The third prototype AgustaWestland AW169 completed its maiden flight in November 2012.
AgustaWestland AW169 I-AWCN completed its maiden flight on January 31, 2013.
The AW169 is the third member of its manufacturer's new generation of helicopters, alongside the AW139 and the AW189.
The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s new Leonardo AW169 G-HHEM (c/n 69049) helicopter was delivered after Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) received European Aviation Safety Agency approval for its medical interior after a lengthy certification process. SAS has also delivered three more AW169s to other air ambulance operations around the UK.
Specialist Aviation Services delivered this AW169 to the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance in July 2017.
Swiss Air Rescue-Rega is to buy three AW169s that will feature a bespoke emergency medical services/search and rescue equipment installation developed with the helicopter’s manufacturer.
First to use the AW169 for HEMS in the UK in 2016 was the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
Airgreen AW169 I-ROBS flying in the high mountains of its typical daily operating environment.
Winching a rescuer and stretcher. Note the large sliding door that allows the stretcher to be brought into the cabin while the helicopter flies away, and the seated position of the helicopter technician, with his feet on the footboard.
In winching operations at high altitude in very cold temperatures, the AW169 gives the pilot plenty of confidence in maintaining its position even when operating with a single engine at heavy weight.
A HEMS crew. From left to right: a doctor from 118 Piedmont Health Service, a rescuer from CNSAS, a pilot from Airgreen, a helicopter technician from Airgreen and a paramedic from 118 Piedmont.
The first series production AW169 under assembly in Vergiate, Italy. There is a second final assembly line in Philadelphia.
10 мая 2012г. на заводе компании Agusta Westland возле итальянского г. Самарате состоялся первый полет легкого вертолета нового поколения AW169 (взлетная масса 4,5 т). Машиной управлял экипаж во главе с ведущим летчиком-испытателем Джузеппе Ло Коко (Giuseppe Lo Coco). В течение полутора лет на испытания должны поступить еще 3 прототипа. Завершить сертификацию AW169 запланировано в 2014 г. На машину уже поступило более 50 заказов.
В полете вертолеты "Агуста Уэстлэнд": AW189, AW169 и AW139
The cockpit features three large displays and, below, the two touchscreen displays, designed to provide an intuitive working environment for pilots..
A close-up on a display showing an image in synthetic vision, which in conjunction with the helicopter terrain awareness warning system aids the pilot's situational awareness.
The pilot can manage the touchscreen displays on the integrated display control unit by using a button on the cyclic pitch control.
A view of the passenger cabin in fully equipped HEMS configuration. On the left are the two front seats, at centre the stretcher, and the on right the two rear seats, with the stretcher in between.