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AgustaWestland - Certification For NEW Around-the-World Speed Record

AgustaWestland Helicopters : 12 October, 2008  (Special Report)
Aviation Record Breakers Scott Kasprowicz And Steve Sheik Receive National Aeronautic Association Certification For NEW Around-the-World Speed Record In AgustaWestland Grand Helicopter
In a ceremony at the NBAA Convention, pilots Scott Kasprowicz and Steve Sheik received the official National Aeronautic Association (NAA) certification for setting a new world speed record in an AgustaWestland Grand helicopter. The record-breaking flight was achieved in only 11 days 7 hours and 5 minutes, breaking the old record by almost 6 days.

Departing New York at 3:14am on August 7, the crew traveled eastbound covering 20,888 nautical miles and maintaining an average speed of 137 km/hr, which includes time for refueling, rest and maintenance. With Kasprowicz’s factory standard AgustaWestland Grand helicopter, the duo maintained an impressive average speed of 150 knots over the ground while covering 20 countries, 24 time zones and 49 states before arriving back in New York on August 18. Other accomplishments on this historic flight include a New York to London speed record, flying that leg of the trip in just over 40 hours and breaking the old record by 35 hours.

Unlike previous flights to break the world Helicopter speed record, Kasprowicz performed this mission in his factory-standard executive configured AgustaWestland Grand helicopter. No mission specific modifications or additional fuel Tanks were added to improve the aircraft’s performance.

The Grand is a new top-of-the-range light twin Helicopter developed to meet a wide range of market requirements and provides levels of cabin space and payload that until now could only be met by larger, more expensive helicopters. Its superior features in terms of performance, flexibility and cost effectiveness enable the crew to maximize the time necessary to make the world record setting flight. With its powerful and reliable Pratt & Whitney PW207 turbine engines, the Helicopter has exceptional ability to deliver even when faced with challenging environmental conditions. Orders for over 270 helicopters have been placed by more than 140 customers in 30 countries.
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