Dubai’s Sheikha Mozah is The first woman to pilot AW609 tiltrotor
Sheikha Mozah bint Marwan Al Maktoum has become the first woman to pilot the AW609 tiltrotor, setting a new and important milestone for female pilots in civil aviation.
Sheikha Mozah piloted the revolutionary aircraft during her visit to the U.S helicopter headquarters of Leonardo, a global high-tech player in Aerospace, Defence and Security, located in Philadelphia.
Commenting on the opportunity to personally test the AW609, the world’s first tiltrotor set to receive civil certification, Sheikha Mozah said: “I’m thrilled to be the first female pilot to test this revolutionary aircraft. It was not only a personal milestone but an opportunity to shatter another glass ceiling for women. I always push myself beyond my limits to prove that if I can do it, it is also within the reach of anyone else who is determined enough to try.”
The AW609 is one of the most significant technological innovations in the civil aviation landscape, melding the helicopter’s operational versatility (taking off and landing vertically) and the airplane’s performance advantages (pressurized cabin, speed, altitude and endurance abilities). The aircraft is set to open new and exciting possibilities for passenger transport and public service. The AW609 tiltrotor’s ability to take off and land vertically and hover like a helicopter offers passengers the comfort of a turboprop airplane.
Aerogulf was proud to support the first deployment of the AW609 outside of the US and Europe for the Dubai Expo and Dubai Airshow during its first visit to the Middle East. The Accountable Manager of Aerogulf has been involved in the development of the 609 for almost 25 years as the Chairman of the 609 Industry Steering Committee representing future operators alongside the FAA, EASA, and manufacturer going through every system and component onboard the aircraft to develop the MRB report/scheduled maintenance requirements. Aerogulf is in the unique position of being the only Operator that has experience in both operations and maintenance support of commercial Tiltrotor aircraft outside of the US.