A revolution in aircraft performance
Faster. Further. Higher
The AW609 represents a revolution in point-to-point transportation by air, combining the speed, range, and comfort of a fixed-wing aircraft with the convenience and flexibility of a helicopter. The AW609 TiltRotor is ideally suited to a range of missions including VIP and Executive Transport, Parapublic, Medical and Rescue Services and Energy Services, delivering an unprecedented level of performance. Flying at almost twice the speed of a conventional helicopter, the AW609 features a comfortable pressurised cabin designed for cruising efficiently at 25,000 ft. Digital VFR/IFR avionics feature triple-redundant fly‑by‑wire controls to reduce pilot workload and maximise situational awareness.
The AW609 is designed for flight into known icing conditions and meets the highest FAA requirements for both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters including single-engine operation and autorotation.
Missions & Features
In time-critical scenarios 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 of patients or organs to medical centres.
Outstanding technology and safety
The AW609’s advanced Night-Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible Collins Aerospace Fusion avionics, with three touchscreen displays, enable greater situational awareness, while the fully digital, triple redundant fly-by-wire flight control system reduces pilot workload.
Exceptional cabin flexibility
The AW609’s wide cabin door and 600 lb hoist easily handle a rescue basket, while two stretchers can be quickly loaded thanks to the low entry sill. Uninterrupted medical care can be provided on board in the pressurised interior due to the smooth turboprop-like flight profile. Up to four medics can care for a patient in a fully medically equipped cabin.
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; Passengers 9 standard
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