Flight Tests for the AW159 Wildcat Helicopter at Sea

15 June 2017

Leonardo Helicopters, Yeovil


Mark Burnand MRAeS, Deputy Chief Test Pilot at Leonardo Helicopters will discuss the rigorous flight testing process that has been conducted to ensure that the Wildcat is fit for purpose in the uncompromising maritime role, and safe to operate in this the most unforgiving environment, in all weathers by day and night (conventional and using night vision goggles) around the globe.

The lecture will be held on 15 June at Leonardo Helicopters (Formerly AgustaWestland in Yeovil) in the Dallas Conference Room 1a/b. Refreshments will be served at 18:00 with the lecture starting at 18.30.

RAeS & AWASA Members FREE, Non-members £2.

Speaker Details

Mark Burnand MRAeS, Deputy Chief Test Pilot at Leonardo Helicopters

Mark Burnand MRAeS served for 18 years in the British Army flying Gazelle, Lynx and Apache helicopters, and also Sea Kings with the Royal Navy’s Commando Helicopter Force. An Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) Graduate, Mark worked at MOD Boscombe Down for many years on a wide variety of helicopters and programmes, including high altitude testing, ship trials, environmental trials, helmet mounted systems and weapon testing. He then commanded 667 (Development and Trials) Squadron of the Army Air Corps before returning to ETPS as a test pilot tutor.

On leaving the military he joined Leonardo Helicopters (then Agusta Westland) where he is now the Deputy Chief Test Pilot.


Leonardo Helicopters, Yeovil

Dallas Conference Room 1A
AgustaWestland Works
BA 20 2YB

Entrance via Lysander Road.