Charlotte, N.C. - Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc. has received a contract from AgustaWestland to supply rugged flight recorders for use on the new AW169 rotorcraft. The Curtiss-Wright Controls Avionics & Electronics (CWC-AE) division flight recorder products will provide data acquisition and "black box" Accident Data and Voice Recorder functions on the helicopter. Under the initial contract, shipments of data recorder units for flight-testing of the AW169 started during the first quarter of 2012. Series product shipments are expected to commence in 2013.
"We are very proud that AgustaWestland has chosen our flight recorder technology for use on the AW169 rotorcraft," said David Adams, Co-Chief Operating Officer of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. "This is the first CWC-AE technology deployed on this exciting new platform and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with AgustaWestland in support of this helicopter. This flight recorder's lightweight design, small footprint and flexibility for mounting directly to the airframe make its installation simple and convenient without adding significant weight or compromising valuable space with equipment racks or anti-vibration mounts."
About the AW169
AgustaWestland's AW169 is a new twin-engine helicopter designed to meet the growing market demand for a versatile and multi-role four-ton class rotorcraft. Engineered to satisfy the operational and mission requirements of the most demanding parapublic and commercial operators, the AW169 employs new technologies to achieve unique adaptability across multiple applications with very competitive economics.
The AW169 is the first brand-new helicopter in this class in decades and is the natural complement to the AgustaWestland highly successful commercial product line. With the addition of the AW169, AgustaWestland is able to deliver a uniquely competitive and comprehensive offering of multi engine helicopters in the fast growing market for three to seven-ton maximum weight categories.
About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the Motion Control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation and a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technologies for niche actuation and drive applications, integrated sensors and electronic subsystems internationally for the aerospace and defense markets.
About Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) is an innovative engineering company that provides highly engineered, critical function products, systems and services in the areas of flow control, motion control and metal treatment to the defense, energy and commercial/industrial markets. The legacy company of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of design and manufacturing innovation along with long-standing customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,600 people worldwide.