AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has unveiled the Grand New, an evolution of the highly successful Grand helicopter. The Grand New features the very latest developments in avionics while retaining the outstanding Grand’s characteristics, its superior performance, levels of cabin space and payload only provided by larger and more expensive helicopters, low operating costs, high safety and environment friendliness standards. As the first light twin helicopter on the market fully compliant with the latest advanced global navigation satellite system-based requirements for all weather operations, the Grand New offers the operators unprecedented opportunities and exploitation of rotorcraft capabilities setting a new standard on the helicopter market in a multitude of applications.
The Grand New has already received the EASA certification while FAA certification is expected to be achieved in mid 2010. Equipped with EVS (enhanced vision systems) and a Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS) for night operations, the Grand New also meets the latest NTSB/FAA recommendations for EMS operations to consider the use of an FAA-approved night vision goggle or enhanced vision system into flight programmes, when conditions and missions dictate. The Grand New will be the first type certified Light Twin (CS/JAR/FAR 27) with a new EFIS featuring Synthetic Vision. This approach enables the type to operate on helicopter-dedicated routes and it is SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation System) capable. The Grand New features a state-of-the-art avionics package and a new glass cockpit. The new full digital avionic system for single pilot IFR, dual control configuration operation incorporates the Chelton’s Flight-Logic Synthetic Vision EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System) with FMS (Flight Management System), HTAWS (Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System), HITS (Highway In The Sky) and flight recording embedded functions to deliver ultimate situational awareness and groundbreaking automated flight management capabilities, reducing pilot workload and to the benefit of operational effectiveness. The Grand New is fitted with a four-axis dual duplex digital autopilot coupled with a Flight Director and with a new Radio Management System (RMS) permitting the centralized management of radio communication and navigation systems of the helicopter while the Integrated Display System (IDS) provides aircraft/engine data monitoring, crew alert and maintenance data pages.
Like the previous version, the Grand New offers exceptional performance and an ample unobstructed cabin suitable for a number of versatile configurations and roles, offering room for up to six passengers or up to two stretchers plus medical attendants. Its distinctive characteristics make the Grand New the ideal platform in its category for corporate/VIP transport, offshore transport, passenger transport, EMS, SAR, harbour pilot shuttle (HPS), coastal patrol and government purposes. Thanks to these unparalleled capabilities no other light twin helicopter can claim, the Grand New proves unique in its class and ensures a quantum leap forward for both operational effectiveness and safety. Orders for around 290 Grand and Grand New helicopters, comprising the Da Vinci as a special version based on the Grand New technology specifically developed to meet the REGA requirement, have been placed by almost 150 customers in over 30 countries worldwide, in order to perform several tasks.