AgustaWestland2006-09-25 20:15:36

First AgustaWestland Grand Delivery To South Africa

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the delivery of the first Grand helicopter to the South African entrepreneur Mr. David Mostert. The aircraft is configured with a six passenger VIP interior. This is the third Grand ordered by South African customers. Orders for the Grand which was launched in July 2004 have now reached almost 100 aircraft.

The Grand is a new top-of-the-range light twin helicopter developed to meet a wide range of roles, providing the cabin space and payload that until now could only be met by larger more expensive helicopters. The Grand's spacious and easily accessible cabin features an unobstructed 2.30 m (7 ft 7 in) long passenger section and 1.40 m (4 ft 7 in) wide sliding cabin doors. The Grand's wide selection of interiors and equipment provides the versatility to accomplish missions such as corporate/VIP transportation, SAR, EMS, offshore operations, law enforcement and coastal patrol.

The Grand has a maximum take-off weight of 3,175 kg (7,000 lb). The combination of 608 kW (815 shp) new generation Pratt & Whitney PW207C turbo shaft engines with electronic control (FADEC) and an uprated transmission ensure outstanding performance, in both hovering and forward flight, including Full Class 1 operation. The resulting payload/range capability and the very high cruise speed make the Grand an unrivalled helicopter in its category.

For more information contact:
Lysander Rd
BA20 2YB
United Kingdom
Tel:     +44 1935 475222 (switchboard)
Fax:     +44 1935 702131


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