Agusta A109E Power

Training and utility helicopter
Agusta now AgustaWestland
Raytheon Australia
Number Ordered
First Delivered
1 August 2007
Last Delivered
August 2007
  • Empty: 1590 kg
  • Internal: 2850 kg
  • Max. take-off: 3000 kg
  • Rotor diameter: 11 metres
  • Length: 13.04 metres
  • Height: 3.5 metres
Engines 2 x P&W PW-206C / Turbomeca Arrius 2K1 engines
  • Maximum rate of climb: 9.8 m/s
  • Service ceiling: 5974 metres
  • Speed: 285 kph
  • Range: 948 km

The Agusta's A109 series helicopter was designed primarily for the civilian market but it was also used for a number of military applications. The A109 featured a retractable landing gear; a fully articulated, four bladed main rotor using blades of bonded aluminium alloy construction over a Nomex core; and a swept vertical tail surface with a two bladed tail rotor to port. The A109 Power variant featured two upgraded Pratt & Whitney PW206C turbo-shafts, each rated at 640 shaft horse power.

The Agusta A109E Power helicopters joined 723 Squadron in 2007, on lease from Raytheon Australia, and they were used for multi engine training for pilots moving onto other more complex aircraft types such as the Seahawk. They were also utilised for public relations support and recruiting activities. 723 Squadron operated three A109E Power aircraft up until March 2012 when they were replaced by the Bell 429 helicopter.