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Bell/Agusta BA609

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BA609 in airplane mode at Paris Air Show 2007
Role VTOL corporate transport
Manufacturer Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company
First flight March 6, 2003

The Bell/Agusta BA609 is a civil twin-engined tiltrotor VTOL aircraft with a configuration similar to the Bell Helicopter Textron/Boeing V-22 Osprey. It is being developed by Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company (BAAC), a joint venture between Bell Helicopter Textron and AgustaWestland.

Design and development

The first ground tests of the BA609 prototype began December 6, 2002 and the first flight took place on March 6, 2003 in Arlington, Texas, with Roy Hopkins and Dwayne Williams as test pilots. After 14 hours of helicopter-mode flight testing, the prototype was moved to a ground testing rig for ground-based testing of conversion modes. On June 3, 2005, having completed the ground-based testing, the prototype resumed flight testing and expansion of its flight envelope. This led to the first conversion to airplane mode while in flight on July 22, 2005. As of October 2008, the two flying aircraft have logged 365 flight-hours.

Certification of the aircraft is projected for 2011. BAAC has received orders for nearly 80 aircraft.


BA609 flying in helicopter mode at the Paris Air Show 2007
BA609 flying in helicopter mode at the Paris Air Show 2007

BA609 at Paris Air Show 2007
BA609 at Paris Air Show 2007

The cost of the vehicle has not been announced; deposits are taken to reserve the right to purchase an aircraft. Final price is to be announced at least 24 months before first delivery.

  • "At least US$10 Million" - Terry Stinson, then chairman and CEO of Bell Helicopters, in 2001.
  • "Early orders were taken at a price of between $8 and $10 million dollars, adjusted to year of delivery. Those were all sold and, since 1999, orders have been at a price to be confirmed no later than 24 months before aircraft delivery" - Don Barbour, then executive marketing director, in 2004.


The BA609 competes with corporate business jets and helicopters. It can fly where jets cannot, such as heliports or smaller airports, yet it has twice the range of a helicopter, and can fly almost twice as fast.


Data from The International Directory of Civil Aircraft, 2003-2004 and the Bell/Agusta Brochure

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Capacity: 6 to 9 passengers/5,500 pounds (2,500 kg) payload
  • Length: 44 ft (13.3 m)
  • Wingspan: 60 ft (18.3 m)
  • Height: 15 ft (4.5 m)
  • Empty weight: 10,483 lb (4,765 kg)
  • Useful load: 5,500 lb (2,500 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 16,800 lb (7,600 kg)
  • Powerplant:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67A turboshaft, 1,940 hp (1,447 kW) each


Interior measurements

  • Dimension (Internal Cabin):
    • Length: 161 inches (4.1 m)
    • Width: 58 inches (1.5 m)
    • Height: 56 inches (1.4 m)

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Published in July 2009.

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