Leonardo‘s AW109 Trekker light twin-engine helicopter was issued with type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2018.
The AW109 Trekker is based on AW109/Grand range of helicopters and is equipped with skid landing gear and Genesys Aerosystems “glass” cockpit. The cockpit display system provides pilots only with the necessary information to help reduce their workload, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
The AW109 Trekker is powered by two FADEC equipped Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C turbine engines.
The cabin can accommodate up to six passengers or one stretcher with three/four medical attendants or two stretchers and two medical attendants. Capable of single pilot operation, an additional passenger can be carried in the cockpit if required.
The AW109 Trekker has safety features including a cocoon-type airframe; crash resistant fuel system, crew and passengers seats, full category A / Class 1 performance in hot environments and a 30 minute ‘run-dry’ main gear box.
The aircraft is designed with a modular configuration approach in order to meet different needs, from single pilot VFR to dual pilot IFR.
A wide range of role equipment is available including a cargo hook, external rescue hoist, searchlight, external loudspeakers, FLIR (Forward Looking Infra-Red) camera, video downlink, snow skis and emergency floats as well as a wide range of interior layouts to meet various customers’ operational requirements.
The AW109 Trekker can be configured for roles such as EMS, SAR, law enforcement, utility, surveillance, and passenger transport and government duties.