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Bell/Agusta BA609

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BA609 airplane mode.jpg
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.[1]


Picture of 2nd prototype in helicopter mode

The first ground tests of the BA609 prototype began December 6, 2002. The first flight took place on March 6 2003 in Arlington (Texas/USA) with Roy Hopkins and Dwayne Williams as test pilots.

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.[citation needed]

Certification of the aircraft is expected in 2010.[citation needed]

BAAC officials claim that 80 aircraft have been ordered.[citation needed]


Parked BA609 prototype displaying helicopter mode

Data from The International Directory of Civil Aircraft, 2003-2004[1] and the Bell/Agusta Brochure[2]

General characteristics

  • 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:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67A turboshaft, 1,940 hp (1,447 kW) each



  • 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.[3]
    • "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.[4]
  • Estimated operating cost: US$875/hour[citation needed]

Interior Measurements

  • Dimension (Internal Cabin):
    • Length: 4.09 m (161 in)
    • Width: 1.47 m (58 in)
    • Height: 1.42 m (56 in)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Frawley, Gerard: The International Directiory of Civil Aircraft, 2003-2004, page 48. Aerospace Publications Pty Ltd, 2003. ISBN 1-875671-58-7
  2. Bell/Agusta BA609 Brochure (2004)
  3. Aviation Week On the record. 2001
  4. Aviation International News, New Rotorcraft 2004

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