AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced today that it has completed the first customer demonstration flight of the AW609 to Chevron on February 25th The round trip flight began in Angels Stadium in Anaheim and continued off the coast of Southern California.
Flying Second-in-Command was Chevron pilot Patrick Nevin, who currently flies AW139s in support of offshore oil and gas operations.
The demonstration flight began with a high performance vertical take-off before converting into airplane mode. During the flight, the aircraft flew at speeds up to 220 kts demonstrating its high speed cruise capability. The maximum cruise speed of the AW609 is 275 kts.
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