AGUSTA HELICOPTERS has achieved Italian certification of the latest member of its A109 family, the Power, just one year after it was first revealed at the 1995 Paris air show. The first of six helicopters is due to be delivered to launch customer Omniflight in September. Agusta claims to have further orders from unnamed customers, worth a year's production.

The Power features new 540kW (725 shp) Pratt & Whitney PW206 turboshafts with full-authority digital engine-control, and a wider cockpit and passenger cabin than those of previous A109s. A retractable landing gear, new bearingless rotor heads and all-composite blades are further innovations to the type.

Source: Flight International