The BA609 Tiltrotor combines the speed, altitude, and comfort of a turboprop with the vertical takeoff and landing capabilities of a helicopter. Having a service ceiling of 25,000 ft., this versatile aircraft will be certified to fly into known icing conditions and extreme climates, from Arctic to desert. With seating up to nine passengers and at twice the speed of typical helicopters of comparable capacity, the BA609 is designed to be the best multi-mission aircraft available. Proposed missions for the BA609 include Executive Transport, Off-shore operations, Search and Rescue, Medical Transport and Law Enforcement.
Conversely, covering vast distances in a hurry without typical delays required to accommodate fixed-wing aircraft, is reason enough to consider the BA609 Tiltrotor for any fleet. From city center to city center, there's no quicker way to travel from one downtown area to another for distances between 50 and 500 miles. Add up the BA609's unique capabilities and performance characteristics, it's excellent value and low lifecycle costs, and the result is superior personalized transportation. Simply stated, the BA609 is simply one of the most useful and versatile aircraft in aviation history. Whether in a crowded urban air traffic corridor or in an undeveloped region, this revolutionary tiltrotor will shine as exquisite transport anywhere in the world.
Until the advent of the BA609, many aviation tasks have been performed using a combination of private or chartered helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft in concert with scheduled airline flights. The BA609 Tiltrotor offers the vertical takeoff and landing capability of a helicopter, with the cruising speed, altitude, and range of a fixed wing aircraft. It represents a totally new approach to executive transportation, search and rescue, and law enforcement applications.
The unique characteristics of the BA609 Tiltrotor will literally revolutionize air travel by providing tightly scheduled executives a single efficient solution to the problem of getting from here to there in the shortest possible time with a noise level which is remarkably low. The BA609 combines the benefits of several transportation choices into one aircraft.
Currently in flight test, at two locations, Bell’s Xworks in Arlington, Texas and the AgustaWestland Flight Test facility in Cameri, Italy, the BA609 has performed flawlessly.
Designed from the outset for low life cycle maintenance and maximum operational flexibility, the civil tiltrotor will offer operators highly cost-effective, point-to-point transportation at cruise speeds up to 275 knots and at ranges up to 750 nautical miles, (depending on operational parameters and atmospheric conditions).
The BA609 will be pressurized and certified for instrument flight into known icing conditions and features composite materials construction, an advanced glass cockpit, and digital flight controls. These advanced technologies will provide new levels of performance, reliability and affordability to the aviation world.