Leonardo AW189

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Leonardo AW189
The AW189 is equipped with powerful engines that enable it to achieve high speeds and excellent range capabilities. It is capable of flying at speeds of approximately 165 knots (305 km/h) and has a range of approximately 560 nautical miles.
With its large and comfortable cabin, the AW189 can accommodate up to 16 passengers in various seating configurations. The spacious interior offers ample legroom and headspace, providing a comfortable environment for passengers during long flights.
Designed to meet a wide range of mission requirements, the AW189 is highly versatile. It is suitable for offshore operations, VIP transport, search and rescue (SAR) missions, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), and more.
The AW189 is equipped with advanced avionics systems and state-of-the-art navigation equipment, ensuring safe and efficient operations in all weather conditions. Its modern cockpit design enhances situational awareness and pilot control.
Safety is a top priority in the design of the AW189. It features redundant systems and advanced safety features to mitigate risks and ensure the highest level of safety for passengers and crew.
Leonardo helicopters are known for their reliability and durability, and the AW189 is no exception. With rigorous maintenance schedules and quality assurance protocols, the AW189 delivers consistent performance and operational reliability.

Overall, the Leonardo AW189 is a versatile and reliable helicopter that excels in various missions, making it a preferred choice for operators worldwide.

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Technical Characteristics

The Leonardo AW189 is powered by two General Electric CT7-2E1 turboshaft engines, each capable of producing approximately 2,000 shaft horsepower (SHP).
Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW)
The AW189 has a maximum takeoff weight of approximately 8,000 kilograms (17,637 pounds).
Maximum Cruise Speed
It has a maximum cruise speed of approximately 165 knots (305 kilometers per hour).
The AW189 has a maximum range of approximately 560 nautical miles (1032 kilometers).
Rotor System
The helicopter features a five-bladed main rotor system and a four-bladed tail rotor, providing exceptional lift capability, stability, and maneuverability.
Equipped with advanced digital avionics systems, including glass cockpit displays, integrated flight management systems, autopilot, and communication/navigation equipment.
Cabin Configuration
The spacious cabin of the AW189 can accommodate up to 16 passengers in a comfortable seating arrangement. It can also be configured for specialized missions such as VIP transport, emergency medical services (EMS), search and rescue (SAR), or utility operations.
Cargo Capacity
In addition to passenger transport, the AW189 offers significant cargo capacity for carrying equipment, supplies, or other payloads as needed.
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Operational Characteristics

Offshore Operations
The Leonardo AW189 is widely used for offshore oil and gas operations, including crew transport to offshore platforms and rigs. Its long range, high speed, and large passenger capacity make it well-suited for supporting offshore energy projects.
VIP Transport
With its spacious and luxurious cabin, the AW189 is frequently utilized for VIP and corporate transport missions, providing passengers with a comfortable and efficient travel experience.
MEDEVAC/Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
The helicopter can be configured with medical equipment and outfitted for EMS operations, allowing for the rapid transport of patients to medical facilities in critical situations.
Search and Rescue (SAR)
Equipped with hoist and winch capabilities, the AW189 can conduct search and rescue missions in challenging environments, including overwater and mountainous terrain.
Utility Operations
The AW189 is capable of performing various utility operations, including aerial work, cargo transport, and external load lifting, making it a versatile asset for industries such as construction, firefighting, and logistics.

Overall, the Leonardo AW189 is a highly capable and versatile helicopter, offering exceptional performance, safety, and operational flexibility to meet the diverse needs of operators in sectors such as offshore energy, VIP transport, emergency services, and more.

MEDEVAC Versions

Westair Helicopters’ MEDEVAC versions of these helicopters are equipped with specialized medical equipment, including stretchers and medical kits. Specially trained crew members, including medical personnel, are onboard to operate effectively and efficiently during emergency situations.

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Medical Interior
The AW189 can be equipped with a specialized medical interior designed to accommodate medical stretchers and essential medical equipment. This interior includes:

• Secure attachment points for one or more medical stretchers, allowing for the safe transport of patients.
• Medical equipment cabinets stocked with essential supplies, including medical kits.
• Foldable medical seats or benches for medical personnel.

Communications Equipment
Communications Equipment: The helicopter is equipped with advanced communication systems to facilitate coordination between the flight crew, medical personnel, and ground medical facilities. This may include:

• Two-way radios or secure communication systems for real-time communication between the helicopter crew and medical personnel.
• Satellite phones or other long-range communication devices for communication in remote areas with limited terrestrial coverage.

Navigation and Safety Equipment
Navigation and Safety Equipment: The AW189 is outfitted with advanced navigation and safety equipment to ensure safe and efficient MEDEVAC operations, including:

• GPS navigation systems for accurate positioning and route planning.
• Weather radar and other meteorological instruments for monitoring weather conditions along the flight path.
• Terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) to alert the crew of potential obstacles or hazards.

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Patient Compartment
The AW189's cabin is configured to accommodate one or more medical stretchers securely anchored to the floor. The patient compartment is designed to provide ample space for medical personnel.
Seating for Medical Personnel
Foldable medical seats or benches are installed in the cabin to allow medical personnel to sit comfortably while attending to the patient. These seats may include safety restraints to ensure the safety of medical staff during flight.
Accessibility and Loading
The helicopter features wide cabin doors and spacious interior dimensions to facilitate easy loading and unloading of patients on stretchers. Additionally, the AW189 may be equipped with a winch or hoist system to facilitate patient extraction in remote or inaccessible locations.
Emergency Lighting and Accessibility
The AW189 is equipped with emergency lighting systems to ensure visibility and accessibility during nighttime or low-light conditions. Cabin doors are designed for quick and easy opening in case of emergency evacuation.