The unique characteristics of the AW609 TiltRotor combine the benefits of a helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft into one aircraft. Taking off and landing vertically, flying above adverse weather conditions with up to nine people in comfort in a pressurised cabin at twice the speed and range typical of helicopters, the AW609 represents the next generation of aircraft transport for civil (both private and commercial operators), government and para-public roles. This multi-role aircraft can be configured for passenger transport, search and rescue, law enforcement, maritime surveillance, training and government applications. The AW609 will be certified for instrument flying in known icing conditions and features a composite fuselage and wings, an advanced glass cockpit and full fly-by-wire digital controls. These advanced technologies will provide new levels of performance, reliability and affordability for future operators.
Maximise personal time by using the quickest method of travel from one location to another for distances between 50 and 500 nautical miles. Take off, accelerate rapidly, fly above the clouds in comfort landing vertically at your destination. Avoid the wear and tear of time spent in congested surface transport by flying direct to the centre of business.
The AW609 is the ideal platform to support long range surveillance operations and the control of illegal traffic, substances and immigration. The ability to operate up to 300 nm from the coast adds anti-piracy, protection of national waters and fisheries control to the wide range of security roles suited to the AW609.
» SAR 
The pioneering combination of hovering flight, speed and long range make the AW609 an unrivalled asset to government or private SAR operations. Response times shrink when it matters most, even in the exceptionally difficult emergency situations created by natural disasters.
» EMS 
Gain vital, fast connectivity when transferring patients and or organs between hospitals and specialist medical centres. In time-critical scenarios the AW609 also allows inaccessible places to be reached quickly enabling operators to achieve the previously unachievable. In the pressurised cabin the possibilities for expert medical intervention with a broader range of treatment options expand. Up to four medics might be caring for up to two stretcher patients in the fully medically equipped cabin.

Technical Data

Max take-off (VTOL) 7620 kg 16800 lb
Max take-off (STO) 8164 kg 18000 lb
Max useful load 2495 kg 5500 lb

Engine Rating (2 x Pratt & Whitney PT6C-67A)
Take-off power 1447 kW 1940 shp
Maximum continuous power 1249 kW 1675 shp

Fuel Capacity
Standard* 2470 lb 369 USgal

           * Unusable Fuel 50 l (13 USgal)

Pilots / Passengers 2 / 9

External Dimensions
Length (overall) 14.04 m 46 ft
Overall height 5.10 m 16.70 ft
Prop rotor diameter 7.92 m 26 ft

Performance (ISA - MTOW - pending certification)
Max demonstrated speed 616 km/h 333 kts
Max cruise speed 510 km/h 275 kts
Rate of climb n.a. m/s n.a. ft/min
Operational ceiling 7620 m 25000 ft
Max range (standard tanks) 1296 km 700 nm
Cabin pressure altitude 8000 ft 2438 m


  • Pressurised cabin
  • Fly-by-wire flight control system
  • Heated composite blades
  • Nine-seat interior with soundproofing


  • 3 Multi-Function Touch Screen Displays
  • Full IFR package
  • Flight guidance system
  • Flight management system
  • Global positioning system
  • Weather radar
  • ELT


AW609 Tiltrotor
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