Westland Helicopter

The Agusta/Westland AW189 is a twin-engined, medium-lift helicopter manufactured by Leonardo.

Agusta/Westland AW-189

Design and development

The AW189 is a medium-sized twin-engined helicopter with a five-bladed fully articulated main rotor, a four-bladed tail rotor and a retractable tricycle landing gear. It is powered by two General Electric CT7-2E1 turboshaft engines. AgustaWestland refer to the AW189 as being a "super-medium class" helicopter, emphasizing its suitability for long range operations. During development, the AW189 was designed to comply with the latest international regulatory safety requirements EASA/FAA Part 29, JAR OPS 3/EU-OPS.[Of particular importance to the type's use for offshore operations, such as search and rescue and services to the oil & gas industries, the main gearbox has been designed to provide for a 50-minute run-dry capacity, in excess of requirements and a unique feature to the AW189.Aspects of the AW189 are deliberately similar to the AW139 and AW169; these rotorcraft share similar flight performance characteristics, safety features, and design philosophies. Areas of the aircraft's operation, such as maintenance and the layout of the cockpit, also continue this concept, which reportedly makes operations more cost effective.


The cockpit features high levels of external visibility and advanced situational awareness technologies, and is designed to reduce crew workload and enhance safety.[ Avionics on the AW189 are fully integrated and include four color LCD panels, a 4-axis dual-duplex digital automatic flight control system, autopilot, search/weather radar, cockpit voice recorder, flight data recorder, night vision goggle-compatibility, health and usage monitoring system, moving map system, SATCOM, synthetic vision system, emergency locator system, helicopter terrain avoidance system (HTAWS), traffic collision avoidance system II (TCAS II), direction finder, forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera, and VHF/UHF radio. The avionics were designed to use an open architecture, making customer-specified upgrades and additions easier and enabling additional options

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In October 2013, the first production model performed its first flight; at the same time, work was proceeding on setting up a second production line for the type at AgustaWestland's center in Yeovil, United Kingdom.[4] In February 2014, the AW189 received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA);[10] the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its certification for the type in March 2015. In August 2015, civil certification for the AW189 was issued by the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC).

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Agusta/Westland AW-189

In July 2014, Asia-Pacific launch customer Weststar Aviation received its first AW189 in a ceremony at the Farnborough Airshow in Hampshire, England. In November 2014, Middle Eastern launch customer Gulf Helicopters formally launched their first batch of AW189s into operational service. In October 2014, Lease Corporation International (LCI) became the first aircraft lessor to take delivery of the AW189

Agusta AW-189: Specifications

  • History

    Role Medium-lift helicopter

    National origin Italy

    Manufacturer Leonardo



    First flight 21 December 2011

    Introduction February 2014

  • General info

    Status Operational

    Primary users Bristow Helicopters

    Gulf Helicopters

    Produced 2011-present

    Number built 30+

    Developed from AgustaWestland AW149


  • Performance

    Specifications click here

Agusta/Westland AW-189


In July 2013, AgustaWestland reported that they had received over 80 orders and options placed for the AW189. By March 2015, there were roughly 150 orders for the AW189


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