Agusta BA609

Bell/ Agusta BA609

is a civil twin-engined tiltrotor VTOL aircraft. Agusta BA609 is developed by Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company (BAAC), a joint venture between Bell Helicopter and AgustaWestland.

Role : VTOL corporate transport
National origin : United States / Italy
Manufacturer : Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company
First flight : March 6, 2003
Status : Under development/flight testing
Developed from : XV-15

The first ground tests of the BA609 prototype began December 6, 2002 and the first flight took place on March 6, 2003 in Arlington, Texas. On June 3, 2005, having completed the ground-based testing, the prototype resumed flight testing and expansion of its flight envelope.

Agusta BA609 Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Capacity: 6 to 9 passengers/5,500 pounds (2,500 kg) payload
  • Length: 44 ft (13.3 m)
  • Rotor diameter: ()
  • Height: 16 ft 3 in (5.1 m) nacelles vertical; (21 ft 10 in (6.6 m) nacelles horizontal
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 5 in (11.7 m)
  • Width with rotors: 60 ft 5 in (14.1 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 25 ft 10 in (7.92 m))
  • Disc area: 981.75 ft² (98.53 m²)
  • Empty weight: 10,483 lb (4,765 kg)
  • Useful load: 5,500 lb (2,500 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 16,800 lb (7,600 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67A turboshaft, 1,940 hp (1,447 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 275 knots (315 mph, 510 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 260 knots (299 mph, 465 km/h)
  • Range: 750 nmi (852 mi, 1,390 km)
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,500 ft/min (7.62 m/s)
  • Disc loading: 15.8 lb/sq ft (77 kg/m²)
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