YouTube – AW139 Helicopter
2 x 1,531 s.h.p. ea.
45 ft. 2 in.
12 ft. 2 in.
45 ft. 3 in.
The medium size utility AW139 helicopter, produced by AgustaWestland, has grown in popularity throughout the world. Among its many uses are VIP transport, emergency medical transport, water bomber, law enforcement, search and rescue.
The helicopter’s large cabin with 15 passenger capacity, range, powerful engines, able to perform at high altitudes and in heat, relatively low noise levels, day/night, all weather flying abilities, good speed, and overall value make it a top seller.
The AW139 helicopter is powered by two digitally controlled engines turning a five blade rotor, and can operated on a single engine. It can be equipped with full de-icing for cold weather operations. The all glass cockpit features easily readable color LCD screens monitoring systems. Control systems are dual redundant hydraulic with three axis automatic flight controls.
The retractable landing gear of the AW139 helicopter keep the fuselage about 18″ above the ground. This may be an issue if it will be operating in unimproved areas, such as is possible with a front line military transport. However, the low door height facilitates the loading of cargo.
While flying the AW139 helicopter a pilot will experience a pleasant aircraft during all flight phases. The seats are well padded, comfortable, and there is ample room for the pilot and co pilot. Forward visibility is good. Cameras are mounted outside the cabin to provide a view under and to the rear of the fuselage. Controls are easy to reach and are logically placed. The color LCD screens provide ample information, are large, easy to read, and glare free.
The AW139 helicopter has excellent ground handling manners with responsive, smooth braking and easy steering. During take off the powerful AW139 helicopter engines easily lift the aircraft while the automated controls maintain stability, even in windy conditions. Controls are positive and provide for quick response without being overly sensitive. The AW139 heicopter will quickly climb while gaining speed.
The smooth ride of the AW139 helicopter, minimal vibration, solid flight characteristics and low interior noise levels make it an excellent VIP transport. There is minimal vibration that dissipates quickly during the transition to hover and back again. Hovering is very stable and smooth, with very little correction required.
Single engine performance of the AW139 helicopter is aided by the excellent displays showing engine operation. Information regarding temperatures and available power from the remaining engine is easily interpreted to enable a pilot to decide whether to land the aircraft or continue with flight.
Three AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters equipped with 350 gallon belly tanks are now in the Los Angeles Fire Dept. fleet and are used by them as water bombers, for S&R, and MEDEVAC. The helicopters were chosen for their overall performance combined with reliability and low operating costs. The AW139 helicopter enables quicker emergency response with higher payloads than with prior helicopters. In addition to the LAFD, the AW139 helicopter is used as a water bomber in Gangwon, Korea and in Malaysia.
The AW139 helicopter has been sold to government and private organizations in some 50 countries throughout the world. Some 900 have been produced to date.
Boeing is producing a military version of the AW139 helicopter designated the MH-139. It will be replacing the U.S. Air Force UH-1N Huey. A total of 84 of the new helicopters will be acquired by the U.S. Air Force with a value of some US$2.38 billion.
RC AW139 Helicopter
A video of this magnificent RC AW139 was posted to You Tube by F.DLC. It has a 94 in. diameter rotor, is JetCat turbine powered, and weighs about 62 lbs.
RC AW139 Helicopter