Pilots working for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have now flown the Leonardo Helicopters AW609 tiltrotor, matching their counterparts from the US regulator.
It is the first time EASA employees have piloted the tiltrotor, says Leonardo Helicopters.
Taking place at the manufacturer’s headquarters in Cascina Costa, Italy on 16-17 March, the familiarisation activities are a crucial step on the road to European certification for the platform.
Crews from the Federal Aviation Administration – the lead certification agency — wrapped up their pre-type inspection authorisation flight tests on 22 February.
Earlier this month, Leonardo Helicopters said it expected to receive US validation for the AW609 next year.