Leonardo Helicopters AW139 – Operating Costs, Specifications, and Performance Data

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Summary

FULL AIRCRAFT NAME
Leonardo Helicopters AW139
AIRCRAFT NAME
AW139
AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER
Leonardo Helicopters
MAX RANGE (30 MIN RESERVE)
580 nm
SPEED
165 kts
PASSENGERS
15 people
ACQUISITION COST
$14900000
ENGINES
Pratt && Whitney Canada PT6C-67C 2
WINGSPAN
11.4 ft
IFR CERTIFIED
Yes

Aircraft History

In the mid-1990s, Agusta launched a series of design studies to determine the feasibility of using the dynamic system of the A129 attack helicopter for a medium twin-engine utility helicopter. Ultimately, this resulted in a new design, the Model 139, with a large rectangular cabin and an excellent power-to-weight ratio.
 
The AW139 is a medium twin-engine turbine helicopter that uses a five-bladed rotor with composite blades and two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67C engines with FADEC control. A four-bladed tail rotor provides directional control. The fuselage, which features a retractable tricycle landing gear, provides two compartments. The pilot compartment seats two. A Honeywell Primus Epic avionics system is used with up to four large LCD displays for flight, engine and systems information. The passenger cabin seats up to 15 passengers in a high-density interior with three rows of seating, using energy attenuating seats. Alternatively, the interior can be equipped with a five- or six-passenger corporate interior, or carry up to six stretchers and four medical attendants. In addition, the AB139 is able to carry up to 6,000 pounds externally.
 
The AW139 had its first flight early in 2001 and certification to the standards of both FAR and JAR 29 was obtained in 2004. Single pilot IFR and Category A certification was also obtained.