- 22 Jun 2021
- Tony Kioussis
- Aviation Podcasts
The Agusta A109E Power – also known as the AW109E Power – was introduced in the mid-1990s, bringing a range of improvements to the longstanding A109 series of twin-engine light turbine helicopters. Notably, the A109E Power’s improvements centered on its new engines.
The Agusta A109E Power costs as little as $1.0m for a 1997 model, and as much as $4.5mfor a 2014 model, according to Aircraft Bluebook’s summer 2021 data. These values represent the average retail price for the model year. Individual aircraft values can vary significantly from the average retail price, however, depending on a combination of aircraft-specific factors, including its maintenance condition, the time remaining before the next major inspection or overhaul, and the time left on the life-limited components, for example. A sale price for an Agusta A109E Power is ultimately negotiated between buyers and sellers, based on the sum of the aircraft’s-specifics.
There are numerous options available in the light twin-engine turbine helicopter market that the Agusta A109E Power occupies. Among the, operators may choose to consider other aircraft in the Leonardo range, including the A109S Grand (more details below).
As an upgraded aircraft, the A109E Power offers business operators all the benefits of the earlier A109 range, combined into an aircraft that truly packs a punch. And the stretched A109E Power Elite could prove an attractive option for those who require more capacity in their aircraft.
The Agusta A109S Grand is a larger version of the Agusta A109E Power. It offers a longer main cabin with club seating for up to six, and a greater useful load. Powered by two 735shp Pratt & Whitney PW207C engines, the A109S Grand’s new rotor blades reduce its noise profile.
Agusta A109E Power Helicopter Overview
By Gerrard Cowan
The model proved a market success, with 460 A109E Power units produced and delivered around the world, according to JETNET data.
The aircraft is based on the airframe of the A109K2, though it has a wider flight deck and cabin, and it can carry up to six passengers.
What features does the Agusta A109E Power offer?
The A109E Power was a more powerful aircraft than other aircraft that preceded it in the popular A109 family, and came equipped with either Turbomeca Arrius 2K1 or Pratt & Whitney PW206C engines.
What came before and after the Agusta A109E Power?
Having succeeded the Agusta A109C, the Agusta A109E Power was replaced by the A109E Power Elite, a larger version of the aircraft.
The A109E Power is part of a longstanding, prominent family of commercial helicopters, which are now known as the AW109 range. This line began life with the A109, which was developed in the 1970s, powered by two Allison Model 250-C20 engines, and retains a prominent position in the market today, with Leonardo now focused on the AW109 GrandNew, which is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C engines and offers a maximum range of 464nm.
Leonardo points to the aircraft’s streamlined fuselage, new transmission and main rotor technology, with a high maximum cruise speed of 289km/h. The company draws particular attention to the current production model’s modern digital avionics with advanced satellite navigation and synthetic vision/enhanced vision system capabilities.
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