Light-singles ‘not a priority’, says Leonardo Helicopters chief

Leonardo Helicopters has frozen plans to introduce the AW009 – an upgraded and US-certificated version of the SW-4 produced by its PZL Swidnik subsidiary – and instead will concentrate on its core range.

The manufacturer unveiled the rebranded AW009 in 2016, proposing a more powerful Rolls-Royce M250-C30P engine and a new Genesys Aerosystems cockpit. US Federal Aviation Administration certification was being sought for the modified light-single.

But speaking on a pre-Heli-Expo briefing call, divisional managing director Gian Piero Cutillo said the project had now “moved to the right”, noting that “it is not a priority”.

He declines to specify when the programme might resume, but says it is unlikely to be in the medium term.

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