The AW609 is an AgustaWestland (AW) twin engine tilt rotor aircraft that is being certified in the FAA powered lift category. Its lineage can be traced back through the V-22 Osprey to the XV-15 and the XV-3. The AW609 will be certificated in the FAA powered lift category, The aircraft is being tested in the USA and in Italy and the presentation will cover the flight test and programmatic challenges that have been overcome with a particular focus on One Engine Inoperative (OEI) and All Engines Inoperative (AEI) testing.
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Paul was born in Bridgend, South Wales and has recently become very good at patiently explaining the difference between Wales and England. After gaining a degree in Chemical Engineering from Swansea University, he joined the Royal Navy where he flew Sea Kings in the Commando and SAR roles and Gazelles as an instructor. After graduating as a test pilot from ETPS in 1998, he was Senior Pilot at the Rotary Wing Test Squadron at Boscombe Down where he tested many types of Sea King, both versions of the AW101, the Chinook and the Bell 412. His last military posting was as the exchange tutor at US Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River where he learned to speak ‘Merican. On becoming a civilian, he then flew VIP helicopters before joining ETPS as a civilian tutor. As the Technical Manager of ETPS he had management responsibility for both the Rotary Wing and Fixed Wing courses. He joined the AW609 program (and moved to Dallas) in 2013.