 49005); the helicopter received its EASA type certificate on February 7, 2014.
One of the three AW189s used by Bristow Helicopters at Norwich Airport, Norfolk, for operational evaluation lands at Brighton, East Sussex, on May 13, 2015. The helicopter carried out a demonstration at the Tangent Link Search and Rescue (SAR) Conference there, after undergoing fuel burn tests at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset. On the previous day it was revealed by the Maritime Coastguard Agency at the conference that deliveries of the first four AW189s are being delayed because of de-icing issues encountered during the SAR certification process.
Bristow operates search and rescue helicopters from ten bases around the UK for the 25-year UK SAR contract, with two helicopters at each base. The AW189s are currently operated from Prestwick and Lee-on-Solent.
The AW189 SAR variant will play a pivotal role in the provision of search and rescue in the UK.
Issues with the ice protection system were reported to have delayed the AW189’s service entry but a 12-month operational evaluation carried out by Bristow has ensured the type has met the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s contractual specifications.
The eight-tonne AW189 is optimised for the onshore/offshore passenger transport role.
В полете вертолеты "Агуста Уэстлэнд": AW189, AW169 и AW139
The main features of the AW189 cockpit are four 8x10 inch colour active matrix liquid crystal displays with button-selectable menus that enable the crew to constantly monitor flight information.
The AW189's cabin design can be configured to meet customer specific requirements and is large enough to accomodate 12 to 18 passengers.