Moving away from the norm, AgustaWestland plans to release the AW609, one of the first commercial tilt-rotor, vertical take-off helicopters. Previously, the V-22 Osprey comprised as the primary rotor aircraft for military use. In addition to the AW609’s vertical takeoff capabilities, this machine shares the qualities of both a fixed-wing airplane and a helicopter. With its de-icing system, heated composite blades, pressurized cabin, and fly-by-wire flight control system, this aircraft has increased capability to withstand harsh weather conditions. The AW609 can fly at a maximum speed of 510 km/h with a maximum range of 1389 km-2036 km. However, the nine-seat interior and soundproof cabin makes this helicopter more tailored for private and commercial operators.


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The Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, announced in March 2015 that they have stopped taking orders for their single engine product line and is considering selling it. Sikorsky is still producing the S-300 and S-333 helicopters at the Coatesville factory in Pennsylvania, but they have terminated the S-434 program due to technical issues. According to a spokeswoman for Sikorsky, the company is


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