- 30 Jan 2018
- Mike Chase
- Helicopter Comparison
The Agusta A109C is a substantially upgraded version of the popular A109A executive helicopter. Among the changes are an improved transmission system, a higher gross weight and stronger undercarriage and a composite main rotor. The cabin, which is fitted with five or six seats, also has more space, thanks to modified doors and contoured windows.
The Agusta A109C costs between $600k for a 1989 model and $925k for a 1996 model, according to Aircraft Bluebook’s spring 2021 data. These prices represent the average retail for each model year. Individual Agusta A109C helicopter models’ values may vary significantly from the average retail price for its model year, however, depending on several factors. This might include its maintenance condition, time on the airframe and engines before the next overhaul is due, and much more.
Competing with the Agusta A109C, there are numerous other options in the twin-engine light turbine helicopter market, one of which is the MD 900 Explorer, which can transport 6-7 passengers (usually four in executive configuration) with 1-2 crew members.
The Agusta A109C introduced a range of improvements to the popular aircraft line, but among the most significant was additional space for the cabin occupants which was achieved through the introduction of modified doors and other upgrades.
Following on from the Agusta A109C was the A109E Power, launched in 1993 and available to operators in 1996 (the year the A109C ceased production). The A109E was a more powerful aircraft, utilizing either Turbomeca Arrius 2K1 or Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206C engines. A larger version of the aircraft – the A109E Power Elite – was subsequently brought to market.
Agusta A109C Helicopter Overview
By Gerrard Cowan
The Agusta A109C is twin-engine light turbine helicopter which ceased production back in the mid-1990s after a seven-year production run. It continues to find interest in the pre-owned market today. Buyers are still attracted to many of the features of this upgraded version of the popular twin-turbine light helicopter.
The A109C is significantly upgraded compared to the Agusta A109A executive helicopter, bringing an improved transmission system, a greater gross weight and a stronger undercarriage.
According to JETNET data, Agusta produced 72 A109C models during its production run, more than 80% of which remain in operation today.
What features does the Agusta A109C offer?
The Agusta A109C is fitted with Rolls-Royce 250-C20-R1 engines. Other improvements include the addition of a composite main rotor. The helicopter can be fitted with five or six passenger seats, and the platform has a range of just under 150nm at full capacity.
What came before and after the Agusta A109C?
The Agusta A109C is part of a longstanding, prominent family of commercial helicopters, which are now known as the AW109 range, manufactured by Leonardo. The family began with the A109, which made its first flight in the early 1970s, and was powered by two Allison Model 250-C20 engines.
The series continues to find demand in the new aircraft market today, with Leonardo now focused on the AW109 GrandNew, which is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C engines and has a maximum range of 464nm.
Leonardo highlights the AW109 GrandNew’s powerful engines, streamlined fuselage, new transmission and main rotor technology, which provides operators with an excellent performance and a high maximum cruise speed of 289km/h. And Leonardo especially particularly highlights the modern digital avionics with advanced satellite navigation and synthetic vision/enhanced vision system capabilities.
The AW109 Trekker is also available, offering fixed landing skids and the ability to operate in challenging environments thanks to its Genesys Aerosystems avionics.
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