|BA609 flying in airplane mode|
|Type||VTOL corporate transport|
|Manufacturer||Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company|
|Maiden flight||March 6 2003|
The Bell/Agusta BA609 is a civil twin-engined tiltrotor VTOL aircraft with a configuration similar to the Bell Helicopter Textron/Boeing V-22 Osprey. It is being developed by Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company (BAAC), a joint venture between Bell Helicopter Textron and AgustaWestland.
In June 2005 it returned to flight tests, expanding the flight envelope and tilting the nacelles forward. On July 22, 2005, the BA609 performed its first conversion to airplane mode in flight being the first civil aircraft in history to perform this feat.
BAAC officials claim that 80 aircraft have been ordered.
- Crew: 1 or 2
- Capacity: 6 to 9 passengers/5,500 lb (2,500 kg) payload
- Length: 44 ft (13.3 m)
- Wingspan: 60 ft (18.3 m)
- Height: 15 ft (4.5 m)
- Wing area: ft² (m²)
- Empty weight: 10,483 lb (4,765 kg)
- Loaded weight: lb (kg)
- Useful load: lb (kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 16,800 lb (7,258 kg)
- Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67A turboshaft, 1,940 hp (1,447 kW) each
- Never exceed speed: knots (mph, km/h)
- Maximum speed: 275 knots (315 mph, 510 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 260 knots (mph, 465 km/h)
- Stall speed: knots (mph, km/h)
- Range: 750 nm (mi, 1390 km)
- Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,500 ft/min (7.6 m/s)
- Wing loading: lb/ft² (kg/m²)
- Power/mass: hp/lb (W/kg)
- The cost of the vehicle has not been announced; deposits are taken to reserve the right to purchase an aircraft. Final price is to be announced at least 24 months before first delivery.
- "At least US$10 Million" - Terry Stinson, then chairman and CEO of Bell Helicopters, in 2001.
- "Early orders were taken at a price of between $8 and $10 million dollars, adjusted to year of delivery. Those were all sold and, since 1999, orders have been at a price to be confirmed no later than 24 months before aircraft delivery" - Don Barbour, then executive marketing director, in 2004.
- Estimated operating cost: US$875/hour
- Dimension (Internal Cabin):
- Length: 4.09 m (161 in)
- Width: 1.47 m (58 in)
- Height: 1.42 m (56 in)
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