A109 Virtual Trainer takes off

A109 light utility helicopter. Images courtesy of Agusta Westland.
An A109 light utility helicopter. (Image courtesy of Agusta Westland).

28 o Hōngongoi 2009/28 July 2009

In preparation for the arrival of the A109 training and light utility helicopters and simulator late next year, the A109 Virtual Interactive Procedural Trainer (VIPT) has been installed at Air Force Base Ohakea.

The VIPT will enable crews to get used to the operation of the A109 cockpit and the integrated avionics systems logic and will occupy an important part of a total training system that will allow Defence Force personnel to complete all training here New Zealand on the A109LUH (NZ) rather than needing to go overseas.

Media are invited to view the A109 VIPT on Thursday 30 July at 11.00am.

Those wishing to attend need to register their interest to Anna Sussmilch, Senior Communications Adviser – Air Force on 021 676 338 or 04 496 0286 no later than 3.00pm on Wednesday 29 July 2009. 

Photo ID is required for entry on Base.  


For further information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Te Rōpū Kōrero ō Te Ope Kātua/Defence Communications Group on 04 496 0286 or 021 676 338.

Background Notes

The A109LUH is a training and light utility helicopter, and will be used for training pilots and crewmen and will perform light helicopter missions.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force will introduce five A109LUH into service to provide lead-in training for NH90 and SH2G Sea Sprite crews.

A109 LUH (NZ) Specifications:
Crew: 2 Pilots; 1 or 2 Crewmen
Speed (Max Cruise): 285kph
Max All Up Weight: 3175kg
Engines: 2 x Turbomeca Arrius 2K2
Passengers (non tactical): Up to 5 in addition to 2 pilots and 1 crewman
Soldiers: 3 – 4 in addition to 2 pilots and 1 crewman
Internal Load: 330kg  [3 crew + 1hr fuel with 30 min reserve]
Hook: 500kg (over 50km distance) 1000kg (max)
Dimensions (Rotors Turning): 12.94m long, 10.83m wide, 3.4m high
Dimensions (Folded): 11.43m long, 2.88m wide, 3.4m high
Endurance: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
Ferry Range: 650km

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