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EASA pilots fly AW609 tiltrotor for 1st time

By Vertical Mag | March 24, 2023

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Pilots from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have flown the Leonardo AW609 tiltrotor for the first time. The flights took place on March 16 and 17 in Cascina Costa di Samarate, Italy, and were part of the first round of EASA’s familiarization activities for the AW609 certification program.

The landmark flight with the European regulator took place in Cascina Costa di Samarate, Italy. Leonardo Photo

The event followed the completion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) pre-Type Inspection Authorization flight test activities, which were wrapped up on Feb. 22.

EASA and Leonardo test pilots leave the AW609 after completing the first flight in the type for the regulator’s pilots. Leonardo Photo

Leonardo said the EASA flight was another key milestone for the AW609 program, representing “an important step forward in the final stages of the certification process.” It added that the flight enables the AW609 program to “keep the right pace on the validation process,” together with the FAA certification path — which will be the first certification achieved for the long-awaited tiltrotor.

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