A revolution in aircraft performance
The AW609 is a multirole powered lift aircraft with the speed, range and altitude of a fixed-wing turboprop airplane and the vertical take-off and landing versatility of a helicopter. This revolutionary combination, along with the comfort of a pressurized cabin enabling high altitude flight above bad weather, makes the AW609 tiltrotor an unrivalled aircraft.
Missions & Features
VIP passengers can avoid the traffic and delay of driving to and from the airport, thanks to the true point-to-point transportation provided by the AW609, maximising time and simplifying travel. The pressurised cabin and smooth low vibration levels cruise ensure passengers arrive are fully refreshed and ready for the next meeting or holiday.
Capable of flying at 25,000 ft and into known icing conditions, the AW609 won’t let bad weather ruin your travel plans. The aircraft is ready for flight day or night, thanks to an advanced synthetic vision system and retractable, steerable landing light to show the way.
Exceptional cabin flexibility
Manufactured from high-strength composites, the AW609’s cabin offers a variety of VIP seating options to allow up to eight passengers, with a 5 ft (1.52 m) high aisle to ensure easy access. A refreshment centre and bathroom are available to further enhance the experience.
High levels of personalisation are a hallmark of the AW609. Experienced design teams, who have been working for years with customers around the world, offer specialist advice on the perfect mix of features and high-quality furnishings.
The AW609’s combination of fixed and rotary-wing performance greatly improves response times and coverage area during Search and Rescue (SAR) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) missions. Its speed and range easily overcome the challenge of distance for rapid transport to medical centres. This capability also makes the AW609 ideal for transferring patients or organs between hospitals.
The AW609’s advanced Night-Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible Collins Aerospace Fusion avionics, with three touchscreen displays, enable greater situational awareness, while the digital fly-by-wire flight control system reduces pilot workload.
Exceptional cabin flexibility
The AW609’s wide cabin door and 600 lb hoist easily handles a rescue basket, while the low entry sill enables 2 stretchers to be quickly loaded. The pressurised, medically equipped interior and smooth turboprop-like flight profile facilitate the provision of uninterrupted medical care on board.
The AW609 Advantage
In the precious moments following a traumatic injury, when urgent care is needed to prevent irreversible damage or loss of life, the AW609 is an invaluable asset. The AW609 can take off vertically, like a helicopter, and then accelerate up to 275 ktas to quickly arrive on scene – far exceeding the capacity of a rotary-wing aircraft. Similarly, the AW609 may fly Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) to ranges up to 1,000nm at 25,000 ft in pressurised comfort through icing conditions, like a fixed-wing aircraft, descending directly to sea level, holding a hover to conduct hoist operations – unlike any fixed wing platform.
As rigs move further offshore, the AW609’s high speed and long range will set new standards for vertical lift. This revolutionary capability can open up new remote exploration, eliminate mixed fleets and provide a faster response in the delivery of time-critical parts and personnel.
To meet the demanding requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 25 and Part 29, and new tiltrotor-specific standards, the AW609 is designed with Transport Category performance, One Engine Inoperative (OEI) and autorotation capability, 30-minute run-dry transmissions, and an ice-protection system.
Exceptional cabin flexibility
The AW609 can accommodate up to nine passengers in the safety and comfort of its pressurised cabin. This flexible layout can easily be reconfigured with two stretchers and medical gear to support an emergency evacuation.
The AW609 maximises rig-crew productivity with flight times typically half of those of conventional helicopters, while its capability to fly into known icing conditions above bad weather allows minimum disruption to operations to offshore helipads and ship decks.
The AW609 is the next generation of point-to-point transportation for para-public and government missions. This multi-role aircraft can be configured for numerous applications such as Homeland Security, VIP, Utility, Special Operations, Naval and Personnel Recovery.
The AW609 is the ideal platform for counterterrorism, quick reaction force insertion/extraction, hostage rescue, incident management and law enforcement. The ability to operate more than 300nm from the coast adds border and maritime patrol, long-range surveillance, anti-piracy, protection of national waters and fisheries control to the wide range of security roles suited to the AW609’s large mission portfolio.
Special operators need special capabilities like the AW609’s high speed, long range, vertical and/or short take-off and landing (V/STOL), and low inherent noise signature. These capabilities enable long-range resupply or deep insertion/extraction of reconnaissance teams under cover of darkness.
The AW609’s versatility enables it to meet a variety of Personnel Recovery missions including: Search and Rescue (SAR), casualty/medical evacuation and humanitarian relief operations. The ability to quickly fly recovered personnel directly to the appropriate medical facility in the safety and comfort of a pressurised cabin represents a unique advantage.
Max Gross Weight
8 tonne class 18,000 lb class
over 2,721 kg/over 6,000 lbs
2x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67A
14.1 m (46 ft)*
HEIGHT VTOL Mode
5.1 m (16 ft 9 in)*
18.3 m (60 ft)*
Crew: 2; Passenger 9 standard or
12 high density (government use)
Max Cruise Speed
500 km/h 270 ktas
3,048 m 10,000 ft
1,828 m 6,000 ft
1,389/1,852 km 700/1,000 nm
*with aux. fuel
Service Ceiling (ISA)
7,620 m 25,000 ft