Agusta Goes Grand

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Italian manufacturer Agusta this week announced its forthcoming A109 Grand helicopter during the Farnborough 2004 air show. The new light twin helicopter fits at the upper end of the light twin FAR/JAR 27 segment, according to the company. The A109 Grand will have a maximum takeoff weight of 3,175 kg./7,000 lb. and be powered by an 815-shp Pratt & Whitney PW207C and an uprated transmission. Agusta says the new copter's capabilities will include full Class 1 operation. Meanwhile, Pratt and Whitney Canada announced the A109 Grand's powerplant, saying the PW207C is a growth version of the company's PW200-series turboshaft engine family.