Two Dead After AW609 Civilian Tilt-Rotor Crashes In Northern Italy

Agusta Westland’s AW-609 tilt-rotor crashed in northern Italy
today, killing both pilots onboard. The crash occurred about 30 miles from the company’s airfield in Cascina Costa. The cause of the crash remains unknown at this time. The aircraft involved was the second AW-609 prototype built back in the early 2000s.
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Diamond's Hybrid Electric Quad Tiltrotor For Civilians Looks Pretty Amazing

Tiltrotors seem to be all the rage these days, with the first civilian example moving steadily closer to production. Even the White House is using them! And now, Austrian manufacturer Diamond Aircraft has announced plans to bring a hybrid electric tiltrotor to the civilian market, and they’re already teasing us with… »10/06/15 1:48pm10/06/15 1:48pm

First Civilian Tilt Rotor Sets Speed Record 

AgustaWestland’s new AW609 tiltrotor aircraft is still at least two years away from entering service, but we now have a better idea of just how fast this transformer for civilians is going to be. On a “point-to-point” journey from Yeovil, UK to Cascina Costa, Italy, the AW609 traversed the 721 mile route in 2 hours 18… »9/22/15 4:55pm9/22/15 4:55pm

Terrifying Image Shows Heroic Crew Trying To Keep Stricken Osprey Flying

This image from the Marine Corps shows a deadly event that occurred on October 1 last year. The crew flew the Osprey in maintenance mode by accident, which greatly reduced engine power output. The harrowing story of heroics and the loss of a young Marine’s life, is a must read in this article by the San Diego Union… »7/01/15 4:01pm7/01/15 4:01pm

Everything You Need To Know About The First Civilian Tilt Rotor Aircraft

The V-22 Osprey has dominated the rotary wing, vertical take-off market for years, but its only available to the military. Now, AgustaWestland is on pace to begin production of the AW609, the first civilian tilt-rotor, at its plant in Philadelphia while moving most of the flight test activity from Italy to the U.S. »3/10/15 1:29pm3/10/15 1:29pm