Why the AW169 is so popular with HEMS operators

Several UK HEMS operators now use the Leonardo AW169, but why is it a popular choice? Mark Broadbent finds out from some of those pilots flying it

AW169
‘Helimed 10’: Dubbed ‘Pegasus’, the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance’s AW169 – G-DSAA – waits for its next ‘shout’ at its Henstridge home. Note the nose mounted TrakkaBeam A800 searchlight used for night operations
Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

Ten years after its May 2012 first flight and seven after its certification and service entry, Leonardo’s AgustaWestland AW169 is at the forefront of emergency work with its class-leading performance, superior range and safety. Since its introduction, Leonardo has delivered more than 100 examples of the medium-twin-engine helicopter to customers worldwide.

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