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A 119 Koala

AgustaWestland A119 Koala

Type (Muster)
Light helicopter (Einmotoriger Leichthubschrauber)

Country (Land)
Italy (Italien)

Manufacturer (Hersteller)
Light helicopter (Einmotoriger Leichthubschrauber)

Country (Land)
Italy (Italien)

Manufacturer (Hersteller)
Via Giovanni Agusta 520
21017 Cascina Costa die Samarate

Phone: 0039-331/229769
Fax: 0039-331/229983

General (Allgemeine Angaben)
Crew (Besatzung): 1
Passengers (Passagiere): 7, or 1 to 2 litters with medical attendants.

Power plant (Antrieb): 1 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6B-37 turboshaft
Power (Leistung): 1 x 747 kW (1002 shp) at take-off, 650 kW (872 shp) maximum continuous. Transmission rated at 671 kW (900 shp)
TBO: 3500 hours

Dimensions (Abmessungen)
Fuselage length (Rumpflänge): 11,07 m
Length overall, rotor turning (Länge über drehenden Rotor): 13,01 m
Height (Höhe): 3,50 m
Fuselage width (Rumpfbreite): 1,67 m
Main rotor diameter (Hauptrotordurchmesser): 10,83 m
Tail-rotor diameter (Heckrotordurchmesser): 2,00 m
Main rotor disk (Hauptrotorfläche): 95 sq m

Max. cabin length (Kabinenlänge): 3,53 m including cockpit
Max. cabin width (Kabinenbreite): 1,67 m
Max. cabin height (Kabinenhöhe): 1,28 m
Cabin volume (Kabinenvolumen): 4,96 cu m
Baggage compartment volume (Gepäckraumvolumen): 0,95 cu m

Weights (Massen)
Basic empty weight (Leermasse): 1430 kg
Useful load (max. Zuladung): 1320 kg or 1450 with external load
Usable fuel (Kraftstoff): 605 litres (160 US gallons), with options of 710 litres or 870 litres
Max. gross weight (Max. Startmasse): 2720 kg or 3000 kg with external load

Performance (Flugleistungen)
Max. speed (Höchstgeschwindigkeit): 152 kts (281 km/h)
Max. cruise speed (max. Reisegeschwindigkeit): 260 km/h (140 kts)
Service ceiling (Dienstgipfelhöhe): 5700 m (18700 ft)
Hover ceiling (Schwebeflughöhe)
    - out of ground effect (ohne Bodeneffekt): 2680 m (8800 ft)
    - in ground effect (im Bodeneffekt): 3353 m (11000 ft)
Maximum range (max. Reichweite): 887 km with 870 litres of fuel, no reserve
Endurance (Einsatzdauer): 5 h 42 min with max. auxiliary fuel

Costs (Kosten)
The A119 was introduced at 1,35 million US-Dollars in June 1995. In mid-1998, the price was quoted as 1,7 million US-Dollars, and in 2000 it ahd riesen to 1,85 million US-Dollars.
Direct hourly operating costs were given as 262 US-Dollars in 2000.

Customers (Kunden)
Orders for over 60 helicopters were claimed by mid-1998. Among the customers are:
   * Omniflight Helicopters: Six ordered inFebruary 1996
   * LinFox Group: One delivered in September 2000

Competitors (Konkurrenz)
Eurocopter AS 350 Ecureuil
Bell 407

Remarks (Bemerkungen)
The Koala is based on the airframe of the twin-engined Agusta A 109 family, but emphasis is put on low costs. The wheel gear is replaced by skids, and there is only one engine.

History (Geschichte)
Go-ahead for the A119 program was given in August 1994, and the initial test aircraft's first flight took place in February 1995. The Koala was then unveiled at the Paris Air Show in June 1995. A second machine followed later in 1995. Both first flew with the 800 shp Turboméca Arriel engine, but these were replaced by the definitive Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6B later. By mid-1998, the helicopters had completed around 300 hours of flight time.
Certification was anticipated in 1997, but this has slipped consistently, first to the fourth quarter of 1998 and then to July 1999. Two reasons were cited: a lack of personnel and plans to enhance the performance due to customer demand.
Italian RAI certification finally came in December 1999, and FAA approval was due to follow in February 2000.
First deliveries were in the summer of 2000.

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