The demos will take place nationwide in the US, ending in November in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Air Medical Transport Conference. Accompanying the flying aircraft will be a dedicated mock-up to illustrate to medical crews the multiple interior solutions available, including power load stretcher capability.
The AW169 is a twin engine, light intermediate 4.8-ton aircraft. Its high levels of performance, low vibrations, long range and safety features ensure operational capabilities in even the most challenging of environments and weather conditions. Designers offer specialized advice on a mix of features, specific to the intended use and operating procedures. Its spacious and unobstructed regular cabin allows EMS crews to position stretchers longitudinally or transversely, accompanied by a multitude of seating arrangements.
Allowing EMS operators to configure the cabin
Part of the AW Family of products, the AW169 takes its influence from the AW139. The cabin features an open architecture, allowing each hospital program to configure their AW169 to fit their operational requirements. This includes 360-degree access to either one or two patients, room for up to five medical personnel; and it contains adequate space for today’s specialty care transport. The AW169 large cabin doors also allow for the installation of a PowerLoad Stretcher system.
The AW169 is the only worldwide helicopter in its class to be equipped with an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) mode capability. The APU mode allows the rotors to stay stopped while the cabin electrical and climate control are still operational, allowing medical crews unlimited time to stabilize patients as needed in the safest environment possible.